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DERMATOLOGY AND VENEREOLOGY (163 journals)                     

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Acta Dermato-Venereologica     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Actas Dermo-Sifiliograficas     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas (English Edition)     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Dermatology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Advances in Skin & Wound Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
African Journal of AIDS Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
AIDS     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
AIDS Patient Care and STDs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
AIDS Research and Therapy     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
AIDS Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Aktuelle Dermatologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Allergo Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
American Journal of Dermatopathology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Anaplastology     Open Access  
Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie     Full-text available via subscription  
Archives de Pédiatrie     Full-text available via subscription  
Archives de sciences sociales des religions     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Archives des Maladies du Coeur et des Vaisseaux - Pratique     Hybrid Journal  
Archives of Dermatological Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Archives of Medical Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 58)
Archivio di Ortopedia e Reumatologia     Hybrid Journal  
Asian Journal of Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
ästhetische dermatologie & kosmetologie     Full-text available via subscription  
Australasian Journal of Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Berkala Ilmu Kesehatan Kulit dan Kelamin / Periodical of Dermatology and Venereology     Open Access  
Biomedical Dermatology     Open Access  
BMC Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
British Journal of Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 54)
Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Case Reports in Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Clinical Dermatology Review     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Clinical Skin Cancer     Full-text available via subscription  
Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Clinics in Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Contact Dermatitis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Cosmetics     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Current Dermatology Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Current Fungal Infection Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Current HIV Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Current HIV/AIDS Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Current Sexual Health Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Der Hautarzt     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Dermatitis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Dermato-Endocrinology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Dermatología Venezolana     Open Access  
Dermatologic Clinics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Dermatologic Reviews     Hybrid Journal  
Dermatologic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Dermatologic Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Dermatologica Sinica     Open Access  
Dermatological Nursing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Dermatology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Dermatology and Cosmetic     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Dermatology and Therapy     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Dermatology Online Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Dermatology Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Dermatology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Dermatopathology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Egyptian Journal of Dermatology and Venerology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
EMC - Cosmetologia Medica e Medicina degli Inestetismi Cutanei     Full-text available via subscription  
EMC - Dermatología     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
European Journal of Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Experimental Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Expert Review of Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Forum Dermatologicum     Hybrid Journal  
Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Güncel Dermatoloji Dergisi     Open Access  
HautinForm     Full-text available via subscription  
hautnah     Hybrid Journal  
hautnah dermatologie     Hybrid Journal  
HIV & AIDS Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
HIV Clinical Trials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
HIV Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Indian Dermatology Online Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Indian Journal of Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Indian Journal of Dermatopathology and Diagnostic Dermatology     Open Access  
Indian Journal of Drugs in Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Indian Journal of Paediatric Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Archives of Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Dermatology and Clinical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Research in Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of STD & AIDS     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Women's Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International STD Research & Reviews     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
JAAD Case Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
JAIDS : Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
JAMA Dermatology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 49)
JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
JMIR Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Clinical and Investigative Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Cutaneous Immunology and Allergy     Open Access  
Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Dermatological Research     Open Access  
Journal of Dermatological Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Dermatological Science Supplement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Dermatological Treatment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of General-Procedural Dermatology & Venereology Indonesia     Open Access  
Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Investigative Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Sexual Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Skin and Stem Cell     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Skin Cancer     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Surgical Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 37)
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of the Egyptian Women’s Dermatologic Society     Partially Free  
