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What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a long-term condition that causes pale, white patches to develop on the skin - in severe cases these cover the whole body. Vitiligo affects one in every hundred people and can strike anyone at any time, often leading to depression and isolation - especially amongst children. We need your help in finding a cure for this debilitating and distressing disease and to support the millions of vitili...more
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Insurance companies rage war on vitiligo 26.04.2016
A non-profit health provider from New York, Emblem Health (including GHI and HIP) is no longer providing reimbursement for vitiligo phototherapy treatments. However, it will consider on a case-by-case basis reimbursement for "excimer laser treatment confined to areas of the face, neck or hands only”, with an additional caveat of a "documented failure of adherent 3-month trial of both: i. high-potency (Class II steroids) ii. Protopic."
CIGNA, a global health insurance provider, is not providing reimbursement for ANY phototherapy for vitiligo (UVB or laser) since 05.15.2015. From CIGNA's unique point of view, "such treatment is considered cosmetic and not medically necessary". Read our FAQ on insurance coverage for vitiligo treatments here.
"What are you hiding?" 20.04.2016
This is the question Bey asks in the trailer for her project Lemonade. Winnie Harlow, the 21-year-old Canadian model and vitiligo celebrity, also known as Chantelle, appears smack dab in the middle of Beyonce's cryptic video, wearing a crown of thorns and a braided updo. Watch it on HBO for an hour on April 23 at 9 p.m. (Update: find a full story on Mashable)
Master Class on Vitiligo and Hypopigmentation in Jakarta 04.04.2016
Just wrapped our master class on vitiligo and hypo pigmentation in Jakarta, Indonesia. Special thanks to Prof. Torello Lotti, Dr. Nurul Alam, Prof. Henri Lim, Prof. Xing-Hua Gao, Prof. Amit Pandya and Yan Valle for excellent presentations on various topics in vitiligo. Details
An official copy of the proposed 'National Vitiligo Control Act' from 1977. 23.03.2016
We have finally obtained an official copy of the H.R.3578 “A Bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the control of vitiligo” first introduced to 95th Congress by Rep. Mitchell of Maryland et all on February 16, 1977. The Act was cited as the "National Vitiligo Control Act."
This bill to amend the Public Health Act began as H.R. 5465 on March 20, 1975 (not enacted), reintroduced as H.R. 3578 (not passed), but referred to committee as H.R. 3520 all introduced by Representative Parrin Mitchell in the 94th & 95th Congress.
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What is coming?
XVII Master Class on Vitiligo in Manaus, Brazil
XVII Master Class on Vitiligo in Brazil will focus on therapeutic options for vitiligo, including ethno-botanical or 'traditional medicines' of Amazon tribes. When: J...03 June 2016 00:00, Manaus, Brazil
How can I cure vitiligo?
There is no cure for vitiligo, but there are a number of effective treatment options that can be discussed with your GP or dermatologist. The aim of treatment is to st...
What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo (pronounced vit-ill-EYE-go) is a relatively common skin disease characterized by smooth, white, painless spots or patches on various parts of the body. It doe...
Dermaroller® use for vitiligo therapy
A derma-roller is a medical device that looks like a cylindrical shaped drum studded with very fine needles and is produced under several different names. It is used i...
What tests should be done?
No tests are usually necessary to make the diagnosis. The white patches may be seen more easily under Wood's light examination.
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