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What's your diagnosis? (December 2017)
What's your diagnosis? (December 2017)A 50-year-old woman with a recent diagnosis of dermatomyositis went to her dermatologist to ask how to treat smooth nodules that had developed in groups on her knees and elbows. A few of the nodules had ulcerated and produced a chalky substance.
Realistic budget is one key to practice successThe purpose of a budget is to help a practice spend less than what it earns. Benchmarking indicates whether a practice is underachieving or overachieving compared to similar businesses. Learn more.
My patient is threatening me. What can I do?Dr. Nice performed a series of IPL procedures on a male patient for facial redness. With each subsequent treatment, the patient became increasingly unhappy and belligerent. The patient demanded a refund saying Dr. Nice's family and staff would regret it if one was not provided. What can he do?
What are GRAS ingredients?Another way cosmetics insure their safety is by adhering to a list of substances known as GRAS ingredients. GRAS stands for “Generally Recognized as Safe” and indicates ingredients that are currently widely used in the marketplace without safety issues.
What tests do manufacturers perform to ensure cosmetic safety?Cosmetic safety is very important since these products are used by millions of people worldwide. Think of all the cosmetic products in your bathroom and how many of them have caused problems through years of repeated use.
How are cleansers tested to ensure they do not damage the skin?Cleansers are routinely tested prior to commercial release for mildness with the Forearm Controlled Application Technique (FCAT).
Staff for phone managementInbound calls to your dermatology practice are still a crucial access point for patients. Fail here, and your practice may lose a patient before they’ve even walked through your door. Here are two primary goals for inbound phone management.
From scars to active acne: Technological treatment for hard-to-treat casesLasers and photodynamic therapy are practical treatment options for acne patients who fail or aren’t compliant with traditional first-line therapies. Today’s energy devices might also enhance acne treatment as adjuvant therapy, a review shows.
The vanishing act of solo practiceHealthcare is being delivered in a different environment from that of our predecessors, Dr. Wheeland says. Is it still possible for the solo dermatologist to succeed?
Latest in dermatology productsThe latest roundup of new dermatology products includes safe ultrasound treatment in the home, skincare for aging skin, and topical pain relief.

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