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of the International AIDS Society     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Journal of the Saudi Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Karger Kompass Dermatologie     Full-text available via subscription  
Karger Kompass Pneumologie     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Medical and Surgical Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Medical Mycology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Neurobehavioral HIV Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
OA Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Open AIDS Journal     Open Access  
Open Dermatology Journal     Open Access  
Perspectives On Sexual and Reproductive Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Pigment International     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Psoriasis : Targets and Therapy     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Revista Internacional de Ciencias Podológicas     Open Access  
SAHARA : Journal of Social Aspects of HIV / AIDS Research Alliance     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Scars, Burns & Healing     Open Access  
Serbian Journal of Dermatology and Venereology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Sexual Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Sexually Transmitted Infections     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Skin Appendage Disorders     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Skin Research and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Sri Lanka Journal of Sexual Health and HIV Medicine     Open Access  
Studies in Gender and Sexuality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
The Journal of Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
The Rose Sheet     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Vestnik dermatologii i venerologii     Open Access  
Veterinary Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)


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Archives of Dermatological Research
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Number of Followers: 7  
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ISSN (Print) 1432-069X - ISSN (Online) 0340-3696
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  • Willingness-to-pay stated preferences in cutaneous lupus erythematosus: a
           pilot study
    • Abstract: Abstract Cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) is a chronic skin disease that significantly impacts quality of life (QOL). This study tested a novel method to measure QOL in CLE using willingness-to-pay (WTP) stated preferences, and aimed to determine which of nine domains of life are most affected by CLE. Twenty-one participants with CLE ranked the domains in order of impact on CLE-related QOL, and then stated how many United States dollars they would be willing to pay for a hypothetical cure for each domain. Eighty-one percent of participants were female; mean age was 42.4 years. Photosensitivity was ranked highest by 71.4% of respondents. Participants were willing to pay the most for a hypothetical cure for CLE specific to photosensitivity (median = $200,000), the least for a cure specific to self-care (median = $0). Participants were willing to pay a median of $1,000,000 for an overall cure for CLE. Limitations include a small sample size for this pilot study and that willingness-to-pay may be influenced by individual perception of money and socioeconomic factors. This study successfully pilot-tested a WTP method and ranking task for health-related QOL. Photosensitivity was the domain of life most affected by CLE, which is a domain unique to our novel tool.
      PubDate: 2020-09-01
  • Epicardial fat thickness is ıncreased and associated with disease
           severity in hidradenitis suppurativa
    • Abstract: Abstract Previous studies showed an association between various dermatological diseases and epicardial fat thickness (EFT). However, EFT, which has been accepted as a cardiometabolic risk factor in recent years, has not been studied in the context of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). Therefore, we aimed to determine whether EFT is increased in HS patients, and whether EFT is associated with disease severity. Forty adult patients with HS and 100 age- and sex-matched controls were included. Patients with diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, chronic renal or hepatic diseases, or other inflammatory conditions were excluded. The EFT was measured by transthoracic echocardiography. Disease severity was assessed by Hurley stage, and stage III patients have been described as having severe disease. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and EFT were significantly higher in HS patients compared to controls. There were positive correlations between EFT and the duration of the disease, hs-CRP, and Hurley stage. The EFT was proportionally increased in HS patients with increasing disease severity; the largest EFT was found in Hurley stage 3 patients (7.34 ± 2.30 mm), followed by Hurley stage 2 patients (6.12 ± 1.82 mm), and Hurley stage 1 patients (4.83 ± 0.98 mm). Multivariate analysis showed that male gender, hs-CRP, body mass index, and EFT ≥ 5.9 mm were independent predictors of severe disease. The EFT is increased in HS, and it is an independent predictor of disease severity in adult patients with HS.
      PubDate: 2020-09-01
  • Surgical site infections after microscopically controlled skin surgery in
           immunocompromised patients: a retrospective two-center cohort study
    • Abstract: Abstract The data on the risk of surgical site infections (SSI) after skin surgery in patients undergoing immunosuppressive treatment are limited and the results of the existing single-center studies are controversial. At the same time, perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis (PAP) for immunocompromised patients seems to be overused. We performed a retrospective analysis of the SSI rates after extensive dermatosurgical procedures performed from January 2017 to December 2017 in patients with impaired immune status due to a hematological disorder or immunosuppressive treatment at two German dermatosurgical centers. The SSI rate in immunocompromised patients was 6.7%. The independent risk factors for SSI found in the studied population were the occurrence of bleeding after one of the surgical stages and the use of oral anticoagulation with two different agents (the combination of acetylsalicylic acid and a direct oral anticoagulant). 44.4% (4/9) of the procedures complicated with an SSI involved wound closure with a skin flap, which was statistically significant (p = 0.041). Other risk factors identified were older age of the patients and increased duration of hospitalization (p < 0.05). Localization of the surgical site, number of surgical stages required for tumor clearance, and diabetes mellitus were not found to be statistically significant risk factors for occurrence of SSI in the studied population. SSI rates in immunocompromised patients undergoing skin surgery are low; therefore, we recommend against routine use of PAP for this cohort.
