Dr. Kristen Forman

Dr. Kristen Forman The mission of this page is to provide interesting medical information to it's members. Thanks, enjoy and let's have fun!

The content will include medical and cosmetic dermatology, general medical and basic science facts and occasional health policy updates. This page is not an avenue to share personal medical information or to seek medical advice. Please contact my office with clinical questions as I may not check the page with regularity.


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WHO (world health organization) has declared video game addiction a mental disorder. Needless to say Video Games Coalition, an industry lobbying group isn’t happy and asks WHO to reconsider its decision. Let’s get our kids outside playing this summer😀.


This from Dermatology Daily:

Switching To Chemical-Free Cosmetics, Shampoos May Quickly Lower Levels Of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals In The Bodies Of Teen Girls.

HealthDay (3/8, Preidt) reports, “Switching to chemical-free cosmetics and shampoos quickly lowers levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the bodies of teen girls,” a study published March 7 in Environmental Health Perspectives suggests. In the study, “100 Hispanic teens...used makeup, shampoo and lotions that were labeled free of chemicals for three days.” Just “after this short break from their regular products, levels of the hormone-disrupting chemicals in the girls’ urine fell between 27 percent and 45 percent,” researchers found.



Los Angeles Hospital Pays Bitcoin Ransom To Restore Computers.

The Los Angeles Times (2/17, Winton) reports Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center CEO Allen Stefanek released a statement on Wednesday admitting that the hospital paid $17,000 in bitcoin to a hacker to restore its network, which had been shut down by ransomware. The Times adds that Stefanek says the hacker turned over the decryption key and the hospital was able to restore its computer systems on Monday. The Washington Post (2/17, Dalton, Myers) reports Stefanek said the hospital paid the ransom after determining it was “the quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions.” According to the CBS Evening News (2/17, story 3, 1:15, Pelley), the FBI is investigating the incident, but declined to comment.


This is not good.

Hacking Of Healthcare Records Skyrocketed 11,000% Last Year.

NBC News (2/13, Costello) reported on its website and in its NBC Nightly News broadcast on Friday that “experts say health care-record hacking is skyrocketing — up 11,000 percent last year alone.” NBC reports that this amounts to “roughly one out of every three Americans” that have had their healthcare records compromised. These hacks “give criminals a wealth of personal information that, unlike a credit card number, can last forever.” These health records are sold on a “dark web” where “complete health care records are a gold mine, going for $60 each,” because “criminals can use such records to order prescriptions, pay for treatments and surgery and even file false tax returns.”


This is amazing. Pretty soon every ambulance will stock these.

FDA Approves Syringe That Fills Bullet Wounds In 20 Seconds.

The Huffington Post (12/10, Meers) reports that the Food and Drug Administration approved RevMedX’s Xstat Rapid Hemostasis System, a “sponge-filled syringe that fills gunshot wounds in as little as 20 seconds,” for adolescent and adult civilian use. The device was formerly limited to military use.

Courtesy of DermatologyDaily.


Can't wait to try these!

Engineers Design “Band-Aid Of The Future.”

The Washington Times (12/8, Harper) reports that engineers have designed the “band-aid of the future,” called a “smart wound dressing.” It contains “temperature sensors, semiconductor chips and tiny reservoirs of medicine embedded in a super-thin, flexible, almost rubbery hydrogel which stretches over even tricky areas like elbows or knees.” The engineers also envision it being used “inside the body – employed as a ‘biocompatible’ monitor for the levels of glucose or other vital indicators, without risk of rejection by the body.” The research was published in the journal Advanced Materials.


Multiple Copies Of Gene Credited With Elephants’ Low Rates Of Cancer.

USA Today (10/8, Szabo) reports on a study published online in JAMA and led by Joshua Schiffman of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, finding that despite their long lives of 70 years or so and their great growth from “200-pound babies to 12,000-pound giants,” elephants rarely get cancer, with “less than 5% of elephant deaths in captivity” being connected to cancer. One reason the study identifies is that elephants have “40 copies” of TP53, “a key cancer-fighting gene,” whereas humans “typically have just two".


Once again, a study suggesting coffee is good for your health. Drink up!

National Institutes of Health–AARP prospective cohort diet and health study that commenced in 1995 to 1996 and concluded on December 31, 2006. They observed that the lower risk for melanoma was only associated with caffeinated coffee. Unexpectedly, they also observed that caffeinated coffee drinking only decreased the risk for melanoma but not melanoma in situ.


Coming to a sunscreen near you!

We diagnose and treat skin cancer every day in our Southern Californian practice. It is wonderful to see research take an interdisciplinary approach to UV protection.

Researchers “observed that fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds produce a compound called gadusol, which helps to provide protection from the sun’s potentially harmful rays.”


