• Promising pipeline for chronic pruritus

    on January 13th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE EADV CONGRESS VIENNA (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Help is on the way for physicians stymied in their efforts to treat patients with severe chronic itch, Sonja Ständer, MD, declared at the annual congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. Now working th[...]
  • ‘Anxiety sensitivity’ tied to psychodermatologic disorders

    on January 12th, 2017
    Adult patients who experience stress in the form of “anxiety sensitivity” are more likely to develop psychodermatological conditions than those that are not psychodermatological, a cross-sectional study of 115 participants shows. “The results suggest that [anxiety sensitivity] interventions co[...]
  • Understanding SSTI admission, treatment crucial to reducing disease burden

    on January 12th, 2017
    FROM HOSPITAL PRACTICE Decreasing the burden of treating skin and soft tissue infections is critical to improving care and reducing the costs that SSTIs place on health care facilities, according to a study published in Hospital Practice. “Despite expert panel recommendations and treatment guideli[...]
  • Statin use increases risk of herpes zoster

    on January 12th, 2017
    FROM THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY Exposure to statins can significantly increase the odds of developing herpes zoster (HZ), according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. “The mechanisms by which statins may increase the risk of HZ are not established. As statins are c[...]
  • Wheat in skin care

    on January 11th, 2017
    Gluten-free food products have inundated the marketplace in recent years as the food industry has responded to greater awareness of celiac sprue disease and wheat sensitivity. Gluten is the primary form of wheat protein. Wheat is a versatile and globally popular member of the Poaceae or Gramineae fa[...]
  • Medicare payments set for infliximab biosimilar Inflectra

    on January 10th, 2017
    Payment for the infliximab biosimilar drug Inflectra will now be covered by Medicare, the drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer, said in an announcement. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) in its January 2017 Average Sales Price pricing file , which w[...]
  • Adolescents, boys, black children most likely to be hospitalized in SJS and TEN

    on January 9th, 2017
    FROM PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY Annual hospitalization rates in the United States for Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) were shown to be higher in adolescents, boys, and black children, in a cross-sectional analysis of discharge records from more than 4,100 hospitals. Us[...]
  • Cannulas versus needles for soft tissue filler injection

    on January 9th, 2017
    With loss of deep fat pad compartments and bony resorption with normal aging, soft tissue fillers have become a mainstay in minimally invasive aesthetic treatments. Preference of injecting with a needle versus a cannula is often user and training dependent. Blunt-tipped cannulas may provide a lower [...]
  • Enthesitis seen in 35% of PsA patients

    on January 9th, 2017
    FROM ARTHRITIS CARE & RESEARCH About one-third of people with psoriatic arthritis have clinical enthesitis, according to results from a prospective cohort study of more than 800 patients. Enthesitis, or soreness and inflammation at sites where soft tissue attaches to bone, is considered to be co[...]
  • Pig-in-a-poke health insurance, dermatologists never say never!

    on January 6th, 2017
    One of the most acute issues facing dermatologists is the implementation of narrow networks by health insurers. Inaccurate physician rosters have long been a problem that insurers have been indifferent to, but this was not an acute problem since almost all providers were included in the networks. Ho[...]
  • NIAID panel: Introduce peanut foods early to cut allergy risk

    on January 5th, 2017
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY Introducing peanut foods to children who are at different levels of risk for peanut allergies may prevent or mitigate the risk, and the strategies for clinicians are explained in new guidelines issued by an expert panel sponsored by the National In[...]
  • Understand form and function to make the most of fillers

    on January 5th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM SDEF LAS VEGAS DERMATOLOGY SEMINAR LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Combining the right products and anatomical knowledge translates patient concerns into better outcomes when using fillers, according to Burt Steffes, MD, a dermatologist in Fond du Lac, Wisc. “If you und[...]
  • It’s working! (No it’s not! Yes it is!)

    on December 22nd, 2016
    A man walks into a doctor’s office, snapping his fingers. “Why are you snapping your fingers?” asks the doctor. “To keep the elephants away,” says the man, still snapping his fingers. “That’s ridiculous!” says the doctor. “There are no elephants within 3,000 miles of here!” “Yo[...]
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