Top Doctors Make a Difference

How important is obtaining quality healthcare for you and your family?  Most people would agree that taking a chance with their healthcare is a bad idea. Yet we do not always receive top-quality care when visiting a doctor or hospital and too often patients simply don’t know how to find the best doctor to deliver the best care.

According to Castle Connolly, “some people believe that patient ratings are the best source of information on doctors. Unfortunately, that is a misguided assumption. Patients may be able to rate a doctor’s “bedside manner,” but they know little about the complexity of medical care.”

As Marty Makarty, M.D. a surgeon at John Hopkins, wrote in his widely acclaimed book Unaccountable; “So how does a patient who hasn’t been to medical school find the best care? The only real way to judge health care quality is to ask health professionals who work closely with doctors daily.”

Every year Washingtonian Magazine selects the best doctors in the Washington, DC area, as voted by area doctors.  Dr. Brenda Dintiman, co-founder of DermUtopia has been named again this year as a “Best Doctor”.  Dr. Dintiman has consistently won Top Doc awards. Washingtonian Magazine awarded Dr. Dintiman this prestigious award each year from 1999 through 2015. In 2016 she also received the Top Doc Award from Northern Virginia Magazine.

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6 Signs You Should Visit a Dermatologist for Regular Check-ups

By JESSICA WILLINGHAM –  READ ARTICLE at BUSTLE: https://goo.gl/wtr0DD

Skin is the body’s largest organ, and you’re bound to encounter some spots and marks throughout your lifetime. Some skin conditions are normal, like the occasional acne spot, but some most definitely aren’t, like an inconsistent mole. Here are seven signs you should visit a dermatologist so you can stop a serious problem before it gets worse.

If you don’t have a dermatologist yet, the sooner you find one, the better. While some things get better with age, your skin is not one of them. Major life changes like pregnancy and trauma can trigger skin issues like scarring and acne, and sun exposure and aging can cause dark spots and loss of collagen. Some of these issues are merely irritating, and others can be truly dangerous. Regular check-ups from your derm can solve surface issues or more importantly, save your life.

So how you know when to see a dermatologist? In addition to regular check-ups, you should visit the doctor’s office anytime you notice something unusual that hasn’t receded after a couple of days. Anything strange that’s sticking around for a while is a good reason to get a professional to check it out. Regular body checks for irregular spots, marks, and moles is necessary.

Below are some of the most common reason your should see a doc.

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DermUtopia Co-founder Christine Shanahan presenting findings at the University of Virginia School of Medicine

Christine Shanahan found herself drawn to the medical field and specifically dermatology as a young child. At the age of 16, she was given the opportunity to travel to the mountain towns outside of Acapulco, Mexico to assist volunteering dermatologists as they provided care for the underserved residents of the area. This experience highlighted that access to medical care is a worldwide problem. As a result, she was motivated to develop solutions to this problem. Her interest in healthcare remained constant throughout her years at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, guiding her to complete a BS degree in Neuroscience with a pre-medical concentration.

How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care

By MELINDA BECKColumnist, The Wall Street Journal.

After years of big promises, telemedicine is finally living up to its potential.

Driven by faster internet connections, ubiquitous smartphones and changing insurance standards, more health providers are turning to electronic communications to do their jobs—and it’s upending the delivery of health care.

Doctors are linking up with patients by phone, email and webcam. They’re also consulting with each other electronically—sometimes to make split-second decisions on heart attacks and strokes. Patients, meanwhile, are using new devices to relay their blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs to their doctors so they can manage chronic conditions at home.

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Skin-related disorders and Curcumin

Curcumin, or diferuloylmethane, is a crystalline compound which gives the East Asian spice turmeric its bright yellow color. The medicinal properties of this spice have been referenced in numerous countries and cultures throughout the world. Today, there is growing scientific evidence suggesting curcumin’s utility in the treatment of chronic pain, inflammatory dermatoses, acceleration of wound closure, skin infections, as well as cosmetic ailments such as dyspigmentation.

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DermUtopia Named a Top Telemedicine Site

You know you should see a dermatologist for rashes, moles, acne, and other skin conditions. However, fitting a visit to the dermatologist into your busy schedule can be difficult. Telemedicine is making it easier for people to receive care for their skin conditions.

Telemedicine allows you to visit the dermatologist quickly and for a relatively low cost. You can have a doctor review your skin condition without leaving your home. Simply submit a list of your symptoms and photos of the affected area through your computer, smartphone, or tablet. In most cases, you’ll hear back with a treatment plan within a few days.

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