It's too soon to recommend supplementing yet, but will continue to watch how it unfolds!

Vitamin B3 May Help Reduce Risk Of Certain Skin Cancers.
The New York Times (5/14, Pollack, Subscription Publication) reports that research suggests that “an inexpensive vitamin can help reduce the occurrence of common skin cancers in people prone to” the disease. Investigators found “in a clinical trial” that “people who took two pills a day of nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3 available as a nutritional supplement, had a 23 percent lower risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer than those who” were given a placebo.


Obamacare, Private Medicare Plans Must Keep Updated Doctor Directories In 2016

-Californians have had trouble finding doctors in their plans and others who were misled into thinking their providers were in network have been “socked with huge out-of-network bills,” said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who issued an emergency regulation requiring plans to update their directories weekly.

This is good news. I am currently listed on insurance websites as a covered Provider with exchange plans and I am not in network. It is unfair to patients and doctors alike.


How can an industry that is injecting a foreign substance into the body and has the potential to spread blood-borne illness (hep C and Hiv) not have licensing and safety oversight?

Pennsylvania Bill Seeks To Regulate State’s Tattoo Industry.
The York (PA) Daily Record (2/18, Baczewski, Sholtis) reports that a bill passed by the Pennsylvania House last year sought to regulate the state’s tattoo industry. However, “the bill died when the Senate failed to take action in the last legislative session.” Now, “supporters hope the bill, also known as the Body Art Establishment Regulation Act, gains momentum again.” The legislation “would require tattoo parlors and artists both private and public — what the bill refers to as a ‘body art establishment’ — to undergo a licensing and regulatory process.”


I haven't had a chance to look at the study, but I really hope it's true! Anything to justify my morning Joe habit.

-National Cancer Institute is “saying four or more cups a day reduces the risk of malignant melanoma by 20 percent.”


Just Don't!

About 3,200 People Suffered An Indoor Tanning Injury Every Year In The US Between 2003 And 2012.
USA Today (12/16, Painter) reports that a study by CDC researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that “an estimated 1,957 indoor tanners landed in U.S.” emergency departments (EDs) “in 2012 after burning their skin or eyes, fainting or suffering other injuries.” CDC researcher Gery Guy “says the actual number of injuries is certainly higher because the study did not include injured people who did not go to” EDs.


If this doesn't make you want to wash your hands.....

Researchers Find 3,000 Types Of Bacteria On Dollar Bills.

The Wall Street Journal (4/19, Hotz, Subscription Publication) reported that researchers with New York University’s Dirty Money Project analyzed DNA found on 80 one-dollar bills collected in New York City and discovered some 3,000 different types of bacteria, some of which were associated with acne, food poisoning, pneumonia, gastric ulcers and staph infections.


Exercise Appears To Keep Skin Younger.

The New York Times (4/16, Reynolds) “Well” blog reports that according to a study presented recently at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting, “exercise not only appears to keep skin younger, it may also even reverse skin aging in people who start exercising late in life.” The 29-participant study revealed that “after age 40, the men and women who exercised frequently had markedly thinner, healthier stratum corneums and thicker dermis layers in their skin.” What’s more, “their skin was much closer in composition to that of the 20- and 30-year-olds than to that of others of their age, even if they were past age 65.”


Green Tea Extract Found To Reduce Tumors With New Delivery System.

The Daily Telegraph (UK) (8/22, Adams) reports, "Green tea has long been suspected of having anti-cancer properties and the extract, called epigallocatechin gallate, has been investigated before. However, this is the first time researchers have managed to make it effective at shrinking tumours." The researchers "devised a 'targeted delivery system,' piggy-backing the extract on proteins that carry iron molecules, which cancer tumours Hoover up." With that system, "the lab test on one type of human skin cancer showed 40 per cent of tumours disappeared after a month of treatment, while an additional 30 per cent shrank." The research appears in the journal Nanomedicine.


FDA Warns Supplements Contain Dangerous Drugs.

In continuing coverage, ABC News (8/24, Neporent) reports on its website that the FDA has issued another Safety Warning about "Reumofan and Reumofan Plus," which are marketed as "natural dietary supplements for treating arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer, and other conditions." The agency said the supplements contain "several potentially dangerous ingredients that are not listed on the label," including dexamethasone, a corticosteroid; diclofenac sodium, an NSAID; and methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant. FDA spokesperson Sarah Clark-Lynn said that since its first Safety Warning in June, the agency "has received dozens of additional adverse event reports, including death and stroke," associated with supplements, which are manufactured in Mexico by Riger Naturals

Driver's side window!  Yikes, I commute.

Driver's side window! Yikes, I commute.


Be on the lookout for painful red spots on the palms, sole and roof of mouth. Normally benign and self-limited, there can be more aggressive strains!

