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February 2020 Briefing - Dermatology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for February 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Inflammatory Conditions of Skin, Bowel May Be Linked

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There appears to be a link between hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a review published in the February issue of the International Journal of Dermatology.

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Influence of Politics Has Not Waned in Opinions About ACA

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Public opinion about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains divided 10 years after its passage, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in Health Affairs.

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Mistreatment, Discrimination Still Common for Medical Students

TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Mistreatment of medical students remains common for women, racial/ethnic minorities, and sexual minorities, according to a study published online Feb. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Daily Emollient in Infancy Does Not Foil Eczema in Children at Risk

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Daily emollient during the first year of life does not prevent eczema in high-risk children, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in The Lancet.

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Dermatopathologists Favor Making Pathologic Reports Available

FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Most dermatopathologists perceive that making pathologic test result reports available to patients is a good idea, although they are concerned about increasing patient worry and confusion, according to a study published online Jan. 29 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Many Transgender Youth Intentionally Avoid Disclosure

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Most transgender youth voluntarily disclose their gender identity to health care providers (HCPs) outside of a gender clinic; however, almost half report having intentionally avoided disclosure, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Several Drugs Have Similar Efficacy for Plaque Psoriasis

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Four drugs have similar Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) response rates for both short- and long-term treatment of plaque psoriasis, according to a review published online Feb. 5 in JAMA Dermatology.

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High Cutaneous Melanoma Burden Found Due to UV Radiation

TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In the United States, the proportion of cases of cutaneous melanoma and age-standardized incidence rates attributable to ultraviolet (UV) radiation vary across states, but the burden is considerable in all states, according to a study published online Feb. 17 in the International Journal of Cancer.

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Telemarketer Access to Medicare Information to Be Investigated

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- An investigation into how telemarketers may be obtaining seniors' personal Medicare information will be launched by the U.S. Health and Human Services inspector general office.

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U.S. Life Expectancy to Reach 85 by 2060

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly a quarter of all U.S. residents will be older than 65 by 2060, and life expectancy will reach an all-time high of 85 by that year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Cool Water for 20 Minutes After Pediatric Burn Improves Outcomes

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cooling children's burns with running water improves clinical outcomes, according to a study published in the January issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Many Dermatologists Not Ready to Respond to Biological Attacks

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Many dermatologists report that they are not adequately prepared to deal with biological attacks and other manmade disasters, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.

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2011 to 2018 Saw Decline in Problems Paying Medical Bills

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 2011 to 2018, there was a decrease in the percentage of families having problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months, according to a February data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Studies Explore Prevalence of Skin Cancer Among Sexual Minorities

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of skin cancer among sexual minorities and transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) adults is explored in two studies published online Feb. 12 in JAMA Dermatology.

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S. aureus Colonization Increased in Skin Lesions in Lupus Patients

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have increased colonization with Staphylococcus aureus in cutaneous lupus erythematosus lesions, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

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Smartphone Apps Not Accurate Enough to Detect All Melanomas

TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Current smartphone-based applications (apps) cannot detect all cases of melanoma or other skin cancers, according to a review published online Feb. 10 in The BMJ.

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Empathy Declines as Students Progress Through Medical School

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Students become less empathic toward patients throughout medical school, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in Academic Medicine.

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Seniors Have Concerns About Affording Health Insurance

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Many adults aged 50 to 64 years are concerned about their ability to afford health insurance, according to a study published online Feb. 7 in JAMA Network Open.

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Biologics Tied to Greater Reduction in Pediatric Psoriasis

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Biologics seem to be associated with greater reduction in psoriasis severity scores and higher drug survival rates than methotrexate in pediatric patients treated in a real-world setting, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Circulating Tumor Cells Predict Relapse in Stage III Melanoma

FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For stage III melanoma patients, circulating tumor cells (CTCs) predict relapse, according to a study published online Feb. 3 in Clinical Cancer Research.

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Prenatal Tobacco Exposure May Raise Risk for Pediatric Psoriasis

FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal tobacco exposure is associated with an increased risk for pediatric psoriasis, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Number of Nurse Practitioners More Than Doubled 2010 to 2017

FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 2010 to 2017, there was a substantial increase in the number of nurse practitioners in the United States, with a corresponding reduction in the size of the registered nurse workforce, according to a report published in the February issue of Health Affairs.

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Reference Pricing Linked to Lower Prices Paid by Employers

THURSDAY, Feb. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Reference prices are associated with lower prices paid by employers and lower cost sharing by employees, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in JAMA Network Open.

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Racial/Ethnic, Sex, Insurance Disparities ID'd in Acne Care

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Racial/ethnic, sex, and insurance-based disparities are seen in acne care, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Blood Mercury Levels Linked to Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Blood mercury (Hg) levels are associated with nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC), according to a study published online Feb. 5 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Industry Ties May Bias Indoor Tanning Studies

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Although they comprise a small percentage of all published articles, articles with financial links to the indoor tanning industry are more likely to favor indoor tanning, according to a review published online Feb. 4 in The BMJ.

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