Venture capital and the future of dermatology: A reassessmentDr. Norman Levine offers bits of advice for those considering this type of change in your practice for those considering selling their practices to venture capital-backed enterprises based on his experience with one such company.
Creative marketing or deceptive advertising?Dr. Ad employs a variety of advertising methods to grow his practice. Two years ago, he ran an ad that said prolonged use of his $1,000/tube facial cream would negate a need for a facelift. Now he is facing a complaint by a patient who bought 20 tubes and saw no improvement over the course of a year. Dr. Ad claims that his marketing was harmless and no different than most other ads. Is he in trouble?
Expense drivers for costliest psoriasis patientsFindings of a recent study challenge the notion that psoriasis patients may be generally healthy and only acquire expenses related to their medications or psoriasis.
New psoriasis patient profileMetabolomics could provide new statistical methods to help monitor psoriasis disease and progression.
Gene mutation identified in atopic dermatitisA new study shows that mutations in the gene CARD11 are associated with severe atopic disease.
Botanical ingredients reduce mild acne-related erythemaA combination of salicylic acid and botanicals commonly may provide anti-inflammatory benefits as a spot treatment for acne.
Azelaic acid reduces truncal acneA new azelaic acid 15% foam may provide a viable alternative to oral treatments for truncal acne.
When other treatments fail in atopic dermatitis, dupilumab succeedsDupilumab plus topical corticosteroids safe and effective after failure of cyclosporine in moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis
What's your diagnosis? (November 2017)A 22-year-old woman asked her doctor about a number of tiny smooth brown and black papules that had slowly developed across her cheeks over the past year. (Photo courtesy of ©VisualDx 2017)
Common terms in skincare marketing: NourishingMany facial serum formulations claim to nourish the skin; however, the term has no scientific meaning.
Common terms in skincare marketing: Hypoallergenic fragranceHypoallergenic fragrance is a term that may actually have some dermatologic relevance. Since the term literally means reduced allergy, not the absence of allergy, it can be used loosely.
Common terms in skincare marketing: Sensitive skinOne of the most commonly used terms is “sensitive skin.” It is important for the dermatologist to understand the value of such terminology and the associated implications.
Male aesthetic procedures are up, despite little research on procedures in menWhile there is an increasing interest among men in cosmetic procedures, there is little research in this area to guide physicians. Experts say that customization is best for tough cases.
Repurposed antifungal exhibits promising resultsA novel oral formulation of itraconazole designed to improve bioavailability is leveraging its activity as a Hedgehog pathway inhibitor to provide a low toxicity, effective treatment for patients with BCC Nevus Syndrome. Data show potential for rapid therapeutic benefit.
SLNB for melanomaBiopsy can differentiate risk level for patients, but selectively indicated
Revised melanoma staging criteriaStaging system is derived from a new dataset of patients from 10 cancer centers around the world. Dermatologists should consider AJCC tumor characteristics as well as other factors in risk assessment, counseling, and follow-up plans for patients. Update takes effect in January 2018.
Melanoma tumor suppressorA known oncogene previously associated with carcinomas of the breast, liver, ovaries, and colon appears to suppress the growth of melanoma cells, a team of researchers reported recently in Cell Reports.
Improve performanceStructure and frequency in the performance review process can create effective two-way discussions. Point out plenty of positives to keep the employee at ease during the review.
Performance review tipsThree tactics to set your employees at ease and to facilitate effective two-way discussions.
New products for November 2017A round-up of the latest products hitting the dermatology market including treatment for eczema and wounds, plus care for rejuvenating procedures.