Monthly Archives: May 2016

New Technological Advancements in Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis affects more than 4% of the population, according to new reports. And thankfully, there are various treatments that dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and other medical professionals recommend if you’re suffering from “the night sweats.”

“Clinically diagnosed axillary hyperhidrosis affects over 4% of the population and up to 21% of the population is bothered by sweat,” Carolyn Jacob, M.D., director of the Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology center in Chicago, said.

Dermatology Times reports that there are at least 10 new devices being implemented and studied for treatment of hyperhidrosis, including microwave, radiofrequency, ultrasound, and laser technologies.

More than 90% of patients suffering with hyperhidrosis report that their emotional state is directly affected by the disease.

“People hate to sweat,” Dr. Jacob said. “They need to know there is a treatment for it — especially, if they have clinically significant sweating, which impairs the quality of daily activities and work.”

One of the more beneficial treatments — microwave technology — can also reduce hair and issues with odor.

“Microwave technology shows an 89% typical reduction of sweat after two treatments, spaced two months apart,” Dr. Jacob stated. “This technology has the most clinical patients studied to date.”

There is more research being done regarding treatment settings and parameters for new technologies that best treat hyperhidrosis. Researchers are looking at the potential for palmar hyperhidrosis treatments through microwave technology.

According to Family Practice News, new antiperspirant treatments containing aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex are less irritating than previous hyperhidrosis treatment methods.

Dr. David M. Pariser told Family Practice News that although the new treatments are less irritating, patients seeking more permanent treatment should still elect microwave thermolysis. “The most common side effects are swelling and tenderness in the treated area, which can last up to a few weeks,” Dr. Pariser said.

The advancement in treatment — and increased amount of knowledge — for hyperhidrosis is changing people’s lives for the better. The treatments “lead to greater improvement of a patient’s quality of life,” Dr. Pariser said, “more than treatment of any other dermatologic disorder.”

Energy Secretary Disagrees with Obama’s ‘War on Coal’

Coal, mine, power.In light of the Obama administration recently declaring a “war on coal,” a top federal official is now saying that isn’t the case.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz agrees that the Obama administration is committing to a future with less carbon going into the atmosphere but does not advocate for ending the use of coal for electrical production in the United States.

The Charlotte Observer reports Moniz as stating, “Make no bones about it— we start with the assertion, the commitment, that we are talking about a progressively lower carbon future. But we have not abandoned coal as a part of the future.”

Most scientists believe that the build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is among other problems, driving climate change, causing drought, and increasing the severity of storms.

Because of this, President Obama has pushed policies requiring the lowering of carbon and mercury emissions from power plants, along with other rules aimed at protecting air and water quality.

These recent environmental policies have played a part in driving down the demand for coal. Even with this in mind, coal is the third largest economy in Latin America and continues to grow 4 to 6% percent per year.

To support his stance, Moniz brought up the billions of dollars the Obama administration has put aside for research on technology that will remove carbon from power plant emissions.

Additionally, he points out how Obama has requested money for different programs aimed to help areas hurt by a downturn in coal. Job retraining for miners is just one idea Obama wants to implement.

Moniz claims that with these numbers in mind, it is hard to believe that Obama can wage a war on coal.

Obama, Merkel Visit World’s Largest Industrial Trade Show to Discuss Controversial Deal

Trade Show Convention Badge Register for Conference or EventU.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a two-hour tour of the world’s largest industrial technology trade show, which took place in Hanover, Germany, on Monday, April 25. The two world leaders seemed to be in good spirits as they viewed exhibits featuring technology and exciting new products.

Half of the largest trade shows in the U.S. take place in Las Vegas, Chicago, and Orlando, but Merkel personally invited Obama to showcase U.S. businesses at the Hanover trade show, and nearly 400 U.S. businesses were represented.

Hanover Messe has been the world’s most important industrial trade fair since its introduction to the world in 1947 as a postwar industrial upturn for the German economy.

Obama’s high-profile visit to Germany concluded in a meeting to discuss a proposed trade deal between the U.S. and the E.U.

The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been met with a great deal of opposition, particularly from the Germans. As President Obama landed in Germany this past weekend, he was greeted by thousands of protesters opposing the controversial trade deal. Protesters carried signs that said “Yes We Can–Stop TTIP!” as a riff on the president’s 2008 campaign slogan.

Despite mass disapproval, the U.S. president stands by his decision. He said, “Angela and I agree that the United States and the European Union need to keep moving forward with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.”

Merkel agreed with President Obama, saying, “It is good for the German economy, it is good for the European economy.”

Those in opposition worry that high tariffs at U.S. customs might make it difficult for Americans to afford European goods, thus making it harder for European farmers and firms to export their products.

Veterans Helping Veterans Get Free Dental Care With ‘Salute to Smiles’

teethAccording to the ADA, a person’s most important physical feature is their smile, outranking the eyes, hair, and body. Now, some veterans are able to regain their confidence and show off their smile with the program Salute to Smiles.

The Wisconsin oral surgery center, Bay Oral Surgery and Implant Center is giving local veterans some much needed help with their painful dental problems.

Salute to Smiles is a program designed to bring together veterans with dentists with military backgrounds to provide life-changing dental procedures.

This program was inspired by Bay Oral Surgery’s ex-military oral surgeons, Dr. Charles Ellis, Dr. David LeMoine, and Dr. Bradley Koch. Together everyone participating in this event has 125 years worth of service in all branches of the military.

Dr. LeMoine tells NBC26, “It’s really nice to be able to give back to the veterans. They’ve served so much and they came back with not so warm a reception from the Vietnam time.” He believes giving free restorative dental care to his comrades in arms who cannot afford it is a great opportunity.

For Michael Schuenke, a 23-year Air Force and Navy veteran, he finds it incredibly difficult to get proper dental treatment through the Veterans Affairs insurance plans. He only went to the dentist when the pain was almost unbearable, and as a result was chewing food with his two front teeth because he had only one chewing tooth left.

Schuenke applied after hearing about Salute to Smiles, and was one of the six veterans accepted into the program. He is now on a four-month oral treatment plan that includes crowns, an implant, and dentures.

All his efforts are made worthwhile when Dr. LeMoine sees his patients regain their confidence and quality of living. He attributes it to veterans helping veterans.

The dental procedures typically cost over thousands of dollars, but because of Salute to Smiles, the six veterans will never see a bill.