Read the latest news about Mass General Hospital Dermatology discoveries, prevention tips, and innovative breakthroughs in cosmetic dermatology.

2020

4/27/2020  CDC Adds 6 New Coronavirus Symptoms to List 

Fox News: Dermatologist, Esther Freeman discuss a conditiion : "COVID Toes" seen in some Cornovirus patients.

4/17/2020 What are 'COVID  Toes'? Dermatologists, Podiatrists Share Strange Findings

Today, NBC:  Mass General Dermatologist Esther Freeman, MD, discuss a condition that some COVID patients experience.  Dr. Freeman has set up a registry with the American Academy of Dermatology to help track and understand skin conditions that may present with COVID-19.



2019

11/26/2019: New device promises toned muscles at the doctor's office
WCVB Channel 5 Boston:  Watch a video as Dr. Mathew Avram explains the new FDA CoolTone™ procedure to tone muscles and the difference between  CoolSculpting™ that  freezes fat.

11/18/2019: Effectiveness of Red Light Therapy
NBC 10 Boston: Video report featuring Mass General Dermatologist, R. Rox Anderson, MD

7/23/2019: What to do if you get a sunburn, according to a local dermatologist
Boston.com:  Dermatologist, Shinjita Das, MD provides tips on what to do if you get a sunburn and tips on how to protect your skin

7/19/2019: Untrending: Personalized Shampoo Is Just Regular Shampoo That Seems Premium
The Swaddle:  Dermatologist and Hair Specialist, Maryanne Senna, MD, discusses if the new trend for personalized shampoo work.

4/02/2019: Woman Diagnosed With Measles Visited Several Locations In Mass.
Channel 4 Boston: Video Report:  Dermatologist, Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD encourages vaccinations as a prevention method for measles.

3/21/2019: Drug Combo Does Double Duty Against Common Skin Lesions, Cancers   
Health Day News: New research, led by Shawn Demehri, MD, shows that a combination of treatments may greatly reduce squamous cell carcinomas, the second most common form of skin cancer.


2018
1/11/2018: Why Do Fingernails Fall Off When They Are Damaged?
STAT News: Video Report:  A. Shadi Kourosh, MD and Mass General Dermatologist explains what happens when your fingernails are damaged.

8/19/2018: How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
SELF:Dermatologist and hair loss specialist, Maryanne Senna, MD says how often you wash your hair is different for everyone and every hair type is different.

2017

8/21/2017: Thinning Hair?  A New Treatment Offers Hope
New York Times:Maryanne M. Senna, MD, dermatologist and hair loss specialist comments on a new treatment that offers hope and says the key to any treatment being effective is compliance and giving the treatment time to work.

7/28/2017: 5 Unsettling Facts About Scabies in Light of the Recent Winchester Hospital AlertBoston Globe: Dermatologist, Shinjita Das, MD comments on the classic locations where the red scaly rash can develop and how it can be treated.

5/11/ 2017: How to spot a mole if cancerous: Animation graphic reveals the ABCDE of skin cancer warning signs
Daily Mail: UK:  Dr. David Fisher, Chief of Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital  explains the benefits of early detection for skin cancer.

5/11/2017: Concern over "Tanning Addicts"
Bermuda Gazette:   David Fisher, MD, PhD, Chief of Dermatology at Mass General Hospital says it is possible that subconscious "sun seeking" behavior  may be a challenge in avoiding the sun for some people.

2/21/2017: New Health Concerns Over Gel Manicures 
NBC Boston Video news report: Dr. Mathew Avram comments on gel manicures and provides tips on how to protect your skin.

 
2/20/2017 How to Reduce Wrinkles Without Lasers or Chemicals
New York Times:  Dr. Mathew Avram provides advice on microneedling, more is not always better and what topical products may cause irritation.
 
2/3/2017 Why is My Hair Falling Out?
Refinery 29:  Maryanne Senna, MD, dermatologist and hair loss specialist explains what is normal hair loss and what can cause hair loss.
 2016
9/26/2016 Two Machines to Make You Look Better
Ivanh20oe.com- Wrinkles, brown spots, enlarged pores are just some of the changes as we age.  Watch this video showing Dr. Mathew Avram using two new FDA approved treatments that are helping people turn back the clock.
 
7/29/16 Trend Watch: People Are Injecting Gas Into Their Eyes to Fix Dark Circles
Stat News:  MGH Cosmetic dermatologist, Molly Wanner, MD suggests that people should be skeptical; there isn't evidence to back up this procedure.
 
