We are a sanctuary medical office

Goldin Skin Dermatology is a “sanctuary medical office.”    We do not ask patients about their immigration status, and we welcome refugees and asylum seekers. “Sanctuary cities” are cities that do not use their resources (e.g. police, fire, administrative services) to enforce national immigration policy.  Current sanctuary cities in Illinois are:  Chicago, Champaign, Urbana, Cicero,…

High cost of medication

I am often shocked when patients tell me how much they paid (or were asked to pay) for a medication I prescribed.  I am especially surprised, because I make a point of writing for generic medication, rather than more expensive brand medication.   Generic medications are versions of a brand drug which the Federal Drug Administration…

Indoor Tanning

This month’s JAMA Dermatology (JAMA Dermatol. 2016; 152(3):268-275) features an article which tries to explain why the incidence of melanoma is increasing faster in women under 50 years of age compared to men under 50.  The authors conclude that this difference is most likely due to the higher rates of indoor tanning by younger women.   They…