      PubDate: 2020-09-01
  • Effects of tumor necrosis factor-like ligand 1A (TL1A) on
           imiquimod-induced psoriasiform skin inflammation in mice
    • Abstract: Abstract TL1A, as a master regulatory cytokine, plays a key role in the development of diverse T-cell-mediated inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Our study is to further understand the roles of TL1A in the pathogenic mechanism of psoriasis and to find a possible new therapeutic strategy in the treatment of psoriasis. The direct effects of TL1A injection in mice skin and the therapeutic effects of TL1A blockade in imiquimod (IMQ)-induced psoriasis-like mouse model were researched in this study. First, we found that the expressions of TL1A in IMQ-treated lesions were significantly higher than Vaseline control group. And then, the results showed that TL1A injection exacerbated the psoriasiform phenotype on IMQ-treated skin (including clinical score, epidermal thickness changes, and Baker score) by increasing the number of T cells, neutrophils, and DCs, and upregulating the mRNA expression of IFN-γ and IL-17. However, anti-TL1A mAb can alleviate psoriasis-like lesions in clinical and effectively improved the histopathologic changes in IMQ-induced psoriasis-like mice after treatment. Moreover, anti-TL1A mAb also reduced the number of infiltrated CD3+ T cells, MPO+ neutrophils, and CD11c+ DCs in psoriasis-like lesions, and obviously decreased the expression of IFN-γ and IL-17 in psoriasis-like lesions. Data suggested that TL1A might be involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis, and targeting TL1A by anti-TL1A mAb might provide a solid foundation and novel therapeutic sight in the treatment of psoriasis.
      PubDate: 2020-09-01
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa and pemphigus: a cross-sectional study
    • Abstract: Abstract A recent study of comorbidities in hospitalized pemphigus patients in the United States has demonstrated a significant association of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) and pemphigus, but this association has not been firmly established in other populations. A retrospective, cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of HS in patients with pemphigus and compare with control subjects. Regression analysis was performed to obtain ORs, and 95% CIs, to evaluate the prevalence between pemphigus patients and controls matched by age, sex, and ethnicity. Among the patients included in the study, 1985 patients had pemphigus and 9874 were control subjects. The average age of presentation of pemphigus was 72.1 ± 18.5 and the group was comprised of 59.8% females. Overall, the pemphigus group had lower rates of smoking (25.7% vs. 27.9%; P = 0.045). The prevalence of HS was greater in patients with pemphigus than in control subjects (OR 4.98; 95% CI 1.01–24.69; P < 0.001), with an even more prominent association among patients who have been prescribed “pemphigus-related treatments” (OR 6.30; 95% CI 1.27–31.22; P < 0.001). The study detected a significant association between HS and pemphigus in an Israeli population. Future prospective studies are needed to establish a temporal order of appearance and the mechanistic relationship between these entities.
