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PA B. Jang Mi Johnson’s WGN interview about her former student who perished in Nepal’s earthquake

Doctor Who Trained In Chicago Among Nepal Earthquake Victims

by Dana Kozlov – general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.

A doctor and former Malcolm X College student was among a group of climbers killed on Mt. Everest when a massive earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche on Saturday.

Marisa Eve Girawong was working as a base camp physician assistant for Madison Mountaineering’s expedition on Mt. Everest. Before leaving for Nepal last year to pursue her career as a physician assistant, she graduated from Malcolm X College in 2012, and completed her medical training at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

B. Jang Mi Johnson, a senior physician assistant at the Illinois Dermatology Institute, was one of Girawong’s teachers in the Stroger Hospital-Malcolm X College physician assistant program.

“In a way, I feel like I’ve lost one of my children,” Johnson said.

She said Girawong, 28, wasn’t only an exceptional student, but an exceptional human being. Johnson didn’t want Girawong to be one of the earthquake’s anonymous victims.

“It’s hard when someone that amazing is gone,” Johnson said.

Laser Hair Removal: Busted Myths – part two

Eugene Mandrea, MD


Article by
Chicago Dermatologist


Here are some other myths about laser hair removal you should consider debunking:

• Myth 1. Laser hair removal hurts
Of course, we can’t say it’s painless. The level of pain depends on the individual pain tolerance. Some have described the sensation of laser hair removal to a slight sting on the skin. Others say it feels like a pinch on the skin. But just compare the little stings felt during a laser hair removal session with the huge pain induced by wax or mechanical depilation. There, now you have your own answer.

• Myth 2. Laser hair removal causes scars
Scars only appear when a needle touches your skin. The laser hair removal it’s not about needles or any other kind of scarring tools. On the contrary, the laser beam smoothly slides on your skin, removing all that unwanted hair.
• Myth 3. Laser hair removal is not for all type of skins

This is also an untrue myth. The fact is that the laser operates on melanin in hair bulb selectively. No melanin means no effect. So, if you’re asking whether if you can remove hair from dark skin persons, yes, laser hair removal works for dark skin tones too. Of course, by choosing an appropriate kind of laser and maybe a clinic in Chicago, a place best known for its professional laser hair removal clinics.

Laser Hair Removal: Busted Myths – part one

Eugene Mandrea, MD
Article by
Chicago Dermatologist


Although laser hair removal is a common practice, there are many misconceptions that can guide you on the wrong path. Basically, there are several myths around laser hair removal, that distort representations about its possibilities. Let’s check some of the most important ones:
• Myth 1. Laser hair removal is harmful to health
Nothing more untrue! The truth is that the depth of laser penetration it reaches only to hair follicles and the laser beam is smoothly sliding on the skin surface without damaging it. The only thing that may occur is a certain redness, but it disappears soon after the procedure and it’s a sign that the laser hair removal procedure went well.
• Myth 2. Laser hair removal is very expensive
In order this myth to be busted, just think how much money you spend during one year on razors, creams and other hair removal tools. Then compare the result with the laser hair removal procedure – basically it consists of 6 or 8 sessions with intervals of 2 or 3 months. Now you judge the difference!
• Myth 3. After the laser hair removal, the hair will grow more stringent than before
This is also a totally untrue myth. On the contrary, hair is significantly reduced and by the third or fourth session you can already notice a persistent long-term effect.

FDA approves a relatively new and effective toenail fungus infection treatment

capstone_popupRecently a safe topical fingernail and toenail fungus infection treatment has been introduced:
EFINACONAZOLE Lotion (Jublia) has been proven to be a very effective treatment for nail fungus infections unaccompanied by thickening of the nail bed.
If the nail bed is thickened, we use 40% nUrea Cream under occlusion at night and Jublia Lotion in the morning.
These treatments are very effective and relatively inexpensive, but take a very long time, due to the very slow rate of growth of the toenails: It takes from 12 to 18 months for the big toenail to regrow completely.


Use of Topical Steroids in Pregnancy

Pregnant women occasionally and rarely develop widespread skin eruptions that may be very pruritic (Itchy)

Strong topical steroids are very effective for the treatment of these eruptions but there is always much anxiety as to the possible effects on the unborn fetus.

A recent, controlled study from England shows that if administered CAREFULLY under close supervision by a Dermatologist, these strong steroids can be safe.
The treatment should be limitesd to the duration of the rash only, and should not exceed 300 grams.
It must be emphasized that, unless administered and supervised by a dermatologist, this treatment would NOT be safe.