The new Web-based Physician Practice Patient Safety Assessment (PPPSA) tool is helping physician practices to systematically evaluate the effectiveness of their patient safety practices, as well as implement practices to minimize risk.
New Orleans — The problem with today's cosmeceutical advertising is that it oversells the benefits of products in the marketplace, says Patricia K. Farris, M.D., a dermatologist who practices in New Orleans and is a clinical assistant professor in the department of dermatology at Tulane University.
National report — General surgeon Jay L. Richardson, M.D., says lipolysis injections work to nonsurgically rid patients of fat deposits — however, Dr. Richardson, medical director of the Vein Treatment and Aesthetic Center, in Shawnee Mission, Kan., also concedes that many are in a state of confusion about this new option for fat removal.
Boca Raton, Fla. — Age management experts focus on three hormones to slow the aging process and prevent age-related disease: dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), growth hormone and testosterone.
Where using peels on older patients is concerned, Dr. Gordon says that dermatologists should keep in mind that skin cell turnover rate slows with age.
Treating skin cancer in elderly patients can be different than treating it in people who are young or middle-aged. Less aggressive treatments may be more appropriate for the older set.
At 90, Norman Levan, M.D., still practices dermatology once a week. And he still has a passion for education — which led the self-made millionaire to donate $5.7 million to a local community college for the creation of a center for the humanities and medicine as well as a lifelong learning program for seniors.
Homeopathic physicians used calendula during the Civil War as an antiseptic or antibiotic to effectively treat war wounds and gangrene.
National report When it comes to wound healing, scabs are out and wound hydration is in, says Susan H. Weinkle, M.D., a Bradenton, Fla., dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
National report — Myths in medicine persist, and dermatology is no exception, says James Spencer, M.D., M.S., a dermatologist who has a private practice in St. Petersburg, Fla. and professor of clinical dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.