March 2018 Briefing - Dermatology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for March 2018. 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.

Novel Interstitium Has Been Identified in Human Tissues

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A previously unrecognized interstitium has been identified in human tissues, according to a study published online March 27 in Scientific Reports.

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EHR Usability Contributes to Possible Patient Harm Events

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health record (EHR) usability may contribute to possible patient harm events, according to a research letter published in the March 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Ethical Duties ID'd for Short-Term Global Health Experiences

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a position paper published online March 27 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, ethical obligations have been detailed for physicians participating in short-term global health experiences (STEGHs).

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Vascular Malformations Contribute to Lower Quality of Life

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with vascular malformations (VAMs) have increased pain and psychosocial distress, compared with the general U.S. population, according to a review published online March 21 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Lean Approach May Help Tackle Burnout in Health Care Providers

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Lean approach, which emphasizes reducing waste and improving customer value by focusing on the big picture, can be used to address physician burnout, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Microneedling + 5-Fluorouracil Effective Vitiligo Treatment

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Microneedling in combination with 5-fluorouracil is a safe and effective treatment for vitiligo, according to a study published online March 12 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Unique Risks Associated With Texting Medical Orders

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the popularity, convenience, and speed of texting medical orders, there are unique and alarming risks associated with the practice, according to a report published in Drug Topics.

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Hydrochlorothiazide Tied to Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Use of the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide is associated with a substantially increased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Blueprint Being Developed to Address Physician Burnout

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new, three-pronged approach is being applied to develop a blueprint for addressing physician burnout, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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USPSTF Recommends Skin Cancer Counseling for Fair-Skinned Youth

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S Preventive Services Task Force recommends counseling to prevent skin cancer for fair-skinned children and young adults, while selective counseling is recommended for adults aged over 24 years. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the March 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Patients Rate Blunt Cannula Subcision Best for Acne Scars

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Blunt cannula subcision (BCS) is more effective than Nokor needle subcision (NNS) for acne scar treatment, according to a study published online March 9 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Personal Health Info Found in Recycling at Five Hospitals

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable amount of personal health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) was found in the recycling at five Canadian teaching hospitals, according to a research letter published in the March 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Prior Authorization Negatively Impacts Clinical Outcomes

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The burdens associated with prior authorization (PA) are high and include a negative impact on clinical outcomes, reported by 92 percent of physicians, according to the results of a survey conducted for the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Guidelines Updated for Evaluating, Treating Hirsutism

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As an update to an earlier clinical practice guideline, recommendations for evaluating and treating hirsutism in premenopausal women have been issued and published online March 7 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Prevalence of Sunburn 34.2 Percent in U.S. in 2015

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of sunburn was 34.2 percent in 2015, and sunburn prevalence was higher in non-Hispanic whites, younger age groups, and those with sun-sensitive skin, according to a study published online March 14 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Drug Copayments Often Exceed Prescription Drug Costs

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Drug copayments frequently exceed prescription drug costs, with overpayments affecting 23 percent of all prescriptions, according to a research letter published in the March 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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U.S. Spends Twice As Much for Similar Health Care Utilization

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Spending on health care is much higher in the United States than other high-income countries, but utilization rates are similar, according to a study published in the March 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Three-Pronged Approach Can Improve Physician Engagement

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The three-pronged approach implemented by one practice successfully improved physician engagement, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Doctors Facing Challenge to Help Needy While Protecting Practices

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians are increasingly being challenged to protect their practice finances while helping patients without insurance, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia Negatively Linked to HRQOL

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is negatively linked to health-related quality of life (HRQOL), according to a research letter published online March 7 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Backrest Elevation Has No Effect on Sacral Tissue Integrity

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Level of backrest elevation is not associated with changes in tissue integrity among critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation, according to research published online March 1 in the American Journal of Critical Care.

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Botulinum Toxin Injections Improve Facial Surgical Scars

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Botulinum toxin injections in surgical wound closure immediately after surgery improve facial surgery scars, according to a small study published in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Carboxytherapy Found to Be Effective As Alopecia Treatment

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Carboxytherapy appears to be a promising therapeutic option for treatment of alopecia, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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New Screening Tool Developed to Assess Tanning Addiction

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A newly developed scale may identify patients addicted to tanning, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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S. epidermidis Producing 6-HAP May Protect From Skin Neoplasia

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Strains of Staphylococcus epidermidis producing 6-N-hydroxyaminopurine (6-HAP) may provide protection against skin neoplasia, according to research published online Feb. 28 in Scientific Advances.

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