Stretch mark science

Dermatologist expecting a child of his own continues his pregnancy stretch mark research

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Frank Wang, M.D., studied stretch marks caused by pregnancy while his wife was pregnant with their son Grayson.

Studying stretch marks caused by pregnancy hits close to home when you’re expecting a child of your own.

As dermatologist Frank Wang was finishing up his latest research on the topic, he was waiting for his wife to give birth to their first child. Continue reading

Still relevant: Why Michiganders should know the symptoms of leprosy

By Trilokraj Tejasvi, M.D.

Clinical Lecturer in Dermatology, Director of Teledermatology

You might associate the word “leprosy” with medieval or biblical imagery, but the bacterial disease is very real, though rare, today. It is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium leprae. It’s important we spread the word, because when diagnosed early, leprosy is easy to treat and cure.

I’ve provided care for thousands of leprosy patients in India, and now oversee one newly-diagnosed case here in Michigan. Most people are immune to leprosy (about 95 percent), but a small number of Americans still contract the disease every year, mostly in Gulf Coast states such as Florida, Louisiana and Texas, where many of Michigan’s snowbird residents travel in the winter.

Dr. Tejasvi speaks with Dr. McGeorge from Local 4 for an August segment on leprosy.

Dr. Tejasvi speaks with Dr. McGeorge from Local 4 for an August segment on leprosy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The increased number of cases so far in Florida this year might be related to the nine-banded armadillo, a small animal common in Florida that can spread leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. We should all avoid contact with armadillos, including hunting them or getting close enough to risk exposure to their secretions.

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