Galderma Launches SKINPACT Awards

Galderma, in partnership with the International League of Dermatologic Societies (ILDS), has launched the SKINPACT Awards, part of a global initiative developed to support the dermatology community. Winning entries—in the categories Community Leadership and Excellence in Education—will be awarded $15,000 to fund future projects in leadership and education that improve communities and patient care....

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Galderma Launches SKINPACT Awards

Galderma, in partnership with the International League of Dermatologic Societies (ILDS...

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Galderma Launches SKINPACT Awards

Galderma, in partnership with the International League of Dermatologic Societies (ILDS), has launched the SKINPACT Awards, part of a global initiative developed to support the dermatology community. Winning entries—in the categories Community Leadership and Excellence in Education—will be awarded $15,000 to fund future projects in leadership and education that improve communities and patient care.

Community leadership proposals should take a fresh and sustainable approach to improving the lives of patients with skin conditions and may include:

  • Projects aimed at improving quality of life for patients, both physical and psychological (e.g., supporting patients in their daily lives, helping patients accept their conditions, advice on environmental factors and healthy living)
  • Projects aimed at facilitating public access to care (e.g., free screening, travelling doctors)
  • Initiatives leading to improved social integration for patients by improving self-esteem and reducing stigma (e.g., behavior therapy, activities encouraging socializing)

Excellence in education proposals should be aimed at educating healthcare professionals and public communities about skin health issues and may...

PDL and AFL Treatments Improve Appearance of Surgical Scars

In a study published in Dermatologic Surgery (September 2014), researchers Dai Hyun Kim, MD, et al, compared the efficacy of carbon dioxide ablative fractional lasers (AFL) and pulsed dye lasers (PDL) for surgical scar improvement. A 10,600nm AFL and a 595nm PDL were used to treat surgical scars on 14 Korean patients; half of each scar was treated with each laser.

AFL improved the pliability and thickness of the scars more effectively than PDL, while PDL demonstrated superior improvement of vascularity and pigmentation. The researchers note that both modalities significantly minimized the appearance of surgical scars, with no overall statistical difference between the two modalities.

ALPHAEON Acquires TouchMD

ALPHAEON, a subsidiary of Strathspey Crown Holdings, has acquired TouchMD, a software platform that helps physicians educate patients. TouchMD is currently utilized in over 10 countries and more than 800 practices. APLPHAEON will be responsible for all operations, sales and promotions in the U.S. and international markets, effective immediately.

“ALPHAEON’s unique business model and focus on innovation will help physicians build deeper patient relationships, leading to higher patient satisfaction and practice profitability,” said Kary Smith, CEO of TouchMD. “Through the acquisition, we will continue to drive innovation and provide specialty physicians the latest patient engagement solutions.”