Author | Alison Palkhivala


Basic research plays vital role in treating KS

January 01, 2004

Montreal - Physicians must use information obtained about Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpes virus learned through basic research to help prevent and treat KS in the clinical setting, a virology expert said.

Panel moves to deconstruct itch

January 01, 2004

Barcelona, Spain - Identifying the cause of itch is the key to treating it. New research is helping better characterize pruritus, leading to more effective therapies for this frustrating condition, according to physicians reporting at the 2003 meeting of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV).

Research pinpoints pruritus

January 01, 2004

Barcelona, Spain - New research demonstrates the pathophysiology of itch may be more complex than once believed. Recently discovered pruritic pathways, such as those involving proteases or neuropeptides, are opening doors to new therapeutic targets for this uncomfortable, hard-to-control phenomenon.

Mycobacterial malaise

January 01, 2004

Montreal - Mycobacterial infections are on the rise. Physicians should be aware of the key clinical features of these conditions and use microbiology laboratory facilities to confirm diagnoses. While some of these infections respond to antimicrobials, others require more intensive therapy, such as surgery.

Problem pathogens

January 01, 2004

Montreal - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus, once believed to be a problem of hospitals only, have hit the community. Now, more than ever, clinicians must adopt basic infection-control practices, both in hospital and in their clinics, to prevent further spread of these problem pathogens.

DNA, RNA in diagnoses

January 01, 2004

Montreal - Diagnosing unusual sexually transmitted infections can be a unique challenge, particularly for physicians lacking expertise in this area.

Quick ID critical

January 01, 2004

Montreal - Whether caused by an infection or a drug, severe cutaneous reactions must be quickly identified and treated, as many are associated with significant morbidity and mortality.

Laser-treated Hair

November 01, 2003

New Orleans - Some patients who undergo laser hair removal are experiencing disturbing hair regrowth on or near the treated area. To make matters worse, this new hair can be thicker, more abundant, and more difficult to treat.

Safe or Not?

September 01, 2003

San Francisco - Use of silicone for cosmetic purposes remains controversial, with some experts declaring it inherently unsafe and others insisting that as long as it is used carefully, it can be used safely. Clearly, doctors who take precautions can at least reduce the risk, if not eliminate complications. In either case, FDA studies are still underway.

Focusing the Light

September 01, 2003

San Francisco - Dermatologists are currently fine-tuning their use of UVB phototherapy for specific applications in order to reduce the risk of burns, minimize patients' cumulative exposure to UVB light, and optimize patient responses.