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Representing The Foot In Works Of Art

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When I was visiting the “Late Renoir” exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently, I marveled at the paintings and sculptures the artist made late in his career. Of course while I was walking from painting to painting, I studied the shape of the foot and ankle in those artworks and I recalled what someone said to me years ago: “The foot and the hand are the most difficult to draw.”



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Emphasizing The Importance Of Sunscreen On The Lower Extremity

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It is that time of year when my tan lines begin to show. No, I am not talking about the ones on my shoulders, I am talking about the ones from my Birkenstock® sandals. Even before my whole world became filled with lower extremity dermatology, I have always been emphatic about wearing sunscreen. However, I, too, from time to time have fallen into the majority of people who forget to coat the surfaces of their feet with SPF 15 or higher.



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Which Dermatological Vehicle Is Best For Your Patient?

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Topical dermatological products allow direct treatment of a skin condition with fewer side effects than those associated with systemic agents. These products have a key component in addition to the active ingredient: the vehicle. The dermatological vehicle houses and supports the active ingredient.



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Recognizing The Potential Impact Of Stress With Skin Conditions

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How many times has a new or established patient presented to you with a new onset skin rash that was acute and angry in nature? As you are digging deeper with your patient interview, you find that a large stress (or stressors) has occurred in that person’s life. Sources of stress may include unemployment, divorce, a new baby, etc.



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A Closer Look At Current Biologics For Psoriasis

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Approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population have psoriasis, which can affect skin, nails and joints. Therapies include topical medications (such as corticosteroids and moisturizers), oral medications (methotrexate and cyclosporine) and phototherapy (PUVA and UVB). Targeted systemic therapies, typically known as “the biologics,” have been gathering momentum in the treatment of psoriasis. I have personally seen significant improvement in the quality of life for some of my patients on various biologics.