Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 59-year-old man is evaluated for a 3-month history of intermittent itching on the forearms. He describes the itch as deep, with a burning or tingling sensation. Scratching helps somewhat, but over-the-counter topical corticosteroids have not helped. Cooling the skin soothes the itch. He did not notice a rash until he started ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, August 18, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Feds to Withhold One-Third of Sunshine Act Data. Next month, when the federal government releases data about payments to physicians from pharmaceutical and medical device makers, one-third of the records will be withheld because of data inconsistencies.
  2. Derms Want NP/PA Practice Limits. NPs and PAs who bill Medicaid as ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, August 13, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. CT Images Can Inform Clinical Decisions. The identification of high-risk plaque features using noninvasive CT imaging is a useful and independent predictor of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in patients presenting to emergency departments with acute chest pain.
  2. Status of Spray Sunscreens Still Uncertain. The FDA has not reached a ...

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Top stories in health and medicine, August 11, 2014From MedPage Today:

  1. Psoriasis Ups Risk of Cancer, Serious Infection. Rates of malignancy among patients with psoriasis outpaced national averages, irrespective of therapy in most cases.
  2. Psoriasis: Screen for Fatty Liver Before MTX? What began as a case of chronic plaque psoriasis has evolved into consideration of routine testing for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis ...

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Today its time to say, Ultraviolet bad“Ultraviolet bad.” That was the core message that came out of the introduction this morning of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer at a meeting held at the National Press Club in Washington DC. There were some other messages that now raise skin cancer awareness and prevention high on the public health awareness list, such as ...

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I’ve always been good at pattern recognition and my visual-spatial orientation is excellent. Photography is my hobby, so it was only natural that as a medical student and internal medicine resident, I loved my dermatology electives.  Each day yielded up a new parade of interesting skin lesions and rashes, and by the end of my rotations I was confident in my diagnoses and recommendations. Contact dermatitis? Steroids!  Eczema? Steroids!  Psoriasis? ...

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I'm impressed by how much we struggle with seemingly simple health decisions when faced with sorting through too much information. Buying sunscreen: It's a simple task, right? Most of us do it every year about this time. And among actions we can take to reduce our risk of cancer in general and skin cancer specifically, this choice is fairly important. So my colleague was surprised to hear this snippet of conversation as she contemplated ...

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show has repeatedly put out a call for viewers to send in their funny sunburn pictures and stories. The following was posted on the website:

Summer is here and everyone is hitting the beach or pool. Just don't forget the sunscreen! If you did, and you have the bad sunburn to prove it, we want to see the funny photos. Be sure to tell us the story behind ...

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Fifteen years ago I got an unexpected invitation to write a column for a dermatology newspaper aimed at practicing clinicians. Because dermatology is a concrete field that lends itself to punning, I called the column “Under My Skin.” Writing it monthly since then has given me a chance to take a humorous and sometimes cathartic look at the joys and woes of practice. It’s fun to do, and gratifying to hear ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 64-year-old man is evaluated in the emergency department for a rash that first developed 3 days ago and has rapidly spread to cover most of his body. His skin is painful. He has a history of mild psoriasis and asthma. His psoriasis has been well controlled with topical corticosteroids as needed. ...

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