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Needlestick and Sharps Safety in the Dermatology Practice


Sharps and needlestick injuries are common in dermatology practice, but they need not be inevitable.

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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Look Out for These Med Tech Innovations in 2018


Each year the CES exhibit showcases the latest in technology, including an impressive array of medical technology, aimed at both healthcare practitioners and consumers.

Ostomy-Related Costs Reduced With Ceramide-Infused Skin Barrier

The use of a ceramide-infused ostomy skin barrier significantly decreased cost of care and increased satisfaction with patient-reported outcomes.

Antiobiotic Resistance: Check Out Your State's Progress

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new data in its Antibiotic Resistance Investment Map, which shows states' progress in combating antibiotic resistance.

FDA Fast-Tracks Alopecia Areata Treatment


The FDA has granted Fast Track designation for CTP-543, a novel oral Janus kinase inhibitor for the treatment of moderate-to-severe alopecia areata, which currently has no approved treatments.

Case Report: Do Maternal Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Causative Agents Transfer to Newborn?


A case reports on a newborn with congenital toxoplasmosis who was safely and successfully treated with agents that caused Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) in the mother.

Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia Associated With Increased Risk for Uterine Leiomyomas

Black women with central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia have increased likelihood of uterine leiomyomas and dermatologists are recommending screening when appropriate.

Repository Corticotropin Injection Safe, Effective for Refractory Dermatomyositis


A cost-benefit analysis might be advantageous in defining the proper place of repository corticotropin injection in the treatment algorithm of myositis.

FDA Approves Shock Wave Device for Diabetic Foot Ulcers


The shock wave device, which uses energy pulses to stimulate the wound and should be used with standard diabetic ulcer care, is the first intended to treat diabetic foot ulcers.

Dermatologists Often Underestimate Effect of Depression, Anxiety in Patients

Based on data from patient consultations, researchers found that the percentage of European dermatologists recognizing signs of depression or anxiety was 44% for depression and 35.6% for anxiety.

Chronic Pain in Pachyonychia Congenita May Be Neuropathic in Nature


Damage to peripheral nerve fibers may be behind the chronic pain experienced by patients with pachyonychia congenita.

Little Correlation Seen Between Patient, Clinician Vitiligo Disease Activity, Severity Index

Additional studies designed to develop a clinical score that is reflective of signs of disease activity are warranted.

FDA Approves Topical Treatment for Seborrheic Keratoses

Aclaris Therapeutics announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Eskata topical solution for the treatment of raised seborrheic keratoses.

Dermographism: Diagnosing a Peculiar Disorder

By Sharon M. O'Brien, MPAS, PA-C

The cause of dermographism, also known as dermographic urticaria, is unknown, but appears to be related to a mast cell abnormality and is probably autoimmune in nature.

Could You Face Legal Action for Your Medical Device Research?


Scientists continue to be the targets of legal action from pharmaceutical, medical device, and nutraceutical companies when published studies frame these companies' products in an unfavorable light.

Health Care Spending Growth Slowed in 2016

In 2016 there was a deceleration in health spending growth, following faster growth in 2014 and 2015, in association with Affordable Care Act coverage expansions and strong retail prescription drug spending growth.

Alopecia May Be Effectively Treated With Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection

Researchers found that hair density was significantly improved at day 28 and at month 6 with platelet-rich plasma injection treatments, as well as a significant histological improvement.

Low Probability of Skin Disease Remission in Dermatomyositis


The probability of achieving clinical remission in dermatomyositis was examined in a study to gauge the need for new pharmacotherapy addressing cutaneous outcomes.

Drugs With Breakthrough Status Have Shortest Median Development Time

The researchers found that the expedited programs included priority review (90 drugs), accelerated approval (26 drugs), fast-track (63 drugs), and breakthrough (29 drugs).

Women of Childbearing Age Undergoing Phototherapy Require Folate Supplementation


Exposure to ultraviolet phototherapy causes a degradation of folate levels, which may affect women of childbearing age, predisposing newborn babies to neural tube defects.

Visible Age-Related Signs Associated With High Alcohol Intake, Smoking


The results suggested that smoking may be associated with a decreased risk for balding.

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