Dermatology

2017/08/09MEDICAL UPDATE

Adjunctive antibiotics show efficacy for small skin infections

Adding antibiotic treatment to standard drainage of simple skin abscesses appears to improve healing, researchers reported on June 29, 2017 in the NEJM/New England Journal of Medicine. 

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2016/06/20MEDICAL UPDATE

Psoriasis associated with diabetes, BMI and obesity

by Bruce Sylvester: Psoriasis appears to be associated with type 2 diabetes, body mass index and obesity, researchers from a twin study reported on April 27, 2016 in JAMA Dermatology.

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2015/07/15MEDICAL UPDATE

Spectrum of sun skin damage documented

Scientists at Newcastle University have documented for the first time the DNA damage which can occur to skin across the full range of ultraviolet radiation from the sun providing an invaluable tool for sun-protection and the manufacturers of sunscreen.

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2015/07/09MEDICAL UPDATE

Tofacitinib effective against vitiligo, the “Michael Jackson disease,” in first patient treated

by Bruce Sylvester: Treatment with tofacitinib, a drug for rheumatoid arthritis, has restored skin color in a patient suffering from vitiligo, researchers reported on June 24 in JAMA Dermatology.

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2015/06/29MEDICAL UPDATE

EMA Highlights: New options for melanoma patients with poor prognosis

by Gary Finnegan: Keytruda (pembrolizumab) has been recommended by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with advanced melanoma that cannot be surgically removed or where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

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2015/04/06MEDICAL UPDATE

25 percent of acne patients fail to get prescribed medications

Medicine obviously can't do much good if it sits on a pharmacy shelf. Yet more than one-quarter of the acne patients surveyed by researchers didn't get medications prescribed by their dermatologists.

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2014/07/28MEDICAL UPDATE

BAD 2014 Report: Methylisothiazolinone (MI) sensitisation

Report from the British Association of Dermatologists annual meeting held in Glasgow from 30th June - 3rd July by Christine Clark - Methylisothiazolinone (MI) allergy reared its head again in a somewhat unexpected guise. A case report described how a 52-year old woman with no previous history of asthma developed severe facial dermatitis and acute shortness of breath after painting her living room with B&Q Value Matt Emulsion.

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2014/07/28MEDICAL UPDATE

BAD Report 2014: Leprosy – could be misdiagnosed

Report from the British Association of Dermatologists annual meeting held in Glasgow from 30th  June -3rd July 2014 by Christine Clark.  Dermatologists from Cardiff warned that cases of leprosy can be misdiagnosed as more common skin conditions. Two cases illustrate the point: the first, aged 25, had been experiencing changes to skin colour and sensation on the left side of his face for six months, and lightening of the skin on his right shoulder for a year.

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2014/07/28MEDICAL UPDATE

BAD 2014 Report: Non-surgical cosmetic procedures – “a crisis waiting to happen”

Report from the British Association of Dermatologists annual meeting held in Glasgow from 30th June -3rd July 2014 by Christine Clark.  Patients can suffer lifelong damage at the hands of unregulated cosmetic practitioners who may be unaware of some the risks involved in the procedures that they perform, according to Dr Tamara Griffiths.  

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2014/07/25MEDICAL UPDATE

BAD 2014 Report: Sunlight, skin cancer and vitamin D – getting the balance right

by Esther Drain - Skin cancer is now the commonest cancer in the UK and the incidence is rising, mainly due to people taking more holidays in sunny regions. Every year in the UK 13,000 malignant melanomas and 100,000 non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) will be diagnosed. Basal cell carcinomas outnumber all other cancers put together. Just over 2000 people die every year in the UK from malignant melanomas.

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