Author | Louise Gagnon

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Risankizumab outperforms ustekinumab in psoriasis trial

October 19, 2017

The IL-23 inhibitor risankizumab was superior to ustekinumab in a phase two trial of adult patients with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis, researchers report. (©FreeBirdPhotos/Shutterstock.com)

Earlier diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis will prevent disease progression

July 24, 2017

Psoriatic arthritis can often go undiagnosed in patients with psoriasis, and an earlier diagnosis is critical to prevent the adverse effects of psoriatic arthritis, according to an expert.

Cumulative dosing of isotretinoin should not follow strict range

October 24, 2016

Cumulative dosing of isotretinoin has followed a reference range of 120 to 150 mg/kg, but there is an absence of strong evidence supporting this recommendation, pointing to the need for clinicians to treat their patients to achieve clearance of acne rather than adhere to this range.

Appreciating the role of microbial communities on the skin

September 28, 2016

Microbial colonization in the development of inflammatory conditions and immune-mediated conditions is a hot research topic, and new dermatologic therapies can potentially result from greater understanding of the role of microbial communities on the skin and in the gut.

Pattern distinguishes atopic, contact dermatitis

August 10, 2016

Part of the management of contact dermatitis is identifying the offending agent through patch testing and eliminating contact with the offending agent.

Parasites and inflammation fuel rosacea

January 25, 2016

Research suggests colonization of demodex relates to immune activation of the skin, and certain individuals show genetic predisposition to rosacea. Greater disease understanding may offer insight into therapeutic approaches.

Treat acne to achieve remission

January 13, 2016

There is an absence of strong evidence supporting the recommendation that cumulative dosing of isotretinoin follow a reference range of 120 to 150 mg/kg. This points to the need for clinicians to treat their patients to achieve clearance of acne rather than adhere to this range.

Acne a growing problem in pre-teens

January 13, 2016

Clinicians recognize that acne is increasingly presenting in pre-adolescents and that early presentation is also a predictor of worse disease in the future and the potential for scarring. Prompt, aggressive treatment will lead to better outcomes and will reduce the potential for adverse psychosocial effects.

Discoverers who advanced dermatology

December 15, 2015

The stories of the heroes behind these and other dermatologic therapeutic discoveries are recounted in the book To Heal the Skin: The Heroes Behind Discoveries in Dermatology edited by the late Stuart Maddin, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, and a leader and pioneer in dermatology in Canada and internationally, and Eileen Murray, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., a dermatologist and adjunct professor at UBC. Learn more