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15 Jan 2018
Body surface area (BSA) affected by psoriasis can be measured to target diabetes prevention efforts for patients with psoriasis, a recent study suggests.
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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.
Jan Welch, 01 Jun 2011

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.

Stephen Padilla, 5 days ago
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.

Atopic dermatitis ups mortality risk in adults

23 Feb 2018

Atopic dermatitis (AD) in adults is associated with an increased risk of death, a recent study has found. Furthermore, AD patients have a slightly elevated risk of death from cardiovascular, urogenital and infectious diseases, but the absolute risk is very low.

A total of 8,686 patients were matched with 86,860 controls in this study that investigated cause-specific death rates and risk in adults with AD.

Patients with AD had significantly elevated risk for death due to any cause (hazard ratio [HR], 1.27; 95 percent CI, 1.11–1.45). Significant causes included the following: cardiovascular (HR, 1.45; 1.07–1.96), infectious (HR, 3.71; 1.43–9.60) and urogenital diseases (HR, 5.51; 1.54–19.80).

In addition, there was no increased mortality risk due to cancer, endocrine, neurologic, psychiatric, respiratory or gastroenterologic disease.

The investigators performed cross-linkage of nationwide healthcare and cause of death registers. Adults with AD were matched 1:10 with controls. Cox proportional hazard models were used to calculate incidence rates per 1,000 person-years and HRs of cause-specific death.

“The results might not be generalizable to patients seen exclusively by primary care physicians,” according to the investigators.

Apart from mortality risk, AD may have significant impact on adults. A recent article has suggested that visible lesions “necessarily have consequences on all aspects of everyday life, including sleep, and professional, social, family and emotional life,” as well as financial consequences. Furthermore, AD can greatly affect quality of life and be a heavy burden to these adult patients. [Ann Dermatol Venereol 2017;144(suppl 5):VS23-VS28]

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15 Jan 2018
Body surface area (BSA) affected by psoriasis can be measured to target diabetes prevention efforts for patients with psoriasis, a recent study suggests.
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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.
Jan Welch, 01 Jun 2011

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.

Stephen Padilla, 5 days ago
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.