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Merger to boost eczema offeringsPfizer and Anacor Pharmaceuticals announced in May that the pharmaceutical companies merged with Pfizer acquiring Anacor for about $5.2 billion. Dermatologists say merger is a good move for patients.
Hard water in home linked to eczema in infancy
Hard water in home linked to eczema in infancyThis is an interesting and credible study of infants, suggesting there probably is a link, one expert notes. It remains to be seen whether water softeners and chlorine filters should be recommended one day. Read more on the data.
Topical inhibits sebum to control acneThe investigational sebum-inhibiting topical DRM01 had positive results in a phase 2b study, which paves the way for phase 3 trials planned for 2017.
Review examines psoriasis, smoking linkA recent paper sheds light on the relationship between smoking and psoriasis. Results offer a whole scenario related to the impact of smoking on psoriasis.
Payers want more dataA pioneering summit between healthcare payers and groups pursuing standardized outcome measures in dermatology has revealed that payers want outcome measures that are published, universally accepted and practical both for clinicians and payers.
Vesicular rash in an infant with eczemaThe parents of a healthy 6-month-old boy with eczema bring him to the office for evaluation of a rapidly progressive rash on his arms, legs, face, and back. He had a low-grade fever and loose stools for 2 days last week.
GlobalMed Technologies acquires Omnilux MedicalGlobalMed has represented medical and aesthetic dermatology brands, including BMT, CoolTouch and Radiancy, since 1996. Omnilux noninvasively treats dermatologic conditions, including acne, fine lines and wrinkles and non-melanoma skin cancer.
Diet, skin disease data growingA growing number of studies suggest diet influences general skin health and specific skin diseases, from acne and eczema to skin aging. Dermatologists share their best practices for using diet to combat skin disease and promote skin health.
Energy-based treatment advantages for acneTwo novel energy-based approaches are ushering in a new era in acne treatment. One expert addresses the role these devices may play.
Isotretinoin: Time to reconsider blood test best practicesWhile oral isotretinoin has been associated with various side effects and routine blood tests have been recommended, evidence points to inconsistencies in monitoring practices. Many physicians also are questioning whether the effort has value.

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