February 2016 Briefing - Dermatology

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

Vitiligo Patients Often Exhibit Abnormal Ocular Findings

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with vitiligo have significant differences in terms of Schirmer test results, lens, and fundus findings, versus controls without systemic disease, according to a study published in the March issue of the International Journal of Dermatology.

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ASPS: Gluteal Augmentation Rising in Popularity in U.S.

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gluteal augmentation is now the fastest-growing type of plastic surgery in the United States, according to the latest data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Early Weaning Linked to Reduced Risk of Atopic Dermatitis

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Early weaning at age 4 to 5 months is associated with reduced risk of atopic dermatitis, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in Allergy.

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Suggestions for Optimizing Practice Feedback Effectiveness

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an article published online Feb. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 15 suggestions are presented to optimize the effectiveness of practice feedback.

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Intralesional Cryosurgery Feasible for BCC in Elderly

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intralesional cryosurgery is feasible for treating basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the lower extremities in elderly patients, according to a study published in the March issue of the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Combination Treatment for Acne May Be Best in Most Cases

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An evidence-based guideline for the management of acne vulgaris has been published online Feb. 17 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Botulinum Toxin Ups Physical, Mental Health in Hyperhidrosis

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with hyperhidrosis, botulinum toxin treatment is associated with significant improvements in mental and physical health, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Hidradenitis Suppurativa Tied to Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is independently associated with increased risk of adverse cardiovascular (CV) outcomes, according to a study published online Feb. 17 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Many Med Schools Appear Unwelcoming Regarding Disability

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most medical schools need to post, update, or clarify technical standards (TSs), required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that detail what a school will do to accommodate a student with a disability, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in Academic Medicine.

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Pulse Photodynamic Therapy for AK Cuts Side Effects

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pulse photodynamic therapy (pulse-PDT) and corticosteroid pulse-PDT reduce treatment-induced erythema in patients treated for actinic keratoses (AK), according to a study published online Feb. 8 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Psoriasis Does Not Worsen Total Hip Arthroplasty Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty (THA), neither psoriatic arthritis (PsA) nor cutaneous psoriasis (PsC) are risk factors for poor outcomes, according to a study published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Dermoscopy Can Help ID Staph Scalded Skin Syndrome

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dermoscopy can differentiate staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) from toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), according to a letter to the editor published online Feb. 4 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Few Want to Receive Skin Cancer Biopsy Results Face-to-Face

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with suspected malignant melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma, most patients are happy to receive biopsy results by letter or telephone, according to a research letter published online Feb. 8 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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CDC: Number of Uninsured Persons in U.S. Down Since 2013

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of uninsured persons is decreasing in the United States, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Artificial White Light Effective for Actinic Keratoses

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with actinic keratoses (AKs), artificial white light is as effective and well tolerated as daylight for photodynamic therapy (PDT), according to a study published online Feb. 3 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Physicians Concerned By Increasing Cost of Generics

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pennsylvania physicians have called for state- and national-level medical associations to take an active role in addressing the issue of increasing generic drug prices, according to an article published by the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

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Dermal Autologous Micrograft May Be Effective Scar Treatment

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment of exaggerated scars with dermal autologous micrografts appears effective, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Recurrent Erythema Seen With H. cinaedi Bacteremia

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Recurrent superficial cellulitis-like erythema is associated with Helicobacter cinaedi (H. cinaedi) bacteremia, according to a case report published online Jan. 30 in The Journal of Dermatology.

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Chemodermabrasion Better Than Chemical Peels Alone

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chemodermabrasion is more effective than chemical peels alone in enhancing the skin barrier function, according to a study published online Feb. 1 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

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AMA Highlights Issues Relating to Medical Liability Reform

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical liability reforms are likely to be advanced and challenged in 2016, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Microneedling Appears Promising in Darker Skin Types

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Microneedling represents a promising treatment modality for dermatologic conditions in darker skin, according to a review published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Doctors Offer Suggestions for Electronic Health Records

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians recently met in Seattle to discuss the difficulties and benefits associated with electronic health records (EHRs) in a third town hall meeting on the subject, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Vibratory Urticaria Linked to Missense Mutation in ADGRE2

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vibratory urticaria is associated with a missense substitution in ADGRE2, according to a brief report published online Feb. 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Novel Sunscreen Maximizes Vitamin D Production

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A novel sunscreen, Solar D, has been designed which can maximize vitamin D production while maintaining its sun protection effect for reducing erythema risk, according to a study published online Jan. 29 in PLOS ONE.

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Seven Tips Provided for Optimizing Practice Revenue

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Business operations data represent a relatively untapped resource for optimizing practice revenue, and can indicate areas of strength and opportunities for improvement, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Video Games Offer Educational Methods for Med Students

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Video games can play a role in medical education, offering new methods for teaching medical students, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Patient-Centered System Recommended for Medical Billing

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Simplification, consolidation, and real time point-of-care information could address the inefficiencies in the medical billing system, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Feb. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Tips Presented for Encouraging Treatment Adherence

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tips for increasing patient adherence to treatment plans include patient engagement and addressing barriers to adherence, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Ablative Fractionated Laser Tx Promising for Actinic Keratosis

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with actinic keratoses (AKs), one treatment with ablative fractionated laser (AFXL) produces a modest temporary reduction in AKs, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Patients and Families Highlight Value of Nurse Practitioners

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients and their families believe that teams in acute and primary care are more effective when they include nurse practitioners, according to research published online Jan. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Malpractice Concerns Affect Derm-Path Interpretive Behavior

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many dermatopathologists believe that malpractice concerns may lead to additional testing in their evaluation of cutaneous melanocytic lesions, according to research published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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