Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for July 2010. 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.
Specialties See Modest Compensation Increases in '09
FRIDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Most medical specialties saw modest compensation increases in 2009, but many provider organizations are still operating at a substantial loss, according to the findings of the American Medical Group Association's (AMGA) 2010 Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey.
Cosmetic Dermatology Patients More Likely to Have BDD
THURSDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is relatively common in dermatology patients, and it is more common in those seeking cosmetic treatments than in other dermatology patients, according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Actinic Keratosis Photodynamic Treatment More Painful on Face
WEDNESDAY, July 28 (HealthDay News) -- Pain from treatment of actinic keratoses with photosensitizers varies significantly depending on the location treated, and pain decreases significantly after eight hours, according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
CO2 Ablative Fractional Laser Beneficial for Scars in Asians
TUESDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) -- Carbon dioxide (CO2) ablative fractional resurfacing is safe and effective for atrophic acne scars on the skin of Asian individuals, according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Melanoma Excision Depth Varies by Physician Specialty
WEDNESDAY, July 21 (HealthDay News) -- Melanoma specialists who are not dermatologists tend to excise thin invasive melanomas to a deeper level than do dermatologist specialists and non-specialists, according to research published online July 19 in the Archives of Dermatology.
5.2 Percent of Residency Applicant Essays Plagiarized
TUESDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- About 5 percent of the application essays to residency programs -- often referred to as the personal statement -- contain plagiarized material, according to research published in the July 20 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Melanoma Rate for Black Women, Hispanic Men Higher in Fla.
TUESDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic males and non-Hispanic black females residing in Florida have substantially higher incidence rates of melanoma than those same subgroups residing in the United States as a whole, according to research published in the July issue of the Archives of Dermatology.
BMI at Age 18 Found to Predict Psoriatic Arthritis Risk
MONDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis patients with a higher body mass index (BMI) at age 18 have an increased risk of developing psoriatic arthritis (PsA) than those with a lower BMI at that age, according to research published in the July issue of the Archives of Dermatology.
Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Linked to HPV Infection
FRIDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Infection with genus β human papillomavirus (HPV) appears to be associated with incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, with the risk higher for long-term users of systemic glucocorticoids, according to a study published online July 8 in BMJ.
Oxygen May Help Fight Wrinkles Caused by UVB Radiation
THURSDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Mice placed in an oxygen chamber after prolonged exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation have fewer wrinkles and less skin thickening than mice that do not receive the oxygen treatment, according to research published online May 26 in the American Journal of Physiology -- Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
Passing Tanning Bed Laws May Require New Strategy
FRIDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Laws to restrict underage tanning bed use can be more successful if multiple organizations coordinate their efforts and if advocates receive more knowledgeable advice, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Report Addresses Physician Financial Conflicts in Care
THURSDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- In a new report, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) urges U.S. teaching hospitals to establish policies that ensure financial relationships between physicians and industry do not result in conflicts of interest that influence patient care.
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