Andrew Bowser
Andrew Bowser is a medical writer based in Brooklyn, New York.
Laddered treatment for pityriasis rubra pilaris
Diagnosing PRP is challenging because it can mimic eczema, psoriasis, or even ichthyosis. Biologic treatment for refractory cases considered, researchers said at AAD 2018.
Biologics offer promise for hidradenitis suppurativa treatment
With one approved biologic available and many more under investigation, the future of treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa looks very promising.
Managing hedgehog therapies for basal cell carcinoma
While the vast majority of basal cell carcinomas are treated and resolved with surgery, systemic therapy with one of the two hedgehog pathway inhibitors could be a treatment option for unresectable or metastasized disease, researchers reported at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in San Diego this week.
Switching biologic treatments in dermatology
Not all biologic treatments are equal. Side effects, effectiveness, cost and administration style are among factors physicians should consider when switching treatments, experts report at AAD 2018.
Atopic dermatitis: From guidelines to practice
This week during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Diego, Robert Sidbury, M.D., addressed developments in atopic dermatitis treatments since the publication of treatment guidelines in 2014.
Spironolactone for hormonal acne
Female patients with hormonal acne that typically flares before or after menstrual cycles may be ideal candidates for spironolactone, said Emmy M. Graber, M.D., president of the Dermatology Institute of Boston who spoke at AAD 2018 in San Diego this week.
Combination treatment for scars proves effective
Combination treatments to reduce scarring have been shown to be effective without the need for aggressive surgical techniques that can lead to suboptimal results, researchers reported at AAD 2018 this week.
Skin lupus can progress more rapidly than previously thought
Systemic disease among patients with discoid lupus erythematosus, a chronic form of cutaneous lupus, can develop within one to two years of initial diagnosis, says Joseph F. Merola, M.D., reporting at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in San Diego.
‘BCG-unresponsive’ definition bolstered by study
Patients with bacillus Calmette-Guérin-unresponsive bladder cancer had worse clinical outcomes than patients who relapsed but did not meet BCG-unresponsive criteria, according to results of a retrospective analysis presented at the 2017 Society of Urologic Oncology annual meeting in Washington.
Liquid biopsy tests for prostate Ca show low congruence
The findings “[raise] the specter that patients could potentially receive different treatments depending on the cell-free DNA platform,” authors of a recent research letter write.

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