June 2017 Briefing - Dermatology

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

Psychological Risks Higher in Atopic Dermatitis Patients

FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation is more common among individuals with atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a study published online June 20 in Allergy.

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Nivolumab Rx Beyond Progression Beneficial in Melanoma

FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For select patients with advanced melanoma, nivolumab beyond Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors v1.1-defined progression is beneficial, according to a study published online June 29 in JAMA Oncology.

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Poll Finds Seniors Struggling With Drug Costs Don't Seek Help

FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many older Americans who have difficulty paying for their medications don't seek help in finding more economical options, according to the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.

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Clindamycin, TMP-SMX Linked to Better Outcomes for Abscesses

FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For small skin abscesses, treatment with clindamycin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) is associated with improved short-term outcomes versus incision and drainage alone, according to a study published online June 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Health of the Nation Presented in 40th Annual CDC Report

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The health of the United States is summarized in the 40th annual report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Doctors Urged to Take Care With Electronic Communications

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Care should be taken when conveying electronic messages to patients, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Melanoma Diagnoses Can Vary Widely Among Pathologists

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pathologists can vary widely when assessing skin biopsies for melanoma, particularly when the case is not clear-cut, according to a study published online June 28 in The BMJ.

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Most Cutaneous Procedures Seem Safe During Isotretinoin Rx

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There is insufficient evidence to support delaying several cutaneous surgical procedures in the setting of systemic isotretinoin therapy, although mechanical dermabrasion and fully ablative laser are not recommended, according to a review published online June 28 in JAMA Dermatology.

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FDA Seeks to Increase Number of Generic Drugs on Market

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New measures to increase the number of generic prescription drugs available to Americans have been taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Many Adverse Events Related to Cosmetics Go Unreported

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health problems related to cosmetics are underreported, according to a study published online June 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Novel Score Can Assess Severity of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A novel score can assess the severity of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), according to a study published online June 21 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Acne-Related Depression, Anxiety Not Tied to Oxidative Stress

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of anxiety and depression in patients with facial acne are not related to oxidative stress, according to a study published online June 20 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Similar Skin Cancer Incidence Seen With Teledermatology

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of skin cancer is similar for patients evaluated by store-and-forward (SAF) teledermatology or face-to-face (F2F) consultation, according to a study published online June 20 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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1991-2014 Saw Minimal Change in Health Spending Per State

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 1991 to 2014 there was minimal change in health spending by state, according to a study published online June 14 in Health Affairs.

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Isotretinoin May Impair Wound Healing After Tattoo

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Isotretinoin may impair wound healing after tattooing, according to a case report published online June 16 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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2006 to 2013 Saw Increase in ER Use for Herpes Zoster

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 2006 to 2013 there was an increase in the number of emergency department visits for herpes zoster (HZ), according to a study published online June 21 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Tofacitinib Associated With Improvement in Nail Psoriasis

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tofacitinib is associated with improvements in nail psoriasis, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Month of BID Pimecrolimus Best in Facial Seborrheic Dermatitis

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pimecrolimus 1 percent cream applied twice a day for four weeks seems to be the best regimen for patients with facial seborrheic dermatitis, according to a study published online June 7 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Health Insurers Recruiting Former Pharma Reps to Cut Costs

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurers are recruiting former pharmaceutical company representatives to educate doctors and help save money on prescription medications, according to a report published June 8 in Kaiser Health News.

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Case Report: Acneiform Eruption Tied to Vitamin B12 Therapy

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a case report published online June 8 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, acneiform eruption associated with vitamin B12 therapy is described in five female patients ranging in age from 21 to 62 years.

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AMA Endeavors to Increase Transparency of Rx Pricing

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for more transparency in drug pricing amid rising costs that are putting some lifesaving medications out of reach for patients and communities.

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Cutaneous Malignancies Can Mimic Seborrheic Keratosis

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Of a sample of lesions deemed seborrheic keratoses clinically, 3.1 percent were histologically diagnosed as malignancies, according to research published online June 7 in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology.

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Survey IDs Nail Histopathology Techniques Currently in Use

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Results of a new survey, published online June 7 in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, provide some insight on nail histopathology techniques currently in use.

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Whitening Microneedle Patch Effective, Safe in Korean Women

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For Korean women, a whitening microneedle patch is effective and safe, according to a study published online June 2 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Medical Students Lacking Proficiency in BP Measurements

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medical students frequently do not achieve mastery of the skills necessary for accurate measurement of blood pressure (BP), according to a study published online April 28 in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

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Study Suggests Hyaluronic Acid Filler Remnants Safe to Reuse

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Remnants of hyaluronic acid fillers that have been opened and stored can be reused safely, with no signs of aerobic or anaerobic bacterial or fungal growth in non-aseptic conditions, according to a study published online June 2 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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New Bill With Tort Reforms Will Protect Iowa Physicians

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new bill with tort reforms to protect Iowa physicians will take effect July 1, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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U.S. Leads in Income-Based Health Care Inequalities

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The United States has larger income-related differences in perceptions of health and health care than other middle- and high-income countries, according to a report published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

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Full Lymph Node Dissection Does Not Up Melanoma Survival

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Complete lymph node dissection may not increase a melanoma patient's overall chances for survival, according to a study published in the June 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Certain Cancer Diagnoses Up in High-Income Counties in U.S.

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans living in high-income areas are more likely to be diagnosed with some types of cancer than people living in low-income areas, according to a perspective piece published in the June 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Health System Sees Success With E-Visits Via Patient Portal

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patient portals can successfully offer access to physicians without office visits, according to a report published online May 30 by the American Medical Association.

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CDC: High-Deductible Health Plan Use Rising Among Employers

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-deductible health plans are becoming more common among U.S. adults with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, according to a report issued June 6 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Mutations in SULT2B1 Tied to Ichthyosis in Humans

MONDAY, June 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have discovered another gene mutation behind certain cases of autosomal-recessive congenital ichthyosis (ARCI), according to a report published in the June 1 issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics.

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PERFI Feasible for In Vivo Imaging of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Polarization-enhanced reflectance and fluorescence imaging (PERFI) is feasible for in vivo intraoperative imaging of nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC), according to a study published online May 25 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Cool Water Works As Well As Hot for Ridding Hands of Germs

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For effective hand hygiene, water temperature matters less than time, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Food Protection.

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