Randy Dotinga
Randy Dotinga is a medical writer based in San Diego, Calif.
the Joint Commission's on-site survey: Be prepared
The Joint Commission’s in-person surveys of hospital pharmacies are rigorous, said a hospital executive at the APhA annual meeting in San Diego, and preparation should be just as exacting.
APhA: Industry experts tackle pharmacy challenges
At an event honoring Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson held during the annual APhA conference in San Diego, industry leaders spoke frankly about the issues pharmacy faces today.
MauiDerm 2015: Don't get hung up on the cause of itch
Itchy patients with no rash and no apparent cause may be the bane of the dermatology world, but one expert told colleagues at the Maui Derm 2015 meeting to remember the end game: patient relief.
MauiDerm 2015: Treating acne across age groups
Dermatologists at the Maui Derm 2015 meeting learned that they should be on the lookout for patients with acne, especially women. And, they should be cautious about antibiotic use in young patients.
MauiDerm 2015: Pre-adolescent acne may be red flag
Dermatologists should keep an eye out for acne in pre-adolescent children as young as one year because pimples may be a sign of serious medical problems, a leading dermatologist told a crowd at the Maui Derm 2015 conference this week.
MauiDerm 2015: Severe psoriasis may indicate systemic inflammation
Psoriasis goes beyond a skin disease, dermatologists learned at the Maui Derm 2015 meeting this week. Physicians are becoming increasingly aware that severe cases of psoriasis are indications of dangerous systemic inflammation.
MauiDerm 2015: Highlights in dermatology news from 2014
Highlights of dermatology news in 2014 include promising data about nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol-Myers Squibb) for melanoma and a new class of drugs that may help patients with stubborn cases of alopecia areata, a top dermatologist told attendees at the Maui Derm 2015 meeting Monday.
Data suggests pollution new target in skin aging
Scientific findings indicate that people need to do more to protect their skin from the sun and must now also begin thinking about the damaging effects of exposure to pollution. Topical applications of antioxidants and DNA repair enzymes have potential to be helpful tools, according to an expert who spoke at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
Fillers correct volume loss to forehead
Injectable fillers can correct the volume loss and provide support for the underlying tissues, meaning that fewer horizontal forehead wrinkles develop when someone raises her eyebrows, according to an expert who spoke at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
What Mohs surgeons don't know about the Affordable Care Act
An unscientific survey of 159 Mohs dermatologic surgeons finds that many don’t fully understand the ramifications of healthcare reform spawned by the Affordable Care Act, according to a speaker who presented the findings Saturday at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

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