Study shows decline in indoor tanning among teens | Study discourages nevi biopsies in children | Itching might point to small-fiber neuropathies
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December 31, 2014
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Study shows decline in indoor tanning among teens
The use of indoor tanning beds among high-school girls dropped from 25% in 2009 to 20% in 2013, according to a study in JAMA Dermatology. Researchers also noted a decline among high-school boys from nearly 7% to 5% during the same period. White girls remained the group most apt to opt for indoor tanning, though the percentage within that group dropped from 37% to 31%, researchers added. HealthDay News (12/23)
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Study discourages nevi biopsies in children
Nevi change frequently and melanoma rates are low in children, suggesting that nevi evolution is a poor predictor of melanoma in children younger than 18 years, researchers report in JAMA Dermatology. The analysis of the Pinkus Dermatopathology Laboratory database and the HealthCore Integrated Research Database found that one melanoma was detected per 1,035 nevi biopsies in patients younger than 20. Healio (free registration) (12/26)
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Itching might point to small-fiber neuropathies
Pruritus, along with burning, pain, heat and numbness, is a frequent symptom of small-fiber neuropathies, a recent study found. More than 68% of SFN patients responding to a questionnaire said they suffered from pruritus. The most frequent locations for itching were the back, foot, shin, forearm and head. Healio (free registration) (12/30)
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Tools of the Trade
Case study supports fractional laser for LMDF
A 1565 nm nonablative fractional laser significantly improved skin lesions in patients with lupus miliaris disseminates faciei, researchers report in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Improvement was seen in a 24-year-old patient after one session, with continued positive results after additional treatment. BioOptics World (12/23)
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Bony orbit depth may guide best filler injection technique
Finding the depth of the periosteum can help determine the best filler injection technique for the tear trough and the palpebromalar groove, according to a study in Dermatologic Surgery. A serial puncture technique was a better fit for patients with a skin-to-periosteum distance of less than 0.5 centimeters, while a bolus technique was a better match when the depth was greater than 0.5 centimeters. Healio (free registration) (12/23)
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Modernizing Medicine acquires Aesyntix Health
Modernizing Medicine, which develops specialty-specific electronic medical records systems, is acquiring Aesyntix Health, which provides group purchasing, billing and inventory management services to dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. American City Business Journals/Sacramento, Calif. (12/30), Health Data Management (1/2)
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