• VIDEO: Looking at keloids from a different perspective

    on March 24th, 2017
    AT AAD 17 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – It may be time to start considering new options for treating keloids, according to Amy McMichael, MD, professor of dermatology at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. McMichael dis[...]
  • FDA approves first treatment for metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma

    on March 24th, 2017
    The Food and Drug Administration has granted accelerated approval to avelumab for the treatment of metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) in adult and pediatric patients aged 12 years and older. Avelumab, a programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1)–blocking human IgG1 lambda monoclonal antibody, is the fi[...]
  • Novel antifungal had favorable safety, efficacy profile for onychomycosis in phase IIB study

    on March 23rd, 2017
    AT AAD 17 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A novel orally administered antifungal showed a favorable safety and efficacy profile in the treatment of distal lateral subungual onychomycosis, in a phase IIB study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. In the RENOVAT[...]
  • Ixekizumab found superior to ustekinumab in psoriasis at 24 weeks

    on March 22nd, 2017
    AT AAD 2017 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The interleukin-17A inhibitor ixekizumab was associated with superior efficacy and safety when compared with ustekinumab at 24 weeks, a head-to-head trial of the two monoclonal antibodies in plaque psoriasis has shown. The 24-week data from the IXORA-[...]
  • How you can help avoid catastrophic cuts to dermatology

    on March 22nd, 2017
    It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the elimination of the Medicare sustainable growth rate and the continuation of “global periods.” Now we are facing the elimination of the global payment periods again, and if we don’t bill the proper CPT code (99024) for our follow-up visits, d[...]
  • Lasers for Latino skin – A balance of gentleness and strength

    on March 22nd, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM AAD 17 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – With its unique tendency to develop postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), Latino skin needs a gentle touch from powerful lasers, according to Eduardo Weiss, MD. “It’s often best to use a lower power, even though you trade off s[...]
  • Loss of global periods could mean $1 billion loss for dermatologists

    on March 22nd, 2017
    Failing to report on global period codes this year could lead to payment changes that would cost dermatologists a collective $1 billion. Presently, surgical procedures and follow-up visits are paid by Medicare as a single bundled payment, with the expectation that the follow-ups will occur within a [...]
  • Clinicians still seek the best uses for apremilast

    on March 20th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM SDEF HAWAII DERMATOLOGY SEMINAR WAILEA, HAWAII (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Oral apremilast is a drug in search of a compelling indication, Craig L. Leonardi, MD, declared at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar provided by Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Research Fo[...]
  • For Latinos, misperceptions and lack of medical care make preventing melanoma risky business

    on March 20th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM AAD 17 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Ignorance and exposure are teaming up to put Latinos in the bull’s-eye of skin cancer. Many believe that they are not at risk for either melanoma or nonmelanoma skin cancers – and too often, their physicians believe the same, Marit[...]
  • Antioxidants plus sunscreens may be two-punch knockout for melasma

    on March 20th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM AAD 2017 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A two-step regimen of high-potency topical antioxidants followed by a mineral-based sunscreen may help repair light-induced skin damage and protect against new damage in patients with melasma. Recent studies suggest that the antioxid[...]
  • For optimal care, consider all acne in Latinos inflammatory

    on March 20th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM AAD 17 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common consequence of acne in Latino skin, and aggressive medical treatments or procedures can aggravate the problem. In fact, the hyperpigmentation that remains after acne is treated can be even[...]
  • Racial differences in skin cancer risk after organ transplantation

    on March 17th, 2017
    FROM JAMA DERMATOLOGY Nonwhite organ transplant recipients (OTRs) are more likely to present with inflammatory or infectious conditions after transplantation, while white organ recipients more commonly present with malignant disease, new research suggests. While the high incidence of skin cancers ha[...]
  • How will crisaborole for atopic dermatitis fit into clinical practice?

    on March 17th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE SDEF HAWAII DERMATOLOGY SEMINAR WAILEA, HAWAII (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – With the recent approval of crisaborole ointment 2% for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, the question of how to best utilize this novel drug in daily clinical practice was put to two atopic dermat[...]
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