Ilya Petrou, M.D.
TNF Inhibitors Prove Effective
TNF inhibitors shown to be effective in improving the clinical symptoms of moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa, representing an exciting therapeutic option for this challenging disease.
Smoothened inhibitors provide new options for BCC treatment
Since the dawn of smoothened inhibitors, patients with locally advanced and metastatic basal cell carcinoma (BCC) now have a new and effective treatment alternative beyond the traditional and less optimal treatment approaches such as surgery and radiotherapy.
Predictive risk hierarchy for NMSC recurrence guides treatment strategies
A recent study suggests that the most important predictive factors of recurrence for nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSC) following radiotherapy include immunosuppression, age of the patient, tumor size as well as the treatment modality used.
Combination therapies useful for severe scabies cases
Different agents have become available for scabies treatment, but topical permethrin cream 5 percent is still the go-to therapy, according to an expert. In combination with oral ivermectin, even the most challenging cases of scabies can be addressed effectively.
Nail discoloration could be a red flag
Careful examination of the nails recently helped reveal deliberate heavy metal poisoning in two murder cases, leading to the arrest of the perpetrators in two sordid who-done-it murder investigations.
Researchers reconsider acne development process
Current advances in the science of innate immune defense are helping to further elucidate the role of P. acnes, sebocytes and keratinocytes in the development of acne.
Managing female pattern hair loss: What works?
Female pattern hair loss typically will present with diffuse thinning of the hair on the top and crown of the scalp without hairline recession, and the hair loss rarely progresses to total or near total hair loss.
P. acnes biofilm impacts antimicrobial agents
P. acnes biofilm impacts antimicrobial agents
Biofilms are increasingly implicated as the reason why currently available acne treatments sometimes prove ineffective in acne vulgaris patients, begging the need for more effective targeted therapies directed against biofilm formation.
Acne research goals should focus on inflammation
Acne research goals should focus on inflammation
The psychological distress caused by scarring and PIH following long-term acne disease can be devastating, begging the need for more effective therapeutic options.
Molecular techniques explain potential nevoid pathways to melanoma
Many of the current definitions of skin diseases used in dermatology have changed and morphed over the years, as clinicians learn more and amass volumes of new information regarding many different features, characteristics and associations of dermatologic diseases.

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