      PubDate: 2020-09-01
  • Molecular profiling of TOX-deficient neoplastic cells in cutaneous T cell
    • Abstract: Abstract Cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) is a rare but potentially devastating primary cutaneous lymphoma. CTCL is characterized by localization of neoplastic T lymphocytes to the skin, with mycosis fungoides (MF) and its leukemic form, Sézary syndrome (SS) being the most common variants. Thymocyte selection-associated high-mobility group box (TOX) gene has been found to be highly expressed in MF and SS. It is reported that higher expression levels of TOX in patients will increase risks of disease progression and poor prognosis. However, the molecular events leading to these abnormalities have not been well understood. To better understand the molecular mechanism underlying TOX-mediated differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in CTCL, and to identify DEGs pathways triggered after knockdown of TOX gene in the CTCL cell line Hut78, we employed two shRNA-mediated lentiviruses to knock down TOX gene in the skin lymphoma cell line HuT78. RNA sequencing (RNAseq) analysis was applied to analyze DEGs, DEGs GO and their corresponding pathways. Knockdown of TOX can induce upregulation of 547 genes and downregulation of 649 genes, respectively. HOXC9 was the most significant downregulated gene. Most DEGs are enriched in malignancies and relate to the Wnt and mTOR signaling pathways, and therefore they can regulate cellular processes and induce different biological regulation. Transcriptome analysis of DEGs after knockdown of TOX in our study provides insights into the mechanism of TOX in CTCL and suggests candidate targets for therapy of CTCL.
      PubDate: 2020-09-01
  • DNA methylation and inflammatory skin diseases
    • Abstract: Abstract Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression that do not originate from alternations in the DNA sequence. Epigenetic modifications include DNA methylation, histone modification, and gene silencing via the action of microRNAs. Epigenetic dysregulation has been implicated in many disease processes. In the field of dermatology, epigenetic regulation has been extensively explored as a pathologic mechanism in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), which has led to the successful development of epigenetic therapies for CTCL. In recent years, the potential role of epigenetic regulation in the pathogeneses of inflammatory skin diseases has gained greater appreciation. In particular, epigenetic changes in psoriasis and atopic dermatitis have been increasingly studied, with DNA methylation the most rigorously investigated to date. In this review, we provide an overview of DNA methylation in inflammatory skin diseases with an emphasis on psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
      PubDate: 2020-09-01
  • Multimorbidity and mortality risk in hospitalized adults with chronic
           inflammatory skin disease in the United States
    • Abstract: Abstract Chronic inflammatory skin diseases (CISD) represent a significant burden of skin disease in the United States, and a growing number of studies demonstrate that CISD are associated with multiple comorbidities. However, few studies examined multimorbidity in adults with CISD. We sought to determine whether hospitalized US adults with chronic inflammatory skin disorders have increased multi-morbidity and mortality risk. Data from the 2002–2012 Nationwide Inpatient Sample were analyzed, including a representative 20% sample of US hospitalizations. Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) and mean estimated 10-year survival were calculated. Multivariable linear regression models were constructed with CCI score and mean estimated 10-year survival as the dependent variables and chronic inflammatory skin diagnosis, age and sex as the independent variables. CCI scores were significantly higher in bullous pemphigoid (P = 0.0005) and dermatomyositis (P < 0.0001), lower in hidradenitis suppurativa (P < 0.0001), pemphigus (P < 0.0001), rosacea (P < 0.0001), and not significantly different in atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, and lichen planus compared to psoriasis. Conversely, the mean estimated 10-year survival was higher in pemphigus (P = 0.0451), lichen planus (P = 0.0352), rosacea (P < 0.0001), lower in bullous pemphigoid and dermatomyositis (P < 0.0001), and similar in atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, and hidradenitis suppurativa compared to psoriasis. Each CISD had a distinct profile of comorbidities when compared to psoriasis. Hospitalized adults with multiple CISD have increased multimorbidity and decreased 10-year survival. Further studies are needed to develop multidisciplinary strategies aimed at preventing and treating multimorbidity, especially modifiable cardiovascular factors in adults with CISD.
