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Drug pipeline developments: Alopecia areata and atopic dermatitisPromising treatments are coming for alopecia areata and atopic dermatitis, but they will come at a high cost.
Health execs must brace for autoimmune drug changesA comprehensive understanding of this rapidly increasing drug class is essential to integrate pharmacy and medical claim information.
Five specialty pharmaceutical trends to watchApprovals of specialty pharmaceuticals have far outpaced traditional drugs, and that trend will continue. But that’s not the only specialty medication trend that healthcare executives should have on their radar.
Psoriasis research: IL-17, comorbidities take center stageBased on available evidence, dermatologists should at least discuss biologic drugs with patients who have moderate-to-severe psoriasis and cardiovascular comorbidities. Clearing the skin may improve cardiovascular disease, says an expert.
Study links hard water to eczemaDomestic water hardness and chlorine have been suggested as important risk factors for atopic dermatitis (AD). One recent study by researchers from Kings College London, United Kingdom, explored the potential associations between domestic water calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and chlorine concentrations in home water systems, damage to the skin's natural barrier, and incidences of AD in infancy.
Patch testing in atopic dermatitisPatch testing is a standard part of the diagnostic regimen for ACD. However, patch testing in patients with AD represents a conundrum for clinicians.
Common pediatric disorders in skin of colorAlthough pediatric atopic dermatitis and acne have some similarities among children with skin of color and lighter-skinned children, there are important differences when these common skin conditions affect darker skin types.
How skin microbiome varies in pediatric and adult atopic dermatitis (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara explains key findings from a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Immunology. The study examined whether changes in the skin's microbiome were responsible for atopic dermatitis remission that occurs as children age.
Appreciating the role of microbial communities on the skinMicrobial 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.
Survey puts spotlight on a big problem for children with eczema: BullyingMany children with eczema suffer from bullying because of the skin condition. A new survey reflects what children and caregivers are experiencing, beyond the itch.

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