Rebecca Bryant is a medical writer based in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Paradigm shift: Link discovered between HPV, skin cancer
Developments that link HPV to skin cancer could change the frontiers of medicine.
The root of it all: Geriatric patients face hair, scalp concerns.
Geriatric patients seek help most commonly for seborrheic dermatitis and postmenopausal itchy scalp.
Slow motion: Mohs surgeons tackle difficult-to-demarcate melanomas
One Mohs surgeon is successfully using the "slow Mohs" technique to treat rare melanomas that are large, invasive and amelanotic.
Nail bed disease: Alcohol-based solutions help distal subungual onychomycosis
A doctor suggests treating distal subungual nail bed disease by using active ingredients dissolved in alcohol-based solutions and pinpointing the location of delivery.
Staying the course: Treating melasma a long-term process; regular checks required
"Treatment for melasma involves assessing the patient's skin color, the extent of melasma in each cosmetic unit and the patient's tolerance for irritated skin.
Time for change: Topical arsenal narrows for menopausal skin
Vitamins A and C have become the frontline treatments for menopausal skin.
Topical antibiotics: Routine use can boost risk of allergic contact dermatitis
Dermatologists have been trained to squeeze topical antibiotics on the simplest of cuts and excisions. Because of allergic reactions and considering the efficacy of an alternative - plain petroleum jelly - dermatologists must revamp their thinking.
Navigating the genodermatoses maze
National report - Many dermatologists may be shying away from treating the labyrinth of genetic diseases, but resources are available to aid practitioners in navigating this complex arena.
Topical antioxidants can improve skin
New York - Well-formulated topical antioxidants improve skin structure and should be used, in combination with sunscreens and retinoids, for state-of-the-art protection against photoaging, according to Karen Burke, M.D., Ph.D.
San Diego - Physicians enter medicine to take care of people, but to continue doing so, they need to master business principles as well, according to Walter Erhardt, M.D.
Harbingers of sedative risk
Chicago - Cosmetic surgeons need to freshen up their understanding of sedation and analgesia in order to competently supervise staff, according to P. Allan Klock, M.D., associate professor of anesthesia and critical care at the University of Chicago.
Washington D.C.- New concepts in the management of ulcerations as well as new treatments and dressings have emerged, Mark D. P. Davis, M.D., said.
5 Steps to Success with IPL
New Orleans - While intense pulsed light (IPL) technology is beneficial and generally safe, there are risks and complications, according to Patrick H. Bitter, M.D.
Performing Office Peels
Las Vegas - Chemical peels are experiencing a new wave of popularity now that the downsides of laser peels have become better known, James M. Spencer, M.D.
Management beyond corticosteriods starts with assessing risk to skin, reducing sun exposure
Paris - Treatment for dermatomyositis (DM) begins with sun avoidance and sun-protective measures, Jeffrey P. Callen, M.D., said at the World Congress of Dermatology. "The first line of therapy is to recognize that the patient is photosensitive."
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