January 2017 Briefing - Dermatology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for January 2017. 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.

Fractional CO2 Beats Silicone Gel for Elective Surgery Scars

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For elective surgery scars, application of super-pulsed fractional CO2 laser application improves the aesthetic quality of scars more than silicone gel, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Thulium Fiber Laser Rejuvenates Male Scalp With Photodamage

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For men with extensive photodamage of the scalp, one session of fractionated 1,927 nm thulium fiber laser can achieve rejuvenation, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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NATA Issues Clinical Guidance on Acute Skin Trauma in Sports

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Clinical decisions and intervention protocols after acute skin trauma during participation in athletic and recreational activities vary among athletic trainers and are often based on ritualistic practices, according to a National Athletic Trainers' Association position statement published in the December issue of the Journal of Athletic Training.

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Quenched Activity-Based Probe Imaging Beneficial in NMSC

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Quenched activity-based probe imaging can discriminate cancer from normal appearing skin tissue, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Most PCPs Oppose Complete Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of primary care doctors oppose full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, according to a perspective piece published online Jan. 25 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Strategies Presented for Addressing Uncompensated Time

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies can be employed to help physicians deal with the increasing burden of uncompensated tasks, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Climbazole Ups Retinoid-Linked Biological Activities

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Climbazole enhances retinoid-associated biological activities in vivo and in vitro, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

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Atopic Dermatitis Linked to Risk of Alopecia Areata, Vitiligo

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Atopic dermatitis (AD) is associated with increased risk of alopecia areata (AA) and vitiligo, according to research published online Jan. 18 in Allergy.

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Psoriasis Impacts QoL for Parents of Affected Children

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood psoriasis impacts parents' quality of life in multiple domains, especially their emotional well-being, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Obesity Underrepresented in Medical Licensing Exams

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The most important concepts of obesity prevention and treatment are not adequately represented on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step examinations, according to a study published recently in Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

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High SPF Sunscreen Offers Better Protection Than Beach Umbrella

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sunscreen with a high sun protection factor offers better protection than a standard beach umbrella, although neither completely prevents sunburn, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder Often Missed by Plastic Surgeons

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in 10 patients seeking facial plastic surgery suffers from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), but doctors often don't spot the problem, according to research published online recently in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Physician Excess Charges Create Financial Burden for Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many doctors bill their private-paying patients two, three, even six times more than what Medicare pays for the same services, according to a research letter published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Sunflower Seed Oil, Baby Lotion Don't Harm Skin Barrier Function

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Neither sunflower seed oil (SSO) nor baby lotion (L) harms skin barrier function adaptation in healthy full-term neonates, according to a study published online Jan. 10 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Case Series Demonstrates Safety of Trichloroacetic Acid Peel

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Universal trichloroacetic acid peel is safe for light and dark skin, according to research published online Jan. 12 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Tetracycline + Colchicine Effective in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tetracycline combined with colchicine is effective for treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), according to a study published online Jan. 4 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Excessive FDA Regulation Driving High Drug Prices

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The excessive regulatory regime at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is an important driver of high drug prices, and should be curbed to introduce more competition and lower prices, according to a report published online Jan. 5 by the National Center for Policy Analysis.

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Ivermectin Has Topical Anti-Inflammatory Properties

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ivermectin (IVM) has anti-inflammatory properties that could be beneficial in treatment of T-cell mediated skin inflammatory diseases, according to an experimental study published online Jan. 4 in Allergy.

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Clinical Features of Vitiligo Linked to Age of Disease Onset

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The clinical features of vitiligo are associated with age of disease onset, according to a study published online Jan. 4 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Food Additives May Play Role in Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Food additives may play a role in the etiology of recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS), according to a study published online Dec. 30 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Reduction in Psoriasis Symptoms With Long-Term Weight Loss

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients with psoriasis who lose 10 to 15 percent of their weight may see significant and lasting improvement in their symptoms, according to a report published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Decline in the United States

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer mortality rates in the United States have dropped 25 percent since the early 1990s, according to a new report published online Jan. 5 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Consultations Rarely Address Psoriasis Patients' Concerns

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with psoriasis report wanting to be treated as individuals and preferring individualized health education, although clinical consultations rarely address their concerns, according to research published online Dec. 29 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Skin Diseases Have Large Impact on Patients' Well-Being

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Skin diseases affect quality of life differently across distinct aspects of the EuroQoL five dimension questionnaire (EQ5D), according to a study published online Dec. 29 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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