      PubDate: 2020-09-01
  • Nasolabial fold correction through cheek volume loss restoration versus
           thread lifting: a comparative study
    • Abstract: Abstract Nasolabial folds are caused by loss of deep fat and subsequent loss of muscle contour in the midface, leading to sagging which forms cosmetic issues in some cases when they are otherwise overly pronounced. Various treatment procedures have been developed to reduce their appearance. The objective of this study is to compare the efficacy of hyaluronic acid (HA) cheek fillers injection and thread lifting in improving the nasolabail folds. Twenty cases presenting with prominent nasolabial folds were randomly divided into two groups; group A underwent HA fillers for cheek lifting and group B underwent thread lifting for the cheek. Only one session was done for each case, and then they were followed up after 1 and 2 months. Statistical significant difference after treatment for both groups was detected using the wrinkle severity rating scale (WSRS) and the modified Fitzpatrick wrinkle scale (MFWS). The average global aesthetic improvement scale (GAIS) was 2.2 ± 0.79 for the fillers group and 3.2 ± 0.92 for the threads group, showing a statistical significant improvement with a p value less than 0.05 favoring the fillers group. 70% of fillers cases were satisfied and only 30% of threads cases. Fillers cheek injection is recommended for patients with sagged thin face to improve the nasolabial folds as well as giving volume and contour. Threads would do better for patients desiring an oval, less wide face shape. Combining threads with other cosmetic procedure would give a better holistic appearance.
      PubDate: 2020-09-01
  • Effects of health beliefs, social support, and self-efficacy on sun
           protection behaviors among medical students: testing of an extended health
           belief model
    • Abstract: Abstract Sun protection behaviors (SPB) are important modifiable risk factors for skin cancer. As the most common malignancies in the world, skin cancers account for significant morbidity, mortality, and economic burden. Physicians play a key role in educating patients about proper SPB. Medical education provides the foundation for physician understanding of SPB and future patient education. The Health Belief Model (HBM) is a theoretical model that offers constructs to help explain health behaviors. This cross-sectional study examined a convenience sample of 186 medical student to assess their engagement in SPB through the lens of the 6 HBM constructs and social support. Overall, we found engagement in SPB among our cohort to be low. About 70.4% report never using wide-brimmed hats and only 44.6% often or always use sunscreen. Hierarchical multiple regressions were performed in three blocks to analyze the relationship between the independent variables (HBM constructs and social support) and dependent variable (SPB) after controlling for the influence of demographic covariates. In our health constructs model, beliefs about susceptibility, benefits minus barriers, and self-efficacy were found to be significant predictors of engaging in SPB. Addition of social support in the final model did not significantly improve prediction of SPB engagement. These findings support use of educational programs based on HBM for the improvement of SPB among medical students.
      PubDate: 2020-08-11
  • Metastatic head and neck cutaneous basal cell carcinomas: a retrospective
           observational study
    • Abstract: Abstract Cutaneous basal cell carcinoma is usually an indolent and slow-growing tumor with potential for local invasion and recurrence; however, metastatic events are exceedingly rare. The annual incidence of metastasis is estimated to range between 0.00281 and 0.05%. A retrospective search in the pathology database of a single tertiary institution was performed in the period between 1999 to 2019. Primary cutaneous metastatic basal cell carcinomas had paraffin blocks and glass slides retrieved. A total of 8673 cases was identified. The overall prevalence of metastatic tumors was 0.05% (4/8673). The median patient’s age at diagnosis was 61 years old (range 52–79). The most common primary site of tumor was nose (2/4) and the most common histological subtype was infiltrative. The sampled lymph nodes were identified during primary tumor resection, except for 1 patient who had a sentinel lymph node biopsy performed as a surgeon individual decision. One patient had hematogenous spread to the pleura, diagnosed 5 years after diagnosis. In summary, this study adds new data to the current literature in metastatic primary cutaneous basal cell carcinomas and highlights the importance of early diagnosis and appropriate surgical excision in an effort to prevent local advanced disease, recurrence and lymphovascular dissemination.
