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October 2010 Briefing - Dermatology

Last Updated: November 01, 2010.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for October 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.

Primary Care Trails Other Specialties in Hourly Wages

TUESDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care physicians have substantially lower hourly wages than other specialists, and although most physicians find Medicare reimbursement inequitable, they show little consensus on how to reform it, according to two studies published in the Oct. 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Dermatology Residency Applicant Traits Revealed

MONDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Medical licensing exam scores, letters of recommendation, and research experience are among the factors associated with successful matching of nontraditional applicants, such as those who have previously failed to match, to a dermatology residency program, according to research published online Oct. 18 in the Archives of Dermatology.

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Varied UV-B Starting Doses for Psoriasis Similarly Effective

THURSDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Basing an individual's starting dose for ultraviolet (UV)-B treatment of psoriasis on the minimal erythemal dose (MED) does not result in more efficacious treatment than a customary starting dose, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in the Archives of Dermatology.

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Educational Campaigns May Improve Skin Cancer Screening

THURSDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Educational campaigns that include specific recommendations for who should be screened for skin cancer may improve skin cancer screening rates and increase the understanding of screening benefits, according to a study published Oct. 18 in the Archives of Dermatology.

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Computer System May Help Identify Skin Lesions for Biopsy

THURSDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The MelaFind computer system, which uses automatic image analysis and pattern recognition to help identify skin lesions that may need biopsy, appears useful in evaluating pigmented lesions, according to research published online Oct. 18 in the Archives of Dermatology.

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Vitamin D Levels Lower in Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome

TUESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals with basal cell nevus syndrome (BCNS), many of whom routinely protect themselves from the sun due to higher risk of skin cancer, appear to be at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency, according to research published in the October issue of the Archives of Dermatology.

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Derm Program Adherence to Match Rules Investigated

MONDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Some directors of dermatology residency programs may violate National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) policies prohibiting solicitation of verbal or written commitments from residency applicants prior to matching day, according to a study in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Dog Ownership Reduces Risk of Eczema in Dog-Sensitive Children

FRIDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Early household exposure to dogs in children who are dog-sensitized results in a four-fold decreased risk of eczema, but early exposure to cats in cat-sensitive children sharply increases the risk of eczema, according to a report published online Oct. 1 in the Journal of Pediatrics.

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