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  • 2019-04-19
    Researchers using the world's largest twin registry found the risk of development of seven autoimmune diseases is largely pre-wired in the genes, but that some diseases are more closely related than others. By using data on 116,320 twins from the...
  • 2019-04-16
    Newsletter April 2019. Until about a decade ago, dermatologists believed that all vitiligo patients were created equal. And so they were treated that way because the arsenal of available weapons to fight them was woefully small.   The standard ...
  • 2019-03-22
    In autoimmune diseases, like vitiligo, the over-protective body's immune system mistakenly attacks stressed-out cells, believing them to be intruders. Specialized ‘killer’ T-cells neutralize these ‘enemies’ - driving autoimmune response and, with ...
  • 2019-03-19
    A weird video describing a controversy in the issue of Harpers Bazaar from January 2019 just caught an eye of our editor. Is Tom Ford replicating an animal print in it's leggings or is it a cheap shot at Winnie Harlow and vitiligo? (Spoiler alret:...
  • 2019-03-05
    Vitiligo is a T-cell mediated autoimmune disease of the skin. Half of all cases begin in childhood and women are 25% more likely than men to develop vitiligo. No association has been established with patient's ethnic or socio-economic background. ...
  • 2019-03-01
    Vitiligo is a life-long, systemic, autoimmune disease that affects the largest body organ. The complex nature of vitiligo is still poorly understood despite considerable scientific advances in the recent 10 years. It requires an individualized tre...
  • 2019-02-15
    Vitiligo is a common skin condition with characteristic milky white patches of irregular shape. However, several other skin conditions exhibit similar symptoms that can lead to a misdiagnosis, undue stress and improper treatment.  Broadly speakin...
  • 2019-02-05
    A new item on our Frequently Asked Questions list will discuss the Ayurvedic treatments for vitiligo. Vitiligo is an immune-mediated, non-inflammatory, non-contagious skin condition. There is no cure, but most patients can manage their skin appea...
  • 2019-02-04
    Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta-carotene, glucosamine, chondroitin, and fish oil have all flopped in study after study. Now, vitamin D supplementation has failed spectacularly in a 5-year long clinical trials. How did we get it so...
  • 2019-02-04
    Share your go-to beauty and skincare products in a 15-minute survey and you’ll be entered to win one of two $50 Ulta gift cards for your own shopping spree. The survey is designed and conducted by the Living Dappled.  Rules of participation are q...
  • 2019-02-01
    “If God wanted me to be black, I’d be black. If God wanted me to be white, I’d be white. But he chose for me to be both and original. So I guess that’s the way I’m supposed to be.”  These are the words spoken by model Winnie Harlow, that first ins...
  • 2019-01-26
    Vitiligo model and author Iomikoe Johnson, 38, from Louisiana discusses the racist abuse she receives for her skin condition in the interview with the Daily Mail.  A sexy grandma of three beautiful kids has risen above racist jokes from bullies a...
  • 2019-01-25
    Sharing a casting call for a short film, LA-based Jamaican actors, someone with albinism or vitiligo. The film is entitled YELLOW GIRL. Actors are needed for the roles of YELLOW GIRL, NICOLE, and JAVOY. Producer: Paul FishbackiDirector: Bella Is...
  • 2019-01-06
    Surgical methods, such as transplantation of noncultured epidermal cell suspension, have known to be effective in stable vitiligo. Yet, there's no consensus regarding the ideal period of vitiligo stability before the surgical operation. It is usua...
  • 2018-12-31
    Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If not, here are my favorites for your skin health: * Get plenty of sleep and lower stress levels.* Check your shopping basket and make sure you’re well diversified.* Make your health of skin your #1...
  • 2018-12-26
    Do you know how in Star Wars, the Jedi could say something and whoever was listening would instantly believe it? Well, it's the same way with our minds. And now it is a perfect time of the year for a quick brain fix.  You can literally hack your ...
  • 2018-12-19
    Clinuvel Pharma's afamelanotide shows positive effect in vitiligo repigmentation study but skin darkening effect dampens recruitment. Synthetic afamelanotide, produced by Clinuvel, is a simplified form of a natural alpha-melanocyte stimulating ho...
  • 2018-12-18
    One of the most important developments of 2018, in my mind, was the “academic science scam.” It probably has a bigger effect on your life than you realize, so follow my thoughts for a minute. There’s plenty of evidence that most published academi...
  • 2018-12-12
    Yan Valle, CEO VRF, will join VITFriends Vitiligo Support Group in Boston for an annual Christmas celebration this Saturday, December 15, from 7pm to 9pm at Cathay Pacific Restaurant in Quincy, MA. Come join us! For more information please contac...
  • 2018-12-03
    Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The theme for this year is "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality." Persons wit...
  • 2018-11-23
    Today is the fourth Friday in the month of November. For most of the world, that doesn’t mean much. For our American readers, however, that means it’s day after Thanksgiving Day and a long weekend this year. More than 300 million people are sharin...
  • 2018-11-20
    Soliciting pre-proposals for a Clinical Scientist Development Award for the US-based researchers, to provide mentored research funding to early-career physician-scientist faculty to enable their transition to independent and successful research ca...
  • 2018-11-08
    When Winnie Harlow hits the Victoria’s Secret runway at Pier 94 in New York City on November 8, 2018, she’ll make history. Every year, the Victoria's Secret show brings its famous Angels together for a glittery catwalk extravaganza. It's the most-...
  • 2018-11-07
    Hi there, I suspect you’re not aware of the huge science scandal of the moment. At least 31 papers by three former Harvard researchers are being retracteddue to falsified and fabricated data. The authors of withdrawn papers helped waste hundreds ...
  • 2018-11-07
    Scientists have uncovered a new way to curb autoimmunity — including vitiligo. A molecule recognized as essential for many functions in neurobiology is now identified as a natural "killer T-cell" controller, thereby pawing way to completely new th...

FAQOther Questions

  • What tests should be done?

    A well-trained dermatologist should be able to diagnose vitiligo and distinguish it from contact leukoderma or more than twenty other conditions with similar skin appearance bas...

  • Which skin conditions can be mistaken for vitiligo?

    Vitiligo is a common skin condition with characteristic milky white patches of irregular shape. However, several other skin conditions exhibit similar symptoms that can lead to ...

  • Can Ayurveda help with vitiligo?

    People have used herbs and natural remedies to treat skin conditions for centuries. Vitiligo is an auto-immune condition that causes white patches of skin to develop and expand...