November 2012 Articles


Keeping Kids Safe

Harper Price, MD, pediatric dermatologist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, in Arizona, cares for children with a range of genetic and congenital skin conditions including large congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN). One central focus of her caregiving role relates to keeping her kids safe in the sun.

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Searching for the Cause

On Friday, November 9, 2012, noted nevus scientist Veronica Kinsler of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London presented an important discovery at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Human Genetics in San Francisco. This discovery may speed up the ongoing search for ways to help people affected by congenital melanocytic nevi and neurocutaneous melanocytosis.

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Children and Teens with Facial Differences at High Risk of Experiencing Negative Social Behavior

“Worries about other people’s reaction are one of the most frequently expressed concerns of parents of children with facial differences. These concerns are also an important factor in the decision for plastic surgery,” says Ornella Masnari, a psychologist and PhD student at University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. Regrettably, up to now, there has been little research in this field. Therefore, Masnari and her colleagues thought, “Let’s do our own study.”

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