Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for November 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.
U.S. Patients Highly Satisfied With Outpatient Medical Care
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Patients in the United States are, in general, highly satisfied with their outpatient medical care, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in Health Outcomes Research in Medicine.
High-Performing Docs Learn Equally From Success, Failure
MONDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Among physicians making decisions in a medically-framed learning task, high and low performers show distinct behavioral and neural patterns of learning, according to a study published online Nov. 23 in PLoS One.
Carbon Dioxide Laser Feasible in Primary Lentigo Maligna
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Carbon dioxide laser ablation could be an alternative treatment for managing primary lentigo maligna, according to a study published in the November/December issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Alendronate Ups BMD in Patients Taking Steroids for Skin Diseases
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Alendronate therapy is associated with significantly increased bone mineral density (BMD) at the lumbar spine and femoral neck at 12 months in patients with immunobullous skin diseases and glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the Archives of Dermatology.
Process Attributes Most Impact Psoriasis Therapy Choice
TUESDAY, Nov. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with psoriasis attach greater importance to process attributes (treatment location, frequency, duration, delivery method, and individual cost) than to outcome attributes (probability, magnitude and duration of benefit, and probability, severity, and reversibility of adverse effects) when choosing a treatment option for psoriasis, according to a study published in the November issue of the Archives of Dermatology.
Oral Antibiotic Use in Acne Tied to Reported Pharyngitis
MONDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Use of oral antibiotics for treatment of acne is associated with a more than three-fold increased risk of reported pharyngitis, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the Archives of Dermatology.
Adverse Effects of Pediatric Acupuncture Usually Mild
MONDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of adverse effects (AEs) associated with pediatric acupuncture are mild in severity, according to a review published online Nov. 21 in Pediatrics.
Grape Seed Extract Lowers Squamous Cell Carcinoma Risk
MONDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Use of grape seed extract is associated with a reduced risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Nonpunitive Method Improves Medical Error Reporting
MONDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Medical error reporting in an academic pediatric ambulatory practice can be improved by a voluntary, nonpunitive, error-reporting system, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in Pediatrics.
Minoxidil Foam Is Effective in Androgenic Alopecia
FRIDAY, Nov. 18 (HealthDay News) -- For women with androgenic alopecia, hair growth can be stimulated effectively with once-daily 5 percent minoxidil topical foam (MTF), according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Delayed Acyclovir Ups Hospital Stay for Eczema Herpeticum
MONDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- For children hospitalized for eczema herpeticum, a delay in acyclovir initiation increases the length of stay (LOS), according to a study published online Nov. 14 in Pediatrics.
Half of U.S. Adult Smokers Tried to Quit Last Year
THURSDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of adults who smoke would like to quit, but only about a third of them seek medical help and/or support to do so, according to research published in the Nov. 11 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.
Glove Use Linked to Reduced Hand Hygiene Compliance
THURSDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Glove usage among healthcare workers is often inappropriate, and hand hygiene compliance is worse when gloves are worn, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Evidence Suggests Less Frequent Follow-Up OK for Melanoma
TUESDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of a less frequent monitoring schedule for follow-up after treatment of localized melanoma, requiring fewer clinic visits, results in a small difference in the modeled delay of diagnosis of recurrence or new primaries, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Great Achievement at Young Age Function of Time, Not Field
MONDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The frequency of great scientific achievements at young age is a function of time, and not related to the field, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Novel Signaling Mechanism Mediates UV Phototransduction
MONDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate pigment darkening (IPD) may occur via a novel ultraviolet (UV) A signaling pathway involving calcium mobilization and early melanin synthesis in human epidermal melanocytes (HEMs), with the photopigment rhodopsin, which is expressed in HEMs, contributing to phototransduction, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in Current Biology.
Receptionists Contribute to Safety of Repeat Prescriptions
FRIDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Receptionists and administrative staff of general practices in the United Kingdom make important contributions to quality and safety in repeat prescribing, which are often unknown to clinicians, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in BMJ.
Rooms of Patients With A. baumannii Often Contaminated
FRIDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable proportion of rooms of patients colonized or infected with multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) (MDR-AB) have surfaces which are positive for A. baumannii, even in patients with a remote history of infection, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
MelaFind Device Approved to Detect Melanoma
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- MelaFind -- a device that creates digital images of suspicious skin growths and compares them to a database of thousands of scans to analyze for signs of melanoma skin cancer -- has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
No Medicare Savings From Disease-Management Hotline
THURSDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Commercial disease-management companies using nurse-based call centers modestly improve quality-of-care measures in Medicare fee-for-service programs with no evident reduction in costs of care or acute care utilization, according to a study published in the Nov. 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Risks for C. difficile Infection, Colonization Identified
THURSDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Health care-associated Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection and colonization are differentially associated with defined host and pathogen variables, according to a study published in the Nov. 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
C1 Esterase Inhibitor Effective in Hereditary Angioedema
THURSDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- A single dose of 20 U/kg C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-INH) concentrate is safe and effective for treatment of successive hereditary angioedema (HAE) attacks at any body location, according to a study published in the December issue of Allergy.
CDC: Opioid Overdoses Have Reached Epidemic Proportions
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid pain relievers (OPR) are involved in most drug overdose deaths; and OPR-related deaths, sales, and treatment admissions have increased in the last decade, according to a report published in the Nov. 1 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
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