Louise Gagnon
Knowledge of skin microbiome provides insights into dermatological conditions
Direct sequencing data, together with culture data, supplies researchers with information about communities of bacteria and fungi on the skin.
Make smart device purchases
Conducting an evaluation in the marketplace and looking to independent sources of information are steps that need to be taken before buying any energy-based device to be used in cosmetic dermatology.
Cumulative dosing of isotretinoin should not follow strict range
Cumulative dosing of isotretinoin has followed a reference range of 120 to 150 mg/kg, but there is an absence of strong evidence supporting this recommendation, pointing to the need for clinicians to treat their patients to achieve clearance of acne rather than adhere to this range.
Appreciating the role of microbial communities on the skin
Microbial colonization in the development of inflammatory conditions and immune-mediated conditions is a hot research topic, and new dermatologic therapies can potentially result from greater understanding of the role of microbial communities on the skin and in the gut.
Restoring the balance: skin microbiome in atopic dermatitis
Research has demonstrated that staph aureus is in increased supply on the skin of atopic dermatitis patients coupled with less overall diversity in the number of bacteria on their skin, suggesting therapies that achieve balance in the skin microbiome could help to manage atopic dermatitis.
Physical activity decreases inflammation linked to psoriatic arthritis
Inflammatory pain is a component of psoriatic arthritis, and participating in physical activity, such as yoga, is a way to reduce inflammation and manage chronic pain if a patient is experiencing it.
Differences in microbiome observed in patients with psoriasis
Knowledge of the microbiome is shedding light on the development of chronic skin conditions like psoriasis, and greater insights into the role of the microbiome may yield new therapies for psoriasis.
Pattern distinguishes atopic, contact dermatitis
Part of the management of contact dermatitis is identifying the offending agent through patch testing and eliminating contact with the offending agent.
New evidence supports combination therapy for metastatic melanoma
Evidence-based data about molecular features is evolving to support the use of combination therapy as an option for treating metastatic melanoma.
Can you benefit from mindfulness?
Can you benefit from mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be integrated in dermatology management and has been demonstrated in research to improve clearance of conditions for patients and to improve anxiety and depression that patients experience associated with their skin conditions.


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