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MONTHLY BRIEFINGS - Oct 2017


September 2017 Briefing - Dermatology

Mon, Oct 2, 2017

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for September 2017. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Embezzlement Widespread in Medical Practices

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Embezzlement is widespread among medical practices, and knowing the warning signs is helpful for preventing it, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Secukinumab Effective for Moderate/Severe Scalp Psoriasis

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Secukinumab is safe and effective as a treatment for patients with extensive moderate-to-severe scalp psoriasis, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Certified Plastic Surgeons Underrepresented on Instagram

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Among physicians posting top plastic surgery-related content to Instagram, plastic surgeons eligible for membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery are underrepresented, according to a study published online Aug. 30 in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

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Propranolol Use Inversely Linked to Melanoma Recurrence

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with melanoma, use of propranolol is associated with reduced risk of recurrence, according to a study published online Sept. 28 in JAMA Oncology.

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More Than 78 Percent of Health Care Personnel Receive Flu Shot

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 78 percent of health care personnel (HCP) and 53.6 percent of pregnant women received influenza vaccination during the 2016-2017 influenza season, according to two studies published in the Sept. 29 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Treatment of Buccinator With Botox Is Safe, Effective

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment of the buccinator muscle with botulinum toxin is safe and effective, and three commercially available botulinum toxin neuromodulators are similar for treatment of facial synkinesis, according to two studies published online Sept. 28 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Working With a Scribe Improves Physician Satisfaction

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Working with a scribe significantly improves physicians' overall satisfaction, satisfaction with chart quality and accuracy, and charting efficiency, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Systemic Corticosteroids Discouraged for Atopic Dermatitis

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Routine use of systemic corticosteroids is generally discouraged for atopic dermatitis, according to research published online Sept. 2 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Worker Contribution to Health Benefits Up in 2017

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In 2017, health benefits coverage remained stable, while workers faced considerable variation in costs, according to a report published online Sept. 19 in Health Affairs.

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Bacillus Calmette-Guérin Vaccine May Reduce Atopic Dermatitis

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination within seven days of birth may reduce the risk of allergic diseases, including atopic dermatitis, according to a study published online Sept. 20 in Allergy.

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AAP Offers Guidance for Infectious Disease in Sports

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Participation in organized sports can potentially expose athletes to infectious diseases, with major risk factors including skin-to-skin contact, environmental exposures and physical trauma, and sharing of equipment, according to a clinical report published online Sept. 25 in Pediatrics.

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Percutaneous Sclerotherapy With Bleomycin Effective, Tolerable

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Percutaneous bleomycin injections are effective and tolerable for the treatment of vascular malformations, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Cryolipolysis With Colder Temp, Shorter Time Safe, Effective

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cryolipolysis with colder temperature and reduced treatment time is safe and effective for noninvasive reduction of submental fat, according to a study published online Sept. 12 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Oral Beats Topical Isotretinoin for Treatment of Warts

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Oral isotretinoin shows a better and earlier response than topical isotretinoin for the treatment of plane warts, according to a small study published online Sept. 13 in the International Journal of Dermatology.

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UV Exposure May Contribute to Impaired Fat Homeostasis

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adipochemokines induced by ultraviolet (UV) light may play a role in reduction of lipogenesis in subcutaneous (SC) fat, according to a study published online Aug. 27 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Insurer Market Power Lowers Providers' Prices

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Insurers have the bargaining power to reduce provider prices in highly concentrated provider markets, according to a report published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

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Monophasic HA Filler Noninferior to Biphasic for Nasolabial Folds

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Monophasic hyaluronic acid (HA) filler is safe and effective for correction of nasolabial folds (NLFs), according to a study published online Sept. 14 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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ACP Does Not Support Legalization of Assisted Suicide

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) does not support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, a practice that raises ethical, clinical, and other concerns, according to a position paper published online Sept. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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AAP Issues Clinical Report on Teen Tattoos, Piercings

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued its first recommendations on tattoos, piercings, and scarification. The clinical report was published online Sept. 18 in Pediatrics.

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Physicians Tweeting About Drugs May Have Conflict of Interest

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most physicians on Twitter with a financial conflict of interest (FCOI) and frequent tweets mention specific drugs for which they have a conflict, according to a study published in the September issue of The Lancet Haematology.

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Skin Cancer Prevention Strategies Needed in Work Settings

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Solar occupational ultraviolet (UV) exposure is a major determinant of incident squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), according to a study published online Aug. 27 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Doctors Spend Almost Six Hours Per Day on EHR Tasks

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians spend almost six hours per day in the electronic health record (EHR), with 4.5 hours spent during clinic hours and 1.4 hours spent after clinic hours, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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'Science Spin' Found Prevalent in Biomedical Literature

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spin in biomedical literature (also referred to as "science hype") is prevalent, with trials having the highest and greatest variability in the prevalence of spin, according to a review published online Sept. 11 in PLOS Biology.

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Some Aspects of Empathy Improve During Medical Training

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Certain aspects of empathy improve during medical student training, according to a study published online Sept. 7 in Medical Education.

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Are Physicians Obligated to Help on Planes?

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does being a physician carry a moral obligation to respond to calls for medical assistance on airplanes? That is the topic of an article published in the Sept. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Children Report Limited Eczema Improvement With Silk

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some children report limited improvement in atopic eczema (AE) as a result of wearing silk garments, but not to the extent the children had hoped for, according to research published online Aug. 30 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Adhesive Pads Improve Wrinkles in Crow's Feet Area

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adhesive pads may improve wrinkles in the crow's feet area, according to a study published online Aug. 28 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Budget Cuts Threaten Research on Antimicrobial Resistance

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Proposed budget cuts could seriously hamper efforts to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), according to an article published online Sept. 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Seborrheic Dermatitis More Common in Males, on Dark Skin

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seborrheic dermatitis is a common inflammatory condition in middle-aged and elderly individuals, especially males and those with darker skin, according to a study published online Aug. 30 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Pre-Cosmetic Sx Advice May Aid Long-Term Smoking Cessation

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Asking patients to stop smoking before undergoing cosmetic surgery can promote long-term smoking cessation, according to a study published in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Dupilumab Improves Quality of Life in Atopic Dermatitis

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For adults with atopic dermatitis (AD), dupilumab improves health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL), and is associated with improved clinical outcomes, according to a study published online Aug. 27 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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