Tape Strip Diagnostic Testing for Eczema and Psoriasis Biomarkers 

The current understanding of atopic dermatitis pathophysiology is primarily derived from skin biopsy studies – a diagnostic technique that may cause scarring and is impractical in large-scale clinical studies. Tape strips, on the other hand, promise a minimally invasive technique of accurately detecting distinct immune and barrier markers of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. This method …

Insomnia and Isotretinoin: A Biomarker of Psychiatric Side Effects 

Patient mental health is an important factor to consider with isotretinoin prescription, which is often used to treat acne vulgaris symptoms. A wide range of psychiatric syndromes have been associated with isotretinoin use – including depression, psychosis, and suicide – with insomnia being a common complaint. The sleep disorder itself is a comorbidity present in …

Navigating Telehealth IT Security

The practice of medicine is changing across the majority of specialties in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting to a model based on virtual appointments and digital care. Telemedicine solutions are encouraged whenever possible to minimize exposure risk and virus spread; although this has allowed greater flexibility and the ability for many practices to remain …

Serum Vitamin D Levels Linked to Acne Disease Severity

The multifactorial skin disorder, acne vulgaris, is known to have many causes, including hormonal fluctuations, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and more. A factor currently under further investigation is vitamin D deficiency, which has been evaluated in previous studies yielding contradictory results. In some cases, serum 25 hydroxy vitamin D (25-OH vitamin D) levels were associated …