Severe malnutrition appears to negatively affect quality of life (QoL) in patients with systemic sclerosis, which underscores the importance of routine and standardized nutritional screenings as well as appropriate and multimodal interventions, a recent study has shown.
There may be a link between a longer duration of statin use and a higher risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) in males, a recent study has shown. On the other hand, a history of high cholesterol does not raise the risk of skin cancer.
Cutaneous involvement is rare and accounts for only about 1.14 percent of patients with multiple myeloma, according to a Korea study. However, an association exists between cutaneous involvement and reduced overall survival.
In patients with psoriasis, ocular surface involvement implies the need for periodic ophthalmological examinations to diagnose the condition and allow proper treatment, which may help improve the patients’ quality of life, suggests a recent study.
Taking the oral extract product of the fern Polypodium leucotomos (PLE) on top of the standard topical hydroquinone cream and sunscreen reduces the severity of melasma to a greater extent compared with the standard treatment alone in Asian patients, a pilot study has shown.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common, with rates of many infections increasing over the last two decades.1 Community screening studies in the UK have shown a prevalence of about 10% for chlamydial infection2 and (among women screened in an urban setting) 3% for gonorrhoea.3 In women (Figure 1), these potentially serious infections are often asymptomatic, whereas the presence of symptoms such as vaginal discharge generally indicates a less pathogenic (but still potentially debilitating) infection, with an organism such as Candida. STIs are often multiple, and the finding of one infection should prompt consideration of testing for others. Many sexual health services now initially provide screening tests for asymptomatic women, but a more comprehensive assessment—comprising detailed history4 and genital examination5—is usually necessary when symptoms are present.
High use of hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) appears to significantly increase the risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC), particularly squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), suggests a recent study. Use of other diuretic and antihypertensive medications does not appear to be linked to NMSC.