Sunscreen Application: A Contact Sport

The Sunday NY Times (June 30, 2013) has a fine photo essay on sunscreen application to kids in New York City.  It’s a fun collection that OJCPCD readers may appreciate: Adults wear sunscreen to reduce the threat of sun damage, skin cancer, uneven tan lines and wrinkles. Children wear [sunscreen] because they have to. Inspired by seeing his niece resist his brother’s attempts to apply sunscreen, the photographer Nolan Conway visited parks in New York City in late April and early May, looking for parents and children who were engaged in similar battles. Genevieve Chamorro, who was at Brooklyn Bridge Park with her sons, Oliver and Sebastian, says her sons … Continue reading


The Great Melanoma Epidemic and Diagnostic Drift

Thoughtful public discussion of the iatrogenic pandemic, beginning with an insistence upon demystification of all medical matters, will not be dangerous to the commonweal.  Ivan Illich, Medical Nemesis Abstract: The incidence of malignant melanoma (MM) has risen sharply over the past few decades, while the melanoma death rate has barely budged.  This suggests that lesions not formerly called MM are now labeled as such.  The trend to reclassify benign lesions as malignant is called “diagnostic drift.”  The lowering threshold of dermatopathologists for diagnosing MM and aggressive screening of the populace are key factors in this spurious epidemic. About author: Mary Iaculli is a third-year medical student at the University of … Continue reading

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