Sarah Thuerk
Sarah Thuerk is associate editor of Healthcare Traveler magazine.
Duration of antibiotic use for acne decreasing slowly
Physicians are prescribing antibiotics for acne for shorter durations, but almost one-fifth of antibiotic therapies for acne still exceed six months, according to results of a recent study.
FDA grants expanded use for Lymphoseek
Lymphoseek is now approved by the Food and Drug Administration to help clinicians determine whether squamous cell carcinoma has spread to a patient’s head and neck region.
FDA approves new drug for skin infections
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Sivextro (tedizolid phosphate, Cubist Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of acute skin infections.
FDA clears Restylane Silk hyaluronic acid gel
The Food and Drug Administration has granted marketing clearance for Restylane Silk (Valeant), an injectable gel containing 0.3 percent lidocaine, for lip augmentation and perioral rhytids in patients age 21 and older.
FDA approves new topical onchomycosis drug
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug application for Jublia (efinaconazole 10 percent, Valeant), a topical treatment for onychomycosis of the toenails.
Combination therapy for melanoma promising in early trial
Results of a phase 1b trial of nivolumab combined with ipilimumab demonstrated one- and two-year survival rates of 94 and 88 percent, respectively, in patients with advanced melanoma.
FDA to require black-box warnings on tanning beds
The Food and Drug Administration is requiring black-box warnings on tanning beds, advising the devices shouldn’t be used by those under age 18.
FDA approves skin infection drug
The Food and Drug Administration has approved an antibacterial medication for the treatment of adult patients with acute skin infections.
Researchers ID protein involved in wound healing, tumor growth
A protein that plays a role in healing wounds and in tumor growth could be a future therapeutic target, recent research suggests.
Minnesota bans triclosan in hand soaps
Triclosan, a common ingredient in antibacterial hand soaps, sanitizers and other hygiene products, has been banned from use in Minnesota, after the governor signed a bill into law recently.

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