New Strain Of Hand, Foot And Mouth Virus Spreads Across Country.
USA Today (4/20, Weise) reports that a new variant of hand, foot and mouth virus -- for which there is no treatment -- is spreading across the United States, first reported in December. "The variant swept Alabama in March, state epidemiologist Mary McIntyre said" and hospitalized 15 people. Now there are reports in California, Nevada, New York and Massachusetts. One pediatrician noted that "the new variant is 'redder and more angry-looking' than A16" with lesions that are "fleshy and bigger and can run together so they cover the hands and feet.


Thyme-based tinctures may be more effective than benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of acne- reported at The Society of Microbiology conference. Thyme was more effective than marigold or myrrh.


Tanning salons are the modern day to***co industry. A chance for a do-over? Idaho just said no. Other states have said yes! What do you think?


FDA Approves Ingenol Mebutate Gel To Treat Actinic Keratosis.
Medscape (1/27, Kerr) reports, "The US Food and Drug Administration has approved ingenol mebutate gel (.015% and .05%; Picato, LEO Pharma) in a treatment course that can be as short as 2 or 3 days for the treatment of actinic keratosis (AK)." The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) notes that "1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer, and approximately 65% of squamous cell carcinomas begin as untreated AK.


This one's for Todd! Supplements aren't regulated the same way medications are. Buyer beware.

Consumer Reports Faults Quality Of Some Fish Oil Supplements.

The Los Angeles Times (12/7, Stein) "Booster Shots" blog reports, "In a Consumer Reports test of fish oil supplements, most passed muster but some didn't measure up on quality."
According to MedPage Today (12/7, Smith), the magazine's health editor said testing revealed that some of the supplements "were not as pure as one might think." Testing three lots for each brand, the magazine found all brands contained the claimed amounts of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty oils and contaminants did not exceed levels set by the US Pharmacopeia or the European Union. But four brands had at least one sample with enough PCB to trigger a warning required by a California law, and two coated samples failed tests for coating durability. The magazine "quoted the FDA as saying the agency has not taken action against any manufacturer for contaminants because it doesn't see a health risk." An industry group charged that the magazine put a "negative spin" on what were actual positive findings, and disputed some test methodology


Higher SCC Rates Associated With Elevated Levels Of Radon Gas.

Reuters (12/1, Norton) reports that according to a study published online Nov. 11 in the journal Epidemiology, rates of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) may be increased in areas in which radon gas occurs at elevated levels. After examining the rates of various skin cancers in 287 postal codes in the southwestern part of England, researchers found that in areas in which radon was more than 230 Becquerel per cubic meter (Bq/m3), squamous cell cancer rates were some 76% higher than in areas with much lower levels of the radioactive gas. No similar association appears to exist for melanoma or for basal cell carcinoma, however


The road to immortality?

French researchers showed that "cells from elderly donors can be rejuvenated as stem cells, erasing the ravages of age and proving that aging is reversible." Another group showed that "aging could be reversed in mice that were treated with telomerase." A third study in the US "conducted on genetically-modified mice...showed that the removal of senescent cells, which cease to renew themselves and increase with age -- they represent 10-15 percent of an elderly person's cells -- would prevent or defer aging."


The changes in healthcare delivery over the next decade should be very interesting.

Wal-Mart May Partner With Vendors To Expand Health Clinics.
USA Today (11/10, Malcolm) reports, "Wal-Mart may expand on its 140 in-store health clinics by partnering with outside vendors to provide chronic and preventive health care services for everything from HIV and diabetes to pregnancy testing." In addition to its current clinics, Wal-Mart is "trying to provide more comprehensive care by asking potential vendors to explain their qualifications and plans for providing continued services for chronic conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, HIV, arthritis and high cholesterol." While some question whether Wal-Mart "would offer a quality service, or just the cheapest service," others note that "for those with low incomes or who don't have health insurance coverage, it may be a great idea.


Drinking Coffee Associated With Decreased BCC Risk.

The Los Angeles Times (10/25, Brown) "Booster Shots" blog reports that according to research presented yesterday at the American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, "drinking coffee was associated with decreased risk of a common and slow-growing form of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma (BCC)." After "examining data from the Nurses' Health Study, which followed 72,921 people between 1984 and 2008, and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which followed 39,976 people between 1986 and 2008," researchers found that "women who drank more than three cups of coffee had a 20% reduction in risk for basal cell carcinoma."

However, "drinking decaffeinated coffee did not have any effect on skin cancer risk, which leads researchers to suspect caffeine is the key ingredient." Researchers are now "also looking into whether caffeine should be added to sunscreen to increase its effectiveness against skin cancer."

"the study could not prove cause-and-effect...and at this point the finding remains an association only."


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HI Kristen! Hope all is well with you guys. Ha, the picture on the bottom make me want to come in see you.... take care. HH