June 2016 Briefing - Dermatology

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

Teaming With a Partner Ups Efficacy of Melanoma Self-Exams

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Enlisting a partner to assist with skin checks can improve the detection of cancer recurrence for melanoma patients, according to research published online June 29 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Electronic Record Demands Are Overwhelming Many Physicians

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians using electronic practice tools report higher rates of burnout and increased frustration with the amount of computerized paperwork, according to research published online June 27 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Derms Seek Minimally Invasive Rx Mostly From Other Derms

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of female dermatologists undergo minimally invasive cosmetic procedures (MICPs), and most choose other dermatologists to perform the procedures, according to a study published online June 20 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Patients Face High Hospital Bills Despite Having Insurance

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Costs of hospitalization for privately insured adults rose more than 37 percent over five years, with patients paying more than $1,000 on average by 2013, according to research published online June 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Lymphoplasmacytic Infiltrate Seen in Syphilis, HIV Co-Infection

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Skin biopsies from patients co-infected with HIV and syphilis have moderate to extensive lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate, according to research published online June 14 in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology.

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2017 Will Bring Premium Rate Increases Under ACA

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act will rise in 2017, analysts and insurance brokers say.

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Decrease in Nevus Biopsies With Total Body Photography

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Total body photography (TBP) is associated with a reduction in nevus biopsies, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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CDC: Alternative Medicine a Booming Business in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans spent more than $30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine, according to research published online June 22 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Statistics Reports.

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High Glycemic Index/Load Diet Linked to Acne Vulgaris

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with acne vulgaris have significantly higher glycemic index and glycemic load levels and significantly lower serum adiponectin levels, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Tips Provided for Leveraging Social Media

TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- During a presentation at the 2016 American Medical Association Annual Meeting, Kevin Pho, M.D., founder and editor of the popular physician blog KevinMD, shared insights into making a difference in health care through use of social media.

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Reset Room Can Help Address Physician Burnout

MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The creation of a reset room is one of several solutions that can help physicians and medical providers address burnout, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Life Expectancy Doesn't Influence Care of Keratinocyte Carcinoma

MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy does not appear to influence patterns of treatment for keratinocyte carcinoma (KC), according to a study published online June 15 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Strategy Needed to Address Impending Physician Shortage

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Steps should be taken to combat the impending physician shortage of between 61,700 and 94,700 doctors that the United States is expected to face over the next decade, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Soles of the Feet Should Also Be Checked for Skin Cancer

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress and damage caused by walking or running could be a risk factor for melanoma on the soles of the feet, according to a research letter published in the June 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Potential Impact of Single-Payer Health Care Discussed

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is promoting his version of single-payer health care, although the actual impact of such a system is unclear, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Prices for Care Rise Significantly As Multi-Hospital Systems Emerge

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital prices in California increased substantially from 2004 to 2013, with a larger increase in hospitals that are members of multi-hospital systems, according to a study published online June 9 in Inquiry.

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No Conclusive Link Between Melanoma Risk, PDE5 Inhibitors

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The small apparent increase in risk of melanoma in men prescribed phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors may be explained by greater sun exposure, according to new research published online June 14 in PLOS Medicine.

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Four-Step Strategy Suggested for Boosting Practice Quality of Care

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Four steps can help doctors improve patient care and office efficiency, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Sales of Zecuity Migraine Skin Patches Halted

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sales of the migraine treatment skin patch Zecuity (sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system) have been halted after patients reported suffering burns and scars where the patches were applied, Teva Pharmaceutical says.

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Elevated 3 Alpha-Diol G Levels for Many Women With Acne

FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About half of adult women with acne, with normal androgenic status, have elevated levels of 3 alpha-diol G, according to a study published online June 6 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Ixekizumab Efficacious for Psoriasis Over 60 Weeks

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The benefits of ixekizumab in the treatment of psoriasis extend to 60 weeks, according to a study published online June 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Postural Instability Predicts Off-Loading Nonadherence in T2DM

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), off-loading adherence is associated with healing, but postural instability is a powerful predictor of nonadherence, according to a study published online June 6 in Diabetes.

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Histopathologic Features of Tinea Identified

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Histopathologic features of tinea have been identified, and include a compact stratum corneum, parakeratosis, mild spongiosis, and neutrophils in the stratum corneum and within the blood vessels, according to research published online June 6 in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology.

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AMA Module Promotes Training of Medical Assistants

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new training module can improve training for medical assistants (MAs), according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Hard Water Associated With Risk of Eczema in Infants

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hard, mineral-laden water may increase the risk of an infant developing eczema, according to a study published online April 28 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Patients Like to See Physicians Wearing White Coats

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most patients prefer that physicians wear white coats, according to research published online June 1 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Prophylactic Antibiotics Cut Risk of Anti-EGFR Skin Rash

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients receiving anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) treatment, the risk of developing skin rash is reduced for those taking prophylactic antibiotics, according to a review published online May 23 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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