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April 2017 Briefing - Dermatology

Last Updated: May 01, 2017.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for April 2017. 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.

Meeting Organizers Overlooking Qualified Female Scientists

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Invited speakers at medical conferences tend to be disproportionately male, a disparity that can be addressed by actively preparing lists of potential speakers, according to a study published online April 18 in Nature Immunology.

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Rx Errors Up With Generic Propranolol for Hemangioma

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians prescribing propranolol in a single concentration of 4.28 mg/mL for infantile hemangioma (IH) report fewer prescribing errors than those prescribing generic propranolol, according to a research letter published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Single-Payer Health System Bill Moves Forward in California

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A proposal to replace private insurance with government-funded health care for all moved forward in California on Wednesday as Democrats on the Senate Health Committee voted to advance the measure.

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Risk Factors in Six Areas Tied to Physician Burnout

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physician burnout factors include control, whether there is time to deliver excellent care, and whether the workplace is fair, according to a presentation at the Medical Group Management Association/American Medical Association 2017 Collaborate in Practice Conference, held April 9 to 11 in Chicago.

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Gene Expression Profile Improves ID of High-Risk Melanoma

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A validated 31-gene expression profile (GEP) signature improves identification of patients with melanoma at high risk of metastasis when used in combination with the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) outcome prediction tool, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Bilateral Submental Cryolipolysis Safe, Efficacious

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cryolipolysis is safe and efficacious for reduction of lateral and submental fat, according to a study published online April 20 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Potential Benefits, Risks of OpenNotes Discussed

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The benefits of sharing notes with patients include improved patient engagement and empowerment, while potential risks may include more phone calls, questions, and increased documentation time, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Doctors Need to Be Mindful of What They Post on Social Media

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young doctors often have unprofessional or offensive content on their Facebook profiles, according to a study published online April 9 in BJU International.

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Uveitis Risk Higher Among Individuals With Psoriasis

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with severe psoriasis and those with mild psoriasis and concomitant psoriatic arthritis have an increased risk of uveitis, according to a study published online April 13 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Anthrax Cases Linked to Use of Vintage Shaving Brushes

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- During and after the First World War, there was an increase in anthrax cases associated with use of new shaving brushes, which were made of imported horsehair, according to research published in the May issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Safe, Effective for Skin Rejuvenation

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Autologous platelet-rich plasma is safe and effective for skin rejuvenation, according to a study published online April 5 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Tripeptide/Hexapeptide System Effective After Laser Resurfacing

THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of a tripeptide/hexapeptide topical system following fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing is effective and well tolerated, according to a study published online March 31 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Specific Factors Influence First-Line Biologic Rx for Psoriasis

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The presence of psoriatic arthritis, patient weight, registration country, employment status, and disease severity are the main factors influencing first-line biologic treatment selection for patients with psoriasis, according to a study published online April 7 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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$16 Billion Spent on Cosmetic Surgery by Americans in 2016

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans spent $16 billion on cosmetic plastic surgery and minimally invasive procedures in 2016, according to a new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Novel Laser Device Effective for Nasal Telangiectasia Treatment

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The TRASER (Total Reflection Amplification of Spontaneous Emission Radiation) device is a safe and effective option for treatment of nasal telangiectasias, according to a small study published online April 6 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Insecticide Resistance Thwarting Fight Against Bed Bugs

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some bed bugs are showing early signs of resistance to two widely used insecticides, according to a study published online April 10 in the Journal of Economic Entomology.

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Integrated E-Prescribing Can Cut Prescribing, Dispensing Errors

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An integrated electronic medication prescribing (e-prescribing) and dispensing system can reduce prescribing and dispensing errors, according to a study published online March 30 in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.

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Mask With Myoinositol/Trehalose Aids Adult Female Acne

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A ready-to-use peel-off facial mask containing myoinositol and trehalose-loaded liposomes results in clinically detectable improvements in adult female acne (AFA), according to a study published online March 25 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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MACRA Changes Government Approach to Doctor Payment

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) has made fundamental changes to the government's approach to physician payment, according to a March 27 policy brief published in Health Affairs.

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Optimal Features for Surgically Enhanced Lips Determined

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The specific features for the most natural look of surgically enhanced lips have been determined, according to a study published online April 6 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Risk Adjustment, Reinsurance Transfer Offer Financial Benefit

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Risk adjustment and reinsurance transfer programs seem to have been effective for increasing revenues at the expense of claims costs, according to research published in the March issue of Health Affairs.

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Survival Up With Surgery for Abdominal Melanoma Metastases

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with melanoma that has spread to the abdomen who get drug therapy and surgery to remove their cancer live twice as long -- 18 months on average -- as those who only get medication, according to a study published online April 5 in JAMA Surgery.

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Second Opinion Yields Different Diagnosis for 1 in 5 Patients

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One-fifth of patients who sought a second opinion recently at a single academic medical center had received a different diagnosis from their primary care providers, according to a study published online April 4 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

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Doctors Must Be Wary of HIPAA Violations With Online Reviews

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should be aware that responding to a negative health care review could potentially expose personal medical information, resulting in a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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High Prevalence of Alcohol Use Disorders in Eczema

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with eczema have a high prevalence of alcohol use disorders, according to a study published online March 27 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Use of Health Literacy Tools Can Promote Shared Decision Making

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of health literacy tools is encouraged for facilitating shared decision making (SDM), according to an article published in the March issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

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Lower Psoriasis Area, Severity Scores for Women Versus Men

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women have lower median Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) scores than men, according to a study published online March 24 in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology.

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