22 February 2012
It is well known that low vitamin D levels lead to osteomalacia and it is well accepted that vitamin D is important in the maintenance of bone health and in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
However, many additional claims have been made over the value of vitamin D and deficiency has been linked to conditions including cardiovascular disease, increased cancer risk and mortality, falls, sarcopenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, epilepsy and cognitive dysfunction. It has been well established that vitamin D deficiency is common in the Australian population and many reasons have been suggested including lower levels of sun exposure for fear of developing skin cancers, older people remaining indoors, veiling and malabsorptive syndromes.
One of Australia’s leading experts on dermatology will bring delegates to the 2012 PSA Offshore Refresher Conference up to date on the latest developments in the field, as well as looking in detail at the treatments available while also examining the current hot topics in the area.
Dermatologist and pharmacist Dr Phillip Artemi will discuss Australia’s skin cancer epidemic and the continuing controversy about vitamin D and the varioustypes of dermatitis will be reviewed with emphasis on a topic dermatitis. The patient with hair loss will be discussed and the commonest causes of alopecia outlined.
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