      PubDate: 2020-08-10
  • Depressive symptoms and insecure attachment predict disability and quality
           of life in psoriasis independently from disease severity
    • Abstract: Abstract Psoriasis is a multisystemic inflammatory disease with a significant burden in terms of disability and reduced quality of life. The interrelations between disease severity, psychological well-being, and disability and/or health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of psoriatic patients are not fully understood. The aim of the study was to assess the relative role of disease severity, depressive symptoms, and insecure attachment in predicting disability and HRQOL in 105 patients with psoriasis. Objective measures of disease severity included the Body Surface Area (BSA), the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI), and the Pain Visual Analog Scale (pain-VAS). The Sheehan Disability Scale (SDS). The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI). Multivariate hierarchical regression analysis showed that a preoccupied style of attachment and the presence of depressive symptoms were predictors of disability and HRQOL over and above the contribution of demographic and clinical variables. The inclusion of attachment and depression into multivariate regression models improved substantially the prediction of disability and HRQOL. Conversely, the predictive utility of objective indicators of disease severity was scarce and only the pain-VAS emerged as a significant predictor of disability whereas there were no significant correlations between HRQOL and any of the objective indicators of disease severity. Measures capturing patients’ perspectives of the functional impact of disease should be routinely included in the clinical assessment of psoriasis.
      PubDate: 2020-08-10
  • Innovation interest within dermatology: a needs assessment for novel
           thought processes
    • Abstract: Abstract Medical innovation is crucial to advancing our field, and physicians have the potential to play a leading role due to their daily patient care experiences. The objective of this study was to evaluate the interest in, and barriers to participating in innovation. Two surveys were conducted; the first cross-sectional survey was conducted among attendees of the Advancing Innovation in Dermatology Forum in Feburary 2019. The second survey was conducted among trainees (resident/fellows) and faculty dermatologists at Brown, Emory, Iowa, Stanford, and Vanderbilt Universities between June and November 2019. Demographic data were collected, as well as factors involved with identifying problems, developing solutions, training in innovation, and perceived barriers to innovation. In the first survey, the greatest perceived benefits include bringing joy to one's work and increasing professional fulfillment with work. Innovation was also perceived to decrease burnout. In the second survey of academic centers, faculty more commonly expressed interest in identifying problems (p  = 0.04), and was also more confident in their ability to generate solutions to these problems as compared to trainees (p < 0.01). Major barriers to participating in innovation processes included lack of time and lack of training or education in innovation. Both trainees and faculty groups noted a lack of knowledge in creating prototypes, understanding regulatory approval for medical products, and inexperience with pitching to investors or obtaining funding. These cross-sectional needs assessment surveys found a strong interest in innovation coupled with a lack of education in innovation processes. These findings suggest an urgent need and opportunity for providing formal training to empower dermatologists with the tools to lead innovation within our field.
      PubDate: 2020-08-09
  • Effects of climate and air pollution factors on outpatient visits for
           eczema: a time series analysis
    • Abstract: Abstract Eczema resulting from external and internal factors accounts for the biggest global burden of disability owing to skin disease. This study aimed to determine an association between environmental factors and outpatient clinic visits for eczema. We collected data on dermatology clinic outpatient visits for eczema between January 2013 and July 2019. Data concerning environmental factors during this period were collated using national air quality network and air monitoring measurement parameters, namely barometric pressure, relative humidity, air temperature, and air pollutant concentrations, such as sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM10). A distributed lag nonlinear model was used to investigate the relationship among eczema, environmental factors, and lagged effects. In total, 27,549 outpatient visits for eczema were recorded. In both single-factor and multiple-factor lag models, the effects of a 10-µg/m3 increase in PM10 and SO2 values had significantly positive effects on the number of daily outpatient visits over a total 5 days of lag after adjusting for temperature, the number of daily outpatient visits increased with 0.87%, 7.65% and 0.69%, 5.34%, respectively. Relative humidity (RR = 1.3870, 95% CI 1.3117–1.4665) and pressure (RR = 1.0394, 95% CI 1.0071–1.0727) had significantly positive effects on the number of daily outpatients in single-factor lag models. However temperature had a significantly negative effect on them in the number of daily outpatients (RR = 0.9686, 95% CI 0.9556–0.9819). Exposure to air pollution exacerbated eczema. Outpatient visits for eczema were found to have strong positive associations with changes in PM10 levels.
