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Skin Woes Affect U.S. Combat Troops

Posted: February 24, 2009

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Dr. Steve Feldman, a professor of dermatology, pathology and public health sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, believes that better training could cut the need to evacuate patients with skin problems. "The people evacuated were evacuated for common skin conditions that were largely benign," Feldman noted. "Had there been greater dermatological expertise on site, maybe they wouldn't have had to evacuate those folks." Perhaps tele-dermatology, where patients are evaluated by doctors who are not on-scene, or better training in dermatological issues could reduce the need to evacuate these troops, he said.

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For more on various skin conditions, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

HealthDay News, February 17, 2009