The Weekly Roundup: March 14-18

ICYMI, this week we had stories on the genetics of acne, FDA warnings, and more.

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Newly Discovered Antimicrobial Fat Cells May Offer New Treatment Options for Acne

Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have discovered extrafollicular skin cells that transform into antimicrobial fat cells and fight acne, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine.

Re-Discovering the Genetics of Acne

Specific genetic variations could be key in identifying acne risk far before the signs arise.

The Mainstream Patient: March 14

This week's edition of the Mainstream Patients features stories about the benefits of rice water for hair, when skin care expires, and more.

Frontline Bempegaldesleukin Nivolumab Combo Misses Primary End Points in Unresectable or Metastatic Melanoma

The addition of bempegaldesleukin to nivolumab did not significantly improve progression-free survival, objective response rate, or overall survival vs nivolumab alone in the frontline treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma, missing the primary end points of the phase 3 PIVOT IO-001 trial.

Survey: New Physicians Want Work-Life Balance in First Job

Work schedule and location are also important factors.

FDA Warns Against Using Renuvion/J-Plasma Device for Certain Aesthetic Procedures

On March 14, the FDA released a warning for both consumers and health care providers against the use of the Renuvion/J-Plasma device (Apyx Medical) for dermal resurfacing or skin contraction.

Almirall Collaborates with University of Michigan to Understand HS

Almirall announced today that it will work with the University of Michigan to better understand disease drivers in hidradenitis suppurativa.

Pointers with Dr Portela: Adult Accutane

In this week’s Pointers with Dr Portela, the 208SkinDoc interviews Jen Hamilton, a TikTok creator who recently made the decision to go the dermatologist to talk about tackling her acne.

Atopic Dermatitis: Practical Advice on Selecting and Using JAK Inhibitors

Concluding their focused discussion on JAK inhibitors in atopic dermatitis, panelists share advice on the optimal selection based on route of administration and use of these agents.

Researchers Suggest Vaccine Can Help Prevent Skin Cancer

A recent study examined the possibility of using an mRNA vaccine to prevent the development of skin cancer.

The Sentinel Lymph Node is Most Important Prognostic Factor for Melanoma, Study Finds

A recent study examined if the neutrophil–lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is a useful inflammatory biomarker in skin cancer prognostication.

Linking Psoriasis and Cardiometabolic Disease

A recent study examined the role of inflammation and psoriasis in cardiometabolic diseases, focusing on metabolic syndrome and its components.

Effect of Joint Pain on Analgesic Use in Patients with Psoriasis

In a recent study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, investigators assessed symptoms, disease burden, and use of analgesics in patients with or without psoriatic arthritis.

When COVID emergency ends, millions will lose Medicaid coverage

State agencies hope to move patients to marketplace.

FDA Places Partial Clinical Hold on Phase 1 Trial of Davoceticept Pembrolizumab in Advanced Malignancies

A phase 1 study of davoceticept and pembrolizumab for advanced malignancies received a partial clinical hold from the FDA following a patient death.

The Cutaneous Connection: Cosmetic Dermatology: Procedures and Practice

Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, sits down with Dermatology Times® to discuss her new book, Cosmetic Dermatology: Procedures and Practice, which will be releasing in the United States in April of 2022.

Are AI assistants key to fixing physician burnout?

The results of physician trials led by the AAFP Innovation Lab are very promising.

COVID-19 Death Toll Likely Higher According to Study

Official death toll is almost 6 million, but excess deaths indicate far more may have died from COVID than reported.

Freezing Medicare Physician Fee Payments May Force Physicians out of the Program

Medical groups warn of sweeping ramifications if Congress follows recommendation

Study: Why Do Patients Visit a Dermatologist?

A recent study examined the main reasons why patients in the United States seek care from dermatologists.