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Quarterly review of Vitiligo Research, April - June 2014 by VRF

This is a review of research results in the vitiligo field which were indexed in the PubMed database (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed) for the period from April 2014 till June 2014. Abstracts of papers were retrieved from the PubMed database using the search term “vitiligo” with a filter set up to retrieve records with creation date between April 01, 2014 and June 30, 2014. Retrieved records were manually checked for a relevance to and significance for the field of vitiligo research. Thirty six records were found to be relevant and of interest, and were included into this quarterly overview.

Quarterly review of vitiligo research. April - June 2014 by Vitiligo Research Foundation
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Lived Experience of Women suffering from Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a chronic skin disease, which through change of appearance and body image, exerts a devastating effect on people, especially women. The objective of this study is to explore lived experience of women with Vitiligo by the hermeneutic phenomenology method. The purposive sample consisted of 16 Iranian women.

Lived Experience of Women suffering from Vitiligo
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Vitiligo: Clinical Associations And Trends In South East Nigeria

Vitiligo is a cosmetically disfiguring disease, of which psychological impact can be of paramount importance in deeply pigmented races, particularly Africans. This sharp contrast usually carries severe social stigma.

Vitiligo: Clinical Associations And Trends In South East Nigeria
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Animal Model for Autoimmune Vitiligo: the Smyth Line Chicken

The mutant Smyth line (SL) chicken developed by Dr. J. Robert Smyth, Jr. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, is the only animal model for autoimmune vitiligo that recapitulates the entire spectrum of clinical and biological manifestations of the human disease.

Animal Model for Autoimmune Vitiligo: the Smyth Line Chicken
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Psychosocial problems in patients with vitiligo in Nigeria

Vitiligo is a benign idiopathic depigmenting skin disease that can cause profound social embarrassment and psychological turmoil to the affected persons. There is alteration of skin colour and this can be confused with other skin diseases including leprosy, a disease with significant stigmatization even from biblical times. Dermatosis generally because of several myths in the African culture may have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life including the relationship to others, self-image and self-esteem. The extent to which vitiligo affects the emotional and psychological wellbeing of people affected especially in blacks need to be documented and addressed.

Psychosocial problems in patients with vitiligo in Nigeria
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