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Posts for: October, 2012

October 29, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

I am grounded in St. Louis for the hurricane. Hoping to get back to NYC Thursday in time to see patients on Friday. I apologize to any of those we were not able to reach about our office being closed; Liz spent four hours making her way to work today, Wednesday. Look forward to seeing you later this week.

In the meantime you can leave a message via our contact us form. My staff will be checking them, and will be in the office beginning today.

To all of you in the wind, rain, and maybe snow, I wish you a safe and uneventful passage.

Come to our Open House for CoolSculpting (CoolSculpting) on November 7th!




                              Before                                        Results 75 days after one CoolSculpting® treatment 




I will be discussing this new procedure for both men and women to reduce stubborn areas of fat without pain or downtime. There will be videos and testimonials as well as before and after photos for you to view.  Perhaps best of all, we will be raffling off one free procedure! Since we limit these open houses to a small number of individuals, you have a very good chance of winning!

It will be held in our office at 109 East 61st Street from 5 to 7 PM   .Reservations are absolutely required  (Contact Us) .

See you then!

October 22, 2012
Category: Acne
Tags: bacteriphage  

Studies are now finding the bacteria that cause acne are increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatment. We have seen a tripling of drug-resistant acne bacteria over the last few decades. As this becomes more common, researchers are scrambling to come up with new treatments for acne. One promising possibility involves harnessing a harmless virus living on skin that naturally seeks out and kills the bacteria that cause pimples.       

A tiny bacteriophage virus can cripple the bacteria that cause troublesome acne on teens' skin.Thes tiny bacteriophages may help fight acne on teens' skin. Photo by Charles                                                         Charles Bowman/University of Pittsburg

An article published in the September issue of the Journal of Applied Microbiology describes this entirely new way to fight acne: taking a harmless virus that lives on the skin and programming it to become a bacteria killer. "The virus is going to go and kill the bacteria that causes acne. It's just going to break it apart and burst its membrane so there's no time for the bacteria to mutate," she says. It's sort of a surprise attack.

The approach is a promising way to get rid of acne without using antibiotics. If further lab studies prove successful, researchers will begin testing on people to see if viral therapy is both safe and effective in fighting acne.

See the article abstact:


Patients with psoriasis are almost nine times more likely to have enlarged tonsils, compared with patients without psoriasis, according to the results of a small study by Dr. Marianna Shvartsbeyn and her coinvestigators, reported at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting. The study was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Patients with psoriasis were found to have had an odds ratio of 8.77 for having enlarged tonsils (grade 2 or greater), compared with healthy controls. Tonsillar size also was significantly larger in patients with psoriasis (mean tonsil grade, 1.78), than in control patients (mean tonsil grade, 0.86); the severity of psoriasis was positively associated with tonsil size, Dr. Shvartsbeyn and her colleagues reported.

Limited clinical data have suggested that there is an association between enlarged tonsils and inflammatory skin disease. Small studies have shown that among patients with psoriasis, the skin lesions disappeared or improved after tonsillectomy."Our hypothesis is that in chronic tonsillar hypertrophy, bacterial species that reside in the tonsils are released into the circulation and cause stimulation of T cells. As a result of this constant chronic stimulation, an autoreactive clone may be formed. The auto-clone may produce an antibody attacking the skin and drive inflammatory response. In some individuals, this exaggerated immune response may manifest as psoriasis," the investigators wrote.

And although there is empirical evidence "that tonsillectomy improved skin lesions in patients with psoriasis..., further studies are needed." Dr. Shvartsbeyn noted in an interview.

For more information, go to:[tt_news]=136913&cHash=da03e20e36

and visit my library: Psoriasis

An article in the Journal of Organic Chemistry by Rebecca Braslau et al describes the discovery of a nontoxic spray that will light up in the presence of urushiol, the active chemical in the oil from poisen ivy, oak and sumac that causes a nasty rash.

Not yet ready for prime time, I for one will be watching for the commercial release, as many of my patients with poisen ivy get recurrences from contact with the invisible oil on their clothing and linens or other objects.

In the meantime, using Technu to wash the oil from your body or clothing, and Ivy Block to help protect the skin from inadvertant exposures.

for more information, check out the story by Joe Palco on NPR:

Or check out our library: Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac