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Biologic Treatments for Elderly Patients with Psoriasis

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How safe and effective are biologic treatments for elderly patients with psoriasis? The number of elderly psoriasis patients is steadily increasing. However, biologic treatment is generally considered to be challenging in older patients due to their increased risk of complications compared with younger patients. A retrospective study in Japan aimed to evaluate the safety and […]

What is the link between obesity and rosacea?


What is the link between obesity and rosacea? This poorly understood relationship was the focus of a study recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The cohort study was the first to determine the association between obesity and the risk of incident rosacea, and included 89,886 participants from the Nurses’ Health […]

Paediatric Psoriasis Comorbidity Screening Guidelines

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Patients with paediatric psoriasis should be routinely screened to identify risk factors for disease comorbidities, according to recent consensus guidelines. A panel specialising in paediatric psoriasis and dermatology has developed the first guidelines for comorbidity screenings among patients with the disease. The authors of the guidelines wrote that a key part of managing psoriatic patients’ […]

Standard Sunscreen Application Leaves Skin Uncovered

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Standard sunscreen application does not provide effective body coverage, leaving 11 percent of the body exposed to UV radiation, according to new research. A study recently published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science assessed sunscreen application habits and relative body coverage after single whole-body application. Fifty-two volunteers were asked to follow their usual sunscreen […]

Are vitamin D supplements an effective treatment for psoriasis?

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Are vitamin D supplements an effective treatment for psoriasis in older patients? Vitamin D deficiency does not cause psoriasis, but it may impair the body’s ability to keep skin healthy. Vitamin D deficiency is quite common in people with chronic plaque psoriasis. A recent study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment investigated the clinical […]

Biologic Therapy for Psoriasis Carry Serious Infection Risk

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Biologic therapy is effective for treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis but may be associated with an increased risk for serious infection. A recent study looked at the serious infection rate among psoriasis patients treated with biologic, as compared with non-biologic systemic agents. Researchers identified 5,889 adult psoriasis patients who had been treated with systemic therapies.

Topical Corticosteroid Phobia in Atopic Dermatitis Patients

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How does topical corticosteroid phobia affect treatment adherence in patients with atopic dermatitis? Topical corticosteroid phobia refers to the negative feelings and beliefs related to topical corticosteroids experienced by patients and their caregivers. This phenomenon may be a major contributing factor in treatment failure in patients with atopic dermatitis, yet is sparsely described in literature.

Classification of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

frontal fibrosing alopecia

Frontal fibrosing alopecia is a chronic scarring alopecia with an unpredictable evolution. There are currently no classifications of this disease which may predict its prognosis. A recent study sought to analyse the differences in clinical presentation and evolution of frontal fibrosing alopecia patients to create a clinical and prognostic classification. A cohort of 242 female […]

Sun Protection for Children and People of Colour

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Guidelines for sun protection and sun exposure are standardised across most of the population, but a recent journal article highlights that children and people of colour are two “special populations” to whom distinctive aspects of sun protection practice and education apply. Guidelines for sun protection and sun exposure recommend that everyone protects their skin from […]

New Developments in Atopic Dermatitis

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At the recent European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress in Geneva, new evidence was delivered in the management of atopic dermatitis. This included presentations on the effectiveness of antibody-based therapies and the development of new drugs to treat the condition. Professor Tilo Biedermann classified antibody-based therapies for atopic dermatitis into three groups: not effective, […]