      PubDate: 2020-08-09
  • Premalignant lesions, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma in patients with
           cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma
    • Abstract: Abstract The incidence of keratinocyte carcinomas is increasing worldwide and currently there is no standardised strategy for the follow-up of patients with multiple tumours. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of premalignant lesions, i.e., actinic keratosis and Bowen’s disease, as well as basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and cutaneous melanoma (CM) among patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC). Pathology database search was performed to identify all cSCC patients diagnosed in the Pirkanmaa region of Finland in 2006–2015. Details of the patients and tumours were obtained through medical record review. The cohort consisted of 774 patients with 1131 cSCC tumours. Overall 559 patients (72%) had premalignant lesions. A total of 316 patients (41%) had BCC and 52% of these (n = 164) had more than one BCC tumour. 50 patients (6%) had CM. Overall 180 cSCC patients (23%) had no premalignant changes, BCC or CM. The median age of these patients was 6 years less than that of the patients with premalignant lesions (p < 0.001) or BCC (p < 0.001). The invasion depth of the tumours was deeper in the patients with only cSCC (median 3 mm, interquartile range 2–6) than in those with premalignant lesions or BCC (median 2 mm, interquartile range 1–3), p < 0.001. CSCC patients have a high risk of developing multiple skin cancers and need long-term follow-up.
      PubDate: 2020-08-09
  • Association study indicates combined effect of interleukin-10 and
           angiotensin-converting enzyme in basal cell carcinoma development
    • Abstract: Abstract Cytokines involved in inflammatory and immune response have been associated with risk for development of basal cell carcinoma (BCC). In this study, three functional DNA polymorphisms affecting gene expression were investigated in 54 BCC patients and 111 healthy controls: interleukin-1b (IL-1b) +3953C/T, interleukin-10 (IL-10) − 1082G/A and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphisms. Significant increase of the variant alleles was observed in IL-10 − 1082G (P = 0.019) and in ACE D (P = 0.003) in BCC patients in comparison to controls. Multivariate logistic regression models evaluated the contribution of homozygous and heterozygous variant polymorphisms to the risk for BCC development. The studied polymorphisms influencing the expression of IL-10 and ACE genes were recognized as potential predictive factors for BCC. These findings suggest a possible molecular mechanism leading to BCC development that is likely to involve the activation of angiotensin receptors in combination with increased plasma levels of IL-10 in patients.
      PubDate: 2020-08-08
  • Multidisciplinary surgical treatment approach for dermatofibrosarcoma
           protuberans: an update
    • Abstract: Abstract Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a cutaneous sarcoma that has remained a challenge for oncologic and reconstructive surgeons due to a high rate of local recurrence. The objective of this study is to investigate the oncologic and reconstructive benefits of employing a multidisciplinary two-step approach to the treatment of DFSP. A retrospective review was conducted using a prospectively collected database of all patients who underwent resection and reconstruction of large DFSPs by a multidisciplinary team, including a Mohs micrographic surgeon, surgical oncologist, dermatopathologist, and plastic and reconstructive surgeon, at one academic institution from 1998–2018. Each patient underwent Mohs micrographic surgery for peripheral margin clearance (Step 1) followed by wide local excision (WLE) of the deep margin by surgical oncology and immediate reconstruction by plastic surgery (Step 2). 57 patients met inclusion criteria. Average defect size after WLE (Step 2): 87.3 cm2 (range 8.5–1073.5 cm2). Mean follow-up time was 37 months (range 0–138 months). There were no cases of recurrence. A two-step multidisciplinary surgical treatment approach for DFSP minimizes risk of recurrence, decreases patient discomfort, and allows immediate reconstruction after deep margin clearance.
