Myriad Genetics Inc., a global leader in personalized medicine, announced that the Medicare administrative contractor Palmetto GBA MolDx has issued a final local coverage determination (LCD) for the myPath Melanoma test to help physicians provide a definitive diagnosis when a suspicious skin lesion is equivocal based upon histopathology.
“We are excited that Palmetto has reviewed the extensive clinical dossier for the myPath Melanoma test and decided to cover the test for Medicare patients,” said Vicki Fish, vice president of dermatology at Myriad Genetics. “We look forward to making the myPath Melanoma test accessible to more patients so that they can obtain a definitive diagnosis and receive appropriate treatment and better health outcomes.”
Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and can strike people of all ages, races, and skin types. More than one million skin biopsies are performed annually and approximately 15 percent of patients have an equivocal skin lesion. The myPath Melanoma test analyzes 23 genes and has proven to be highly accurate in multiple studies at distinguishing melanoma from benign moles.
“There is strong demand among physicians for an objective genetic test to be used as an adjunct to historical approaches for diagnosis,” said Loren Clarke, M.D., board-certified dermatopathologist and medical director of dermatology at Myriad Genetics. “The myPath Melanoma test has enormous potential to help patients because an appropriate treatment plan begins with an accurate and definitive diagnosis.”
Sierra Sage Herbs, the parent company of the all-natural brand, Green Goo, is proud to announce the launch of a new, plant-based, full-spectrum hemp body care brand called Good Goo. Derived from the same ideals that define Green Goo products – a time-honored infusion process, high-quality ingredients, and purposeful formulations – Good Goo full-spectrum hemp products are created by mindfully selecting only plant-based ingredients and slowly infusing the whole plants in enriching oils.
“Green Goo and Good Goo are definitely complementary brands and our commitment to quality manufacturing, ingredients, and processes remains the same,” said Green Goo and Good Goo CEO and co-owner, Jodi Scott. “Whereas Green Goo products are perhaps more aligned with an active, on-the-go, portable lifestyle, with Good Goo we really wanted to create a product line that was more focused on restorative, balancing, reflective self-care.”
The organic, full-spectrum hemp oil used in Good Goo products undergoes several levels of testing, from soil to final product, to ensure a high standard of purity, legality, and reliable CBD content. Good Goo uses patented methods and truly full-spectrum hemp oil that is not dependent on the use of alcohol, carbon dioxide, or other solvents for extraction. The organic CBD used in Good Goo products is grown and produced in the United States.
Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award-winning songstress Cyndi Lauper is well known for her work on Broadway and chart-topping hits including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time after Time,” but what you may not know is that she also lives with plaque psoriasis, an immune-mediated disease which causes skin cells to grow at an abnormally fast rate resulting in raised, dry plaques usually covered by silvery or white scales.
Lauper’s plaque psoriasis first appeared on her scalp and eventually spread to her arms, legs, and torso. She sought treatment from various physicians and tried home remedies that worked at first, but did not provide the long-term results she wanted. In 2015, when her psoriasis was at its worst, Lauper was scheduled to appear on television to promote the United Kingdom premier of her Broadway show, Kinky Boots. On the day of the interview, her disease was flaring so severely she had to airbrush her skin to hide her psoriasis. This was the moment Lauper realized she needed to seek treatment.
Lauper made an appointment with a dermatologist specializing in psoriasis who helped her find a treatment that has been working for her. Since starting treatment, her psoriasis symptoms have improved and she is comfortable showing her skin and performing on stage again.
Lauper’s personal experience with psoriasis taught her how important it is for clients to advocate for themselves, especially if their current treatment is not working, which is why she partnered with Novartis on the SEE ME campaign. Through the campaign, Lauper has become an advocate for the psoriasis community and encourages those struggling with the disease to speak to a skin care professional about a treatment plan that works for them. Her song “Hope,” released in 2017, was inspired by the perseverance of the psoriasis community and was written to give a voice to those struggling with the condition.
