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August 2020 Briefing – Dermatology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for August 2020. 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.

Follow-up Calls After Mohs Surgery Do Not Boost Satisfaction

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Postoperative follow-up telephone calls (TFU) to patients after Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) do not improve patient satisfaction, according to a research letter published online July 31 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Risk for Cancer Reduced for Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The risk for cancer is reduced among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online Aug. 13 in Autoimmunity Reviews.

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Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors Not Tied to Skin Cancer

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — There is no association between use of topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs) for the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD) and an increased risk for skin cancer, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Poll: More Older Adults Using Telehealth During Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) — More older adults have used telehealth to consult with a health care provider during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with that seen in the previous year, according to a report published online Aug. 17 based on the results of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.

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Compression Therapy Lowers Recurrence of Cellulitis of Leg

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For patients with chronic edema of the leg and cellulitis, compression therapy results in a lower incidence of cellulitis recurrence, according to a study published in the Aug. 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Burnout Less Likely for Doctors in Minority Race/Ethnic Groups

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Compared with non-Hispanic White physicians, physicians in minority racial/ethnic groups are less likely to report burnout, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in JAMA Network Open.

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Guidance Helps Doctors Optimize Telemedicine for Seniors

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) — In an Ideas and Opinions article published online Aug. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, guidance is provided for physicians to optimize telemedicine, which can be challenging for older patients.

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Expanding Medicaid in Holdout States Could Insure 3.9 Million

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Expanding Medicaid to all states could reduce the number of uninsured by 28 percent based on pre-COVID-19 data, according to a report released by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Life Expectancy 78.60 Years for U.S. Population for 2009-2011

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Life expectancy for 2009 to 2011 was 78.60 years for the total U.S. population, with the highest life expectancy for Hispanic women, according to the Aug. 7 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Western Diet Tied to Adult Acne

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Western diets rich in animal products and fatty and sugary foods are associated with adult acne, according to a study published online June 10 in JAMA Dermatology.

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Skin Conditions Common in Older Adults

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Dermatological disorders are extremely common in older individuals, according to a study published online Aug. 4 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Health Plans Not Implementing Prior Authorization Reforms

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Physicians say prior authorization (PA) continues to interfere with patient care and can lead to adverse clinical consequences, according to the results of a survey released by the American Medical Association.

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President Says Medicare Should Expand Telehealth Services

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) — President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will broaden the role of telehealth for Medicare patients, the Associated Press reported.

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Malpractice Fears, Patient Safety Drive Skin Doctors to Order Extra Tests

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The practice of requesting additional, sometimes unnecessary tests or obtaining second opinions by dermatopathologists is often driven both by patient safety and malpractice concerns, according to a study published online July 17 in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

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Most Studies Still Fail to Analyze Data by Sex

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The effect of gender is still largely ignored in scientific studies, according to a study published online June 9 in eLife.

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Cost-Related Rx Nonadherence Highest in Young U.S. Women

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Cost-related prescription nonadherence is highest among younger U.S. women compared with individuals living in 10 other high-income countries, according to a report published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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38 Percent of Older Adults in U.S. Not Ready for Video Doctor Visits

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — An estimated 38 percent of all older adults in the United States are not ready for video visits with physicians, according to a research letter published online Aug. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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