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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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Examining Imaging Techniques for Diagnosing Bullous Pemphigoid and Pemphigus


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Treatment of Periorbital Hyperpigmentation Possible, But Not Without Adverse Events


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Dermatologists Prescribe a Limited Amount of Opioids

Opioid prescribing among dermatologists is limited, with most of the top prescribing dermatologists working in surgical practice.

Distracting Technology, Rising Health Care Costs Top Concerns Among Consumers

The Physicians Foundation commissioned a survey of health care consumers to examine attitudes on the physician-patient relationship, the cost of health care, social determinants, and lifestyle issues.

Raynaud's Phenomenon Treated Effectively With Topical Nitrates


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Case Report: Vitiligo Repigmentation With Tofacitinib, Phototherapy

The combination of the janus kinase 1/3 inhibitor tofacitinib and narrowband ultraviolet-B phototherapy may result in repigmentation in vitiligo with facial involvement.

Global Cancer Survival Trends Generally Increasing

Worldwide, survival trends for cancer are generally increasing, although there is considerable global variation in survival rates.

Wart Treatment Response Highly Dependent on HPV Genotype


There was a significantly decreased treatment response if the warts contained HPV genotypes HPV2, HPV27, and HPV57.

Vitiligo Treatment With Microneedling, Phototherapy Safe, Effective


The use of microneedling plus NB-UVB was associated with a good to excellent response in 75% of participants.

Calciphylaxis Common in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease and Hypercoagulable Disorders

Investigators sought to determine serum biomarkers associated with calciphylaxis in individuals with chronic kidney disease.

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


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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.

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