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April 2019 Briefing – Dermatology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for April 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.

CDC: 704 Measles Cases Reported in U.S. Through April 26, 2019

TUESDAY, April 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A total of 704 cases of measles were reported in the United States from Jan. 1 to April 26, 2019, representing the largest number of cases since 1994, according to research published in the April 29 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Hundreds Quarantined for Measles at Two Los Angeles Universities

FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Quarantine orders have been issued to more than 200 students and employees at the University of California, Los Angeles, and California State-Los Angeles because they may have been exposed to measles.

The New York Times Article

UCLA Statement

Gender Differences Seen in Adverse Drug Reactions

FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The risk for adverse drug reactions (ADRs) may be higher for women, even when accounting for gender differences in drug use, according to a study published online April 2 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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CDC: Number of U.S. Measles Cases Reaches New High

THURSDAY, April 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of reported measles cases this year has reached 695, the highest number of reported cases since measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday.

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New York City Measles Cases Increase to 390

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of measles cases in New York City has risen to 390, the health department said Wednesday.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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Los Angeles County Measles Outbreak Under Investigation

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A measles outbreak is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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CDC: United States Set to Break Measles Cases Record

MONDAY, April 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Just a few months into the year, the United States is set to break an annual record for the number of measles cases.

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NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

National Hand Hygiene Initiative Successful in Australia

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) has successfully sustained improvement in hand hygiene compliance, according to a study recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, held from April 13 to 16 in Amsterdam.

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Loan Forgiveness, Educational Debt May Affect Practice Patterns

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Increased educational debt appears to directly influence physician practice choice, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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Sixty People Charged in Massive Opioid Painkiller Investigation

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Fifty-three medical professionals, including 31 doctors, are among the 60 people charged by U.S. authorities for their alleged involvement in the illegal prescribing and distribution of opioid painkillers.

AP News Article

Infections May Up Risk for Developing Sjögren Syndrome

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Individuals with a history of infection have double the risk for developing Sjögren syndrome, according to a study published online March 20 in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

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Standardizing Demographics Ups Accuracy of Patient Matching

MONDAY, April 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Standardizing demographic data can improve the accuracy of patient matching, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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CDC: 555 Confirmed Measles Cases in U.S. Since Jan. 1

MONDAY, April 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The 555 confirmed cases of measles reported in 20 states between Jan. 1 and April 11 this year represent the second highest number of measles cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in the nation in 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Skin Diseases Appear to Be Underdiagnosed

MONDAY, April 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Skin diseases might be more common than previously thought, with a majority of individuals unaware of their condition, according to a study published online March 19 in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

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Pruritus Prevalent and Disruptive in Nondialysis Chronic Kidney Disease

FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Almost one in four patients with nondialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) has moderate-to-extreme pruritus, which is associated with poorer quality of life, according to a study published online April 11 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Domestic Responsibilities Tied to Physician Mothers’ Satisfaction

THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For physician mothers in procedural specialties, being responsible for five or more domestic tasks is associated with an increased likelihood of career dissatisfaction, according to a study published online April 10 in JAMA Surgery.

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Presence of Leukemia Cutis Tied to Worse Survival in AML

THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), the presence of leukemia cutis (LC) is associated with decreased overall and leukemia-specific survival, according to a study published online April 10 in JAMA Dermatology.

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DLQI With ‘Not Relevant’ Answers May Underrate Psoriasis Severity

THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) may underestimate disease severity in patients with psoriasis who respond “not relevant” to one or more items, according to a research letter published online April 10 in JAMA Dermatology.

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CDC: Measles Cases Reach 465 This Year in the United States

TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of reported measles cases in the United States hit 465 as of April 4, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. That is 78 more than in the previous week’s update, CNN reported.

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Topical Corticosteroids Associated With Higher Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

FRIDAY, April 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There is a positive association between use of topical corticosteroids and incident type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a study published online April 1 in Diabetes Care.

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Inferior Facial Coverage Observed With SPF Moisturizer

WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Use of moisturizer with sun protection factors (SPF) is associated with inferior coverage of facial and eyelid regions compared with sunscreen, according to a study published online April 3 in PLOS ONE.

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U.S. Measles Cases Already Top Last Year’s Total

TUESDAY, April 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of measles cases in the United States so far this year has already surpassed the total for last year.

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Americans Borrowed $88 Billion in Past Year to Pay for Health Care

TUESDAY, April 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — About one in eight Americans borrowed a total of $88 billion in the past year to pay for health care, a new West Health-Gallup survey shows.

CNN Article

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Over-the-Counter Meds Save Health Care System Money

TUESDAY, April 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — On average, each dollar spent on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines saves the U.S. health care system $7.20, totaling nearly $146 billion in annual savings, according to a report released March 18 by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA).

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Doctors Unclear on Legal Obligations in Caring for Patients With Disability

MONDAY, April 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Practicing physicians might not understand their legal responsibilities when caring for people with disability, which may contribute to inequalities in their care, according to a study published online April 1 in Health Affairs.

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