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Research on sweat glands suggests a route to better skin grafts

  Hair first, sweat later: Researchers found that two opposing signaling pathways guide the formation of hair follicles and sweat glands. In humans, ...

Study identifies a way to prevent burn injury infection – without antibiotics

DALLAS – A new way to fight multidrug-resistant bacteria by blinding them rather than killing them proved highly effective in a model ...

Clinical trial of infection detecting bandages begins

A clinical trial of a smart bandage which changes colour when it detects infections is beginning using samples from burns patients from four UK hospitals. ... Full story

Tasting light: New type of photoreceptor is 50 times more efficient than the human eye

ANN ARBOR—An international team of scientists led by the University of Michigan has discovered a new type of photoreceptor—only the third to be found in animals—that is about 50 times more efficient at capturing light than the rhodopsin in the human eye. ... Full story

Uncombable hair gene discovered

Team under the leadership of the University of Bonn finds mutations in three genes that lead to uncombable hair ... Full story

Skin bacteria could protect against disease

There are more and more examples of the ways in which we can benefit from our bacteria. According to researcher Rolf Lood from Lund University in Sweden, this is true for the skin as well. He has shown that the most common bacteria on human skin secrete a protein which protects us from the reactive oxygen species thought to contribute to several skin diseases. The protein has an equally strong effect on dangerous oxygen species as known antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E. ... Full story

Genomic testing could speed research on skin disease and bring new drugs to patients faster

In an ideal world, the newest and most effective drugs for chronic inflammatory conditions would immediately help everyone who took them. Unfortunately, in the real world, it can take several months to determine whether a given patient will respond to one of these medications, which target specific components of the immune system. ... Full story

More than 1 billion people are at risk for this skin disease: Have you heard of it?

Graduate student at USC’s Spatial Sciences Institute wants to boost awareness for a disease caused by a parasitic flea ... Full story

Got eczema? It may just be bad evolutionary luck, study finds

genetic variant associated strongly with eczema may be a random artifact of evolution, study finds ... Full story

Global health organizations launch first-ever worldwide database on psoriasis, following WHO recommendation

WHO reveals knowledge gaps on psoriasis: prevalence estimates vary from 0.09% to 11.4%. In response, three partner organizations will create first-ever global epidemiological psoriasis database. The Global Psoriasis Atlas will be a catalyst for psoriasis research, policy and healthcare provision worldwide. ... Full story

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