2013 Summer Academy Dailies

August 3

  • Biologic therapies promise advances in treating several dermatologic conditionsGreat advances have been made recently in developing biologic treatments for basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratoses, melanoma, psoriasis, and urticaria, as well as systemic and topical treatments for vitiligo, eczema, rosacea, and toenail fungus. Mark Lebwohl, MD, presented an update on these treatments during Friday's Everett C. Fox, MD, Lectureship, “Dermatologic Therapy: A Bright Future.” > MORE
  • Genetic studies lead to alopecia areata breakthroughTrolling nearly 1 million polymorphic SNP markers in an alopecia areata genome-wide association study (GWAS) revealed genes shared with three other autoimmune diseases — type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease. This discovery holds the promise that emerging therapies for those other diseases will prove effective in treating alopecia areata. > MORE
  • Screening, treatment advances hold promise in fight against melanomaBetween the positive effects of screening and advances in treatment research, progress is being made in the battle against melanoma, but many questions remain in both areas, Allan C. Halpern, MD, reported Friday in his Plenary session address. > MORE
  • Dermatologists looking to see how they fit into ACOsThe world of health care will see great changes in 2014 as many parts of the Affordable Care Act move from concept to reality. Of great interest to dermatologists will be the course of development for accountable care organizations (ACOs) because no one is sure which business model or models for ACOs will thrive. > MORE
  • Dermatologists need to look beyond the tattoo to see the messageDermatologists share a long history with tattoos — from the early days when dermatologists were called syphologists, to modern times as increasing numbers of people around the world decorate their skin. Dermatologists should embrace this culture to better understand the messages behind tattoos and piercings, according to Terrance A. Cronin Jr., MD. > MORE
  • Turning off computer can improve physician-patient interactionThe use of electronic medical records has helped improve the treatment of patients, but the use of computers to collect patient data also has made physician-patient interactions more cold and impersonal. That dichotomy between science and the personal touch needed in patient care can be bridged through mutual understanding, according to physician and author Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD. > MORE

August 1