Rebecca Bryant
Rebecca Bryant is a medical writer based in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Photodynamic therapy systems: Doctors face off on pros, cons as skin cancer treatment
The use of photodynamic therapy is increasing, and yet the modality hasn't made much headway in the United States as a treatment for nonmelanoma skin cancers. Two dermatologists face off on its prospects for skin cancer treatment in the United States.
Actinic keratosis vagaries: Consensus committee addresses problem of 'overlapping identities'
Research suggests that AKs are most likely early-stage superficial SCCs. The dermatology, pathology and dermatopathology communities need to change their classification or prove that AKs are distinct, an expert says. Virtually all AK research is fraught with inadequate data and lack of standardized protocols, he says.
Better outcomes: Topical agents may enhance surgical results
Topical agents in combination with surgery may lead to better results. Pre-op treatment can make lesions more visible, define margins and reduce tumor size. Post-op use can reduce the amount of residual cancer.
Allergen of the Year: Contact dermatitis group names mixed dialkyl thioureas for 2009
National report — The North American Contact Dermatitis Group (NACDG) has named mixed dialkyl thioureas as the 2009 Allergen of the Year, according to Bryan E. Anderson, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.
Topical antibiotics: Routine use can boost risk of allergic contact dermatitis
Dermatologists have been trained to squeeze topical antibiotics on the simplest of cuts and excisions. Because of allergic reactions and considering the efficacy of an alternative — plain petroleum jelly — dermatologists must revamp their thinking.
Sunscreen update: FDA proposes new rating system; experts recommend products
National – Dermatologists have a mantra: wear sunscreen. But keeping up with new developments can be tough. As the northern hemisphere tilts toward the sun and scorched patients arrive with questions, it's time for a review of the latest and greatest in sun protection.
Miracle-worker aspirin represses rosacea flushing
Aspirin should be the first line of defense against flushing, an early sign of rosacea and persistent source of embarrassment to patients, says Joseph B. Bikowski, M.D., a dermatologist practicing in Sewickley, Pa., and a clinical associate professor of dermatology at Ohio State University in Columbus. Dr. Bikowski frequently takes this message to professional conferences, sharing his own experience.
Surgical correction of rhinophyma
Reducing the oversized nose caused by rhinophyma is one of the most satisfying procedures a dermatologist can perform, according to Wayne Carey, M.D., associate professor of dermatology, McGill University, Montreal.
It's industry versus derms on the medspa legislation front
More untrained, unsupervised individuals are getting into the medspa niche, and complication rates are rising. While derms fight to persuade legislators that nondermatologist-run or insufficiently supervised spas increase the risk of medical complications or, worse, such errors as missing deadly melanomas, some states are passing laws enabling under-trained individuals to take the reins.
Navigating the genodermatoses maze
National report — Many dermatologists may be shying away from treating the labyrinth of genetic diseases, but resources are available to aid practitioners in navigating this complex arena.

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