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Vitiligo in News | March 2020

Vitiligo News March 2020

Let’s be real! March 2020 surprised us all with something unprecedented – something at least our generation has never witnessed before. Right before the unexpected Coronavirus outbreak and lockdowns across the world, vitiligo was collectively seen by some of us as a mammoth problem. But, post COVID19 pandemic, we can certainly say, vitiligo isn’t something that can be at top of mind of our, vitiligo fighters’, mind in these times of social distancing.

Still, March 2020 saw some progress in the field of vitiligo research. As per a literature review published in Dermatologic Therapy, a systematic review that explored the current data for vitiligo therapy concluded that immunomodulators may become more prominent in the coming years due to its efficacy. Immunomodulators like afamelanotide, latanoprost, zinc, tofacitinib, cyclosporine, rituximab, minocycline, methotrexate, and sodium oxo-dihydro-acridinylacetate (ODHAA) displayed some degree of effectiveness in the treatment of vitiligo. Development on the same will have to wait up until more clinical trials are conducted post coronavirus crisis.

In a community story, Joe Rogan, an American comedian and podcast host with vitiligo, recently participated in a month-long experiment with the carnivore diet. He kept his fans updated on how the carnivore diet was going for him through social posts. After he finished his month, Joe posted a video on Instagram and told everyone how his vitiligo improved post going through a carnivore diet that had a bunch of his white spots fill in.

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Carnivore diet update; the good and the bad. Let’s start with the bad. There’s really only one “bad” thing, and that thing is diarrhea. I’m not sure diarrhea is an accurate word for it, like I don’t think a shark is technically a fish. It’s a different thing, and with regular diarrhea I would compare it to a fire you see coming a block or two away and you have the time to make an escape, whereas this carnivore diet is like out of nowhere the fire is coming through the cracks, your doorknob is red hot, and all hope is lost. I haven’t shit my pants yet, but I’ve come to accept that if I keep going with this diet it’s just a matter of time before we lose a battle, and I fill my undies like a rainforest mudslide overtaking a mountain road. It’s that bad. It seems to be getting a little better every day, so there’s that to look forward to, but as of today I trust my butthole about as much as I trust a shifty neighbor with a heavy Russian accent that asks a lot of personal questions. The good: Now, I’m well aware of the placebo effect and I’m constantly self-analyzing every perceived reaction I’m having to eating only meat for almost 2 weeks straight, but one thing I’m fairly sure of is that my energy levels are higher and steadier throughout the day. This seems undeniable. I don’t know if it’s a temporary effect and if maybe it’s just the result of eating really disciplined, but either way it seems to be real. I’ve also felt really “healthy” (other than the sporadic bouts of hellacious projectile doodoo). Again, I don’t now if this is real or imagined, but I actually seem to feel happier and more balanced. This is the only time in my life I’ve ever tried eliminating carbs for more than a day or so, and since I started the diet a couple days before January I’m now about 13 days in, at least 7 pounds lighter, and in completely uncharted territory for me. Which makes me think this is probably completely uncharted territory for 99% of the people on earth. Anyway, I’ll keep you folks posted. This is my late night dinner of liver and bacon. Only my second meal of the day, I ate a fat ribeye at 1pm. #worldcarnivoremonth

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In another important development during March 2020, it was found that UVB phototherapy is not linked with skin cancer risk in vitiligo. As per Jung Min Bae’s observation who is from the department of dermatology – St. Vincent’s Hospital, College of Medicine at The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul. Jung and his team undertook the nationwide, population-based retrospective cohort analysis that included 60,321 patients aged above 20 years identified through the country’s national health insurance claims database. The study was conducted for the period between 2007 and 2017. No increase in skin cancer incidence was reported for people with vitiligo (taken out of this database) undergoing prolonged narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy.

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