March 2011 Briefing - DermatologyLast Updated: April 01, 2011.
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for March 2011. 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.
Visual Stimuli Linked to Itching in Atopic Dermatitis
THURSDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) -- Atopic dermatitis patients report higher itch intensity and scratch more frequently upon watching itch videos, according to a study published online March 17 in the British Journal of Dermatology.
Online Health Records Less Used by Minorities, Poor
WEDNESDAY, March 30 (HealthDay News) -- Online personal health records (PHRs) are less frequently used by racial or ethnic minorities and patients with low annual income, according to a study published in the March 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Basophil Infiltration Into Skin Lesions Common
WEDNESDAY, March 30 (HealthDay News) -- Immunohistochemical analysis reveals that basophils infiltrate into skin lesions in numerous skin diseases, according to a study published online March 4 in Allergy.
U.S. Shingles Vaccine Approval Expanded
THURSDAY, March 24 (HealthDay News) -- The Zostavax shingles vaccine is now approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people aged 50 and older.
Acne Impacts Adolescents' Quality of Life
THURSDAY, March 24 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescents who suffer from acne are more likely to have a lower quality of life and psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation, according to research published in the January issue of the Dermatology Online Journal.
Reduced Hours for Trainees Has Had Little Effect in U.S.
THURSDAY, March 24 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing work hours for doctors in training to less than 80 per week has had little impact on patient outcomes or postgraduate training in the United States, according to a literature review published online March 22 in BMJ.
Increased Melanoma Incidence Tied to Socioeconomic Status
TUESDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- High socioeconomic status (SES) and exposure to ultraviolet-radiation (UV-R) are associated with increased malignant melanoma incidence among adolescent girls and young women, according to a study published online March 21 in the Archives of Dermatology.
ASPS: Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures Up in Men
MONDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- More men appear to be undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, with overall procedures among men up 2 percent in 2010 as compared to 2009, according to statistics released March 21 by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
5α-Reductase Inhibitors Tied to Adverse Male Sexual Health
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- 5α-reductase inhibitors (5α-RIs), used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and hair loss in men, may cause persistent erectile dysfunction, depression, and loss of libido, even after discontinuing the medication, according to a review published in the March issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Professional Values of U.S. and U.K. Doctors Examined
THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- A core of professional values exists among doctors in the United States and the United Kingdom, though significant differences exist in how these values are expressed and prioritized, according to a study published online March 7 in BMJ Quality & Safety.
Number of Cancer Survivors in U.S. Reaches 11.7 Million
THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- The number of cancer survivors in the United States had increased to nearly 12 million by 2007, according to a report in the March 11 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Ethnic Differences Seen in Academic Measures for U.K. Docs
WEDNESDAY, March 9 (HealthDay News) -- United Kingdom-trained physicians and medical students with ethnic minority backgrounds tend to underperform academically compared to their white peers, according to a meta-analysis published online March 8 in BMJ.
Pharmacological Meta-Analyses Rarely Report Disclosures
TUESDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- Meta-analyses of pharmacological treatments rarely include information addressing primary study funding and conflicts of interest (COIs) of the authors for the included randomized control trials (RCTs), according to a study published in the March 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Tailored Care for Psoriasis Detailed in Guideline Update
TUESDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Dermatology has compiled a final section to complete a series of guidelines for the care of patients with psoriasis. The new section, presenting tailored treatments for specific clinical patient scenarios, has been published online Feb. 9 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Majority of Pediatric Burn Admissions Due to Scalding
TUESDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- Although admission rates for burn injury declined from 1983 to 2008, more than half of burn-injury hospital admissions for children younger than 5 years of age in Western Australia are due to scalding, according to a study published online March 7 in Pediatrics.
Psoriatic Arthritis Responds to Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor-α
FRIDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) undergoing first treatment series with a tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) inhibitor have high drug adherence and a good response, according to a study published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.
New Laser-Based Tool Accurately Identifies Melanoma
TUESDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- A new laser-based tool may help physicians better diagnose melanoma, according to research published in the Feb. 23 issue of Science Translational Medicine.