Barbara J. Rutledge, PhD
Skin disease in tropical travelers
National report — Skin disease is one of the main reasons for consultation in travelers returning from the tropics, according to Eric Caumes, M.D., professor of infectious diseases and dermatologist in the department of infectious and tropical diseases at Hospital Piti?-Salp?tri?re in Paris.
Pigmentation disorders require varied treatment modalities
Onset of the disorder is important information in the clinical history of the pigmentation disorder, because disease onset indicates whether the disorder is likely to be developmentally programmed (congenital) or acquired.
Too few antibiotics in pipeline
A public health crisis is brewing, according to a white paper issued by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), as two trends converge: the retreat of large and small pharmaceutical companies from antibiotic discovery and development, and the emergence of pathogens with resistance to an increasingly wide spectrum of currently approved antibiotics.
Alternative treatments for alopecia areata
Florence — Alopecia areata is a disease with important aesthetic implications that may affect the patient psychologically and socially, and treatment can be challenging, according to Ana Kaminsky, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
How to write a medical paper
New Orleans — Dermatologists who want to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals received many valuable tips in a focus session given at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) here. June K. Robinson, M.D., discussed reasons to publish, the writing process, submission and review of the manuscript, and the publishing process, while extending advice gained from her experience as editor of Archives of Dermatology. Dr. Robinson also serves as section chief of dermatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Mechanisms of photocarcinogens
Photocarcinogenesis is not simply a story of mutations arising from ultraviolet (UV)-induced pyrimidine dimer formation, according to Chikako Nishigori, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of the division of dermatology at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine.
Pimecrolimus improves quality of life, lowers use of medical resources for AD
Washington -A Canadian study of 515 patients with atopic dermatitis showed that treatment with Elidel cream significantly reduced patients' use of medical resources over the six-month study period and had a positive impact on the quality of life of atopic dermatitis patients in all age groups examined.
Hemangioma Syndromes
San Francisco - Syndromic hemangiomas are almost always segmental hemangiomas, associated with a constellation of birth defects probably arising from mutations affecting a developmental field, according to Ilona J. Frieden, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology and pediatrics, UCSF School of Medicine.
Drawing on Myriad Disciplines
San Francisco - A multidisciplinary approach is best in management of problematic hemangiomas, often requiring close interaction with pediatricians, surgical teams, ophthalmologists, neurologists, radiologists, and psychologists, Julie Powell, M.D., said.
Tainted Donors
Modena, Italy - Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) in transplant patients can arise from donor KS progenitor cells transmitted through the graft, according to Mario Luppi, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of hematology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

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