October 2016 Briefing - Dermatology

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

Low-Dose Isotretinoin Therapeutic for Seborrhea

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with moderate-to-severe seborrhea and seborrheic dermatitis, low-dose oral isotretinoin can be therapeutic, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Few Changes in Employer-Sponsored Insurance 2013-2014

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Private sector employer-sponsored health insurance offerings were similar in 2013 and 2014, with <3.5 percent of employers dropping coverage and 1.1 percent adding coverage, according to a report published online Oct. 26 in Health Affairs.

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New Way Bacteria Can Trigger Inflammation in Acne Identified

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In research published online Oct. 28 in Science Immunology, scientists say they've discovered a previously unrecognized way in which bacteria trigger inflammation in the skin.

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Whites Have Longest Survival in Cutaneous Melanoma

FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with cutaneous melanoma, whites have the longest survival time, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Useful Tips Offered for Addressing Negative Patient Reviews

FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an article published in Medical Economics, five tips are presented to address negative patient reviews.

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Mohs Effective for Melanoma in Situ of Trunk, Extremities

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mohs micrographic surgery is efficacious for melanoma in situ (MIS) on the trunk and proximal extremities, with a margin of 9 mm needed to excise 97 percent of MIS, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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More Than Half of Melanomas Are Self-Detected

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of melanomas are self-detected, and more melanomas are self-detected by women than men, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Improved Leg Ulcer Healing With Hair Follicle Punch Graft

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with venous leg ulcers, ulcer healing is significantly increased using hair follicle punch scalp grafts, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Patient Satisfaction High With Filler for Midface Volumization

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Low-volume hyaluronic acid filler is effective for correction of age-related midface volume loss, according to a study published online Oct. 19 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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pCR of 37 Percent for Topical Imiquimod in Lentigo Maligna

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with lentigo maligna (LM) in-situ melanoma, topical imiquimod has a pathological complete regression (pCR) rate of 37 percent, according to a study published online Oct. 6 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Acidic Skin Care Product Beneficial in Older Adults

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults, an acidic skin care product with different plant oils improves epidermal barrier formation and increases lipid lamellae in the intercellular space of the stratum corneum (SC), according to a study published online Oct. 12 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

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Lower Monthly Premiums for Narrow-Network Plans

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Narrow-network health insurance plans have lower monthly premiums than larger-network plans, according to a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.

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Psychoeducational Intervention Reduces Fear of CA Recurrence

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A psychoeducational intervention is effective for reducing fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) among patients with ongoing melanoma care, according to a study published online Oct. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Doctors Better Diagnosticians Than Symptom-Checker Programs

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians are twice as likely to get the right diagnosis on the first try as 23 popular symptom-checking computer programs, according to a research letter published online Oct. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Superficial Cryotherapy Effective for Alopecia Areata

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with alopecia areata (AA), superficial hypothermic cryotherapy is effective, especially when the treatment interval is two weeks or less, according to research published online Oct. 6 in the Journal of Dermatology.

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Copay Assist Programs Creating Problems in Health Care Markets

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite offering assistance to individuals who cannot afford expensive medications, copay assistance programs create broader problems in health care markets, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Oct. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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U.S. Health Care System Is One of the Least Efficient Worldwide

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. health care system is one of the least efficient worldwide based on a Bloomberg index that assesses life expectancy, health care spending per capita, and relative spending as a share of gross domestic product, according to a report published by Bloomberg.

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Unique Skin Phenotype for Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) have a different skin phenotype from that of adult patients, according to a study published online Sept. 23 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Strategies Presented for Managing Physician Burnout

FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Effective strategies for managing physician burnout include mindfulness and stress-management training, according to a review published online Sept. 28 in The Lancet.

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Dermatologists Receive Considerable Industry Payments

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dermatologists receive considerable payments, mainly from the pharmaceutical industry, with variation in the nature and amount of payments, according to research published online Oct. 5 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Radiotherapy Aids Regional Control of Node+ Melanoma

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Radiotherapy is effective in regional control of node-positive malignant melanoma, but patients are at risk of early distant relapse, according to a study published Sept. 25 in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology.

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Doctors Spending in Excess of $32,000 on Health IT

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are spending more than $32,000 per year on health information technology (IT), according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Long-Term Pigmentation With Minocycline in Sclerotherapy

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing sclerotherapy, oral minocycline may induce significant pigmentation, according to a case report published online Sept. 28 in the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology.

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New AMA Module Helps Identify Physician Distress

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new resource has been developed to help physicians identify distressed colleagues and help them to access care, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Medication Adherence Stressful for Psoriasis Patients

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adhering to medication regimens for the treatment of psoriasis can be an additional source of considerable emotional distress for patients, according to a study published online Sept. 24 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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