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Port-Wine Stain Birthmark And Sturge-Weber Syndrome Tied By Gene
2013-05-12 09:49:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland have discovered a genetic mutation they say is responsible for both port-wine stain birthmarks and a rare neurological condition known as Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS). According to The Telegraph, the birthmarks are caused by “abnormally dilated capillaries in the skin, which produce reddish to purplish discoloration.” Now the researchers have discovered...

2011-02-04 08:00:00

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vascular birthmarks, which occur in nearly 10 percent of all infants at birth or within the first few weeks of life, can cause concern for parents particularly if they are large or in a cosmetically important area. The decision to treat a birthmark is one that parents should make with a dermatologist, who can determine the type of birthmark and whether or not it poses any potential risks in the future. Speaking today at the 69th Annual Meeting of...

2005-09-19 15:46:28

The September/October issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, contains several articles on the current state of knowledge and experience with vascular birthmarks, which are caused by blood vessels that do not form correctly. Vascular birthmarks can be internal, or form an external birthmark and can be disfiguring, especially if formed on the face. In an editorial accompanying the articles, Marcelo Hochman, M.D., of The Facial Surgery Center, Charleston,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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