Panel moves to deconstruct itchJanuary 1st 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Differentiating Among Oral UlcersSeptember 1st 2003
San Francisco - A multitude of conditions, from systemic diseases to conditions affecting only the mouth or the alimentary tract, can cause oral ulcers. Recognizing subtle differences in symptoms and knowing which conditions are most common can help dermatologists make accurate diagnosis.
San Francisco - Not only are warts a cosmetic nuisance, they may also cause considerable discomfort and even be linked to higher cancer rates. Clearing warts, therefore, is an important consideration for dermatologists. Nanette Silverberg, M.D., director, pediatric dermatology, department of dermatology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt and Beth Israel Medical Centers, New York City, provided some tips on how best to do that.
San Francisco - In many women, acne can have a hormonal cause that points to a more severe underlying disorder. Being able to appropriately identify such disorders can help dermatologists better treat the acne as well as help prevent more serious long-term selequae.
Cosmetically Pleasing Cancer TreatmentAugust 1st 2003
San Francisco - Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is at least as effective as conventional treatments for superficial epithelial cancers - but according to the latest research, it offers superior cosmetic results. Over the long term, however, patients are still being followed-up to see if remission rates remain low.