March 2019 Briefing - Dermatology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for March 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Drug Survival Rates Highest for Ustekinumab for Pediatric Psoriasis

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In real-life conditions, drug survival rates are higher for ustekinumab than for adalimumab and etanercept for all treatments and types of psoriasis in children, according to a study published online March 18 in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

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Doctors With Malpractice Claims More Likely to Leave Medicine

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians with one or more paid malpractice claims are more likely to leave practice or shift into smaller practice settings, according to a study published in the March 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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U.S. Measles Cases Hit 314 This Year

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There have been at least 314 reported cases of measles in the United States so far this year, according to new government data.

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Douglas County, Colorado, Ranked as Healthiest Community

TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The 2019 healthiest community in America is Douglas County, Colorado, according to a report published online March 26 by U.S. News & World Report, in conjunction with the Aetna Foundation.

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Topical Immunotx for Actinic Keratosis May Prevent Cancer

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A short course of calcipotriol plus 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) treatment for actinic keratosis (AK) is associated with induction of robust T cell immunity and reduced development of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) within three years, according to a study published in the March 21 issue of JCI Insight.

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2019 Residency Match Day Was Largest in History

MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The 2019 Main Residency Match was the largest in history, with a record high of 38,376 applicants for 35,185 positions, according to 2019 Match Day results released by the National Resident Matching Program.

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Many Patients Still Employ Strategies to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of adults reporting the use of strategies, such as requesting a lower-cost medication or not using medication as prescribed, to reduce prescription drug costs remained stable in 2015 to 2017, according to a March data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Mothers of Children With Eczema More Likely to Have Exhaustion

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers of children with atopic dermatitis (AD) are more likely to report difficulty falling asleep and daytime exhaustion, according to a study published online March 20 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Overall, Physicians Are Happy and Enjoy Their Lives

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, physicians are happy and enjoy their lives, according to the 2019 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)/CompHealth Physician Happiness Survey published online March 19.

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Novel Checklist Can Distinguish Anthrax Exposure From Other Illnesses

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A newly developed checklist can rapidly identify anthrax cases after a suspected mass exposure, according to a study published online March 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Average of 8.8 Inactive Ingredients Found in Oral Medications

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Oral forms of medications contain an average of 8.8 inactive ingredients, many of which could cause adverse reactions, according to a perspective piece published in the March 13 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Physician Burnout Rate Increased From 2014 to 2017

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From 2014 to 2017, there was an increase in physician burnout, with early-career physicians being the most susceptible, according to a study published online March 15 in JAMA Network Open.

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Head of National Cancer Institute Named Acting FDA Commissioner

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will temporarily be overseen by the head of the National Cancer Institute when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., leaves the post next month.

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CDC: Most Americans Report Excellent, Good Health

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans report having excellent or good health and have a usual place to go for medical care, according to a report published March 13 for the National Health Interview Survey Early Release Program.

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CDC: 228 Measles Cases Already in 2019

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases in the United States increased by 22 since last week and now stands at 228, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in an update.

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Anxiety, Depression More Likely for Adults With Atopic Dermatitis

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Atopic dermatitis (AD) is associated with increased depression and anxiety, according to a study published online March 5 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Fluorouracil Cream Best Choice for Tx of Actinic Keratosis Lesions

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with multiple actinic keratosis lesions on the head, 5 percent fluorouracil cream is the most effective treatment, according to a study published in the March 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb Resigns

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In what probably came as a surprise to many, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced his resignation on Tuesday. Gottlieb is leaving the FDA because he wants to spend more time with his wife and three young daughters -- twins aged 9 and a 5-year-old -- one official said. He currently commutes each week from the family home in Connecticut to his Washington, D.C., office.

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Children With Atopic Dermatitis Have Worse Sleep Quality

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children with atopic dermatitis (AD) have worse sleep quality, according to a study published online March 4 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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FDA Warns Americans Not to Buy Drugs From Canadian Company

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A large Canadian drug distributor sells unapproved and mislabeled medicines to Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. The distributor disputes the claim, however.

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Age, Race Impact Atherosclerotic Risk With Psoriasis

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some subgroups of patients with psoriasis are at greater risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), according to a research letter published online Feb. 20 in JAMA Dermatology.

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New York City Measles Outbreak Cases Reach 121

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases in the New York City outbreak that began last October in the Orthodox Jewish community has reached 121, the city's health department said Thursday.

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