Visit seemetoknow.com to learn more about treatment, hear Lauper’s story, watch the music video, and learn about other inspiring people living with psoriasis.
The International SPA Association (ISPA) is teaming up with Beauty Changes Lives to introduce the ISPA Scholarship. Generously sponsored by ISPA, the scholarship will fund eight $1,000 tuition awards to students enrolled in an aesthetics, makeup, special effects makeup, or massage therapy program at an accredited school. Beauty Changes Lives will be accepting applications from March 1 through April 30, 2019.
The ISPA Scholarship raises awareness of spa employers’ soaring demand for qualified professionals. The 2018 ISPA Spa Workforce Study commissioned by ISPA Foundation and conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers found nearly 33,000 job openings in the spa industry. The study findings helped inspire the Get Your Dream Job campaign, a national coalition of spas, salons, and associations led by ISPA and Beauty Changes Lives. “With over 30,000 open positions within the spa industry, attracting new professionals to the industry is a top priority for the International SPA Association. We are delighted to offer the ISPA Scholarship and further our partnership with the Get Your Dream Job campaign,” said Lynne McNees, president of ISPA.
The ISPA Scholarship application consists of two steps. First, students must upload a three- to five-minute video showing the applicant applying an aesthetics treatment, massage therapy technique, or makeup application. In addition, applicants are required to describe why they love aesthetics, massage therapy, or makeup, why they chose a spa career, and how working in the spa industry will fulfill their passion.
“The addition of the ISPA Scholarship extends Beauty Changes Lives’ scholarship offerings into the spa sector,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. “We are honored to offer this scholarship to aspiring spa professionals.”
The Horst M. Rechelbacher Foundation is introducing two Beauty Changes Lives scholarships honoring the late Horst Rechelbacher’s legacy of consciousness, care, and compassion for beauty professionals, clients, and the planet. The Sustainable Success advanced cosmetology scholarship and Oncology Skincare scholarship for licensed aestheticians will collectively offer $50,000 in scholarship awards. Administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, the scholarships will be awarded in spring, summer, and fall of 2019. Applications for the spring Sustainable Success and Oncology Skincare scholarships will be accepted March 1 to April 30, 2019.
Offered to licensed cosmetologists enrolled in an accredited cosmetology program, the Sustainable Success scholarship will award $22,000 in tuition awards. Two tuition scholarships in the amount of $2,200 will be awarded in the inaugural spring competition and eight additional awards of $2,200 will be awarded in summer (four) and fall (four) competitions. Applicants must submit an online application and prepare a three- to five-minute video sharing why they selected a career in cosmetology and their personal perspective on success.
Offered to licensed aestheticians seeking to better serve individuals affected by cancer, the Oncology Skincare scholarship will award $28,000 in tuition awards. Four tuition scholarships in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded in the inaugural spring competition and 10 additional awards will be awarded in summer (five) and fall (five) competitions. The scholarship was inspired by the Oncology Esthetics-USA Spa training which has changed the lives of thousands of aestheticians and their clients.
The scholarship includes a three-day immersive Oncology Spa Solutions Essentials course. The course provides an overview of how cancer affects hair, skin, and nails and how aestheticians can confidently and safely ask the right questions to customize a spa treatment. “The training includes the mind, body, and spirit elements that accompany a cancer diagnoses,” says Becky Kuehn, founder and director of Oncology Spa Solutions and a cancer survivor for nearly 40 years. “Cancer patients often say that no one listens to them, but those in the spa industry know if you can listen, you have a client for life,” Kuehn says.
Scholarship applicants must submit an online application, provide proof of licensure, and submit a three- to five-minute video describing why they chose an aesthetics career and how advanced aesthetic education will benefit their career. Videos must show application of an aesthetics treatment and communicate the applicant’s passion for esthetics.
As founder of Aveda Corporation and Intelligent Nutrients, the late Horst Rechelbacher pioneered an entrepreneurial philosophy that celebrated beauty professionals as part of a sustainable evolution using products that care for professionals, their clients, and the planet. Rechelbacher was posthumously awarded the Beauty Changes Lives Legacy award in 2019.
