July 2015 Briefing - Dermatology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for July 2015. 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.

AMA Wants Doctor Input on EHRs, Meaningful Use

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging clinicians to share their perspectives on electronic heath records (EHRs) and the meaningful use program.

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U.S. Health Spending Projected to Rise 5.8 Percent By 2024

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- From 2014 to 2024, U.S. health spending growth is projected to increase by about 6 percent, according to a report published online July 28 in Health Affairs.

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Higher Risk for Depression With Psoriasis

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There is an increased risk of depression among women with psoriasis, according to a study published online July 17 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Probiotic Supplements May Help Prevent Infantile Eczema

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Probiotic supplementation in pregnancy and early infancy can prevent infantile eczema, according to a review and meta-analysis published online July 21 in Allergy.

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No Significant Pregnancy Risks for Topical Retinoid Exposure

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Topical retinoid exposure is not significantly associated with an increased risk of major congenital malformations, spontaneous abortion, low birth weight, or prematurity, according to a review published online July 26 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Patients Report Improved Care Access, Better Health With ACA

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millions more Americans have affordable health insurance, access to a personal doctor, and feel they are in better health following the first two open-enrollment periods of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new analysis shows. The results are published in the July 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Higher Incidence of Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia Reported

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) following cryolipolysis may be higher than previously described, according to a report published in the August issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Delays Noted in the Reporting of Serious Patient Harms to FDA

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About 10 percent of cases where a drug does serious harm are not reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration within the required 15-day period, according to a new analysis published online July 27 as a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Confetti-Like Depigmentation May Predict Vitiligo Progression

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Confetti-like depigmentation may be a marker of rapidly progressing vitiligo, according to a review published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Self-Reported Eczema Valid for Detecting Atopic Dermatitis

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Self- and caregiver-reported history of eczema is valid for identifying atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a study published online July 17 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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FDA Approves Odomzo for Recurring Basal Cell Carcinoma

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Odomzo (sonidegib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat patients with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma that has returned despite surgery or radiation, or who are not candidates for additional surgery or radiation.

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Expansion of High-Deductible Plans to Impact Physician Care

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As a result of the increasing popularity of high-deductible health care plans, patients now have more financial responsibility for medical services, which is impacting physician practices, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Human Breast Milk Effective for Atopic Dermatitis in Infants

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Topical application of human breast milk (HBM) is effective for infants with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis, according to a study published in the August issue of the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Diode Laser Safe, Effective for Treating Facial Skin Laxity

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An 810- and 940-nm diode laser is safe and efficacious for treating facial skin laxity, according to a study published online July 15 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Clinicians May Harbor Biases About Sexual Orientation

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Clinicians may be biased when it comes to the sexual orientation of patients, new research suggests. The study was published online July 16 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Picosecond-Domain Laser Safe for Removing Decorative Tattoos

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Picosecond-domain Nd:YAG laser incorporating a potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) frequency-doubling crystal is safe and effective for removing decorative tattoos, according to a study published online July 14 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Trend Alert: Sunburn 'Art' Growing Presence on Social Media

THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Experts are speaking out against "sunburn art," a new social media trend in which people use stencils or strategically applied sunblock to create a do-it-yourself temporary sunburn tattoo on their bodies.

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AMA Suggests Ways to Encourage Use of Patient Portals

THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Measures can be taken to encourage patients to use patient portals to help ensure practices meet current Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, according to an article published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Choosing Wisely: How to Implement in Clinical Practice

THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies should be adopted to help with implementation of the Choosing Wisely program, which was designed to address the problem of medical overuse, according to an article published in the July/August issue of Family Practice Management.

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Anti-Aging Potential of Acetyl Aspartic Acid Characterized

WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research published online July 3 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science has characterized the anti-aging potential of acetyl aspartic acid (A-A-A).

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Fat Grafting Widely Used During Facelift Surgery

TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most U.S. plastic surgeons use fat grafting to enhance the effects of facelifts, according to a new survey. The findings were published in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Progress in Reporting Conflict of Interest Among IRB Members

TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Among institutional review board (IRB) members, there has been positive progress in the reporting and management of conflicts of interest, according to a study published online July 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Arts Observation Curriculum May Be Beneficial for Medical Students

TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Use of an arts observation curriculum can help students learn to observe objectively and articulate their observations, which are important traits for clinical practice, according to an article published online July 3 in Academic Medicine.

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Faster Results With Combined Therapy for Striae Distensae

FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Combination therapy with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and microdermabrasion is an effective treatment for striae distensae, according to research published online July 6 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Caution: Handle TCA With Care to Avoid Chemical Burns

FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Gynecologists should be aware that accidental exposure to trichloroacetic acid, which is used in routine procedures, may lead to serious chemical burns, according to a case report published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Zinc Levels May Predict Worse Outcomes With Alopecia

FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lower serum zinc levels are associated with worse outcomes in patients with alopecia areata, according to a study published online July 3 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Treatment of Psoriasis

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary trial results suggest that an experimental drug may be more efficacious for psoriasis than the current standard treatment. The results were published in the July 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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No Single Effective Treatment for Cellulite Identified

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A comprehensive literature review analyzed the range of available treatments for cellulite reduction. The results were published online July 6 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Clinical Rebounding Triad After Corticosteroid Discontinuation

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A subgroup of patients with dermatitis who discontinue topical corticosteroids (TC) after long-term treatment have clinical rebounding triad manifestations, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Dermatology.

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Risk of CVD Up in Newly Diagnosed Psoriatic Arthritis

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many newly diagnosed psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients have an increased risk of future cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published in the July issue of Arthritis Care and Research.

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Effect of 1064-nm Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser on Tattoos Studied

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The effect of the 1064-nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser on tattoo removal varies with the amount of ink deposited in the tissue, according to a study published online July 2 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Court Upholds Medical Liability Damages Cap

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The non-economic damages cap under the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) has been upheld again in a California court of appeal, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Despite Risk to Patients, Health Providers Often Work While Sick

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many health care professionals work when they are sick, putting their patients at risk for serious illness or even death, according to a study published online July 6 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Mortality Rates Declining for Many Cancers

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For many cancers, mortality rates are declining and are expected to meet Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) targets, according to a study published online July 2 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Oxybutynin Deemed Effective Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Low-dose oxybutynin is an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis, according to a study published online June 26 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Afamelanotide Beneficial in Erythropoietic Protoporphyria

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone analog, afamelanotide, is associated with reduced pain and improved quality of life in patients with erythropoietic protoporphyria, according to research published in the July 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Residents' Knowledge of High-Value Care Varies

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. internal medicine (IM) residents report varying knowledge and practice of high-value care (HVC), according to research published online June 16 in Academic Medicine.

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Public Opinion Sought on New Licensure for Assistant Physicians

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New classification of licensure for assistant physicians has been created, and public opinion is being sought by the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts prior to filing these rules with the Secretary of State's Office and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

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