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May 2013 Briefing - Dermatology

Last Updated: June 03, 2013.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for May 2013. 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.

Patients Who Share in Care Decisions May Up Costs of Care

THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Patient preference for participating in shared decision making regarding care may increase length of hospital stays and costs of care, according to research published online May 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Weight Loss Reduces Psoriasis Severity

THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight patients with psoriasis have reduced disease severity and improved skin-related quality of life after weight loss, according to a study published online May 29 in JAMA Dermatology.

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2012 AMA Report Highlights Progress Toward Better Future

THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Given the changes in America's health care system and challenges facing physicians, in 2012, the American Medical Association (AMA) focused on creating a better future for the nations' patients, physicians, and medical students, according to their annual report.

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One-Third of Medical Students Have Implicit Anti-Fat Bias

THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of medical students have a significant implicit anti-fat bias that few are aware of, according to a study published in the July issue of Academic Medicine.

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FDA OKs New Drugs, Diagnostic for Advanced Melanoma

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Two new drugs, Tafinlar (dabrafenib) and Mekinist (trametinib), have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced melanoma.

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Doc Passengers Assist in Half of In-Flight Medical Emergencies

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Physician passengers provide medical assistance in about half of in-flight medical emergencies, which are most commonly related to syncope, respiratory symptoms, or gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a study published in the May 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Enrollment in U.S. Medical Colleges Is Increasing

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Enrollment in U.S. medical colleges is increasing, but there is concern about the adequacy of training opportunities, according to a report published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

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Transparency Key to Improving Value Care for Patients

WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- In order to ensure the provision of higher quality care and cost control in a post-Affordable Care Act health care system, data on price, utilization, and quality should be made publicly available unless there is a compelling publicly-acceptable justification for keeping it confidential, according to a study published online May 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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HHS: End-of-2013 Targets for EHR Use Already Reached

TUESDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has already met and exceeded its goal for 50 percent of physician offices and 80 percent of eligible hospitals to have electronic health records (EHRs) by the end of 2013, according to a report published by the department.

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Docs Anticipating Changes Ahead As ACA Progresses

MONDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Most physicians expect the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to continue as planned and expect further integration in the coming years, according to a report published by Deloitte.

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Comorbidities Common With Alopecia Areata

FRIDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- Comorbid conditions often accompany alopecia areata, according to a study published online May 22 in JAMA Dermatology.

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About One in Four Uninsured Could Be Excluded From ACA

FRIDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in four of those eligible for new premium assistance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) do not have a checking account and will not be able to receive premiums from insurance companies, according to a report published by Jackson Hewitt.

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Data Support Basing Health Decisions on Both Benefit, Cost

FRIDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- Person-level health care expenditures per month of health status-adjusted life expectancy are much higher for adults aged 85 years and older than for 0- to 14-year-olds, but despite spending much more on health care, the aging population gets substantially less value for that spending in terms of quality and quantity of life expectancy, according to a study published in the Spring issue of the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs.

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Systematic Screening of Med Adherence Will ID Barriers

WEDNESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of systematic monitoring for medication adherence will allow for identification of barriers to adherence and tailoring of interventions, according to a viewpoint piece published in the May 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Digital Divide Exists With Physician EHR Adoption

MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of physicians remain reluctant to adopt health information technology (HIT), according to a report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

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Twitter Reveals Popular Health Beliefs About Acne

FRIDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) -- Twitter can teach health care providers about popular health-related beliefs regarding acne, according to a research letter published in the May issue of JAMA Dermatology.

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Risk Factors ID'd for Poor Cutaneous Cell CA Outcomes

FRIDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of metastasis and death associated with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC) are low, but significant, and risk factors for poor outcome include tumor diameter, invasion beyond fat, poor differentiation, and location, according to a study published in the May issue of JAMA Dermatology.

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Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Tied to Lower Alzheimer's Risk

THURSDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- Older individuals with nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) seem to have a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a study published online May 15 in Neurology.

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Primrose Oil, Borage Oil Not Effective Eczema Treatment

WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- Neither evening primrose oil (EPO) or borage oil (BO) are effective at treating eczema, according to a review published online April 30 in The Cochrane Library.

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Half of Plastic Surgeons Use Social Media Professionally

TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Roughly half of plastic surgeons use social media tools to market their practices, according to a study published in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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New FDA Survey to Assess Doc Attitudes on DTC Advertising

MONDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to conduct a new survey involving 2,000 health care professionals to examine their views on direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription medications. The survey has been approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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User Satisfaction With Electronic Health Records Down

FRIDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Since 2010, there has been a decrease in the satisfaction and usability ratings for certified electronic health records (EHRs), according to survey results presented by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and AmericanEHR Partners.

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Poor Service, Bedside Manner Top Patients' Online Complaints

FRIDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- On "rate-your-doctor" websites, patients complain more about poor bedside manner and unprofessional office staff than inadequate medical skills, according to a recent multi-city study published by Vanguard Communications.

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Port Wine Stains, Sturge-Weber Syndrome Genetically Linked

THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- A somatic single nucleotide mutation causes Sturge-Weber syndrome and port wine stains, according to a study published online May 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Smartphones, Smartphone Apps Increasingly Used by Docs

THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- Smartphones and smartphone applications are increasingly being used in a professional capacity among physicians, according to two reports published in the March issue of Kantar Media Sources & Interactions Study-Medical/Surgical Edition.

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HHS Releases Data on Inpatient Charges for Hospital Services

THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- To promote transparency in the health care system, the first part of a three-part initiative has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The report provides consumers with information on hospital charges and highlights the considerable variation across the country for common inpatient services.

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Skin Cancer Tx Mostly Surgical, Regardless of Life Expectancy

WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Regardless of patient life expectancy, most cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) are treated surgically, according to a study published online April 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Application for Health Coverage Has Been Simplified, Shortened

WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- The application for health insurance coverage has been simplified and shortened, with the application reduced to three pages for individuals, according to a report released April 30 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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FDA Proposes to Increase User Awareness of Sunlamp Risks

TUESDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed an order to reclassify sunlamp products from a low-risk to a moderate-risk device, which would require comprehensive risk labeling on such products.

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AAP Endorses Pediatric Acne Management Guidelines

MONDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics has reviewed and endorsed the recommendations of the American Acne and Rosacea Society for the clinical management of pediatric acne, according to an article published in a supplement to the May issue of Pediatrics.

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Potentially Toxic Metals Present in Lip Cosmetics

FRIDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially toxic metals are present in cosmetic lip products at levels that could raise health concerns, according to a study published online May 2 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Patients Most Annoyed by Long Waits, Unclear Test Results

FRIDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Long waiting times and unclear test results are the top patient grievances when it comes to visiting the doctor, according to a report published in the June issue of Consumer Reports.

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Medicaid Coverage Doesn't Lead to Better Physical Health

THURSDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Medicaid coverage does not seem to produce improvements in measured physical health outcomes within two years, but does have some effects, including increased use of health care services and reduced financial strain, according to research published in the May 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Health Industry Payment Details to Be Publicly Available

THURSDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- As part of the National Physician Payment Transparency Program and in compliance with a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the government will make information about financial relationships between doctors, teaching hospitals, and drug and device manufacturers publicly available on a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website, according to a report published by Kaiser Health News.

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Penicillin Prophylaxis Prevents Recurrent Leg Cellulitis

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Low-dose prophylaxis with penicillin is more effective than placebo in preventing recurrent cellulitis of the leg, but protection disappears after stopping treatment, according to a study published in the May 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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