ASCP Skin Deep

MARCH | APRIL 2017

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www.ascpskincare.com 19 beautybuzz INDUSTRY NEWS Spotlighting Diversity Racial and ethnic groups can be underrepresented in dermatological research. A review article published online by JAMA Dermatology attempted to discover why. Arash Mostaghimi, MD, MPA, MPH, of Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and coauthors analyzed 626 articles reporting randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for a variety of skin conditions. Among 58 studies conducted exclusively within the United States that recorded race/ethnicity, only 46 noted specific racial categories. The review concludes, "Journals and funding sources can reinforce our diverse clinical trial population by continuing to prioritize racial, ethnic, and genetic diversity within the articles they fund and publish; requiring reporting of racial and ethnic data in all dermatology RCTs will lead us even further. These combined efforts will enable dermatology to be an example within medicine for how to best achieve diversity within research and, by extension, clinical practice." White Wine and Melanoma A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research), shows alcohol intake—and specifically white wine—was associated with higher rates of invasive melanoma among white men and women. Author Eunyoung Cho, ScD, an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and colleagues sought to determine whether alcohol consumption increased melanoma risk. They used data from three large prospective cohort studies in which participants were followed for a mean of 18.3 years. Each drink per day of white wine was associated with a 13 percent increased risk of melanoma. Other forms of alcohol—beer, red wine, and liquor—did not significantly affect melanoma risk. Cho said it was surprising that white wine was the only drink independently associated with increased risk of melanoma. The reason for the association is unknown. However, research has shown that some wine has higher levels of pre-existing acetaldehyde than beer or spirits. While red and white wine may have similar amounts of pre-existing acetaldehyde, the antioxidants in red wine may offset the risks, Cho said. Research Finds New studies to share with your clients YOUR CHOICE YOUR VOICE A S C P S K I N D E E P 2017 R E A DE RS ' C H O I C E A W A R D S Have you cast your vote for ASCP's 1st annual Readers' Choice Awards? If not, please let your voice be heard! We want to know your favorite back bar and retail products, devices, lash extensions, and more. Vote now at www.ascpskincare.com/vote-readers-choice. Winners will be announced in our September/October issue.

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