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Revised tumor classification for head and neck CSCCAJCC updates classifications for head and neck cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. AJCC 8 expands criteria for cases that now qualify to be T3. Now, T3 and T4 capture more poor outcomes.
Oral antibiotic prescriptions remain highDespite recommendations to limit the use of oral antibiotics, dermatologists continue to prescribe them in high numbers, according to results of a large, retrospective analysis of U.S. prescribing trends from 2004 to 2013.
Azathioprine and methotrexate safe and effective for atopic dermatitisA small study finds that the combination of methotrexate and azathioprine is safe and effective as maintenance treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis for up to five years.
Cornerstone therapy in atopic dermatitis
Cornerstone therapy in atopic dermatitisMoisturizers were described as the “cornerstone of therapy” in atopic dermatitis in the 2014 AAD guidelines for topical therapies in atopic dermatitis, but the products differ greatly by ingredients which can improve the condition or make it worse.
Vitamin D deficiency associated with pediatric obesityVitamin D deficiency in children is associated with being overweight while sufficiency is associated with a healthy BMI, researchers reported in December.
Less surgery, but more admissions for infantile hemangiomaUse of the oral beta blocker propranolol for treatment of infantile hemangioma is likely behind sizable increases in resource utilization, but also decreases in the need for surgery.
Considerations for diagnosing eosinophilic fasciitisA spate of new eosinophilic fasciitis cases led to the development of these considerations now considered standard in making an accurate diagnosis.
Technology proves better than human eye in acne assessmentDermatologist evaluations of patient acne photos submitted via smartphone compare favorably to in-person evaluations, a JAMA Dermatology study shows.
Ruler is better than eye for pigment measurePhysicians should measure pigmented lesion diameter with a ruler rather than estimating via landmarks or the naked eye, a study shows.
Dermatomyositis requires a second-line treatmentStudy finds that second-line agents need to be incorporated into treatment for moderate to severe dermatomyositis, which is otherwise very difficult to treat.

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