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November 2012 Briefing - Dermatology

Last Updated: December 03, 2012.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for November 2012. 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.

Eccrine Sweat Glands Play Role in Human Wound Repair

THURSDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Eccrine sweat glands, the most abundant appendage in human skin, unique to some primates, play a role in wound repair, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in The American Journal of Pathology.

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Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of those who voted for President Obama in the 2012 election favor implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while those who voted for Republican officeholders are likely to oppose parts or all of the implementation of the ACA; both sides oppose cuts to Medicare as a means to balance the budget, according to an analysis of newly released polls published as a Special Report online Nov. 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Removal of Consultation Fees Increased Spending on Doc Visits

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The 2010 Medicare elimination of consultation payments (mainly billed by specialists) led to a net increase in spending on physician office visits, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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State Cost of Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion Modest

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Medicaid expansion will likely result in modest state costs by 2022, but will gain health care coverage for more than 20 million uninsured Americans, according to report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with other health professionals, in the last 15 years there has been considerably less growth in the earnings of physicians in the United States, according to a research letter published in the Nov. 28 issue the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Obama Administration Moving Forward With Health Care Law

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Three rules have been proposed by the Obama administration to further facilitate implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Nov. 20 press release from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Obesity More Common Among Children With Psoriasis

MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Children with psoriasis are more likely to be obese, particularly if they have severe disease or live in the United States, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the Archives of Dermatology.

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Mental Illness, Job Stress Both Factors in Physician Suicides

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- The presence of mental illness or job problems may make physicians more vulnerable to suicide than non-physicians, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in General Hospital Psychiatry.

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Electronic Skin Has Properties of Natural Skin

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new material that can self-heal and is pressure- and flexion-sensitive could be used as an electronic skin, according to a study published online Nov. 11 in Nature Nanotechnology.

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Moderately Dysplastic Nevi Re-Excision Not Necessary

MONDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Re-excision of mildly or moderately histologically dysplastic nevi (HDN) that approach a microscopic border may not be necessary, as favorable long-term outcomes are achieved without re-excision, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Social Network Profile May Harm Medical Applicants

MONDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Social networking profiles may harm an applicant's chances of admission to medical school or a residency program, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

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Fractional, Ablative Er:YAG Laser Akin for Skin Resurfacing

FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple sessions of fractional laser treatment with erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) for facial resurfacing are comparable to a single ablative Er:YAG laser treatment, according to a small study published online Oct. 29 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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RSK Plays Key Role in Melanoma Chemoresistance

MONDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) p90 ribosomal S6 kinase (RSK) appears to play a role in the poor response of melanoma cells to DNA-damaging agents, according to research published online Oct. 29 in Oncogene.

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Actigraphy Is Poor Measure of Eczema Activity

MONDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- The use of actigraphy to record movement as an objective surrogate for eczema activity is of limited use, according to a study published in the November issue of the British Journal of Dermatology.

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New Autoinflammatory Disease Linked to NOD2 Mutations ID'd

FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A new autoinflammatory disease characterized by features including inflammatory polyarthritis/polyarthralgia and dermatitis, and involving mutations in the nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain 2 (NOD2) gene has been identified, according to research published online Oct. 26 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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UV-Independent Pathway ID'd in Those at Risk for Melanoma

THURSDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Mice with an inactivating mutation in the melanocortin 1 receptor (Mc1r) gene, which controls pigment production, have a phenotype similar to red hair/fair skin in humans; these mice have an increased risk of melanoma, even in the absence of ultraviolet radiation exposure, which may act by a mechanism of oxidative damage, according to a study published online Oct. 31 in Nature.

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Patch Testing Can ID Food, Additives That Contribute to IBS

THURSDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Patch testing may identify allergies to food or food additives that may be responsible for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a study published online Oct. 26 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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