Andrew Bowser
Andrew Bowser is a medical writer based in Brooklyn, New York.
Quality initiative could reduce unnecessary PCa bone scans
One gentle “nudge” may be all it takes to start reducing the number of unnecessary bone scans ordered for asymptomatic men with low-risk prostate cancer, results of a recent quality improvement intervention suggest.
5-ARI may have adverse metabolic effects
Authors of a recent study say that long-term therapy with a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor was associated with increased glucose, increased glycated hemoglobin, and altered lipid profiles.
Latest advances aid primary scalp tumor tx
New York - In patients with actinic keratoses (AK) of the scalp, treating the surrounding skin will often evoke subclinical lesions that will respond to treatment, according to Deborah F. MacFarlane, M.D., M.P.H.
Imiquimod may potentiate melanoma vaccine effect
Newport Beach, Calif. — The immune response modifier imiquimod (Aldara, 3M Pharmaceuticals) may have a role as an enhancer of other immunotherapies for melanoma, Noah Craft, M.D., Ph.D. said here at the annual meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association (PDA).
Lipo innovations: Female breast reduction, 'plasty' alternatives expand
New York — Interest in tumescent liposuction has expanded to a variety of new indications, including postmenopausal "lumpy" back fat deposits and as an alternative to more invasive procedures such as abdominoplasty and surgical mammoplasty, according to Naomi Lawrence, M.D.
Multiple facial papules? Consider Birt-Hogg-Dub?
Newport Beach, Calif. — When a patient presents with multiple facial papules, consider the rare but potentially fatal condition known as Birt-Hogg-Dub? syndrome, says Melvin W. Chiu, M.D., who spoke at the annual meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association.
Educate patients on winter skin care
New York — As winter exacerbates existing skin problems and precipitates new ones, many patients benefit from practical advice on changing their skin care regimens to fit the season, according to Ch?rie M. Ditre, M.D.
Face transplants: Moving forward?
Cleveland — Facial transplantation, a controversial procedure, has moved one step closer to clinical practice, following approval of a protocol late last year by the Cleveland Clinic's internal review board. However, no one can say when the first facial transplant will take place.
'Subtype-directed' approach targets rosacea
New York — The four recently defined subtypes of rosacea are likely caused by different pathogenic factors, and thus respond to different therapeutic regimens, according to Michelle T. Pelle, M.D.
Mandatory isotretinoin registry 'inevitable?'
(FDA) advisory committee members voted 16-8 in favor of a mandatory registry, a plan which was also supported by Hoffman-LaRoche and generic isotretinoin manufacturers.