The Most Surprising Misconceptions of Dermatology

Four ways you’re misinformed abut the dermatology profession 

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A new study reveals that the majority of Americans are misinformed about the dermatology profession.

According to a recent survey, most people living in the U.S. have a misconception about dermatology and what dermatologists actually do. Not only do the results express a “lack of understanding of the day-to-day realities of dermatology,” but more importantly some are worried that the misconception could result in people not seeking out the proper care for skin diseases.

Here are the four most common misconceptions the general public has concerning dermatology:

  1. Dermatologists spend the majority of their time working on cosmetic procedures – The survey revealed that 27 percent of Americans think that dermatologists spend the majority of their time doing cosmetic procedures. In reality, about 10 percent of their work involves cosmetic procedures, while the remaining 90 percent is made up of surgery and managing medical conditions.
  2. Dermatologists only deal with medical conditions like acne, skin cancer and melanoma – Although skin cancer and melanoma are some of the most common diseases they diagnose, dermatologists treat over 3,000 different kinds of diseases.
  3. Dermatologists don’t see as many patients as other types of doctors – Dermatologists tend to work fewer hours than other specialties, but report seeing more patients.
  4. Dermatologists are overpaid for what they do – While dermatologists do tend to make more than the average primary care physician, they still earn less than other specialty fields like cardiologists and plastic surgeons.

To read more on the misconceptions of dermatology study, click here: Many Think of Dermatology as Superficial: Survey

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Gift or Curse: Surgical ‘Black Box’ Could Be Future of Operating Room

Debate over proper use still in question 

Surgical black box could benefit or harm

Researchers in Canada have developed a surgical black box that could track procedures and operations for later analysis.

Researchers in Canada are developing a surgical “black box,” like the ones used in airplanes, which could change the face of modern surgery. The hope is that the box could become an tool for surgeons, where operations could be tracked and analyzed, mistakes could be improved upon and complications before, during and after surgery could be significantly reduced.

However, some are wondering if the tool could backfire. If data could be used in court, it could become a potential mess in the malpractice department and ultimately become counterproductive to those it was meant to help.

“We have to ensure the black box is used as an educational tool to help surgeons evaluate their performance and improve,” said Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, a minimally invasive surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

For more information, click here: Surgical Black Box Could Reduce Errors

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Fusion Guided Biopsies Promise Improved Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

New technology combines MRI, ultrasound for better results 

Fusion guided biopsy shows better image for prostate cancer diagnosis

Fusion guided biopsies could potentially lead to better diagnoses of prostate cancer and fewer repeat biopsies.

A new cancer-fighting tool is now available to help detect prostate cancer, and it’s currently being used at the Cleveland Clinic to examine patients in the biopsy procedure room. It’s called fusion guided biopsy, and it uses a mixture of MRI and ultrasound in order to provide better results for doctors and patients.

Fusion guided biopsies work by combining MRI scans with live, real-time ultrasound images of the prostate. After a patient undergoes a scan and a radiologist reviews it for suspicious areas, an ultrasound probe is inserted into the patient, and the fusion software shifts the MRI image accordingly and gives a detailed 3-D ultrasound/MRI view. Doctors can then use the fused image to guide biopsy needles directly to the area that’s needed for sampling, reducing the “randomness” of current prostate biopsies.

To read more on fusion guided biopsies, click here: Fusion Guided Biopsy: A Smarter Way to Look for Prostate Cancer.

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Lyme Disease Still a Risk for Humans and Pets

Veterinarian and pediatrician groups issue reminders on safety and prevention 

Lyme disease a big risk for humans and pets

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are still a big risk for humans and pets this time of year.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are issuing reminders about the risk of Lyme disease in humans and pets. Since most pets and pet owners spend a lot of the same time in places where disease-transmitting ticks are found, the risk of infection is high, even as summer comes to a close.

According to both organizations, people whose animals have been given a Lyme disease diagnosis should consult their physician immediately about their own risk of exposure, just as people already carrying the disease should talk with their veterinarians about their pet’s chances of getting infected.

In animals, the clinical signs might not be so obvious, but symptoms of Lyme disease can include a lack of appetite, lameness and joint swelling. For a person or pet diagnosed with Lyme disease, it’s likely that other family members or pets living in the same household could also be exposed, and families are encouraged to contact their physicians and veterinarians for information on further testing and disease prevention.

