• Guidelines on classification, diagnosis, and treatment of acne fulminans

    on June 25th, 2017
    FROM journal of the american academy of dermatology The incidence of acne fulminans may be decreasing but the isotretinoin-induced form is on the rise, say the authors of new guidelines on this severe variant of inflammatory acne. Writing in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of D[...]
  • Biosimilar immunogenicity studies produce no surprises

    on June 25th, 2017
    MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Two biosimilar tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) products are no more immunogenic than their reference biologic counterparts in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to the results of two studies presented at the European Congress of Rheumatology[...]
  • Apremilast eases PsA symptoms in patients who are naive to biologics

    on June 24th, 2017
    AT EULAR 2017 MADRID (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Aprelimast rapidly improved symptoms for patients with active psoriatic arthritis who were naive to biologics, whether or not they were on background methotrexate. Response to the phosphodiesterase 4-inhibitor also increased with time, Peter Nash, MD[...]
  • Dietary carbohydrate and glycemic load linked to acne

    on June 22nd, 2017
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF THE ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS A cross-sectional study of 64 adults in New York City with and without moderate/severe acne found a significant association between dietary carbohydrate consumption and acne, which the authors said merited further study. “Epidemiologic stu[...]
  • FDA approves new fluoroquinolone for skin, skin structure infections

    on June 19th, 2017
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved delafloxacin, a fluoroquinolone, for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections, according to an agency announcement June 19. Delafloxacin, which will be marketed by Melinta Therapeutics as Baxdela, was designated a qualified inf[...]
  • The hype behind facial oils

    on June 19th, 2017
    The therapeutic benefits of plant oils have been documented for hundreds of years. The properties of medicinal and aromatic plants have been explored for their essential oils. Essential oils are synthesized and used in a multibillion dollar global market for their curative properties, which include [...]
  • How patients want their biopsy results

    on June 19th, 2017
    I had just done an ED&C, scraping the friable tumor gently from her tissue paper–thin skin. “Yes,” I replied more loudly than our close proximity would warrant. “This is probably another basal cell carcinoma. When I get the pathology back, I’ll call you.” As my medical assistant was [...]
  • How to explain physician compounding to legislators

    on June 19th, 2017
    The inability for physicians to compound in their offices has moved from a vague threat, to a real hindrance to patient care. The Ohio pharmacy board has stepped into physicians’ offices and has taken customized patient care out of the handsof dermatologists in the state. Ohio is the “test state[...]
  • ‘Pink tax’ found on OTC minoxidil

    on June 16th, 2017
    FROM JAMA DERMATOLOGY Minoxidil 5% foam costs a mean of 40% more when it’s marketed to women instead of men, according to a review of 24 pharmacies in four northeastern states. The statistically significant difference – $11.27/30 mL versus $8.05/30 mL – “could be a result of differential pri[...]
  • Consensus on isotretinoin monitoring elusive

    on June 15th, 2017
    FROM JOURNAL OF DRUGS IN DERMATOLOGY For dermatologists searching for consensus on isotretinoin monitoring – keep looking. There is no consensus to be found from a new survey of U.S. dermatologists. There were some trends among the 2,322 responses to the national email survey of American Academy o[...]
  • VIDEO: Immune therapy effective, durable in treatment-naive melanoma brain metastases

    on June 12th, 2017
    AT ASCO 2017 CHICAGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Immune therapy shows promise for use in the treatment of melanoma brain metastases, especially for treatment-naive patients, judging from the findings of a new phase II randomized study. For patients with asymptomatic brain metastases from melanoma w[...]
  • Immediate-completion lymph node dissection in metastatic melanoma

    on June 12th, 2017
    FROM THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE In patients who have melanoma with sentinel node metastasis, immediate-completion lymph node dissection doesn’t improve melanoma-specific survival, compared with nodal observation using ultrasound, according to a report published online June 8 in the New En[...]
  • Skin cancer procedures up by 35% since 2012

    on June 8th, 2017
    The number of skin cancer procedures in 2016 was up by 10.5% since 2015 and by 35% since 2012, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Of the estimated 3.5 million skin cancer treatments provided by dermatologic surgeons in 2016, just over 227,000, or 6.5%, were for melanoma – [...]
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