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Baldness-Linked Cell Identified in Mice

As a privately practicing cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Keith S. Berman performs a variety of procedures aimed at helping patients increase their confidence and look their best. Dr. Keith Berman recently introduced a new hair-loss therapy to his practice that uses platelet-rich plasma, which causes naturally occurring growth factors to stimulate the hair follicles and promote growth. While medical science has long wondered what causes the greying and hair loss that is one of aging's earliest signs, there has to date been no scientific explanation as to why this occurs. Investigations have been able to identify skin stem cells in hair follicles as a key mechanism involved in hair growth, but the process that transforms these stem cells into hair cells has remained a mystery. Recently, however, a team of researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have identified the type of cell that prompts this transformation. The cell in question contains the protein KROX20, which causes skin stem cells to produce stem cell factor, which then interacts with pigment-generating melanocyte cells to produce healthy hair. When scientists removed the cells responsible for producing KROX20, the affected mice experienced no hair growth and became bald. Deletion of the stem-cell-factor gene, meanwhile, caused the mice's hair to whiten. Scientists are now planning a follow-up human trial, which will seek out the KROX20 and stem-cell-factor proteins in patients with grey hair or hair loss. They hope that their findings will reveal new information about aging and potentially prompt the development of new hair-maintenance treatments.
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The Medical Society of New York’s Political Action Committee

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Keith Berman owns and operates a fully-accredited ambulatory surgery facility in Staten Island, New York. Dr. Keith Berman is a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), which runs MSSNYPAC, a political action committee representing the interests of New York’s physicians and patients. MSSNYPAC collaborates with physicians, medical students and residents, and businesses to protect and strengthen the profession. Regularly facing opposition from the insurance industry, trial lawyers, and professionals without medical experience, MSSNYPAC works to ensure that physicians are key players in health care policy decision-making. Donations made to MSSNYPAC are distributed to pro-medicine candidates for the state offices, including the legislature and the governor. Rather than donating to many different candidates, physicians and others can make a yearly donation to the PAC and be sure they are supporting all of their preferred pro-medicine candidates. Becoming a member of the PAC requires dues of $175 per year.
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Dr. Keith Berman on Scar Revision Surgery

After an injury or surgery, noticeable scars may appear. The characteristics of these scars will depend on the location of the scar, as well as personal factors like your age, heredity, and skin pigmentation. Some patients may decide to make these scars less noticeable through scar revision surgery, though this surgery may also be necessary to restore the function of the skin. Treatment to reduce the appearance of scars may include topical ointment or minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as dermabrasion, which involves the removal of the skin’s upper layers. However, more serious issues may require skin grafting, which involves placing a piece of healthy skin from one part of the body over the injured area. This is typically done to improve the function of the skin rather than simply improving the appearance. About the Author: Dr. Keith Berman is a board certified plastic surgeon that serves patients in Staten Island and New York, New York. He was awarded the Patient’s Choice Award by Vitals.com for his exceptional service.
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Weight Loss - Why It Is Difficult

Through his independent Staten Island plastic surgery practice, Dr. Keith Berman offers the Body Max Weight Loss program. Dr. Keith Berman stands out as the developer of this integrated plan, which features diet and exercise as well as surgical and medical interventions. To lose weight successfully, one must strike a delicate balance between the consumption and expenditure of calories. This is an extremely difficult prospect for some patients, as some bodies burn calories more slowly than others. A slow metabolism may result from genetics, body type, or the effects of aging, the last of which causes a 2-to-8 percent slowdown in metabolism per decade. Slow calorie burn can also result if a person simply takes in too few calories and causes the body to hoard what it does receive, so it is important for each individual to carefully consider how much he or she needs. A physician's support can be extremely helpful in this process. Dietary changes alone, however, are not enough to facilitate weight loss. Exercise must be consistent, and ideally should be a daily habit. For many people, this requires not only scheduling regular exercise but also building in alternatives to use if regular exercise times are not possible. Failing to keep to a schedule can quickly result in backslide, as the body is no longer burning the necessary calories. Unfortunately, even when diet and exercise are effective, the human body often responds by attempting to rebuild lost fat stores. Hormones cause an increase in appetite and prompt the brain to reward the consumption of high-calorie foods, while muscles become more efficient in energy usage and calorie burning slows down. When this happens, medical intervention and informed changes in the weight-loss plan can help to keep the body burning calories.
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Scar Revision Surgery

Dr. Keith Berman is a plastic surgeon specializing in face, breast, and body cosmetic surgery. Having completed his plastic surgery residency program from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Keith Berman is qualified to conduct scar revision procedures. Scars occur as a result of injuries causing cuts, burns, or abrasions, or as a result of surgery. It is impossible to completely reverse scars but through skin revision surgery, it is possible to make them smooth and almost invisible, significantly improving their appearance. Revision surgery uses a host of techniques to achieve this aim. These include recreating the surgical incision, moving the scar, relocating the skin, dermabrasion, or laser surgery. Which option will work best depends on how the scar looks and where it’s located on the body. Raised scars are easily improved using laser surgery while hypertropic scars are first treated with medication to lessen their size before removal. Recovery time will often depend on the procedure undertaken and where the scar is located.
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