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July 2014 Briefing - Dermatology

Last Updated: August 01, 2014.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for July 2014. 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.

Presence, Intensity of Pain and Itch Linked to Skin Cancers

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The presence and intensity of pain and itch may be indicators of skin cancer, according to a study published online July 23 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Slow Progress Toward Meaningful Use Stage 2

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Providers and hospitals are making slow progress toward achieving meaningful use stage 2, according to an article published July 10 in Medical Economics.

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Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the bite of a brown recluse spider is poisonous, the wounds usually heal well if left alone. However, it's still important to recognize the warning signs of an adverse reaction, warns Donna Seger, M.D., medical director of the Tennessee Poison Center, particularly since these potentially dangerous bites are on the rise.

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IOM Recommends Restructuring GME Financing

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare support for graduate medical education (GME) should be restructured and based on its value and contribution to the nation's health needs, according to a report published July 29 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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Access for Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Continuing to Decline

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmaceutical sales representatives' access to physicians is continuing to decrease, even in previously rep-friendly specialties, according to a report published by ZS Associates.

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Survey IDs Patients' Views on Health Care Provider Quality

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans focus on provider quality related to doctor-patient interactions rather than effectiveness of care when defining provider quality, according to a report published by the Associated Press-NORC (AP-NORC) Center for Public Affairs Research.

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Number of Uninsured Down After ACA Open Enrollment

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a decrease in the number of uninsured following the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a report published online July 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Physicians Warned About Counterfeit Medical Devices

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should be aware of the prevalence and serious consequences associated with use of counterfeit medical devices, according to a letter to the editor published online July 20 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Blood donations to the American Red Cross are down substantially, and the agency says an "emergency situation" could arise within weeks.

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Online Reviews Show Patients Value Docs' Interpersonal Skills

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patient reviews indicate that the attributes most valued in physicians include interpersonal skills and bedside manner, according to a report published online July 16 by Vitals.

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Physician Offices Investing in Patient Portals for EHRs

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Practitioners are continuing to invest in electronic health records (EHRs), specifically to improve access for patients, according to an article published June 13 in Medical Economics.

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Asthma Drug May Help Those With Chronic Hives

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Omalizumab (Xolair), used to treat moderate-to-severe allergic asthma, appears to offer relief to people with chronic hives who haven't been helped by standard medications, new research published online July 21 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests.

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National Survey Finds Most U.S. Physicians Are Satisfied

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most U.S. physicians are satisfied, with satisfied physicians more likely to report positive trends in medicine, according to a report published by Jackson Healthcare.

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FDA Approves Ruconest for Hereditary Angioedema

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ruconest, a human recombinant C1-esterase inhibitor, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat hereditary angioedema.

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Legal Risks for Providing Financial Assistance to Patients

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians need to be aware of the ramifications of providing financial assistance to patients, according to an article published July 8 in Medical Economics.

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Doctors More Likely Than Public to Be Registered Organ Donors

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians are more likely to register to be organ donors than the general public, according to a research letter published in the July 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Increasing Flow of Information Has Impact on Patient Consent

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The increasing flow of information as part of health information exchanges raises certain issues for patient consent, according to an article published July 8 in Medical Economics.

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New Prognostic Factors May Be Useful in Staging Melanoma

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New prognostic factors may be useful in predicting survival in patients with thin melanoma, according to research published online July 7 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Case Report Describes Allergic Contact Dermatitis From iPad

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A case of allergic contact dermatitis from the nickel in an iPad has been described in a case report published online July 14 in Pediatrics.

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Medical Schools Being Challenged to Find Training Sites

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medical schools are working to find solutions to ensure their students can continue to receive clinical training in spite of the escalating shortage of training sites, according to an article published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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Secukinumab Effective in Moderate-to-Severe Psoriasis

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, the fully human anti-interleukin-17A monoclonal antibody, secukinumab, is effective, according to research published online July 9 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Dupilumab Effective in Atopic Dermatitis

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The fully monoclonal antibody that blocks interleukin-4 and interleukin-13, dupilumab, is effective in atopic dermatitis, according to research published in the July 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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ACOs Require Overhaul to Health Care Delivery System

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The accountable care organization (ACO) model requires an overhaul for health care delivery, according to an article published June 24 in Medical Economics.

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Hypertensive Status Ups Risk of Psoriasis Flares

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals with hypertension and those with long-term, regular use of beta-blocker medication may be at increased risk of developing psoriasis flares, according to research published online July 2 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Most Docs Find M.B.A. Training Advantageous to Their Careers

TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Graduates with dual training in medicine and business increasingly pursue leadership roles and report greater career acceleration, according to a study published online June 20 in Academic Medicine.

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Don't Forget Patient Privacy When Marketing Your Practice

MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Use of marketing by health care providers must be in accordance with federal and state regulations relating to patient privacy, according to an article published June 24 in Medical Economics.

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Three Opportunities Presented for Practice Growth

THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Maximizing the growth potential of a practice over time requires physicians to consider various opportunities, including increasing the size of medical groups, embracing technology, and use of marketing, according to an article published June 24 in Medical Economics.

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AMA: Tips for Managing Medical School Loans

THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Creating a budget and other tips can help medical school graduates to manage their loan repayments, according to an article published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Recommendations Made for Partnering Patients in Health Care

THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changes need to be implemented in the education system in order to fully integrate patients and their families as equal partners in health care, according to a report based on recommendations made at a conference convened by the Macy Foundation.

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AAFP Urges Changes in Telemedicine Compensation

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Significant changes should be made to delivery and payment of telemedicine services, according to an article published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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Tips Offered for Improving Practice Financial Management

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Establishing clear financial policies for practices and making it easy for patients to pay are two suggestions for improving practices' financial management, according to an article published online June 24 in Medical Economics.

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Health Care Expenditure Has Slowed in United States

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The growth in U.S. health care expenditure has slowed in recent years, coming some way toward closing the gap with other countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to an article in the health of Americans series published online July 1 in The Lancet.

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Rash Patterns Suggest Parvovirus B19 Infection in Adults

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Primary parvovirus B19 infection is associated with polymorphous skin manifestations in adults, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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ACA Offers Opportunities for Prevention, Public Health

TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is fostering collaboration between the public health and health care systems and can improve quality of care and advance population health, according to an article in the health of Americans series published online July 1 in The Lancet.

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PMMA-Collagen Effective for Acne Scars

TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres in collagen are safe and effective for the treatment of atrophic acne scars of the face, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Hypervigilance Critical for Difficult-to-Detect Melanoma

TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Monitoring patients at extreme risk with total-body photography (TBP) and sequential digital dermoscopy imaging (SDDI) assists with early diagnosis of primary melanoma, according to a study published online June 25 in JAMA Dermatology.

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