7/26/16 Should You Get Screened for Skin Cancer?
New York Times:  Dr. Hensin Tsao, MGH Dermatologist shares his viewpoint that everyone should have their skin examined by a physician at some point in their early adult hood.
 
3/25/2016 From Zits to Warts-What Disturbs People the Most
Student Science: MGH Dermatologist, Alexa B. Kimball, MD, MPH shares results from a study that indicated that people have false beliefs about acne.  The best way to fight these myths is through education.
 
3/23/2016 Top Ten Health Trends: Connected Health
HCI: Healthcare Informatics Dermatologist and Vice President of Partners Connected Health Care for Partners Healthcare,  Joseph Kvedar, MD discusses how these new programs help to educate patients about their lifestyle and illness.
 
3/16/2016 Misconceptions About Acne Still Common
HealthDay:  Alexa B. Kimball, MD, MPH, Director of for Clinical Trials at MGH Dermatology shares results from a study that indicated that there are many negative and mistaken beliefs about people with acne.
 
3/13/2016 Acne: It's not contagious and other things dermatologists want you to know
 USA Today: Alexa B. Kimball, MD, MPH a dermatologist at Mass General states that acne is not about dirt, it's about inflammation.  Read how treatments for acne have evolved over the years.
 
2/1/2016 Topical Treatment On The Horizon For Common Warty Skin Growths 
Medical Research.com: Interview with Director of Dermatologic Surgery at MGH, Victor Neel, MD, PhD regarding a new study paper that heralds the introduction of a future  topical at home treatment for seborrheic keratoses.
 
12/30/15 How to Combat Itchy Winter Skin
Boston WBZ-TV Channel 4: Video report featuring an interview by Mallicka Marshall, MD with MGH dermatologist, Alexa Kimball, MD, MPH on tips for protecting your skin during the winter months.
 
11/15/15 When the Doctor Prescribes an App
Wall Street Journal Report:  Video report features MGH Dermatologist, Joseph Kvedar, MD of Partners Healthcare Connected Health discusses on how patients can manage their health using a step by step approach.
 
11/01/15 This is the Age When You Start to Look Visibly Older
Marie Claire Article:  MGH Dermatologist, Alexa Kimball, MD, MPH, discusses study results after analyzing the genes of more than 200 women of different ethnicities over the course of two years.   The study was able to pinpoint five different cells processes that slow of decline at five landmark ages.
 
9/11/15FDA Approves Humira for Moderate to Severe Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Healio:  MGH dermatologist, Alexa Kimball, MD discusses having a validated treatment option with rigorous data to support its use is a major step forward for our patients
 
9/10/15 New Indication for Adalimumab
MD Magazine:   Alexa Kimball, MD, Director of the Dermatology Clinical Trial Unit, discusses  a newly approved treatment for Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
 
8/31/15 What to Watch for After Skin Cancer
Wall Street Journal: Maryam Asgari, MD, MGH dermatologist, and director of the High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic, comments on study results and the importance of skin cancer screenings.
 
 
7/22/15  Facebook reminders help teens control asthma

MedCityNews: Dermatologist and Vice President of Partners Connective Health, Joseph Kvedar, MD shares some preliminary findings from a study that indicate that social media can provide significant improvement in engagement and in symptom control when patients received reminders and encouragement from clinicians and peers via Facebook.

 
6/29/15 Why Connected Medicine Is Becoming Vital to Health Care
Wall Street Journal: MGH Dermatologist, Joseph Kvedar, MD  explains how better communications and digital tools are revolutionizing health care.
 
6/10/15 Harvard Scientists Discover Why Some People Don't Look Like They Have Aged
Boston Magazine:  A study led by dermatologist Alexa B. Kimball, MD looked at the question of why some women look younger than their actual age. Read why some people look younger, even without cosmetic enhancements.
 
5/29/15 House Calls to the Homeless
Boston Globe:  Feature story highlighting Dr. Ernesto Gonzalez's mission  that created dermatology clinics at the McInnis House for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program and created clinical rotations for residents to be involved in community service.
 
5/15/15 Martha’s Vineyard’s Sunny Skies Bring a Health Risk
Martha's Vineyard Times: Dr. David Fisher, Chief of Mass General Dermatology comments on the rising rate of skin cancer and possible reasons as to the high incidence rate.
 
