Sunday, 14 July 2013

Vivant Skin Care Co-Founder James E. Fulton Jr., M.D., Ph.D., 1940-2013 - PR Newswire (press release)

James Edwin Fulton, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., 1940-2013. (PRNewsFoto/Vivant Skin Care)jwplayer.key="2kY/GKwZ2uQZmDlQ9VYArfZt2b4+KhHX3+DM4zisgtE=";MIAMI LAKES, Fla., July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The world of clinical skin care lost an innovator and a true pioneer when Dr. James Edwin Fulton, Jr. died last week. He was 73. Surrounded by his wife of 44 years, Vivant Skin Care President Sara M. Fulton, daughter and CEO Kelly Fulton-Kendrick, daughter Susan Fulton-Arregui, son James Edwin Fulton, III and son George Jacob Fulton, Fulton succumbed to colon cancer at Mercy Hospital in Miami.
"Jim devoted his life to dermatology and his passing will leave a void in the world of skin care," offers Sara Fulton. "He achieved much during his career, but his greatest contributions may have been the hope and confidence he instilled in his acne patients."
"We are devastated by the loss of our company founder and my father, but are determined to carry on his legacy," says Fulton-Kendrick.
Born in Ottumwa, Iowa to Alice Hermann Fulton and James Sr. (a one-time CEO of Cracker Jack), Dr. Fulton's interest in dermatology stemmed from the acne struggles he endured as a pre-teen and throughout adulthood. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Tulane University in 1965, and while there his academic achievements led to his induction into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Phi Beta Kappa Society. While in residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fulton met his close friend and mentor Dr. Albert Kligman; together they co-developed Retin-A®, a topical form of vitamin A.  At the request ofDr. Phillip Frost, he relocated to South Florida and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry under the noted dermatologist Harvey Blank,M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the early 1970's. Dr. Fulton and Dr. Blank developed benzoyl peroxide gel (Panoxyl®) and topical erythromycin (E-Gel®).
In the early 1970's with his wife Sara, Dr. Fulton launched a successful chain of 12 acne clinics called Acne Healthcare Centers, opened the Acne Research Institute and developed and manufactured a line of patented skin care products under the AHC and Face Up brands in their FDA-approved manufacturing facilities. Here he invented a high-speed diamond fraise for dermabrasion and was the first to use aestheticians in the medical office developing a paramedical aesthetician training program.
In 1990, Dr. Fulton opened JEF Medical Group, a cosmetic surgery and dermatology practice where he pioneered fat transfer and laser surgery and was the first to use hyperbaric oxygen chambers for post-surgical recovery. In addition, Dr. Fulton and Sara co-founded Vivant Skin Care in 1990, a clinical skin care line rooted in Fulton's patented vitamin A therapies.
Dr. Fulton served as mentor and role model for countless leaders in dermatology and aesthetics across the nation. Most recently he was volunteer faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Dermatology and part of the internship program at St. Thomas University. A popular international speaker and teacher, he authored the definitive book Acne Rx and published more than 300 medical articles, the most recent ones being released earlier this year in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and presented at the Skin of Color Seminar Series in New York City and the Orlando Dermatology & Aesthetic & Clinical Conference.
Dr. Fulton volunteered his dermatology services to His House Children's Home, a private, non-profit, faith-based foster children organization, to which he provided no-charge medical treatment to the children and hosted a yearly Thanksgiving luncheon. He actively split time between Flores Dermatology in Coral Gables where he continued to see patients weekly and his research lab at the Vivant Skin Care headquarters in Miami Lakes until taking ill in mid-June.
He was most proud of his beloved wife Sara who helped him with his Ph.D., and worked with him in research and in the medical office. She always attended medical meetings with him and helped with his teaching projects. Dr. Fulton always told her he couldn't have done what he did without her. Among his noteworthy achievements were creating more than 50 original skin care formulations, stabilizing Benzoyl Peroxide in gel form, qualifying as a Full Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, membership in the American Society of Lipo Suction Surgery and election to the Dermatology Foundation's Leader Society.
He is survived by wife Sara Fulton, brother Andy Fulton, daughter Susan Fulton-Arregui, son-in-law Richard Arregui, son James E. Fulton, III, daughter-in-law Isabelle Baranda-Fulton, daughter Kelly Fulton-Kendrick, son-in-law John J. Kendrick, III, son George J. Fulton, daughter-in-law Alexandra Hodges-Fulton, nine grandchildren and the 1000s of acne patients in whose lives he made a clear difference.
In lieu of flowers, the Fulton family is asking for donations to be made to the Dr. Robert Hsia Memorial Fund, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, 1600 NW 10th Ave., Suite 2023-A, Miami, FL 33136. An open memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the St. Stephens Church, 2750 McFarland Rd, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. Those who wish to share their thoughts about Dr. Fulton are encouraged to do so as a comment on the obituary blog post located here:

vitamin d acne

Are you getting enough B-vitamins? - WWSB ABC 7 (blog)

Are you getting enough B-vitamins?

