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The pink taxSome drugs associated with a 40% higher cost for women
Can a mistake lead to medical license revocation?Dr. Mistake was a well-respected dermatologist who was liked by both his patients and his peers. It was a well-known fact that he had been through a difficult divorce, which he openly discussed with patients and peers. During one exam, a regular patient was certain that she was touched inappropriately. Dr. Mistake admitted that he had been inappropriate, apologized, and asked her to recognize the difficulties that his failed marriage had presented to him. Can he lose his medical license?
A different perspective on venture capital and the future of dermatologyIf we do not evolve ... we will soon be an extinct species of medical practitioner, Dermatology Times Editorial Advisor says in his column this month. He shares his experience and considerations with negotiating the sale of his practice to a venture capital backed firm.
Risky businessThis month we’re profiling dermatologist Eric Schweiger, M.D., who owns 24 practices in New York and New Jersey. Find out more about this young entrepreneur.
Pearls for treating hidradenitis suppurative in kidsHidradenitis suppurativa can impact children and teens physically and emotionally. A dermatologist explains potential differences between pediatric and adult HS.
Atopic dermatitis infections that persistAtopic dermatitis normalizes the skin micro biome. Anti-inflammatory medications for atopic dermatitis reduce colonization. Children with atopic dermatitis more prone to molluscum infection.
Psoriasis and atopic dermatitis respond to IL-17 creamNitric oxide-releasing cream that targets IL-17 moving toward clinical trials.
Biologic risk tolerance differs for pregnant patientsOf several biologic agents that women of reproductive age can choose from to treat and manage psoriasis, not all have the same safety profile during pregnancy and lactation periods.
Topical antibiotics and antiseptics disrupt the skin microbiomeDelayed diagnosis of PsA can lead to poor outcomes. Access to care elusive to some patients due to doctor shortage. Models of care that triage patients may shorten diagnostic delays
Early diagnosis, early treatment best in psoriatic arthritisDelayed diagnosis of PsA can lead to poor outcomes. Access to care elusive to some patients due to doctor shortage. Models of care that triage patients may shorten diagnostic delays.
Moisturizers and skin firmnessIncreased firmness is commonly used to describe the beneficial effects of moisturizers. This is confusing to the dermatologist who considers firm skin indicative of scleroderma.
The impact of facial foundation on luminosity“Luminosity,” is often used to describe facial appearance after applying facial foundation. What is luminosity?
Facial serums and radianceMany of the newer facial serums claim to improve radiance immediately after application. How is this claim substantiated?
Preventable eye injuriesResurfacing lasers pose a threat to the cornea and ocular surface. Ocular injuries associated with lasers include misshapen pupils, iritis and vision loss. Expert suggests against performing micro-focused ultrasound treatments within the orbital rim. Standard ocular shields do not provide effective protection against focused ultrasound.
Blinded by body dysmorphic disorderConduct evidence-based pretreatment assessments prior to procedures to identify vulnerable patients. Vulnerable patients are at risk for ill-advised or opportunistic treatment from undereducated aesthetic providers.
Melanoma in pregnancyThe controversies revolving around the risks and prognosis associated with melanoma and pregnancy are many and have been a flashpoint for much discussion and debate. While some controversies remain, clarity and consensus has been found among some of the current issues regarding melanoma and pregnancy.
Lymph-node dissection increases rates of regional disease controlLymph-node dissection is not associated with increased melanoma survival. Surgery may be best option to decrease risk for recurrence. A positive sentinel node does not automatically lead to complete dissection
Melanoma concernFor melanoma, patient and physician education is key. Laser treatment for hyperpigmentation in darker skin effective. Teledermatology could replace office visits in this underserved population.
Prevent theft in the practice80% of practices will experience embezzlement every five years. To protect yourself, one expert advises: Avoid blind trust; rely on written checks for refunds; separate employee duties; routinely audit financial systems; and consider going cashless.
Pretreatment assessments for females seeking aesthetic treatmentIn September, our table of the month focuses on questions you should ask female patients before aesthetic procedures and also which red flags to look for to make sure you know when not treat.