Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for August 2015. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
AMA: Ruling Makes It Easier for Insurers to Terminate Doctors
FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The outcome of a recent case regarding the termination of physicians by an insurance company following a dispute over the necessity of medical services provided has serious implications for physicians and their patients, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Foot Site Independent Risk Factor for Melanoma Outcome
FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Foot melanoma seems to represent a specific subgroup and is a negative independent prognostic factor for disease-specific survival and disease-free interval, according to a study published in the September issue of the International Journal of Dermatology.
Microfocused Ultrasound Safe for Fitzpatrick Skin Types III-VI
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Microfocused ultrasound (MFU) appears safe for improving laxity of the skin of the face and neck in patients with Fitzpatrick skin types III to VI, according to a case report published online Aug. 27 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
Psoriasis Patients at Higher Risk for Arrhythmia
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Patients with psoriasis are at higher risk of developing arrhythmia, even after controlling for other risk factors, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
AAD Issues 2nd Set of Choosing Wisely Recommendations
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has published a second list of recommendations regarding dermatologic tests and treatments that are not always necessary.
Too Few Blacks, Hispanics Pursuing Careers As Physicians
TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Too few members of certain minority groups are pursuing careers in U.S. medicine, resulting in a serious lack of diversity among general practitioners and specialists, according to a research letter published online Aug. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Pulsed Dye Laser Feasible for Steroid-Induced Atrophic Scars
MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Pulsed dye laser therapy seems feasible for treating steroid-induced atrophic scars, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
Non-Invasive Laser Technique Accurately Detects Melanoma
FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve developed a non-invasive test that can detect melanoma skin cancer without a biopsy. Their findings were published online Aug. 11 in Nature Scientific Reports.
Patient, Family Advisors Can Play Key Role in Practices
FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Practices can employ patient and family advisors in order to help them focus on patient-centered care needs, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Transplant Recipients Have Increased Melanoma Risk
FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Organ transplant recipients have an increased risk of invasive melanoma, especially for regional-stage tumors, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
Non-Ablative Fractional Laser Could Treat Scar Contracture
THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Treatment with a dual wavelength non-ablative fractional laser may result in the functional improvement of scar contractures, according to a case study published online Aug. 6 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
Report Highlights Ways to Improve Physician Resilience
THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Strategies can be adopted for improving physician resilience and the ability to handle the challenges presented by patient care, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Considerable Variation in Cost of Generic Topical Corticosteroids
THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There is considerable variation in the unit cost of topical corticosteroids across potencies and by branded generic or generic product, according to a research letter published online Aug. 19 in JAMA Dermatology.
Topical Kunzea Oil No Help for Psoriasis
TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The addition of kunzea oil does not improve the efficacy of topical psoriasis treatments containing liquor carbonis detergens (LCD) and salicylic acid, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.
More Physicians Reporting Dissatisfaction With EHR Systems
THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More physicians report being dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their electronic health record (EHR) system, compared with five years ago, according to a report published by the AmericanEHR Partners and the American Medical Association.
Sun Exposure in the Military Ups Skin Cancer Risk in U.S. Veterans
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many U.S. soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have experiences that increase their risk for skin cancer, according to a research letter published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
Combo Tx Using Glycolic Acid, Iontophoresis Effective in Acne
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adjuvant combination therapy with chemical peeling using glycolic acid and subsequent iontophoresis with vitamins A, C, and E seems to be effective for severe acne vulgaris, according to a letter to the editor published online Aug. 6 in the Journal of Dermatology.
HAC Reduction Program Penalty Kicks in for FY2015
TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The latest Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) effort to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) is the HAC Reduction Program, according to an Aug. 6 health policy brief published in Health Affairs.
In-Person Staff Meetings Are Valuable for Health Care Teams
MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In-person staff meetings, which are not too short or too long and are held frequently, are valuable for health care team operation, according to an article published in Medical Economics.
Two Cases of SCC Described After Ingenol Mebutate Gel Application
MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two cases of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) have been described, with rapid onset after application of ingenol mebutate gel for treatment of actinic keratosis (AK). The report was published online July 31 in the British Journal of Dermatology.
Photodynamic Tx Viable for Paget’s Disease on Scalp
FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Extramammary Paget’s disease (EMPD) on the scalp can be successfully treated with photodynamic therapy (PDT), according to a case report published online July 31 in the International Journal of Dermatology.
Many Hospitals Being Penalized for 30-Day Readmissions
FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — About half of the nation’s hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients return within a month of discharge, losing a combined $420 million, according to a report published by Kaiser Health.
Guidelines Provided for Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis Management
THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Guidelines have been developed for the management of pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis at the primary care level. The guidelines were published as a state-of-the-art review article online Aug. 3 in Pediatrics.
Topical Vitamin D May Ease CKD-Associated Pruritus
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Topical vitamin D may be an effective and well-tolerated treatment for pruritus associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD-aP), according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of Dermatology.
Nitric Oxide Nanoparticles Target Inflammation in Acne
MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — By slowing the release of nitric oxide using nanoparticles (NO-np), researchers were able to prevent Propionibacterium acnes-induced inflammation by clearing the organism as well as inhibiting the innate immune response. The study was published online July 14 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
FDA Approves New Topical Treatment for Rosacea
MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new prescription treatment for rosacea was approved on Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Factors ID’d for MAPK Treatment Outcome in Melanoma
MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For patients with metastatic melanoma treated with mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitors, gender, serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), BRAF genotype, and primary melanoma ulceration status are independent factors associated with treatment outcomes, according to research published online July 28 in Cancer.
Case Report: Pediatric Nickel Dermatitis Caused by Belt Buckles
MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nickel dermatitis has been observed in a number of children whose symptoms resolved after avoiding contact with dimethylglyoxime (DMG)-positive belt buckles. These observations have been published as a case report online Aug. 3 in Pediatrics.
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