“Horst was passionate about educating beauty professionals about the role products play in protecting both people and the planet,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of Beauty Changes Lives. The Sustainable Success and Oncology Skincare scholarships are generously paying his passion and success forward to a new generation of hairstylists and aestheticians.”
Almirall, S.A. announced that a key milestone under the collaboration with Nuevolution has been achieved. The strategic collaboration was entered on December 12, 2016 with the aim to develop innovative RORγt inhibitors with best-in-class potential for the oral and topical treatment of dermatology diseases and psoriatic arthritis. A significant part of the collaboration work has been to evaluate pre-clinical safety parameters of RORγt inhibition and to comprehensively de-risk the program prior to any human testing. The milestone data achieved supports a program with a Candidate Drug (CD) having best-in-class potential.
The program continues its progression towards clinical development. The positive result triggered a contractual milestone to Nuevolution.
Bhushan Hardas, M.D., MBA, chief scientific officer of Almirall, commented, “We are very pleased with the progress achieved in our strategic collaboration with Nuevolution, which reflects Almirall’s commitment to becoming a leader in medical dermatology by reinforcing our pipeline with true innovative best in class solutions.”
Alex H. Gouliaev, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Nuevolution, commented, “This underscores the positive opportunities for this unique program. The program development has benefitted significantly from much synergy between and dedication by the teams.”
Almirall had one of the highest levels of research and development investments in the Spanish pharmaceutical industry in 2018, representing over 12 percent of net sales. In addition, Almirall invests in assets, strategic partnerships, and collaborations in research.
Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. a clinical-stage biotechnology company, announced positive topline results from its pivotal trial of SNA-001 in conjunction with an 810 nanometers diode laser, involving 65 patients. SNA-001, a topical pre-treatment to standard laser hair removal, was studied in women and men with white, gray, blonde, light red, and light brown hair. The data showed SNA-001 met the primary endpoint of non-inferiority in hair reduction (-17.5 percent with SNA-001 plus laser, compared to -1.1 percent with vehicle plus laser following six treatment sessions). In additional analyses, SNA-001 was statistically superior compared to vehicle plus laser, demonstrating up to a 31 percent reduction of light hair from baseline.
“SNA-001 represents an exciting growth opportunity for the aesthetics market and a potential solution for consumers with light hair who are well aware of the ineffectiveness of laser hair removal,” said Frederick C. Beddingfield III, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Sienna Biopharmaceuticals. “We are pleased with these results and will seek a strategic partner who can rapidly maximize the value of SNA-001. This will allow us to remain focused on our phase three development of SNA-120, our TrkA inhibitor for psoriasis and pruritus, and to unlock the full potential of our Topical by Design platform, from which we are creating a pipeline of drug candidates that target select pathways in specific tissues to treat a variety of chronic inflammatory and immunologic conditions.”
Available for nearly 25 years, laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures in the world. With more than 12 million procedures performed annually in the United States, countless patients have benefitted from the lasting results, except for those with light hair. Of the 53 million people who use laser treatments, waxing, and other methods to remove unwanted hair, one in three are light haired. People with white, gray, blonde, and red hair – for whom lasers are ineffective – have been limited to using waxing and razors to remove their unwanted light hair, which yield temporary results and, in the case of waxing, can be costly to maintain. Market data indicate that a safe and effective treatment for people with light hair could increase the number of laser hair removal procedures by 27 percent in the United States.
“This represents the first breakthrough in laser hair removal in over a decade,” said Mathew Avram, M.D., J.D., director at Massachusetts General Hospital Laser and cosmetics and dermatologic surgery associate professor at Harvard Medical School. “Sienna’s silver photo particle technology, combined with the lasers we already have in our offices, showed a meaningful reduction in light hair – something we have never achieved before. If cleared by FDA, SNA-001 would allow physicians and aesthetic centers to expand their current practices by bringing in new patients with blonde, gray, white, light brown, or light red hair who have resorted to waxing and shaving. Once available, I would anticipate rapid and widespread adoption of SNA-001.”