5/11/15 Harvard Dermatology Professor Receives American Skin Association Mentor Award
Healio: Dermatologists and Harvard Professors, Howard P. Baden MD and Alexa B. Kimball, MD receive awards.  Dr. Baden receive an award for his outstanding service and dedication to mentoring future academic dermatologists and scientists.  Dr. Kimball received an award for research achievement in public policy and medical education.
 
5/1/15 Injection Offers Option to Slim Down Double Chin Without Surgery
New York Times:  Dr. Lyn Drake comments on the new injections that slim down a double chin without surgery.
 
4/28/15 City Councilor Wants Free  Sunscreen in Boston Parks
Boston Globe:  Dermatologist, Dr. Victor Neel comments on the importance of education in protecting the skin from the sun's harmful rays.
 
12/08/14  Time to Talk ALS
CNN Video: The Department of Dermatology, Clinical Unit for Research Trials and Outcomes in Skin is assisting ALS Therapy Development Institute (TDI) in learning more about ALS and potential therapies.
 
8/11/14 Four Drug Categories Can Help to Better Manage Chronic Itch 
Dermatology Times:  Dermatologist, Sarina Elmariah, MD shared insights based on her research and clinical experience on managing chronic itch by targeting the right itch.
 
8/11/14  Psoriasis Ups Risk of Cancer, Serious Infection
MedPage Today: At a recent Academy of Dermatology meeting, Alexa Kimball, MD presented data reporting  rates of malignancy among patients with psoriasis outpaced national averages, irrespective of therapy in most cases.
 
7/9/2014: MGH Researchers Discover UV Radiation May Be Addictive
WBZ Boston: Watch a video as Dr. Mallika Marshall interviews David Fisher, MD, PhD regarding new MGH research that indicates that ultraviolet radiation (UV) may be addictive.
 
6/20/2014: Why is sunning like addiction? Study could explain

NBC Today:  Watch a video that features David Fisher, MD, PhD, Chief of Dermatology at Mass General explain a new study that finds that UV light may be addicting. This study and its implications have been highlighted both nationally and globally.  Here are a few links to related stories:

CBS News: Addicted to Tanning? Sunshine can really act like a drug, study finds
Fox News:  UV exposure may cause drug-like addiction
BBC News: Sunbathing 'may be addictive' warning
ABC News Australia: New study finds UV light may be physically addictive 
  

 
6/12/2014  Alice Hatch is one in 100 Honorees
Concord Journal:  Hensin Tsao, MD, Director of the Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Center honors Alice Hatch for understanding  the devastation of disease, the importance of research, the challenges of funding and the benefits of knowledge.
 
6/1/2014 4 Sunscreen Mistakes You are Probably Making
Boston.com: HensinTsao, MD Mass General Dermatologist discusses the 4 sunscreen mistakes that people make.
 
5/31/2014  The Enduring Promise of a Thinner You
New York Times: Read about the non-invasive body contouring treatment that melts fat that was developed at Mass General Dermatology.  Mathew Avram, MD explains how this works and that it's not for weight loss, but for body contouring of stubborn areas of fat.
 
2/28/2014 Thermo-laser treatment creates buzz...but not for reason you may think

NECN: Video report about a new laser treatment for under arm sweat.  Mathew Avram, MD, Director of the Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center discusses other alternatives for reducing under arm sweat.

 
2/1/2014 Indoor Tanning: The Link to Melanoma is No Longer Deniable
Skin Cancer Foundation: Dr. David Fisher along with Drs. Elena Hawryluk and Alan Geller summarize research published over two decades that provides compelling evidence of the tanning's link to melanoma and other skin cancers.
 
1/14/2014 Study: Baby wipes may cause skin problems
NECN News: Watch a video featuring MGH Dermatologist, Maryanne M. Senna, MD discussing why some baby wipes may be causing skin problems and what ingredients in the wipes may be problematic.
 
1/6/2014 Laser Hair Removal's Risks
New York Times Online:  Mathew Avram MD, Director of the MGH Laser and Cosmetic Center discusses the risks of laser hair removal when performed by non-physicians with minimal training.  The article provides factors you should consider.
 
8/15/2013  Are You Getting A Good Skin Cancer Check?
Health.com: Hensin Tsao, MD, Director of the Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Center at Massachusetts General Hospital talks about the importance of getting a good skin cancer check.