November 2016 Briefing - Dermatology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for November 2016. 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.

Incidence of Sebaceous Carcinoma Up From 2000 to 2012

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- From 2000 to 2012 there was an increase in the incidence of sebaceous carcinoma (SC), according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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ASST Combined With Other Tests Best IDs Autoimmune Urticaria

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The autologous serum skin test (ASST) can be combined with additional parameters to best identify chronic autoimmune urticaria (AIU), according to a research letter published online Nov. 15 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Rapid, Clinically Meaningful Psoriasis Relief With Ixekizumab

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with psoriasis, ixekizumab is associated with significant improvements in psoriasis symptoms, with itch severity improvements seen as early as week one, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.

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Rising Rx, ER Prices Pushing U.S. Health Care Spending Up

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Privately insured Americans spent nearly 5 percent more on health care last year than in 2014; this increase was significantly more than that seen in previous years and reflects higher costs for prescription drugs, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations, according to a report published Nov. 22 by the Health Care Cost Institute.

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Computer Order Entry System Ups Antimicrobial Policy Compliance

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Use of a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system can improve compliance with antimicrobial restriction policies, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.

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Acne Treatment Often Not in Line With Current Guidelines

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among U.K. general practitioners, acne treatment is often not in accordance with current guidelines, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Treatment Guidelines Updated for Patients With Rosacea

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with rosacea, phenotype-based treatments should be given for presenting signs and symptoms, according to updated treatment guidelines published online Nov. 12 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Hyperhidrosis Tied to Prevalence of Anxiety, Depression

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hyperhidrosis (HH) is associated with increased prevalence of anxiety and depression, in a HH severity-dependent manner, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Median Medicare Payment $171K Per Dermatologist in 2013

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The median Medicare payment was $171,397 per dermatologist in 2013, according to a research letter published online Nov. 16 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Family History, Lifestyle Factors Impact Risk of Acne in Adulthood

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Factors that are associated with the appearance of acne in adult women include family history, personal history of acne, having no previous pregnancies, having hirsutism, and having a high level of psychological stress, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Ablative Fractional Laser Beneficial for C-Section Scars

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ablative fractional laser (AFXL) treatment is beneficial for patients with cesarean section (C-section) scars, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Efficacy of Wet Wrap Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis Undetermined

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence that wet wrap therapy (WWT) is more effective than topical steroids for the treatment of atopic dermatitis is mixed, according to a review published online Nov. 8 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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HR Capabilities Positively Linked to Quality of Patient Care

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Human resource (HR) capabilities are positively associated with quality of patient care, with the relationship mediated by proactive work, according to a study published recently in Human Resource Management.

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Clinical Features Can Be Used to Tailor Melanoma Screening

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Certain patients at high risk of melanoma may benefit from more tailored skin exams, according to a study published online Nov. 9 in JAMA Dermatology.

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U/S IDs Response to Propranolol in Infantile Hemangioma

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with infantile hemangiomas, serial ultrasonography can be used to show response to propranolol treatment, according to a study published online Nov. 4 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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High Transepidermal Water Loss in Infancy Linked to Eczema

TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High transepidermal water loss (TEWL) in infancy is associated with atopic eczema (AE) at age 2 years, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Five Strategies Can Reduce Risk of Medical Lawsuits

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Five strategies can be employed by physicians in order to help reduce the risk of lawsuits, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Thalidomide May Cause Epidermal Necrolysis in Multiple Myeloma

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with multiple myeloma, thalidomide may cause toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), according to a case report published online Nov. 2 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Er:YAG Laser Shows Superior Efficacy in Rx of Acne Scars

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Er:YAG is more efficacious than bipolar radiofrequency combined with diode laser (BRDL) for treatment of mild-to-moderate acne scars, according to a study published online Nov. 2 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Half of Americans Have at Least One Chronic Health Condition

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of Americans have at least one chronic disease, mental illness, or problem with drugs or alcohol, according to a study published online recently in Psychology, Health & Medicine.

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Myocarditis ID'd With Ipilimumab + Nivolumab in Melanoma

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with melanoma treated with a combination of ipilimumab and nivolumab may be at risk for a potentially fatal T-cell-driven drug reaction, according to a report published in the Nov. 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Increased Global, Subcutaneous Inflammation in Psoriasis

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis patients have increased global arterial inflammation and subcutaneous inflammation, according to a study published online Oct. 27 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Scented Products, Environments Linked to Health Woes for Many

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fragranced products such as soaps, candles, and air fresheners cause more than one-third of U.S. adults to suffer ill health effects, including headaches, dizziness and breathing difficulties, according to research published online Oct. 20 in Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health.

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About 30 Percent Misdiagnosed With Lower Extremity Cellulitis

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than 30 percent of patients admitted with a diagnosis of lower extremity cellulitis are misdiagnosed, according to a study published online Nov. 2 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Transient Topical Corticosteroids of Limited Use in Acne

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Transient addition of topical corticosteroids (TCS) to topical retinoids is not associated with meeting the primary end points of improvement in acne severity and mitigation of medication-induced irritation, according to a study published online Oct. 27 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Gene Tx Promising in Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gene therapy shows promise in treating recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, according to a study published in the Nov. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Use of Term 'Rule Out' May Delay Dermatopathology Diagnosis

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an non-integrated dermatopathology practice, use of the term "rule out" on the requisition form (RF) may cause diagnostic delays and use of unnecessary pathology services, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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