SNA-001 was also evaluated in conjunction with a 1064 Nd:YAG and 755 nm Alexandrite laser for the reduction of light hair, showing a significant reduction from baseline and providing a potential path to regulatory clearance. These results, however, were less differentiated from the vehicle plus laser group compared to the 810 nanometer diode laser study results.
A third and final pivotal trial of SNA-001 in acne was also completed, demonstrating SNA-001 was non-inferior to laser therapy and providing a potential path to regulatory clearance.
March 4, 2019, Bill TX HB 1705, a bill regarding “abolishing the regulation of the practices of barbering and cosmetology,” was presented to the Texas House Committee, who approved the bill and passed it on to the Texas House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee for review.1
Initially introduced on February 12, 2019 by Texas House representative Matthew Shaheen, the bill proposes four main points:
The main reason for Bill TX HB 1705 appears to be to make entry into these professions easier, with the hopes of increasing competition and decreasing consumer cost. However, deregulation would come with a multitude of repercussions for the industry – primarily consumer safety. No standards for education or training means putting consumers at high risk of communicable diseases and injury. Regulations ensure knowledge and practice of proper safety and sanitation protocols, as well as requirements for education on anatomy and physiology of the hair, skin, nails, and so forth. Codes and disciplinary boards keep consumers safe by enforcing such standards and issuing penalties when malpractice occurs.
1 “TX HB1705 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature.” LEGISCAN. https://legiscan.com/TX/bill/HB1705/2019.
2 “TX HB1705 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced.” LEGISCAN. https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB1705/2019
3 “Say No To HB 1705 - Texas Barber and Cosmetology Abolishment :Signature Goal 100K.” change.org.
4 “Find Your Representative.” United States House of Representatives. https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative?fbclid=IwAR3-EIYb4d25Y dV94vnY5C57rBJfXf-JdoqXZZW-yIJZe8_lEhqGNbFD5cg.
5 “Texas House Member.” Texas House of Representatives. https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=66&fbclid=IwAR3MMxkayQcDsoGz5AcYpXeEcJiVmaJTUzvZHDA4_BegyO6sqm_c7JX0Ghk.
The winning streak continues for natural product manufacturer, Body Bliss. For the past five years, Body Bliss has been the recipient of multiple Spa & Wellness Mexi-Caribe Product Awards. This year their new facial line, Vibrant Beauty, was honored with two awards for their Active Charcoal Face Mask, which won for best deep cleansing mask and their Illuminating Serum, which won for best brightening serum. They have formulated a skin care line that synergistically works with the intelligence of skin’s healing properties to naturally encourage a beautiful complexion. Vibrant Beauty blends the best of Body Bliss signature botanicals like prickly pear, pomegranate, and sea buckthorn with the latest cosmetic ingredients, such as niacinamide, DMAE, teprenone, argireline, and collageneer. The ingredients in the Vibrant Beauty facial line are naturally-derived and eco-friendly.
“The Body Bliss team is thrilled that Vibrant Beauty was recognized with these awards,” says Pam Sculthorp, CEO of Body Bliss. “This facial line is the first initiative we have launched since I took the helm in 2016. Our clients have been asking for skin care products for years. Vibrant Beauty balances the best in science with the most carefully-curated, botanical ingredients. The products not only make you look and feel good, but are also good for you.”
Global spa consultancy Raison d’Etre is celebrating its 20th birthday and two successful decades since its first spa opened in 1999. Shaping the spa industry throughout the turn of the century, Raison d’Etre has spent the last 20 years becoming a global leader in spa design, wellness, and spa education. This includes creating some of the most iconic spa brands including Aman Spas, Shiva for Taj Hotels, Kempinski Spa, and LivNordic, as well as its spa training academy, Spa Business Education.
