• Opinions clash over private equity’s effect on dermatology

    on March 27th, 2018
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM AAD 18 SAN DIEGO – Although the intrusion of private equity in the ownership and operation of U.S. dermatology practices that has been snowballing for a little under a decade is often bemoaned by dermatologists, at least some physicians in the field see it as a positive develo[...]
  • Psoriasis patients often have history of childhood trauma

    on March 24th, 2018
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH Psoriasis patients showed a greater prevalence of childhood trauma and less resilience than persons without psoriasis, reported Maria Luigia Crosta, of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, and her associates. Other studies have shown that among de[...]
  • Clinical pattern may help distinguish pediatric NMN from subungal melanoma

    on March 24th, 2018
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY When longitudinal melanonychia appears as a sharply demarcated pigment band of even width against normal nail in a child, Hutchinson’s sign with longitudinal brushy pigmentation may be a useful clinical pattern suggesting a diagnosis of nail [...]
  • FDA approves IL-23 antagonist for plaque psoriasis

    on March 22nd, 2018
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved tildrakizumab, an interleukin-23 antagonist, for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are eligible for systemic therapy or phototherapy, according to a statement from Sun Pharma. Tildrakizumab is administered at a dose of 10[...]
  • Novel oral immunotherapy increased peanut tolerance in children, adults

    on March 21st, 2018
    FROM AAAAI/WAO JOINT CONGRESS 2018 ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Children and adults with peanut allergy who received a novel oral immunotherapy were able to tolerate higher doses of peanut protein, compared with those receiving placebo, according to research results. Stacie M. Jones, MD, of [...]
  • Laser tattoo removal clinic closures: Are patients getting scammed?

    on March 20th, 2018
    A patient came into my office recently and informed me that a well-known laser tattoo removal clinic in Los Angeles that she had gone to for years had suddenly shut down. All locations closed. No one answered the phone. No information about the remainder of the money in the package she bought. After[...]
  • The role of defensins in treating skin aging

    on March 16th, 2018
    Most skin-aging treatments work by prodding old fibroblasts and keratinocytes to accelerate the production of important cellular components. For example, retinoids act on retinoic acid receptors to activate collagen genes and deactivate collagenase genes. Glycolic acid, ascorbic acid, and certain gr[...]
  • Tanning addiction associated with multiple behavioral comorbidities

    on March 16th, 2018
    FROM THE JOURNAL OF INVESTIGATIVE DERMATOLOGY Counseling alone is unlikely to combat tanning addiction in adolescents; treatment that addresses the comorbid substance abuse and psychiatric issues is necessary, said Kimberly A. Miller, PhD, of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and h[...]
  • Ultrasound study supports deep Koebner mechanism in PsA pathology

    on March 15th, 2018
    FROM ANNALS OF THE RHEUMATIC DISEASES An ultrasonographic study describing the greater presence of thicker digital accessory pulleys in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) than in those with only psoriatic skin disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or no pathology has lent more evidence for a “deep K[...]
  • cSCC staging systems poorly determine metastasis risk

    on March 15th, 2018
    FROM JAMA DERMATOLOGY Current staging systems for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) poorly discerned between patients with and without metastases, according to researchers. In a population-based case-control study of 6,721 cSCC patients, the American Joint Committee on Cancer, 7th edition (AJ[...]
  • Swamp coolers not linked to dust mite sensitization in atopic children

    on March 13th, 2018
    REPORTING FROM AAAAI/WAO JOINT CONGRESS ORLANDO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Swamp coolers – a low-cost alternative to air-conditioning in dry regions – weren’t found to increase sensitization to house dust mites or mold in atopic pediatric patients, researchers reported. Neema Izadi, MD, and [...]
  • Less vacuum may reduce post–cryolipolysis adipose hyperplasia

    on March 12th, 2018
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM SDEF HAWAII DERMATOLOGY SEMINAR KAUAI, HAWAII (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Gentler vacuum pressure seems to reduce the risk of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia after cryolipolysis, according to Suzanne Kilmer, MD, director of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern Californ[...]
  • 2017 was a big year for psoriatic arthritis

    on March 9th, 2018
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM RWCS 2018 MAUI, HAWAII (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – 2017 was a banner year in the field of psoriatic arthritis, marked by a huge bump in the number of publications on the topic along with the approval of three additional drugs, Arthur Kavanaugh, MD, said at the 2018 Rheumatology[...]
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