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Although the bite of a brown recluse spider is poisonous, the wounds usually heal well if left alone. However, it is still important to recognize the warning signs of an adverse reaction, warns Donna Seger, MD, medical director of the Tennessee Poison Center, particularly since these potentially dangerous bites are on the rise.
By Katie Eder, Managing Editor
Many studies that inform current international guidelines for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are of poor quality and lack applicability in clinical practice.
Physicians should be aware of the prevalence and serious consequences associated with use of counterfeit medical devices, according to a letter to the editor published online July 20 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
Omalizumab (Xolair), used to treat moderate-to-severe allergic asthma, appears to offer relief to people with chronic hives who have not been helped by standard medications, new research published online July 21 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests.
By Daniel Stulberg, MD, and Ahmed A. EL-Emawy, MD
This 28-year-old woman presented with a large hyperpigmented patch on the right side of her upper back. Although the lesion developed over the past 2 years, it has been “sinking in” over the past 2 weeks. The patient denies any trauma, pain, discomfort, or pruritis, as well as any family history of cancers, lymphoma, or autoimmune disease. However, she has a history of gastroesophageal reflux disease and onychomycosis, and her grandfather has a similar lesion.
By Katie Eder, Managing Editor
Although tumor necrosis factor inhibitors have dramatically improved management strategies for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, the biologic agents also pose a number of significant side effects that physicians must consider.
By Adam Hochron
The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new drug aimed to aid the thousands of Americans affected by hereditary angioedema.
By Robert T. Grant, MD, MSc, FACS
Those who have lost a significant amount of weight are often left with sagging skin, and exercise is not the solution to that problem.
By Jeannette Wick
A recent study emphasizes the importance of pitting the risks and rewards of traditional thyroidectomy against those of more recently developed techniques that also minimize scarring.
New prognostic factors may be useful in predicting survival in patients with thin melanoma, according to research published online July 7 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Physician's Money Digest
What are Americans' healthcare dollars really buying? A new study examined the quality of each state's healthcare relative to the cost.
Trying to trade based on the whims of Vladimir Putin, a Ukrainian separatist armed with a rocket launcher, or Hamas terrorists is a fool's game.