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Lessons from the past
Lessons from the pastScientists are digging into the past in search of genetic insight into modern skin diseases. Here are some of the hottest topics in the study of human history and skin disease.
Critical factors in healing acute woundsOptimal wound healing practices have changed in recent years. some techniques are no longer best practice and new techniques have emerged.
FDA approves cannabis-derived drugFor the first time, FDA approved dronabinol oral solution (Syndros, Insys Therapeutics), a liquid formulation of the pharmaceutical cannabinoid dronabinol, a pharmaceutical version of tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC").
Study exposes inaccuracy of new test for Lyme diseaseLooks like marketing and publicity might have outpaced the validity and usefulness of a test used to detect Lyme disease.
Cheaper hep C drug enters competitive market
Cheaper hep C drug enters competitive marketA new drug approved by FDA to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection this week enters a competitive, lucrative market headed up by Gilead Science’s Sovaldi and Harvoni, as well as AbbVie’s Viekira Pak. FDA granted priority review and breakthrough therapy designation to Gilead’s combination product, Epclusa (sofosbuvir 400 mg/velpatasvir 100 mg).
FDA approves first treatment for acute GVHDFDA just granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the first treatment for acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD): ruxolitinib (Jakafi, Incyte Corp.).
New discoveries in regulating pigmentationResearchers have uncovered new pathways that control skin lightening and tanning, which could lead to a novel class of therapeutics for treating pigmentation disorders.
Merger to boost eczema offeringsPfizer and Anacor Pharmaceuticals announced in May that the pharmaceutical companies merged with Pfizer acquiring Anacor for about $5.2 billion. Dermatologists say merger is a good move for patients.
Hard water in home linked to eczema in infancy
Hard water in home linked to eczema in infancyThis is an interesting and credible study of infants, suggesting there probably is a link, one expert notes. It remains to be seen whether water softeners and chlorine filters should be recommended one day. Read more on the data.
First US cholera vaccine availableFDA approved the first US vaccine for cholera, Vaxchora, made by PaxVax Bermuda Ltd. in Hamilton, Bermuda. Vaxchora is the only single-dose vaccine for cholera currently licensed anywhere in the world.

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