January 2016 Briefing - Dermatology

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

Demand for Medical Office Space High and Increasing

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Demand for medical office space for ambulatory care is at a high point and looks likely to continue increasing, according to an article published in Forbes.

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FDA Warns of Lead Poisoning Risk From Cosmetic Clay

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A beauty clay sold at major retail outlets may put users at risk for lead poisoning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday.

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Dermatologists Have a Role in Care of Transgender Patients

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dermatologists can help with the physical transformation of transgender individuals, especially facial transformation for women, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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AMA Highlights Top Four Issues to Promote in State Legislation

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The top four issues that will be promoted in state legislation in 2016 were discussed at the 2016 American Medical Association (AMA) State Legislative Strategy Conference, according to a report published by the AMA.

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Rosacea Linked to Increased Risk of Glioma

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Rosacea is associated with a significantly increased risk of developing glioma, according to research published online Jan. 27 in JAMA Dermatology.

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~1% of Physicians Account for One-Third of Malpractice Claims

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A small number of physicians account for a considerable proportion of all paid malpractice claims, according to a study published in the Jan. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Alternative Payment Models Can Help Improve Patient Care

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alternative payment models (APMs) have been and are being developed that can allow physicians to offer new and improved services to their patients, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Specific Trichoscopic Findings Linked to Tinea Capitis

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Specific trichoscopic findings are associated with tinea capitis (TC), according to a research letter published online Jan. 22 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Possibility for Health Care Legislation Changes in 2016

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Given the current political climate and issues of bipartisan concern, 2016 could see certain changes to health care legislation, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Serious Propranolol ADRs Rare in Infantile Hemangioma

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For children with infantile hemangiomas, severe adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are rare with propranolol treatment, according to a research letter published in the Jan. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Single-Stage Procedure Treats Cellulite, Lipodystrophy

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A single-stage procedure can provide simultaneous treatment for cellulite and lipodystrophy, according to a clinical report published in the January issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Patient Satisfaction With Doctors May Be on the Rise

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans than ever are satisfied with their visits to the doctor, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll in September.

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Pregnancy Ups Metastasis, Recurrence, Death in Melanoma

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women diagnosed with melanoma during or just after pregnancy are at greater risk from the cancer than other women, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Higher Substance Use Found Among Teens Who Tan

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New survey results suggest that teenagers who go to tanning salons may be more likely to smoke, drink, and use illegal drugs and steroids, according to a research letter published online Jan. 20 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Guidelines Provided for Correct Way to Dismiss Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As insurers place increasing emphasis on evaluating physicians based on quality measures, management of noncompliant patients is becoming more complex, and can lead to patient dismissal, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Physicians Choose Less Aggressive Care at End of Life

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians facing death are less likely to demand aggressive care, according to two research letters published in the Jan. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on death, dying, and end of life.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Added to NB-UVB Beneficial in Vitiligo

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intradermal platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in combination with narrowband-ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) phototherapy improves repigmentation versus NB-UVB alone in patients with vitiligo, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Greater Transparency Being Promoted in Research

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Greater transparency is being promoted in clinical research, according to a health policy brief published online Jan. 14 in Health Affairs.

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Design of Physician Satisfaction Surveys Affects Results

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patient satisfaction scores are influenced by the design and implementation of patient surveys, according to an article published in the January-February issue of Family Practice Management.

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New Blood Test May Improve Tracking of Advanced Melanoma

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test might improve doctors' ability to track the spread of advanced melanoma, according to results of a small, preliminary study published in the January issue of Molecular Oncology.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Efficacious for Atrophic Acne Scars

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) combined with microneedling is efficacious for the treatment of atrophic acne scars, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Nivolumab, Contact Immunotx Treats In-Transit Melanoma

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nivolumab in combination with contact immunotherapy can successfully treat in-transit melanoma, according to two case reports published online Dec. 12 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Excessive Hair Growth Documented After IFN-β Tx

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Excessive hair growth can occur after local administration of interferon (IFN)-β treatment for malignant melanoma, according to a letter to the editor published online Dec. 12 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Higher Costs for Traditional-Dose Isotretinoin Therapy

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Traditional-dose isotretinoin therapy is associated with higher overall costs than high-dose therapy, according to a letter to the editor published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Hyaluronic Acid Filler Degradation Down With Add-On Botulinum

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The combination of hyaluronic acid filler with botulinum neurotoxin type A is associated with reduced degradation, according to an experimental study published in the January issue of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

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Dark Chocolate Consumption Daily Can Exacerbate Acne

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For acne-prone males, daily consumption of 99 percent dark chocolate can exacerbate acne, according to a study published online Dec. 29 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Novel Antigen Implicated in Immediate Hypersensitivity to Beer

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A novel antigen, which belongs to the protein Z family, may be involved in immediate hypersensitivity to beer, according to a case report published online Dec. 12 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Many Patients Using E-Mail As First Method of Provider Contact

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic conditions, the ability to communicate with their doctor via e-mail may help improve their health, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in the American Journal of Managed Care.

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History of Asthma May Be Linked to Shingles Risk in Adults

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with a history of asthma may be more likely to develop herpes zoster, researchers report online Dec. 28 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Interest in Tanning Practices Is Seasonal

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Interest in tanning peaks prior to the summer months, with the highest interest seen in March in the United States and Canada, according to a research letter published online Dec. 30 in JAMA Dermatology.

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β-Genus Human Papillomavirus Poses Skin Cancer Risk

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- β-genus human papillomavirus (β-HPV) is a risk factor for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) in otherwise healthy individuals, according to a review published online Dec. 30 in JAMA Dermatology.

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