Melissa Chesler Lazarus

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BACKGROUND Patients with atrophic scars commonly seek treatment for their removal but are often concerned about the prolonged recovery, short-lived results, and/or ineffectiveness of available therapies. A novel treatment using a 1,550-nm erbium-doped fiber laser to induce fractional photothermolysis of treated skin has been used to resurface photodamaged(More)
Alitretinoin (9-cis-retinoic acid) is an FDA-approved topical therapy for the treatment of Kaposi sarcoma. Alitretinoin is a naturally occurring endogenous retinoid that binds to and activates all known intracellular retinoic acid receptor (RAR) subtypes alpha, beta, and gamma and retinoic X receptor (RXR) subtypes alpha, beta, and gamma. Photoaging of the(More)
BACKGROUND Pulsed dye laser treatment and other cosmetic procedures result in significant bruising. Claims have been made regarding the efficacy of topical vitamin K in both preventing and speeding the clearing of bruising; however, well-controlled studies are lacking. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of topical vitamin K(More)
To test for an association between the results of ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring (AEM) and programmed electrical stimulation (PES), or whether other factors better predict the results of PES, 57 patients (36 male and 21 female patients) presenting with either ventricular fibrillation (49 percent; 28/57) or sustained ventricular tachycardia (51(More)
BACKGROUND Claims have been made suggesting that topical arnica prevents and speeds the resolution of bruises, yet there are no well-designed placebo-controlled studies to date evaluating topical arnica's effect on bruising. OBJECTIVE To compare the efficacy of topical arnica in the prevention and resolution of laser-induced bruising. METHODS Nineteen(More)
A therapeutic substitution policy (TSP) for tobramycin and gentamicin sulfate was implemented at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). The policy was designed by various physician-chaired hospital committees and clinical departments that collaborated with the pharmacy service. The goal was to encourage the medical house staff to use the most(More)