Conversations in Mohs Surgery- ACMS Podcast (Links to an external site)

Dr. Kelly MacArthur was featured on a recent American College of Mohs Surgery podcast conversation with radiation oncologist Dr. Brian Baumann to discuss their paper, Management of Primary Skin Cancer during a Pandemic: Multidisciplinary Recommendations, which was recently published in Cancer, an American Cancer Society journal.

Dermatology Resident Creates GoFundMe Account to Feed Frontline Hospital Workers (Links to an external site)

Esther Chung, MD, a dermatology resident, is among the many Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital doctors who temporarily stopped seeing patients when their clinics were shuttered to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Sidelined by these closures, Dr. Chung wanted to help her colleagues serving on the frontline. By partnering with The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Chung was able to provide meals to hospital departments where they were needed the most.

Expert Advice for Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection (Links to an external site)

As the days grow warmer and brighter, outdoor activities like running, biking, swimming and yardwork all increase in popularity. These kinds of activities are an important part of our lives; outdoor exercise is beneficial to physical and mental health, and spending time in the sun also helps the body synthesize vitamin D.

Revving up immune system may help treat eczema (Links to an external site)

The aggravating skin condition eczema is most commonly treated by suppressing the immune system, but not all patients get relief. Now, a drug strategy aimed at revving up the immune system and boosting a type of immune cell known as natural killer cells appears, at least in mice, to effectively treat eczema.

When to Start Worrying about a Chronic Itch (Links to an external site)

I have an occasional “phantom” itch in the middle of my back in a place I can’t reach. I use a long-handled comb to give it a good scratch. There’s no obvious cause — no rash, no irritation or redness, no diagnosed skin disorder. It’s annoying, but it doesn’t disrupt my life.

Chemotherapy-induced diarrhea traced to immune cells (Links to an external site)

Washington University researchers have found that immune cells called macrophages can trigger smooth muscle contractions in the intestinal tract, independent of nerve cells. The research in mice suggests that targeting a receptor (green) on macrophages (red) holds potential for treating chemotherapy-induced diarrhea.

Potential new therapy relieves chronic itch (Links to an external site)

The roots of chronic itching have long remained a mystery. Meanwhile, those with the condition suffer from an unrelenting and sometimes debilitating urge to scratch. Now, new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified immune signaling molecules that are essential for activating neurons in the skin to cause chronic itching.

New topical immunotherapy effective against early skin cancer (Links to an external site)

A combination of two topical drugs that have been in use for years triggers a robust immune response against precancerous skin lesions, according to a new study. The research, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard Medical School, shows that the therapy activates the immune system’s T cells, which then attack […]