Patients in the United States who live in a state with a higher incidence of melanoma are more likely to survive the disease. Conversely, Americans who live in a state with a lower incidence of melanoma are less likely to survive the disease. Researchers believe that this seeming contradiction might be a result of better detection in more well-funded regions leading to better outcomes.
With more than 7 million prescriptions per year, dermatologists prescribe more oral antibiotics per clinician than any other specialty. Over time, the use of antibiotics to treat inflammatory skin conditions is decreasing, though the prescription of antibiotics related to dermatological surgical procedures has increased.
Patients who are diagnosed with cancer face an average of a 40 percent higher risk of contracting shingles. Researchers hope that these findings will help to prevent the sometimes severe skin condition in cancer patients by paving the way for new treatments and vaccines for the painful skin condition.
For patients seeking skin lifting and a reduction in skin laxity, focused ultrasound treatment can produce good results in the face, as well as improvements in the neck and décolletage areas.
In children with multiple food allergies, the course of diaper dermatitis was more severe, and the condition did not respond to topical treatment, according to a new study published in Pediatric Dermatology (Nov. 2018). In some cases, diaper rash may be the only symptom of a food allergy, researchers reported. Watch this healthminute.tv video for more info.
The chances of a child developing eczema in the first 11 years of their life were reduced by half when lactobacillus rhamnosus (HN001) was given to pregnant women throughout the late stage of their pregnancy and into the breast-feeding stage, and then given to children for two years Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (Aug. 2018).
A study published in the journal Nature Communications (Dec. 12, 2018) looked at the DNA of approximately 27,000 individuals including 3,823 with severe acne to examine a number of inheritable risk factors that could result in a higher likelihood of acne. Twelve new genetic regions were identified in the study, increasing the number of specific genetic regions associated with acne to 15.