Author | Andrew Bowser

Andrew Bowser is a medical writer based in Brooklyn, New York.


Smartphone photos aid pediatric diagnosis

May 11, 2018

Photos taken by parents and submitted by smartphone are usually of sufficient quality to allow accurate diagnosis of some common pediatric skin conditions, results of a recent study in JAMA Dermatology suggests.

Healthcare in the cloud

March 30, 2018

Today, medical practices are considering cloud services for everything from revenue cycle management to patient engagement tools. HIMSS Analytics reports that the number of healthcare provider organizations planning to use the cloud for back office functions has jumped from 22-46% within two years.

Laddered treatment for pityriasis rubra pilaris

February 20, 2018

Diagnosing PRP is challenging because it can mimic eczema, psoriasis, or even ichthyosis. Biologic treatment for refractory cases considered, researchers said at AAD 2018.

Managing hedgehog therapies for basal cell carcinoma

February 19, 2018

While the vast majority of basal cell carcinomas are treated and resolved with surgery, systemic therapy with one of the two hedgehog pathway inhibitors could be a treatment option for unresectable or metastasized disease, researchers reported at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in San Diego this week.

Biologics offer promise for hidradenitis suppurativa treatment

February 19, 2018

With one approved biologic available and many more under investigation, the future of treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa looks very promising.

Switching biologic treatments in dermatology

February 19, 2018

Not all biologic treatments are equal. Side effects, effectiveness, cost and administration style are among factors physicians should consider when switching treatments, experts report at AAD 2018.

Atopic dermatitis: From guidelines to practice

February 18, 2018

This week during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Diego, Robert Sidbury, M.D., addressed developments in atopic dermatitis treatments since the publication of treatment guidelines in 2014.

Combination treatment for scars proves effective

February 17, 2018

Combination treatments to reduce scarring have been shown to be effective without the need for aggressive surgical techniques that can lead to suboptimal results, researchers reported at AAD 2018 this week.

Spironolactone for hormonal acne

February 17, 2018

Female patients with hormonal acne that typically flares before or after menstrual cycles may be ideal candidates for spironolactone, said Emmy M. Graber, M.D., president of the Dermatology Institute of Boston who spoke at AAD 2018 in San Diego this week.

Skin lupus can progress more rapidly than previously thought

February 16, 2018

Systemic disease among patients with discoid lupus erythematosus, a chronic form of cutaneous lupus, can develop within one to two years of initial diagnosis, says Joseph F. Merola, M.D., reporting at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in San Diego.