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JAMA Dermatology Study Highlights

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JAMA Dermatology Study Highlights

  • Performance of smartphone applications in assessing melanoma risk is highly variable and 3 of 4 applications incorrectly classified 30 percent or more of melanomas as unconcerning. The authors suggest that reliance on these applications, which are not subject to regulatory oversight, and not seeking medical consultation can delay the diagnosis of melanoma and potentially harm users. (Online First; see news release below).
  • A study analyzing trends and antibiotic susceptibility patterns of skin cultures in an outpatient dermatology clinic found that the relative proportion of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among 387 S aureus skin culture isolates between January 2005 and June 2011 increased by 17 percent during the last three years of the study. Despite the increase, MRSA appeared to be more sensitive to ciprofloxacin, while methicillin-sensitive S aureus (MSSA) demonstrated increased antibiotic resistance to ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, gentamicin sulfate, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Online First).

(JAMA Dermatol. Published online January 16, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.2382; doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.2424. Available pre-embargo to the media at http://media.jamanetwork.com.)

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