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September 2008 Briefing - Dermatology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for September 2008. 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.

News Media Under-Report Drug Company Funding of Research

TUESDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Reports on medication research published in general news media often fail to disclose that the research received pharmaceutical company funding and frequently refer to drugs by brand name rather than using the generic name, according to an article published in the Oct. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Early Dietary Fish Introduction May Decrease Eczema Risk

MONDAY, Sept. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Introducing fish to an infant's diet before 9 months of age reduces risk of eczema, while breast-feeding does not, according to a report published online Sept. 25 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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Gene Variant Linked to Increased Risk of Melanoma

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- A polymorphism in the vitamin D-receptor gene is associated with a significantly increased risk of melanoma, according to research published online Sept. 24 in the journal Cancer.

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No Change to 2009 Part B Medicare Premium

MONDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- There will be no change to the Part B Standard Medicare premium in 2009 compared with 2008. This is the first time since 2000 that the premium has not risen over the prior year, according to an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Childhood Paracetamol Use Linked to Later Asthma Symptoms

FRIDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The use of paracetamol (acetaminophen), whether in the first year of life or later in childhood, is associated with higher risk of asthma symptoms at ages 6 and 7, according to research published in the Sept. 20 issue of The Lancet.

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Idea of 'Safe' Tan Rebutted in Series of Papers

FRIDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is an important risk factor for cancer in humans, and evidence does not support the safety of tanning bed use, according to three review articles published in the October Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research.

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Cream and Light Therapy Effective for Actinic Keratoses

FRIDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The precancerous skin growths known as actinic keratoses can be effectively treated with a topical cream and photodynamic therapy, researchers report in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Antibiotic Resistance Has Become a Global Pandemic

FRIDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A concerted international and national response, behavior change by consumers and providers, and the development of antibacterial agents are all urgently needed to tackle the global problem of rapidly increasing antibiotic resistance, according to an article published online Sept. 18 in BMJ.

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Dermatology Residencies Need More Skin of Color Training

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Dermatology residents in the United States receive relatively little training in treating skin of color, which needs to be improved given that about 48 percent of the U.S. population will be non-white by 2050, according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Estradiol Boosts Collagen Production in Aged Skin

MONDAY, Sept. 15 (HealthDay News) -- In older patients, topical estradiol application appears to stimulate collagen production in sun-protected skin but not in sun-damaged skin, researchers report in the September issue of the Archives of Dermatology.

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