June 2018 (Vol. 39, No. 06)

Melanoma diagnosis by physician or PA not always straightforward

June 07, 2018

In a comparison of the performance between physician assistants and dermatologists, physician assistants may have lower diagnostic accuracy for melanoma than dermatologists, suggests a study published in JAMA Dermatology. The AAPA and SDPA question the use of the NNB ratio to determine diagnostic accuracy.

Calming inflammation in common skin conditions

June 07, 2018

Publishing new research findings has its benefits, but how physicians use that information and their personal experience in clinical practice can prove to be more insightful. In this table on page 98 of Dermatology Times June issue, we feature insights from three physicians who participated in the rapid-fire Q&A “60 Tips in 60 Minutes” from this year's Winter Clinical Dermatology Conference.

The acne supplement

June 07, 2018

Acne may primarily be a genetic condition, but one that is compounded by environmental and social influences, shows a twins study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD). This study is among a select group of studies featured in this month's acne supplement.

My employee has a needlestick injury. Now what?

June 06, 2018

Needlestick injuries occur more often than you may think because many go unreported. If you are accidentally pricked by a needle, do you have legal recourse? Dr. David Goldberg addresses this issue in this month's legal column.

New treatments and approaches in melasma

June 05, 2018

 Like eczema, psoriasis or diabetes, pigmentary skin conditions are chronic conditions that can be controlled, but not cured. In this article, Dr. Seemal R. Desai discusses new treatment strategies for melasma and hyperpigmentation.

Skin of Color Seminar Series roundup

June 01, 2018

A panel discussion on the increasing trend of total body skin lightening ― and ethical and health concerns associated with skin lightening ― was this year's most discussesd and controversial topic.

Skin cancer prevention messaging works (for some)

May 28, 2018

Studies have shown that melanoma incidence rates among non-Hispanic whites have been rising in recent years, which is true ― to a degree, according to a research letter published in March in JAMA Dermatology. The rates are indeed rising for those younger than 15 years old and older than 45 years old. However, the analysis highlights a big dip in melanoma cases for those between 15-44 years.

Better as one unit: Psoriasis topicals

May 24, 2018

The fixed combination of halobetasol and tazarotene topicals significantly reduced the severity of localized disease with a favorable safety profile, shows a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

New scoring system for hair loss

May 23, 2018

Spanish researchers have developed a scoring system to assess the severity of frontal fibrosing alopecia, a scarring form of alopecia marked by hairline recession and eyebrow loss primarily affecting postmenopausal women.

Cosmetic needs differ for skin of color patients

May 21, 2018

Cosmetic needs differ for skin of color patients who may require different treatments, says Dr. Eliot Battle who addressed the use of old and new technologies for skin of color patients during this year’s Skin of Color Seminar Series meeting in New York City.

Immunity persists for at least 3 years after receipt of new shingles vaccine

April 18, 2018

Immune responses to the latest shingles vaccine (Shingrix) last for at least three years following vaccination. The robust immune responses develop and persist in all age groups, according to a recent study in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.