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Expert perspective: What we know about psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disease that affects 7.5 million Americans, yet little is spoken about the skin condition. It is commonly confused with eczema, which is a severe form of dry, sensitive skin.

The disease, most commonly appearing at ages 20-30 and 50-60, is a chronic condition that causes scaly and irritated skin. Normal cells grow every four weeks and flake off, but with psoriasis, cells grow every few days, causing the skin cells to build on top of eachother.

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Ouch! 6 steps to avoid sunburns

Come this August, the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Vanicream and the Minnesota State Fair will have fair-goers covered for a long day under the sun. The partnership aims to keep Minnesotans protected from damaging sun rays by providing free Vanicream sunscreen at all 11 booths throughout the grounds.

While just one sunburn may seem harmless, long-term effects of multiple burns are enough to consider lathering (and re-lathering) the sunblock at this year’s ‘Great Minnesota Get-Together’. Health Talk turned to Megan Wood, M.D., from the University of Minnesota Medical School, to find out how taking advantage of sunscreen can help avoid these risks.

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Expert Perspective: Debunking indoor tanning myths

If you’ve ever vacationed to a sunny beach spot, you’ve probably considered hitting the tanning salon to get a ‘base tan’ before leaving. In light of National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Health Talk spoke to DeAnn Lazovich, M.P.H., Ph.D., from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota and the School of Public Health, who debunked four common tanning myths.

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U of M Expert Perspectives: The problem with wipes, or how to protect delicate skin

A report out of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine is causing chatter in parenting groups nationwide, but for dermatologists, the findings simply confirm what they’ve been saying all along.

Preservatives in baby wipes may be causing skin reactions, and parents should limit exposure of these types of chemicals to a child’s skin.

HealthTalk spoke with Ingrid Polcari, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology and a practicing pediatric dermatologist, for more.

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Tips for avoiding summer burns

After a long winter, many folks are eager to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities that come with summer. Ingrid Polcari, M.D., an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Dermatology, offers some tips to Health Talk readers on how to avoid sun as well as sunburns and thermal burns.

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Sunscreen 101

Winter is over, the sun is shining and across the country and it’s pleasant enough to roll down the windows, break out your favorite pair of shorts and sandals and get outside.

But before you head out for a day of fun in the sun, you may want to take note of some recent changes to the label on your sunscreen bottle…

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