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Hemangioma treatment side effects linked to low body weight
Bronchial hyperreactivity associated with propranolol treatment for infantile hemangiomas may be due to age and low body weight, study shows.
Eczema in fetus and neonates rise with maternal stress
Stress factors mothers experience before, during and soon after pregnancy can increase eczema risk in their children, according to a systematic review published Feb. 25, 2018 in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Combination topical treatment reduces psoriasis severity
The fixed combination of halobetasol and tazarotene topicals significantly reduced the severity of localized disease with a favorable safety profile, accordint to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
A single drug may control skin cancer treatment costs
A $78 single course of topical fluorouracil for keratinocyte carcinoma and actinic keratosis lesions, could lead to a savings in the hundreds of dollars in follow-up costs.
SCC skin depth correlates to lesion length
This study, which may have direct implications for treatment, explains why some actinic keratoses recur and progress after superficial destructive treatments - like cryotherapy.
How deep an SCC lies within the skin correlates to lesion length
Incoming JAAD editor wants to spark discussion and views publishing as a way to provide, interpret, show application of new information
When flushing is more than embarrassment
Acute or irregular flushing may signal a more serious health condition, say researchers who list 14 questions physicians should ask patients complaining about unusual flushing.
Risk-factors for actinic keratosis 12-month turnover
Identifying associations with actinic keratosis variability instead of prevalence can be used to closely monitor organ transplant recipients at increased risk of developing actinic keratosis, researchers say.
Predictors for successful actinic keratosis treatment
Strong predictors for achieving a favorable actinic keratosis treatment response from ingenol mebutate 0.015% gel are dermoscopic detection of red pseudonetwork lesions and facial location, a study shows.
Multidisciplinary care improves patient outcomes
Multidisciplinary skin cancer care is an approach that might not only improve patient outcomes, but also professional satisfaction, researchers reported at AAD 2018 this week in San Diego.
Stem cell transplant offers long-term hope for severe scleroderma patients
An intensive stem cell transplant regimen achieved better survival as compared to cyclophosphamide treatment for patients with severe scleroderma, researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
EB’s great hope
Pediatricians respond to the first successful gene therapy treatment for epidermolysis bullosa.
Pediatric psoriasis guidelines
PeDRA and NSP authors new consensus statement for pediatric psoriasis. Interdisciplinary care (dermatologist and pediatricians) is critical. Regular screening for common comorbidities is recommended.
AD therapy linked to ADHD
All children, but healthy controls, had a higher likelihood of behavioral issues. ADHD symptoms of attention, hyperactivity and impulse control, were higher in AD children. Quality of life lower in affected children.
Widespread morphea treatment disparities signal need for guidelines
A survey of pediatric dermatologists and rheumatologists reveals wide variation in how patients with pediatric morphea are treated.
Vitamin D deficiency associated with pediatric obesity
Vitamin D deficiency in children is associated with being overweight while sufficiency is associated with a healthy BMI, researchers reported in December.
In-demand dermatology treatment devices
A rising prevalence of skin disorders, including melanoma, will drive the need for diagnostic imaging and treatment technologies in dermatology, market analysts say.
An advocate for change
A conversation with ASDS president-elect Murad Alam, M.D.
The artificial brain as doctor
Neural networks do pattern recognition just as a dermatologist would learn patterns and visual data. Computer accuracy rivals that of humans for classifying skin cancer. Deep neural networks and artificial intelligence may have a growing role in practice.
From scars to active acne: Technological treatment for hard-to-treat cases
Lasers and photodynamic therapy are practical treatment options for acne patients who fail or aren’t compliant with traditional first-line therapies. Today’s energy devices might also enhance acne treatment as adjuvant therapy, a review shows.
Compelling research lacking in laser-based acne treatment
Dermatologists and others are increasingly using lasers and light-based therapies to treat acne, but the literature proving efficacy among these therapies is limited by few high-powered trials and lots of small, low-quality studies.
Understanding, diagnosing pediatric psoriasis phenotypes
A pediatric dermatologist addresses important differences in children with psoriasis, versus adults.
Combination topical appears effective for subclinical actinic keratosis treatment
Combination of fluorouracil and salicylic acid may be an effective field treatment for subclinical actinic keratoses lesions.
Topical corticosteroids reduce retinoid irritation, study shows
Transient topical corticosteroids could take edge off severe irritation from topical retinoid acne treatment without decreasing efficacy.
Optimal topical retinoid use for acne
Striking the perfect balance for retinoid use isn't easy. In this article, Dr. Michael Kolodney outlines his techniques for applying and managing retinoids.
Recommendations for systemic therapy in eczema
New recommendations from the International Eczema Council aim to address a question that has gone largely unanswered: When should dermatologists and others prescribe systemic therapy to treat atopic dermatitis?
Psoriasis duration linked to cardiovascular disease risk
New research offers strong evidence that vascular inflammation and risk of having a major adverse cardiovascular event increases with psoriasis duration.
Relief from the itch in atopic dermatitis
An experimental drug designed to control itching in people with moderate-to-severe AD shows promise in early trial.
Gene mutation identified in atopic dermatitis
A new study shows that mutations in the gene CARD11 are associated with severe atopic disease.
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