Several named vitamin deficiency diseases may result from the lack of sufficient B-vitamins. Deficiencies of other B vitamins result in symptoms that are not part of a named deficiency disease.Vitamin Name Deficiency effects Vitamin B1 thiamine Deficiency causes beriberi. Symptoms of this disease of the nervous system include weight loss, emotional disturbances, Wernicke's encephalopathy (impaired sensory perception), weakness and pain in the limbs, periods of irregular heartbeat, and edema (swelling of bodily tissues). Heart failure and death may occur in advanced cases. Chronic thiamine deficiency can also cause Korsakoff's syndrome, an irreversible psychosis characterized by amnesia and confabulation. Vitamin B2 riboflavin Deficiency causes ariboflavinosis. Symptoms may include cheilosis (cracks in the lips), high sensitivity to sunlight, angular cheilitis, glossitis (inflammation of the tongue), seborrheic dermatitis or pseudo-syphilis (particularly affecting the scrotum or labia majora and the mouth), pharyngitis (sore throat), hyperemia, and edema of the pharyngeal and oral mucosa. Vitamin B3 niacin Deficiency, along with a deficiency of tryptophan causes pellagra. Symptoms include aggression, dermatitis, insomnia, weakness, mental confusion, and diarrhea. In advanced cases, pellagra may lead to dementia and death (the 3(+1) Ds: dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia, and death). Vitamin B5 pantothenic acid Deficiency can result in acne and paresthesia, although it is uncommon. Vitamin B6 pyridoxine Deficiency may lead to microcytic anemia (because pyridoxyl phosphate is the cofactor for heme synthesis), depression, dermatitis, high blood pressure (hypertension), water retention, and elevated levels of homocysteine. Vitamin B7 biotin Deficiency does not typically cause symptoms in adults but may lead to impaired growth and neurological disorders in infants. Multiple carboxylase deficiency, an inborn error of metabolism, can lead to biotin deficiency even when dietary biotin intake is normal. Vitamin B9 folic acid Deficiency results in a macrocytic anemia, and elevated levels of homocysteine. Deficiency in pregnant women can lead to birth defects. Supplementation is often recommended during pregnancy. Researchers have shown that folic acid might also slow the insidious effects of age on the brain. Vitamin B12 cobalamin Deficiency results in a macrocytic anemia, elevated homocysteine, peripheral neuropathy, memory loss and other cognitive deficits. It is most likely to occur among elderly people, as absorption through the gut declines with age; the autoimmune disease pernicious anemia is another common cause. It can also cause symptoms of mania and psychosis. In rare extreme cases, paralysis can result.

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Vitamin D Acne

What Is Vitamin D Acne?

What is the relation between vitamin D and acne? Acne is undeniably the most common skin problem. Acne is not just a skin ailment but it can also decrease the self esteem of a person causing inferiority and disappointment. Many people confused on what causes acne and what is its treatment.

According dermatologist, acne can be treated by dietary regulations, low consumption of carbohydrates and other oily foods. In addition, acne will appear during puberty periods. There are lots of treatment creams offered in the market today, topical creams that seemingly claim that it can eradicate acne. Yes, it can relief temporarily but not to the point of eradicating it completely.

It takes years of research before they have come up to the conclusion of the relation of acne and vitamin D. there are many people claiming that they had the better facial skin during summer, because of the exposure to sunlight which contains vitamin d. Therefore, Vitamin d acne healing is a great help for skin problems. Moreover, if the vitamin D insufficiency is the cause of acne, a right amount of vitamin D supplement and Vitamin D acne healing process will completely vanish hence, give you a clear beautiful skin.

In order for you to understand on how vitamin d acne treatment works, you need to understand first on what vitamin D is and what are its benefits to our skin. According to research, vitamin D is considered as a hormone. If you have heard such things that the cause of acne is hormonal imbalance, then that is the result of Vitamin D insufficiency. In addition, Vitamin D is also known to fight bacteria thus giving you a clear skin. However, washing your face regularly with anti bacterial mild soap, could also help in avoiding microorganism, thereby preventing acne problems.

So, if you are afraid of having acne, make certain that you have the right Vitamin D consumption daily. And if you wish to solve your facial skin problems, Vitamin D acne treatment is the best choice for you. This treatment process is possible, whether natural way or through supplements. Only professional dermatologist can prescribe the proper amount and quantity of supplements for you. He would gather your medical history and will decide the right dosage accordingly. Do not use the vitamin D treatment if it is not prescribed by the doctor. Always remember that vitamin D belongs to fat soluble vitamins. Too much consumption of these can cause toxicity since fat substances will be deposited in your body.