Louise Gagnon
Short-term systemic steroids for psoriasis efficacious despite ‘dogma’
Short-term systemic steroids for psoriasis efficacious despite ‘dogma’
Data from a recently published study reveal systemic steroids are often the choice of therapy for clinicians based in the US who treat psoriasis, yet this practice is not endorsed in clinical practice guidelines.
Combination therapy likely to improve metastatic melanoma response
Evidence from ongoing trials will reveal the optimal approach to combining immune therapy and molecularly targeted therapy in the treatment of malignant melanoma, according to a presenter here at the 8th Canadian melanoma conference.
Experts clarify verrucous hemangioma confusion
The diagnosis of angiokeratoma circumscriptum should be supplanted with verrucous hemangioma, and the lesion should be treated with surgery in most cases, according to a retrospective case series presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Dermatology Association.
Epidermolysis bullosa presents unique woundcare challenges
It’s advisable for clinicians to release the fluid in blisters that develop in children with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), but they should aim to keep the roof of the blister intact, an expert recommends.
Optimizing the use of hyaluronidase to manage filler complications
Filler complications are more likely to occur when injectors are unfamiliar with facial anatomy, and injectors should also inform themselves of the type of hyaluronic acid filler that is being injected, monophasic or polyphasic, so they are aware how much hyaluronidase is required to inject should complications arise.
Researchers ID genetic alterations, shedding light on hereditary melanoma
Identifications of mutations such as those that lie in the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) promoter area are shedding light on hereditary melanoma, according to the Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Center and Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Top 10 dermatologic pearls
For a chuckle, people turn to David Letterman’s Top 10 List. For some clinical pearls, dermatologists can look to Dialogues in Dermatology, a discussion at a recent meeting of the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.
Single-dose tablet effective for labial herpes
A novel delivery system of an old drug designed to treat herpes labialis resulted in fewer recurrences of next herpes episodes, shorter durations of episodes, and increased incidence of blocked episodes.
Scalp condition mimics skin cancer
Erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp (EPDS), an inflammatory crusted scalp condition, can go undiagnosed for many years, and it can be mistaken for conditions such as squamous cell carcinoma, so biopsies should be performed to arrive at the diagnosis.
No advantages from circulation of physician payment data, doctors say
Release of 2012 physician payment data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has perhaps done a disservice to the reputation of healthcare providers including dermatologists, say several dermatologists.


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