To read the full report from the AVMA, click here: Veterinarian and Pediatrician Groups Issue Reminder about Risk of Lyme Disease in Humans and Pets.

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Breakthrough Melanoma Drug Gets FDA Approval

New drug gets accelerated approval 

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The FDA granted accelerated approval for the new melanoma treatment drug Keytruda.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the drug pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) for the use in treating advanced or unresectable melanoma in patients who have otherwise stopped responding to other drugs. The FDA granted accelerated approval to the drug.

Preliminary clinical evidence showed that Keytruda may offer improvement over other therapies, which fast-tracked the FDA’s approval. Clinical trials showed both its effectiveness and safety, and common side effects included fatigue, cough, nausea, pruritus, rash, decreased appetite, constipation, arthralgia and diarrhea.

Keytruda is the sixth new melanoma treatment in a list of drugs approved since 2011, but it’s the first that blocks a cellular pathway known as PD-1, which restricts the immune system from attacking melanoma cells.

“This is the latest in a string of major breakthroughs in melanoma treatment that will galvanize the field of melanoma research and cancer treatment,” said Wendy Selig, president and CEO of the Melanoma Research Alliance.

To read the full article, click here: FDA approves new melanoma drug.

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3 Things to Discuss With Your Anesthesiologists Before Going Under

Anesthesia has never been safer, but that doesn’t mean risks aren’t still involved 

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The ASA is urging all patients to talk with their anesthesiologist before going under for surgery or other operations and procedures.

In the U.S., over 100 million operations and procedures are performed every year using anesthesia. While it’s true that it has advanced and become safer than ever before, many people still overlook the serious risks involved with anesthesia. That’s why the American Society of Anesthesiologists is urging every person scheduled for a procedure or surgery to have a conversation with their anesthesiologist about their anesthesia delivery plan ahead of time.

 

Here are three things everyone should know about anesthesia to ensure both safety and comfort:

  1. Sedation or anesthesia – Depending on the procedure, it’s good to know whether sedation or anesthesia is the right fit. There are various types of anesthesia and sedation, and understanding their differences is critical before any surgery.
  2. Surgery risks – Preexisting health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and certain lung conditions like asthma could increase the risks of surgery and anesthesia. Discussing these, as well as any history of adverse or allergic reactions to anesthesia, is important for patient safety.
  3. Anesthesia and the elderly – For people 65 and older, surgical risks can increase dramatically. A recent topic of discussion is how the aging brain is more vulnerable to the side effects of anesthesia. Two common conditions tied to anesthesia and the elderly are postoperative delirium and postoperative cognitive dysfunction, or POCD. Planning ahead of time with the patient, the anesthesiologist and a patient’s caregiver could decrease the potential risks involved with anesthesia.

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American Association of Endodontists Announces New Executive Director

Organization chooses Peter S. Weber, M.S., CAE 

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AAE announces new executive director Peter S. Weber, M.S., CAE.

The American Association of Endodontists have selected their newest executive director, Peter S. Weber, M.S., CAE, who officially took over on September 3rd. Weber was chosen by the AAE Board of Directors after a nationwide search, and brings nearly 28 years of professional association management to the AAE.

Before joining the AAE team, Weber was the executive director of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, where he served since 2003. In his time with the ISVMA the association had a 250 percent membership growth and 500 percent financial growth. Weber also developed the ISVMA Legislative Action Center and helped write and assist in the passage of laws that affect veterinary medicine.

Weber received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Knox College and earned his master’s in educational administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an active volunteer in the American Society of Association Executives and the Illinois Society of Association Executives, and regularly writes and lectures about association management issues.

To read the full announcement from the American Association of Endodontists, click here.

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Lower Back Pain? Try an Epidural Steroid Injection

Research shows effective results for treating lumbar radicular pain 

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Epidural steroid injections were found to be effective in treating lumbar radicular pain.

During the International Spine Intervention Society Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida last August, Dr. Timothy P. Maus, MD, presented new research which shows that single lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections are clinically effective in treating lumbar radicular pain.

Previously, single lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TFESIs) were only found to be effective in smaller trials for the treatment of lumbar radicular pain. Observational trials had no more than 250 participants, while explanatory trials had fewer than 100 people in active treatment.

Maus and his colleagues looked at the results from 2,024 patients who underwent single lumbar TFESIs, with assessments made before and two weeks after receiving the treatment, and again after two months. They found substantial reductions in pain using a pain numerical rating scale and the Roland-Morris disability questionnaire.

