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Handwriting Instruction Helps Patients Reach Goals

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: June 21, 2010
Source: Today in OT


Monica Fortunato, OTR, had been an occupational therapist for more than two decades when she noticed her preschool-aged son was having difficulty holding a pencil. “He had no interest [in writing]. I started taking the Handwriting Without Tears courses with the intention of assisting him, and realized he was not the only one that needed help,” Fortunato says. For the past five years, Fortunato has worked exclusively on children’s handwriting issues at her Hermosa Beach, Calif., practice. “Parents always tell me, ‘I didn’t know there was anybody like you that would just help with handwriting,’” she says.

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Helping in Honduras: Cleveland dermatologist makes annual mission trip

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: June 1, 2010
Source: Dermatology Times


Cleveland — Three years ago, when a Cleveland Clinic colleague approached Allison T. Vidimos-Stultz, R.Ph., M.D., about whether any one of the 25 dermatologists in her local practice would want to go on a medical mission to Honduras, she replied, “Could I go?” Dr. Vidimos, chairman of dermatology and vice chairman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute, Cleveland Clinic, has been making the annual weeklong journey ever since.

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Skin may hold key to predicting cancer risk elsewhere in body

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: Feb 3, 2010
Source: Dermatology Times


Berkeley, Calif. — A cell biologist who has devoted much of his career to understanding the process of cancer argues that the skin may hold the key to predicting cancer risk of the colon, breast and more. Harry Rubin, D.V.M., D.Sc. (hc), professor emeritus in the department of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, reports in the September 2009 issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention that mutations should be observable in tissue — namely, skin — before cancers develop. And the solution for detecting cancers early might be as simple and inexpensive as culturing a few skin cells.

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'Tree Man' fights wart regrowth months after surgical removal

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: Feb 3, 2010
Source: Dermatology Times


International report — Dede Koswara, the Indonesian man known worldwide as the "Tree Man," is battling a recurrence of the massive warts that have covered much of his body since he was a teenager.

Koswara underwent surgery in August 2009 to remove many pounds of the hardened tissue, but the growths are now recurring, particularly over his hands and feet, according to Anthony Gaspari, M.D., the U.S. dermatologist who first diagnosed Koswara in 2007.

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