July 2016 Briefing - Dermatology

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

Mitochondria-Targeted Iron Chelator Offers Photoprotection

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A mitochondria-targeted iron chelator can protect primary skin fibroblasts against the harmful effects of ultraviolet A (UVA), according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

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Add-On Local Peripheral Tx Beneficial in Metastatic Melanoma

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with metastatic melanoma, the addition of local peripheral treatments (LPT) such as radiotherapy or electrochemotherapy is beneficial, according to a study published online July 27 in Cancer Immunology Research.

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Perceived Stigmatization Common for Patients With Psoriasis

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sociodemographic, disease-related, and personality variables can predict perceived stigmatization in psoriasis, which occurs in the majority of patients, according to a study published online July 20 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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USPSTF: Evidence Lacking to Recommend Skin Cancer Screens

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There is insufficient evidence to recommend regular full-body exams for skin cancer as a means of preventing deaths from these cancers, according to a new review and recommendation statement published in the July 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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American Red Cross Says Blood Donations Needed Urgently

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross says it has an urgent need for blood donations, with less than a five-day supply of blood on hand to help those who need it.

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Medical Students Often Track Progress of Former Patients

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. medical students use electronic health records to track the progress of their former patients and confirm the accuracy of their diagnoses, according to research letter published online July 25 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Arsenic-Contaminated Water Linked to Skin Cancer in U.S.

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Arsenic-contaminated water, at levels below the 2001 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maximum, is associated with skin cancer in U.S. populations, according to a review published online July 15 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Er:YAG + SMA Safe, Effective for Facial Skin Rejuvenation

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Multifractional microablative laser combined with spatially modulated ablative (SMA) technology appears to be effective and safe for facial skin rejuvenation, according to a study published online July 18 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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'Walking Meetings' Feasible Strategy for Employee Wellness

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Converting a single weekly meeting to a walking meeting can help raise work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers, according to a report published online June 23 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Local Hyperthermia Can Clear Molluscum Contagiosum Lesions

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with molluscum contagiosum (MC) lesions, local hyperthermia with a targeted device is successful for lesion clearance, according to a research letter published online July 5 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Health Expenditures Rising for Middle Class, Wealthy

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While overall U.S. medical spending growth slowed between 2004 and 2013, expenditures rose for middle- and high-income Americans, according to research published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Failure to Achieve Negative Margin Ups Facial BCC Recurrence

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Large tumor diameter, increased age, and failure to achieve negative margin resection at the first surgical appointment are all associated with increased risk of recurrence of facial basal cell carcinoma (BCC), according to a study published online July 15 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Review Examines Topical Complementary Meds in Eczema

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with atopic eczema (AE), six studies assessing topical complementary and alternative medicines display superiority to placebo but only two (licorice gel and Hypericum perforatum) have low risk of bias on all domains, according to a review published online July 4 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Medicare Spending Up for Decedents Versus Survivors

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare per capita spending was much higher for beneficiaries who died during 2014 than for those who survived the entire year, according to a report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Psoriasis-Tailored Interview Training Beneficial for Clinicians

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis-tailored motivational interview (MI)-based training (Psoriasis and Well-being [Pso Well] training) increases clinicians' MI skills and knowledge, according to a study published online July 4 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Labor Compensation, Purchased Goods, Service Biggest Spends

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Labor compensation remains the single largest contributor to costs among physicians' offices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers, according to a report published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Burnout Can Have Acute Personal, Professional Consequences

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress and burnout are increasingly prevalent among physicians, with serious personal and professional consequences, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Multiple, Sequential Light, Laser Sources No Benefit in Rosacea

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Use of multiple, sequential light and laser sources to activate aminolevulinic acid (ALA) in photodynamic therapy (PDT) does not lead to statistically significant improvements in patient outcome for rosacea, according to a study published online July 4 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Biologic Response Modifier Use in Kids Ups Infectious Complications

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For pediatric patients, the use of biologic response modifiers (BRMs) is associated with increased risk of infectious complications, according to a clinical report published online July 18 in Pediatrics.

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Growth in U.S. Health Spending Set to Average 5.8 Percent

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Growth in U.S. health spending is expected to average 5.8 percent for 2015 to 2025, according to a study published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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AD Most Commonly Used Term in Literature for Atopic Dermatitis

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Atopic dermatitis (AD) is most commonly referred to as AD in the literature, according to a review published online July 8 in Allergy.

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Patient Satisfaction High for Mohs Micrographic Surgery

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is safe and well tolerated, with high levels of patient satisfaction, according to a research letter published online July 5 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Impact Med School Admissions

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions has implications for medical schools, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Lidocaine/Prilocaine Optimal for Deeper Dermal Laser Procedures

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing deeper dermal laser treatments of acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN) and tattoos, lidocaine/prilocaine cream is better for reducing pain than lidocaine/tetracaine cream, according to a study published online July 5 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Differences in Salary for Male, Female Faculty Physicians

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For physicians with faculty appointments at 24 U.S. public medical schools there are significant salary differences between men and women, even after adjustment for confounding variables, according to a study published online July 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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FDA Approves Differin Gel for Over-the-Counter Use

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The once-daily acne treatment Differin Gel 0.1% (adapalene) has been approved for over-the-counter use among patients 12 and older, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

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Doxycycline Helps One-Third of Chronic Cold Urticaria Patients

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just over one-third of chronic cold urticaria patients benefit from treatment with doxycycline, according to a research letter published online June 25 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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VA Appealing to Physicians to Join Agency

FRIDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is appealing to physicians to join the agency as part of its recovery from a 2014 scandal linked to excessive wait times, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Laser Tx of Pigmented Lesions May Obscure Melanoma Diagnosis

WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Laser treatment of pigmented lesions can complicate the diagnosis of melanoma and potentially lead to a delay in diagnosis, according to a study published online June 27 in The Journal of Dermatology.

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Many Clinical Trials Are Not Listed in Data-Sharing Repository

WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only about half of trials registered at ClinicalTrials.gov are listed in the largest data-sharing repository, according to a research letter published online June 28 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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U.S. Cancer Survivors Aging, Battling Other Chronic Disease

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In 2016, nearly 62 percent of almost 16 million cancer survivors are aged 65 or older; and, by 2040, an estimated 73 percent of 26 million cancer survivors will be 65 or older, according to a report published in the July 1 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Zeaxanthin-Based Supplement Improves Skin Hydration

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For females, a zeaxanthin-based dietary supplement and topical serum (with zeaxanthin, algae extracts, peptides, and hyaluronate) improve hydration and reduce wrinkle count, according to a study published online June 17 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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