      PubDate: 2020-08-07
  • A strategy for empowering clinicians and increasing innovation: the Magic
           Wand Initiative
    • Abstract: Abstract Clinicians play a critical role in recognizing, initiating, and adopting innovative solutions to clinical problems. Increasing clinician involvement in problem-based innovation will help identify and solve unmet medical needs. The overall objective of our program was to increase clinician involvement in problem-based innovation. We pioneered and piloted the “Magic Wand” Initiative (MWI) at Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Dermatology, by inviting clinical faculty to voluntarily participate in problem-driven innovation. The primary outcome was the number of unmet clinical needs identified and pursued by clinicians, who were ‘activated’ to initiate problem-based innovation. Other objectives were to enhance clinician-to-clinician dialogue and to develop specific strategic framework for clinician-led, problem-driven research. This pilot MWI was started in 2013 with an announcement at dermatology faculty meeting inviting all clinical faculty to participate on volunteer basis. Academic dermatologists were the main participants in this program. They also contacted, collaborated and worked with research faculty, industry experts and lawyers. Out of 30 unmet needs identified by clinicians participating in MWI, eight are actively being pursued by clinicians. Three of those cases presented here have achieved publications, grant funding, prototype devices and product for patient use. In conclusion, MWI is an innovative approach that educates and equips clinician to identify and solve problems and engages them as leaders in their healthcare ecosystem. MWI has achieved concrete measurable success, affirming that if clinicians are empowered and supported to identify and solve existing unmet medical problems, new and innovative solutions can be invented to improve patient care.
      PubDate: 2020-08-06
  • Psoriasin and rs4819554 of IL-17RA gene polymorphism in psoriasis
    • PubDate: 2020-08-01
  • Factors affecting quality of life in patients with hidradenitis
    • Abstract: Abstract Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) has a substantial impact on patients’ lives. We identified factors associated with decreased quality of life (QoL) in patients with HS. Consecutive newly referred patients with HS attending a tertiary referral centre for HS were evaluated with the dermatology life quality index (DLQI). Clinical evaluation was performed according to the Hurley stage. Furthermore, disease duration, number of boils in the past month, boil-associated pain score, overall disease-related distress score, smoking status, employment status and comorbidities were recorded. A total of 339 patients with a mean age of 39.4 years were included; 218 (64.3%) females and 121 (35.7%) males. Of these, 96 (28.3%) had Hurley stage I, whereas 195 (57.5%) and 48 (14.2%) had Hurley II and III, respectively. The mean BMI was 29.0 (SD 7.1) kg/m2 and 75.2% of patients were current or former smokers. The mean overall DLQI score was 11.9 (SD 7.6). After mutual adjustment for clinical characteristics a significant difference in mean overall DLQI score was observed between severity groups (8.6 vs. 12.6 vs. 16.1, adjusted p < 0.001, for Hurley I, II and III, respectively), age group (12.1 vs. 12.1 vs. 12.5 vs. 7.1, adjusted p = 0.002, for ≤ 20, 21–40, 41–60 and > 60 years, respectively), employment status (11.0 vs. 14.6, adjusted p = 0.003, for employed and unemployed, respectively), presence of boils in the preceding month (8.3 vs. 13.6, adjusted p = 0.001, for no boils and presence of boils, respectively), higher overall disease-related distress score (6.3 vs. 13.9, adjusted p < 0.001, for low and high score, respectively), involvement of the groins (8.7 vs. 13.0, adjusted p = 0.035 for no and involvement, respectively), high number of anatomical regions involved (9.8 vs. 12.4 vs. 14.5, adjusted p = 0.007 for 0–1, 2 and ≥ 3 anatomical regions involved, respectively) and diabetes (11.5 vs. 15.2, adjusted p = 0.043, for no and diabetes, respectively). All ten individual DLQI question scores increased significantly with increasing Hurley stage. Patients with HS referred for specialized hospital care report substantial impact on the quality of life. Disease severity (Hurley stage), younger age, diabetes, recent and increasing disease activity and specific anogenital localization are major aggravating factors.
      PubDate: 2020-08-01
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