• Study reveals crazy quilt of laser laws across the United States

    on April 26th, 2017
    AT LASER 2017 SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Laser hair removal isn’t typically in an office cleaner’s job description. So it’s no wonder that Virginia legislators were spooked when they heard from a constituent who was treated by a spa worker who turned out to be a janitor. Earlier th[...]
  • VIDEO: Hidradenitis suppurativa in pediatrics similar to that in adults

    on April 24th, 2017
    WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS)– Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) can present early in adolescence, and the approach to treatment in pediatric patients is similar to treatment in adults, “with a few caveats,” A. Yasmine Kirkorian, MD, said in a video interview at an educational session held b[...]
  • Reflectance confocal microscopy offers one-stop solution for BCC

    on April 24th, 2017
    FROM THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY For selected patients with basal cell carcinoma, one-stop shopping – diagnosing, subtyping, and excising the lesion all in one visit – using reflectance confocal microscopy was found noninferior to the standard approach of obtaining a punch biopsy to diagn[...]
  • Study underscores antipsoriatic effect of gastric bypass surgery

    on April 22nd, 2017
    From JAMA Surgery Gastric bypass surgery was associated with more than a 50% drop in baseline rates of psoriasis, and with about a 70% decrease in the incidence of psoriatic arthritis, investigators reported. In contrast, gastric banding did not appear to affect baselines rates of either of these au[...]
  • Renflexis approved as second infliximab biosimilar

    on April 21st, 2017
    Infliximab-abda is the second infliximab biosimilar approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the agency announced April 21. Infliximab-abda, to be marketed as Renflexis, is approved for all indications as the reference product, including Crohn’s diseases in adults and children, ulcerative col[...]
  • Nitrous oxide linked to less pain in tattoo removal

    on April 20th, 2017
    AT LASER 2017 SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The results of a small, single-site study suggest that nitrous oxide (NO) can play a significant role in reducing pain during laser tattoo removal. “Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective option for patients, particularly those who have large tat[...]
  • Infantile hemangiomas: Calculating dose for propranolol is tricky

    on April 19th, 2017
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY Use of Hemangeol was associated with fewer dosing errors than use of generic propranolol hydrochloride oral solutions in treating infantile hemangiomas, according to an online questionnaire survey. Anastasia O. Kurta, DO, of Saint Louis Univers[...]
  • Unforgiveness

    on April 18th, 2017
    Her visit seemed uneventful enough. Back for the semester break of her senior year, Jenna came in for acne follow-up. She seemed to be doing pretty well: just a couple of active papules on each cheek, as well as some residual fading red marks from old lesions. Still, Jenna was not happy with her sit[...]
  • New diagnostic tool identifies severe ADAMTS13 deficiency

    on April 18th, 2017
    FROM LANCET HAEMATOLOGY Researchers have developed and validated a new diagnostic tool – the PLASMIC score – that rapidly predicts severe ADAMTS13 deficiency in patients who present with thrombotic microangiopathy, effectively distinguishing those who have thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TT[...]
  • How to get the most out of methotrexate for psoriasis

    on April 18th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE SDEF HAWAII DERMATOLOGY SEMINAR WAILEA, HAWAII (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – In an era when affordable health insurance could become increasingly tough to come by, it’s worth emphasizing that methotrexate is the most cost-effective way to manage extensive psoriasis – and [...]
  • Know your new hyaluronic acid–based fillers

    on April 17th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE SDEF HAWAII DERMATOLOGY SEMINAR WAILEA, HAWAII (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – American dermatologists are now gaining access to a lot of new hyaluronic acid-based fillers, designed to address limitations in the older, tried-and-true product lines, according to Nowell Solish, M[...]
  • Combining teamwork and technology when tragedy strikes

    on April 14th, 2017
    I’m the new chief of service for the department of dermatology at Kaiser Permanente San Diego. We are hiring, so I’ve been working on my answers to astute questions about how we at Kaiser Permanente differ from other health systems and why I love our medical group. Many points of differentiation[...]
  • New topical field therapies on the way for actinic keratoses

    on April 13th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM SDEF HAWAII DERMATOLOGY SEMINAR WAILEA, HAWAII (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – The search is on for new topical therapies for actinic keratoses (AKs) that patients will find more appealing than what’s now available, according to Neal Bhatia, MD. Compliance with current topical fi[...]
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