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Navigating Biosimilars in Dermatology

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With demonstrated superior efficacy and safety profiles compared with previously used conventional treatment options, the expectation of outcomes with biologic agents is at worst a well-controlled disease, and at best, disease remission.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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Genetic Screening May Be Required Prior to Dapsone Treatment to Assess Cutaneous Drug Reaction Risk

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The investigators concluded that genetic screening for HLA-B*1301 prior to initiation of dapsone treatment is warranted in Asian populations.

It Costs $2.2 Billion a Year to Treat Antibiotic Resistance

The researchers found that antibiotic resistance added $1,383 to the cost of treating a patient with a bacterial infection.

Endocrine Therapy-Induced Alopecia Seen in Breast Cancer

For patients with breast cancer, endocrine therapy-induced alopecia has a pattern that is similar to androgenetic alopecia.

Increased Vitamin D Via Narrow Band UVB Therapy May Improve Vitiligo Symptoms

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Narrow-band ultraviolet B is a common therapy for vitiligo, and in nonsegmental vitiligo covering at least 20% of the body surface, it is the first-line treatment.

Juvéderm Voluma XC Feasible for Correcting Infraorbital Hollows

Researchers conducted a retrospective observational study involving patients aged 21 to 85 years who underwent Juvéderm Voluma XC treatment to correct infraorbital hollows as a singular intervention.

U.S. Providers Fix Complications From Medical Tourism Procedures

Cosmetic surgery procedures done in developing countries can carry substantial risks of complications that U.S. providers and payers must handle.

CDC: Aggressive Action Needed to Contain Antibiotic Resistance

Early aggressive action should be taken to prevent the spread of bacteria harboring unusual resistance genes.

Energy-Based Devices Work Well for Feminine Rejuvenation

Researchers conducted a literature review to explore the safety, efficacy, tolerability, patient satisfaction, and clinical usability of technologies for feminine rejuvenation.

Vascular Malformations Contribute to Lower Quality of Life

Patients report increased pain and psychosocial distress specifically.

Microneedling Plus 5-Fluorouracil Effective Vitiligo Treatment

5-fluorouracil achieved a higher percentage of repigmentation versus tacrolimus.

Vitiligo Associated With Increased Risk for Adverse Birth Events

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Systemic autoimmunity can affect the progress of a pregnancy, causing maternal complications and adverse fetal outcomes.

Strong Social Networks Benefit Teen Cancer Survivors

Researchers found that survivors were found to have more available resources for emotional support, tangible support, physical activity advice, and weight management advice vs the controls.

Training in Integrative Medicine May Help Reduce Antibiotic Prescribing

General practitioners trained in alternative medicine have lower antibiotic prescribing rates after general surgery than traditional practitioners.

Antibiotic Prescribing Practices Stable in the US

Researchers characterized trends in outpatient antibiotic prescribing in the United States from 2013 to 2015. National administrative claims data from a pharmacy benefits manager were obtained.

Pemphigus Associated With Increased Risk for Neurologic Diseases

Clinicians should be aware of the association between pemphigus and these 3 neurologic disorders.

Guselkumab Promising for Treatment-Resistant Palmoplantar Pustulosis

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The aim of the current study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of guselkumab in patients with moderate to severe palmoplantar pustulosis that did not respond adequately to conventional therapies.

Alopecia Areata Has Significant Effect on Quality of Life in Adult, Pediatric Patients

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Patients were most often affected by feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness, followed by effects on social and leisure activities.

Uber Health Transports Patients to Medical Appointments

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Uber has launched a HIPAA compliant, ride-hailing system allowing doctor's offices and hospitals to book and schedule (up to 30 days in advance) rides for patients.

Delayed Referral Common in Infantile Hemangioma in Need for Propranolol

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The results of the current study contribute to the understanding of delayed referral in patients with infantile hemangioma.

Alopecia Effectively Treated With Carboxytherapy

Carboxytherapy is a promising therapeutic treatment option for patchy alopecia areata and could be used as an adjuvant therapy of androgenetic alopecia.

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