November 2014 Briefing - Dermatology
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for November 2014. 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.
Health Care Organizations See Value of Telemedicine
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health care organizations are developing and implementing telemedicine programs, although many have yet to receive reimbursement, according to a report published by Foley & Lardner.
Newly Insured Under ACA May Have Trouble Finding Doctors
MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans bought health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the past year and physicians may be reluctant to accept these patients.
Eczema Cases Rising Among U.S. Children
MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of children are being diagnosed with eczema -- but it can usually be eased with topical treatments, according to a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published online Nov. 24 in Pediatrics.
Lasting Results for Laser Tx of Photoaging in Asian Skin
FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing may be useful in the treatment of photoaging in Asian patients, according to research published online Nov. 16 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
AMA: Gender Inequality Still Exists in Medicine
FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gender inequality still exists in medicine, according to an article published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Bacterial Pathogens Identified in Hidradenitis Suppurativa Lesions
FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Bacteria that are known to cause soft tissue and skin infections have been found in association with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) lesions, according to a study published in the December issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Effect of Interventions to Improve Meds Adherence Vary
FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The effects of trials to improve medication adherence are inconsistent, with few studies of the highest quality demonstrating improvement in both adherence and clinical outcome, according to a review published online Nov. 20 in The Cochrane Library.
Genetic Diversity May Improve Tx Response in Melanoma
THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence suggests a genetic basis for clinical response to cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4) blockade in melanoma, according to research published online Nov. 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dermatologists Present Seven Referral Tips for Rheumatologists
THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dermatologists and rheumatologists often refer to one another, and in an article published in the November issue of The Rheumatologist, dermatologists present seven tips for rheumatologists to improve this collaboration.
Treatments Show Promise in Metastatic Melanoma
TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In metastatic melanoma, nivolumab improves overall and progression-free survival versus dacarbazine, and dabrafenib plus trametinib improves survival versus vemurafenib monotherapy, according to two studies published online Nov. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Triple Aim Should Be Expanded to Address Physician Burnout
FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expanding the Triple Aim approach -- which includes enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs -- to the Quadruple Aim by adding the goal of improving health care provider work life is recommended, according to the authors of an article published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Patient-Controlled Taping Method Effective for Ingrown Toenails
THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A novel patient-controlled taping method is effective for the treatment of ingrown toenails, according to research published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
U.S. Prices Soaring for Some Generic Drugs
THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Market forces are dramatically driving up the cost of some generic drugs, prompting U.S. investigations into the pricing of what should be cheap alternatives to brand-name medications.
CDC: Skin Cancer Costs Soar Compared to Other Cancers
MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of skin cancer treatment in the United States more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, and rose five times faster than treatments for other cancers, according to study findings published online Nov. 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Aspirin May Exacerbate Chronic Urticaria in Children
MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In some children with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), exacerbations may be caused by hypersensitivity to aspirin, according to research published online Oct. 29 in Allergy.
Most Minor Cosmetic Procedures Safe When Done by Experts
FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Noninvasive to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are nearly risk-free when performed by dermatologists at practices focused on cosmetic dermatology, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in JAMA Dermatology.
Want to Be a Leader? Cultivate a Healthy Look
FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's more important for potential business or political leaders to look healthy than intelligent, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Climate Change Will Boost Grass Pollen Production
FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change will boost levels of grass pollen in the air in the next 100 years, resulting in more allergen exposure, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in PLOS ONE.
Better Physician Communication at Shift Change Reduces Errors
FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changing how doctors communicate during shift changes in hospitals reduces the risk of adverse events in patients by 30 percent, according to a study published in the Nov. 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Docs Spend ~16.6 Percent of Their Time on Administration
FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About 16.6 percent of doctors' working hours are spent on administrative work, according to a study published recently in the International Journal of Health Services.
BADGE Exposure Can Elicit Contact Allergy Reactions
THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to aluminum tubes for pharmaceutical use that are internally lacquered with epoxy resins (ER) based on bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE) can elicit contact allergy reactions, according to a study published online Oct. 29 in Allergy.
AMA: New Mapping Tool IDs Areas in Need of Physicians
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new interactive mapping tool can help physicians and their staff determine locations to establish or expand their practice, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Opening Visitation Access Boosts Patient, Family Experience
TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Opening visitation access across all facilities can improve patient and family experience, according to research published in the July/August issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration.
Combo Tx for Advanced Melanoma Found to Up Survival
TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with advanced melanoma may live longer when treated with a combination of ipilimumab (Yervoy) and sargramostim, compared to being treated with ipilimumab alone, according to a new study published in the Nov. 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Long-Term Shift Work May Drain the Brain
TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Working non-standard hours -- "shift work" -- for many years is not only hard on the body, but may also dull the mind, new research suggests. According to the study, published online Nov. 3 in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, those who do shift work for more than 10 years seem to have the equivalent of an extra 6.5 years of age-related decline in memory and thinking skills.
AMA: Absence of Health Insurer Competition in Many Areas
MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In most metropolitan areas, there is a significant absence of health insurer competition, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).