August 2016 Briefing - Dermatology

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

FDA Approves Biosimilar Drug Erelzi for Rheumatoid Arthritis

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new biological drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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ACA Is Helping More Americans Afford Prescriptions

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Though a growing number of Americans are able to afford prescription medications, millions still have difficulty, according to a study published online Aug. 23 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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High-Intensity Focused U/S With Cooling Destroys Adipocytes

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A novel high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment with a cooling system is safe and efficient for destroying adipocytes, according to a study published online Aug. 23 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Early Onset Preeclampsia May Be Linked to Hemangioma

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preeclampsia before 34 weeks may be associated with increased risk of hemangioma, although the correlation is attenuated when longer hospital length of stay is accounted for, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Acneiform Eruptions Observed After Vemurafenib Treatment

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Acneiform eruptions due to the BRAF kinase inhibitor (BRAFi) vemurafenib in a patient with multiple metastatic melanoma lesions are described in a case report published online Aug. 11 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Coronary Artery Calcium Increased in Psoriasis Patients

FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Increased coronary artery calcium, indicative of asymptomatic coronary atherosclerosis, is apparent in patients with psoriasis, and similar to that seen in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Aug. 24 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Marine Complex Supplement Beneficial in Male Hair Thinning

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A marine complex supplement is beneficial for men with thinning hair, according to a study published online Aug. 9 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Steep Rise in U.S. Drug Prices Tied to Patent Monopolies

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing in the United States due in large part to government regulations, according to a study published in the Aug. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Favorable Outcomes for Vitiligo in Nivolumab-Treated Melanoma

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with advanced melanoma, vitiligo occurrence is associated with favorable clinical outcome during nivolumab treatment, according to a study published online Aug. 11 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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ACA Has Increased Rx Drug Use, Cut Out-of-Pocket Spending

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased prescription use and reduced out-of-pocket spending, according to a report published online Aug. 17 in Health Affairs.

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Glycolic Peel Enhances Azelaic Acid in Melasma Treatment

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Glycolic acid (GA) peel enhances the therapeutic efficacy of topical azelaic acid (AA) cream for treatment of melasma, according to a study published online Aug. 8 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Legal Issues Impact Delivery of Telehealth

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Telehealth technologies can allow delivery of high-quality care at a lower cost, especially in underserved areas, but there is currently no uniform legal approach to telehealth, hampering its provision, according to a Health Policy Brief published online Aug. 15 in Health Affairs.

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Residents Often Order Perceived Unnecessary Lab Tests

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Residents frequently order perceived unnecessary inpatient laboratory tests, according to a study published online Aug. 13 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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U.S. Female Doctors Reimbursed Significantly Less Than Males

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Female doctors in the United States make much less than their male colleagues, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

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Topical Timolol Effective, Safe for Infantile Hemangioma

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with infantile hemangioma (IH), topical timolol maleate is effective and safe, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in Pediatrics.

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Rosacea Tied to Higher Risk of GI Diseases

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Rosacea is associated with increased risk of some gastrointestinal diseases, according to a study published online Aug. 8 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Alitretinoin Cuts Chronic Hand Eczema Severity

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alitretinoin treatment aids in normalizing expression of barrier genes and proteins in patients with chronic hand eczema (CHE), according to a study published online Aug. 2 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Many U.S. Hospitals Offer Language Services

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, 68.8 percent of hospitals offer language services, with the proportion increasing with level of need, according to research published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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Dermatopathology More Common in Crohn's Than Ulcerative Colitis

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cutaneous manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) should be considered when reviewing unexplained skin lesions, particularly in patients with Crohn's disease (CD), according to research published online Aug. 6 in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology.

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Guidance Needed for Frail Elderly With Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More attention should be given to frailty-related items in clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC), according to a study published online Aug. 3 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Cowhage Provocation, Histamine Skin Testing ID Atopic Dermatitis

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Topical cowhage provocation and skin prick testing with histamine can diagnose atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a study published online July 29 in Allergy.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Reduces Facial Wrinkles

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) intradermal injection can reduce wrinkles, especially wrinkles of the nasolabial folds (NLFs), according to a study published online July 29 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Skin Pigmentation, Fluence Determine IPL Side Effects

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Darker skin pigmentation and increasing intense pulsed light (IPL) fluence determine side effects after IPL exposure, according to a study published online July 30 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Nonsterile Gloves Don't Up Risk of Infection in Minor Skin Sx

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing outpatient cutaneous surgical procedures, use of nonsterile gloves is not associated with increased risk for surgical site infection (SSI), according to a review and meta-analysis published online Aug. 3 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Adalimumab Effective for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with hidradenitis suppurativa, adalimumab is associated with higher clinical response rates, according to a study published in the Aug. 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Nonablative Radiofrequency Tx Ups Skin Elasticity Around Eyes

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nonablative radiofrequency treatment can improve skin elasticity around the eye area, according to a study published online July 29 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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BRAF Inhibitors May Accelerate Wound Healing

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Topical application of BRAF inhibitors may accelerate healing of skin wounds, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in Nature Communications.

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Biosimilar and Reference TNF-α Inhibitors Comparable

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Biosimilar and reference tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitors appear to be appropriately interchangeable, according to a review published online Aug. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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European Countries Implementing Cost-Sharing

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- European health systems are requiring an increase in cost-sharing measures for patients 50 years of age and older, according to research published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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