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[3 min read] Methotrexate in the treatment of alopecia areata


Methotrexate has been used both as monotherapy and as an adjunct to corticosteroids in the treatment of alopecia areata, but there is only a small amount of definitive evidence and guidelines in this setting.

[4 min read] Australasian College of Dermatologists’ position statement on isotretinoin for acne


The Australasian College of Dermatologists has published a position statement on isotretinoin for the treatment of acne. The statement provides evidence-based information about isotretinoin for the treatment of acne in the Australian clinical and regulatory context, and in particular, use in women of childbearing potential, other contraindications, precautions, dosage, adverse effects and mental health.

[4 min read] What is the association between diet and seborrhoeic dermatitis?

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Seborrhoeic dermatitis – a form of skin inflammation that usually occurs on the scalp, face or torso, in or around areas that naturally produce an oily substance known as sebum – is a chronic disease and although there are a large number of treatments, none are curative.

[4 min read] Does laser therapy reduce scarring during wound healing?

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Can laser therapy help to reduce the appearance of scars during wound healing? Recently, various lasers have increasingly been applied during wound healing to minimise scar formation; however, no consensus regarding treatment procedures exists. A new study assessed scar formation clinically after three non-ablative fractional laser exposures, targeting the inflammation, proliferation and remodelling wound healing phases […]

[3 min read] Half of health care workers have experienced dermatitis


Almost half of health care workers have experienced dermatitis, according to research by the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. A retrospective study of health care workers assessed in Australian dermatology clinics found that 49.7 per cent had experienced allergic contact dermatitis.

[5 min read] Australian healthy skin guidelines

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The Australian Healthy Skin Consortium has published the inaugural ‘National Healthy Skin Guideline: for the Prevention, Treatment and Public Health Control of Impetigo, Scabies, Crusted Scabies and Tinea for Indigenous Populations and Communities in Australia.’ The aim of the guidelines is to help healthcare providers recognise, diagnose, treat and prevent skin infections in Indigenous communities.

[3 min read] Venous leg ulcers: exercise with compression vs compression alone

venous leg ulcers

Is an exercise regimen combined with compression more effective at treating venous leg ulcers than just compression alone? Exercise is recommended as an adjuvant treatment for venous leg ulceration to improve calf muscle pump function. However, the association of exercise with leg ulcer healing has not been properly aggregated, and the effectiveness of different exercise interventions […]

[3 min read] Conjunctivitis in atopic dermatitis patients treated with dupilumab


What factors are associated with the development of conjunctivitis in patients treated with dupilumab for atopic dermatitis? Clinical trials of dupilumab for atopic dermatitis have reported an increased incidence of conjunctivitis in patients who received dupilumab compared with those who received placebo.

[4 min read] Filaggrin mutations: association with eczema, asthma and healthcare costs


Are filaggrin mutations associated with increased prescribing for eczema and asthma, and is increased prescribing associated with increased healthcare costs? 

[WEBINAR] How to employ staff for your medical practice under the Australian federal employment system

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Are you up-to-speed on how to employ staff for your medical practice under the Australian federal employment system? In this month’s webinar, Chief Operating Officer, Matt Woollard and Manager, People & Culture, Karen Kennedy discussed how they manage the compliance side of employing staff at National Skin Cancer Centres.