On the Cover
Atopic dermatitis: Biologics to watch in 2018 October 30, 2017By Andrew BowserIn this article, we take a look at the development of new treatments for atopic dermatitis.
In this issue
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?
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?
Atopic dermatitis phenotypes may indicate outcomes October 03, 2017By Bob KronemyerChildren under two years old with signs of atopic dermatitis have an increased risk of developing asthma and food allergies, researchers report in JAMA Pediatrics. And, young children with both early onset atopic dermatitis and a food allergy, have a “very high risk” of developing asthma or allergic rhinitis. In atopic dermatitis, are you employing the therapeutic ladder approach? October 30, 2017By Andrew BowserTreatment for atopic dermatitis isn’t always straightforward. In this article, a physician outlines treatment approaches. Topical corticosteroids reduce retinoid irritation, study shows November 01, 2017By Lisette HiltonTransient topical corticosteroids could take edge off severe irritation from topical retinoid acne treatment without decreasing efficacy. Optimal topical retinoid use for acne November 01, 2017By Lisette HiltonStriking the perfect balance for retinoid use isn't easy. In this article, Dr. Michael Kolodney outlines his techniques for applying and managing retinoids. Promising new treatments for plaque psoriasis November 16, 2017By Lisette HiltonThe American College of Rheumatology annual meeting wrapped this month in San Diego. Results from long-awaited safety trials show promising new treatments.
Noninvasive contour choices November 16, 2017By John JesitusChoosing technologies for noninvasive body contouring depends on what areas they are approved to treat, the local competition and — where available — the data, say experts. Cannula use pearls November 16, 2017By John JesitusChoosing between a needle or cannula for filler injections is largely a matter of individual preference, said live-injection experts at The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC) 2017. For safety and accuracy of filler placement, they chose cannulas for filling the lips, hands and periocular area.
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). Satisfying cosmetic safetyThe FDA has proposed regulating the cosmetic industry, says Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos in her monthly Dermatology Times column, "Cosmetic Conundrums." This month Dr. Draelos examines three key questions about cosmetic safety.
One word can change a patient’s decision about treatment October 11, 2017By Lisette HiltonWords physicians use and how they say them influences the decisions patients make about treatment for actinic keratosis. Balancing ethics, finances, morals and patient preference in actinic keratosis follow-up November 06, 2017By Lisette HiltonDermatologists who suggest low-risk actinic keratosis patients come back annually for disease management might experience kickback from patients, who fear they need more frequent care for their precancerous skin condition. Guide to ID at-risk patients December 01, 2017By Ilya Petrou M.D.A recent study explored varying statistical approaches to a metastatic risk model for identifying SCC tumors at high risk of metastasis. Researchers identified six risk factors.
Business of Dermatology
Realistic budget is one key to practice success December 01, 2017By Bob KronemyerThe 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. Staff for phone management December 01, 2017By Cheryl BiseraInbound 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.
Table of the Month
Does ICD-10 coding have you flummoxed?
December 01, 2017From biopsy codes used to remove hematomas to codes used for pathology charges, ICD-10 isn’t always straightforward. Reference our table for helpful tips from Karl Ellzey.