Discussing Raison d’Etre’s 20 year journey, Anna Bjurstam, founding member of the Global Wellness Summit, adds, “The journey we have been on as Raison d’Etre has been thrilling. We have spent 20 years designing, educating, and advising, making great connections and forming our own brands along the way. We have led the spa industry in new, exciting ways and responded to changing demands for spa guests and spa businesses alike. These continue to change year [to] year, so we cannot wait to see what the next two decades bring!”
Raison d’Etre, led by Bjurstam, has been developing, opening, managing, and creating spa brands internationally since 1998 and has developed a team rich in knowledge and passion for well-being. Steps ahead of most and keeping abreast of the latest trends and industry movements, the Raison d’Etre team is made up of members based in Sweden, London, Greece, Spain, New Zealand, and France, with connections and resources in the United States, Russia, Asia, and the Middle East.
Guinot, which offers a variety of cleansers and lotions designed for men, as well as some new suncare products, is excited to be collaborating with tennis player Kevin Anderson on his matches and fundraisers in the coming year. Guinot, which offers a variety of cleansers and lotions designed for men, as well as some new suncare products, is excited to be collaborating with tennis player Kevin Anderson on his matches and fundraisers in the coming year.
Recently, Anderson took time away from a busy 2019 pre-season training schedule to host his inaugural charity event in South Florida, Kevin Anderson’s Grand Slam Cause for the Paws at Boca Grove Plantation Tennis Center. The event raised more than $100,000 for local dog rescue Dezzy’s Second Chance and Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance.
Sentient Lasers announced the addition of David Walston as controller. In his new role, Walston is responsible for financial strategy, including reporting, decision making, and forecasting to support Sentient Lasers in achieving its organizational and financial goals in 2019 and beyond. Walston brings more than 10 years of financial experience to Sentient Lasers. Sentient Lasers announced the addition of David Walston as controller. In his new role, Walston is responsible for financial strategy, including reporting, decision making, and forecasting to support Sentient Lasers in achieving its organizational and financial goals in 2019 and beyond. Walston brings more than 10 years of financial experience to Sentient Lasers. “David’s vast experience leveraging business and technology to achieve organizational goals is extremely timely for Sentient Lasers,” said Chris Cella, CEO of Sentient Lasers. “Heading into 2019, our sights are set on achieving notable growth in the market and we are confident that David brings the right skillset and industry tenure to help us achieve our goals.”
Since its conception, the Hotel Milano Scala project has focused on environmental quality. Situated in the heart of the prestigious Brera district in Italy, a short walk from Via Montenapoleone, the Duomo, and Piazza della Scala, the hotel occupies a historic, late 19th-century palazzo. It exemplifies how contemporary hospitality, a passion for music, the elegant charm of a boutique hotel, and concern for the environment can all join into one harmonious whole. This flair for combining warm hospitality with a green outlook has won it a place in the 2018 edition of the renowned guide, “The New York Times 36 Hours: 125 weekends in Europe.”
Since it opened in September 2010, the hotel has been committed to reducing energy consumption and wastage wherever possible. This eco-friendly vision has led to noteworthy achievements, including zero CO2 emissions to the external environment for the past nine years, equivalent to a reduction of 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually and energy savings of 35 percent with respect to a traditional natural-gas system. This year, indoor air pollutants will be reduced by approximately 80 percent.
Hotel Milano Scala has recently installed a new Mitsubishi electric filtration system that ensures excellent indoor air quality. Fresh air entering the interior spaces is treated in four air handling units.
“I consider this to be a further important milestone in the push for eco-sustainability that the hotel undertook in 2010,” says Vittorio Modena, founder of Hotel Milano Scala. “Our vision is producing noteworthy results. In nine years, we have succeeded in zeroing our emissions of fine particulates to the external air and greatly improving the quality of indoor air. We do this for our guests and for the city.”
Hotel Milano Scala has long represented a success story in these efforts and now complements its zero emissions status with pure indoor air.