Natalie Garcia Bartels

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BACKGROUND Skin care is important especially in infancy as the skin barrier matures during the first year of life. We studied the effects of baby swimming and baby lotion on the skin barrier function of infants. SUBJECTS AND METHODS 44 infants aged 3-6 months were included in this mono-center prospective study. The healthy infants swam four times and were(More)
Recently, the first genome-wide association study (GWAS) of alopecia areata (AA) was conducted in a North-American sample, and this identified eight susceptibility loci surpassing genome-wide significance. The aim of the present follow-up association analysis was to confirm five of these eight loci (single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from the CTLA4,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES After birth, skin barrier function is in state of flux and at risk of dysfunction. In a prospective clinical study, we compared the effects of 2 standard cleansing procedures on skin barrier function in newborns. METHODS Fifty-seven healthy full-term neonates aged < or = 48 h were randomly assigned to either a bathing group(More)
BACKGROUND Although twice-daily application of propylene glycol-containing 2% minoxidil topical solution (MTS) stimulates new hair growth, higher concentrations of minoxidil in a once-daily, propylene glycol-free formulation may improve efficacy and reduce unpleasant side effects. OBJECTIVE We sought to compare the efficacy, safety, and acceptability and(More)
BACKGROUND Aged residents of institutional long-term care facilities are at high risk for developing skin and tissue diseases. Besides various common skin problems, dry skin (xerosis cutis) is one of the most frequent skin conditions in this setting. OBJECTIVES To investigate the effectiveness of two structured skin care regimens in comparison to routine(More)
Uncombable hair syndrome (UHS), also known as "spun glass hair syndrome," "pili trianguli et canaliculi," or "cheveux incoiffables" is a rare anomaly of the hair shaft that occurs in children and improves with age. UHS is characterized by dry, frizzy, spangly, and often fair hair that is resistant to being combed flat. Until now, both simplex and familial(More)
BACKGROUND Biophysical skin measurement techniques are widely used to quantify the skin barrier function. In clinical research usually several parameters are subsequently measured in the same skin areas. In this study, possible interfering effects of subsequent measurement procedures on transepidermal water loss (TEWL), stratum corneum hydration (SCH) and(More)