Ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation damage to noncoding RNAs in keratinocytes initiates a cascade of events leading to the release of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), a cytokine central to the inflammatory skin response commonly known as sunburn. The surprising discovery of this mechanism has potential implications for better understanding of prevention, carcinogenesis and phototherapy, researchers say.
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Dermatologist Joe Psoriasis is known throughout the country as an expert in the treatment of psoriasis. An inherent risk of treating such challenging patients is the higher risk of medical malpractice lawsuits. Dr. Psoriasis has now had five such lawsuits filed against him. He is contemplating discontinuing this portion of his practice. Will the HEALTH Act of 2011 provide him with more protection from such lawsuits?
Billing CPT codes that start with "17" — the destruction codes — remain a source of confusion for both billers and providers. Destruction means that you are destroying lesions using one of several methods. The most common methods in dermatology include liquid nitrogen, electrodessication and curettage, laser and the use of chemicals. Below is a snapshot summary of the destruction codes.
Eight years after the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) linked estrogen supplementation to breast cancer and heart disease, the impact of estrogen withdrawal is obvious in a less-than-obvious location; hormone-deficient vulvar disease is becoming more common, according to F. William Danby, M.D.
Topical corticosteroids are still the mainstay of therapy for pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD), but dermatologists have an array of other options at their disposal to use for steroid sparing or in challenging situations.
Compared with colleagues in other medical specialties, dermatologists have enjoyed a relatively low risk of being sued for medical malpractice. However, when litigation comes to fruition and is successful, the judgment award to the plaintiff is typically much higher for dermatology cases compared with the national average, says Whitney A. High, M.D., J.D., M.Eng. What's more, dermatopathologists rank second-highest among medical specialists for the number of $1 million-plus verdicts.
Once-daily application of Sansrosa (brimonidine tartrate/BT gel, Galderma) 0.5 percent has proven safe and effective for treating the persistent facial erythema of rosacea, according to the results of a phase 2 trial.
The first long-term trial of Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03 percent, Allergan) shows that daily application of the eyelash enhancer for up to one year is safe and effective for patients with idiopathic and chemotherapy-induced hypotrichosis.
A dermatology practice is a hotbed of activity. In addition to the clinical care you provide, there is staff to manage in carrying out your orders, supplies to use, bills to be sent and money to be tracked. The complexity of a practice makes outsourcing — using outside firms to handle work you would normally perform in-house — appear quite appealing.
A topical combination of vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid (CE Ferulic, SkinCeuticals) appears to provide protection against skin damage induced by infrared A (IR-A) radiation, said Jean T. Krutmann, M.D., professor of dermatology and environmental medicine and director at the IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, D?sseldorf, Germany, at the 70th annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.