Barbara J. Rutledge, Ph.D.
Antihistamine Touted
Barcelona - Ebastine, a second-generation antihistamine currently marketed in Europe and Japan, offers many advantages as a treatment for mild to moderate alopecia areata, according to Yusuke Yoshizawa, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo.
Monkeypox Emerges
Marshfield, Wis. - A dermatologist here played a key role in what became the index case for the first reported outbreak of monkeypox virus in the Western Hemisphere.
Doxorubicin, Interleukin-12 Join Against KS
Boston - Combined cytotoxic and antiangiogenic therapies may have synergistic effects in treating advanced Kaposi's sarcoma in patients with AIDS, according to Richard F. Little, M.P.H., M.D., senior clinical investigator, HIV and AIDS malignancy branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute.
Taking HIV to HAART Hasn't Solved Zoster
Boston - Herpes zoster infection rates in individuals living with HIV-1 infection have not improved since the availability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), according to research presented here at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.
Dermatology in the Eternal City
Research, teaching, and clinical practice in the field of dermatology is conducted in Rome at three major medical schools, each with an affiliated teaching hospital, and at a world famous, private dermatology institute.
Testing the Tablet
Vienna -- Oral pimecrolimus is an effective and well-tolerated treatment for certain inflammatory skin diseases, such as chronic plaque psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, according to Klaus Wolff, M.D., F.R.C.P., professor of dermatology and chairman, department of dermatology, University of Vienna, Austria.
First Line
Paris - Topical medications should often be considered as first-line therapy in the treatment of vulval diseases because they are effective, easy to use, and fast-acting, according to Annarosa Virgili, M.D.
Common Condition
Paris - Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PEP), also known as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), is the most common of all the specific dermatoses of pregnancy, with a reported incidence of approximately one in every 120 pregnancies.
Serious Consequences
Rochester, Minn. - The misdiagnosis of skin ulcers as pyoderma gangrenosum is not uncommon and can have serious consequences for patients, according to a recent report in The New England Journal of Medicine (2002;347:1412-1418).
Narrowband Works
Paris - Narrowband UVB is more effective in the treatment of generalized vitiligo than either PUVA in combination with calcipotriol or PUVA alone, according to a study performed by Salah Al Rubaie, M.D., Rashid Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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