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Atopic Dermatitis: Practical Recommendations for Step-Up Therapy

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Although the step-care approach is the current standard of care, this approach is flawed in several ways with respect to achieving optimal outcomes.

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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Substantial Financial Burden Exists for Emergency Department Visits for Atopic Dermatitis

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The investigators sought to determine the prevalence of, risk factors associated with, and cost of ED care among patients with atopic dermatitis or eczema in the United States by analyzing a 20% sample of ED visits throughout the country.

Severe, Active Atopic Eczema Linked to Increased Cardiovascular Risk

The investigators sought to explore whether adults with atopic eczema are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, and whether the risk varies based on severity of the disease and the activity of the condition over time.

Elevated Risk of Osteoporosis, Osteopenia in Adults With Atopic Dermatitis

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Patients with atopic dermatitis should be encouraged to increase their level of physical activity, partake in adequate weight-bearing exercises, and have a sufficient intake of calcium and vitamin D.

Severe Atopic Eczema Tied to Higher CV Disease Risk

Adults with severe atopic eczema are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cold Weather Prompts More Health Care Utilization in Atopic Dermatitis

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In AD, associations between AD healthcare utilization and hours of cloud cover were generally positive, whereas hours of bright sunlight were generally inversely associated with health care utilization.

Positive Results for Dupilumab in Teen Atopic Dermatitis Trial

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The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients with an IGA score of 0 (clear) or 1 (almost clear) at Week 16.

Shower Cream, Body Lotion Combo Improves Atopic Dry Skin

A shower cream and a body lotion with physiological lipids are effective in improving skin hydration in patients with dry skin.

Atopic Dermatitis Effectively Treated With Topical Microbiome Transplantation

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This finding could lead to the development of a low-cost atopic dermatitis therapy that does not require daily application.

No Clinical Benefit Seen for Bath Emollients in Childhood Eczema

Researchers examined the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of emollient bath additives in the management of childhood eczema.

Concomitant Allergic Dermatitis, Polysensitization Common in Tough-to-Treat Atopic Dermatitis

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Patients with difficult-to-treat AD often experience concomitant, multiple contact allergies, which may be why their AD actually becomes a difficult-to-treat disease.

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