To read the full article, click here.

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Tracking Heart Health in the Palm of Your Hand

Two U.S. startups get FDA approval for smartphone heart monitoring 

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Two Silicon Valley startups received FDA approval for mobile applications that track patient’s heart health from their smartphone.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead for two Silicon Valley startups that are developing mobile applications which can a track a patient’s heart health from the comfort of their phone. The two companies, AliveCor and Vital Connect, are planning releases by the end of the year.

AliveCor has created a device that can detect heart conditions like atrial fibrillation through electrocardiogram (ECG) readings via smartphone. It fits most mobile devices and rests on a patient’s finger or chest to record an ECG.

Vital Connect has developed a patch called the “HealthPatch MD” which can be placed on one of three areas on the chest, and patients can view their own biometric data directly from their mobile device. Users can keep track of heart rate, pulse variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, steps, “fall” detection and more.

As cardiovascular health remains a worldwide concern, early detection and other preventative measures are crucial in reversing heart disease, and digital healthcare trends such as these could become useful tools for both patients and physicians.

To read the full article, click here.

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Clearer, Brighter: Ultrasound and the CCR Evolution

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Havel’s “4×4 CCR Pattern” provides maximum reflection for echogenic needles under ultrasound.

A change in methodology created the need for an ultrasound-guided needle 

By Zach Rogers

Editor, Havel’s Inc.

Part Two: Corners, Cubes and the Havel’s Advantage 

Earlier, we looked at how ultrasound-guided needle injections are beginning to dominate the field of regional anesthesia. Terms like “echogenicity” and “needle visualization” became important talking points for doctors wanting a better needle. If the biggest problem was visibility, the answer was found in just three simple letters: CCR.

CCR stands for “corner cube reflectors,” and these multi-angled surfaces reflect sound waves back to the transducer, making the needle appear brighter and clearer on screen. These surfaces offer a number of advantages, including improved shaft and needle tip visibility, thus making the needle more echogenic. CCR marks ensure more exact needle placement in ultrasound-guided procedures like peripheral nerve blocks and muscular skeletal injections, and allow you to see the needle and anesthetic in real-time.

In today’s market, CCR-type markings on both the shaft and near the tip of the needle are common, and this placement does help with echogenicity. However, it makes identifying the exact position of the needle tip more difficult, as one might become confused at differentiating between the shaft and the tip. Ultimately, this defeats the purpose of using an echogenic needle, and it’s why Havel’s has developed special echogenic needles that eliminate the confusion.

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Benefits of ultrasound guidance include better accuracy, faster needle placement and real-time monitoring of anesthesia flow.

At Havel’s, we’ve created what’s called our “4×4 CCR Pattern,” which helps pinpoint the exact location of the needle tip once inside the body. Our echogenic needles have four rows of four multi-angled indentations at the distal end of the needle, which circle around the entire cannula, making the tip appear brighter and in full-view. A total of 16 corner cube reflectors are placed within the first 5.5mm of the needle, allowing you to focus on the tip without any other distractions.

Other competitors have reflectors as far up as 20mm of the cannula, which drives up cost and could potentially lead to a false assumption of the needle tip’s actual location. An abundance of reflectors could also blur the target area and create a cloud around the needle. In the end, you shouldn’t pay more for what you don’t need, and with our line of echogenic needles, you get exactly what you need at an affordable price.

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Havel’s EchoStim and EchoBlock needles include four rows of four corner cube reflectors placed within the first 5.5mm of the needle, which helps to easily identify the location of the needle tip.

Havel’s 4×4 CCR Pattern is available on some of our most popular insulated and non-insulated needles, including the EchoStim, EchoBlock and EchoBlock MSK. Advantages to our 4×4 pattern include better accuracy, faster needle placement, increased success rates and reduced needle sticks and breaks. The 4×4 CCR Pattern also lessens the need for needle rotation because the CCR marks appear around the entire tip. Our echogenic needles allow you to see the needle, confirm the trajectory, locate the tip and watch the anesthetic encircle the target area. At Havel’s, our focus is on the tip, and yours should be too.

 

 

 

Since 1981, Havel’s has offered premium quality ultrasound needles, anesthesia needles, radiology needles and surgical scalpel blades to doctors, hospitals, veterinarians and other leading medical professionals. To see Havel’s selection of procedure needles and surgical scalpel blades, click here: Havel’s Procedure Needles and Surgical Scalpel Blades.

 

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