Researchers say that based on these results, new policies on off-label coverage decisions may be needed, particularly in dermatologic practice where approximately 25% of prescription medications for the 10 most common dermatologic conditions are used off-label.
Researchers noted that a cut-off score of four to start IV antibiotics yielded the highest correct classification of 80% of patients (sensitivity 60%; specificity 93%). This score was validated in 251 children and maintained a robust area under the curve of 0.83 (95% confidence interval 0.78–0.89). The test has a maximum score of seven.
“From the findings of this survey, consistent and sustained long term efficacy and safety from large clinical studies, no pain at injection site or efficacy in all manifestations of psoriatic disease could be influential when choosing a treatment for moderate-to-severe psoriasis,” said Professor Matthias Augustin, Director Institute of Health Care Research in Dermatology and Nursing, University of Hamburg, a...
Conventional germicidal UV light, with a wavelength of 254 nm, is also effective at killing bacteria, but it cannot be used in health care settings around people because it can harm the skin and eyes. Far-UVC light is safe for people because even though it is deadly for bacteria, it cannot penetrate the outer layer of dead skin.
“The research alerts us to the reality that people with rosacea can feel like they are stuck in an unwinnable situation . . . [we need to] ensure people are comfortable talking about the impacts this illness can have on their lives,” said Dr. Jerry Tan, adjunct professor, Western University, Windsor, Ont.