Trending News: Stress May Influence Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis

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A study has found a modest link between the loss of a partner and that person developing psoriasis and atopic dermatitis in the first 3 months following the event, according to The American Journal of Managed Care. Investigators from the London School of Hygiene of Tropical Medicine and the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark compared non-bereaved partners matched to bereaved partners by age, sex, and other factors. The study’s outcome was the first recorded diagnosis of psoriasis or atopic dermatitis.

The CDC has published a comprehensive, global assessment of HIV care-based surveillance implementation of 39 countries, which notes barriers in policy and technical infrastructure that need to be addressed, according to Contagion Live. Among the 39 countries with responses, 20 had implemented case-based surveillance, 15 were planning implementation, and 4 were not planning implementation. Barriers to implementation were consistently reported among the countries surveyed.

A meta-analysis is suggesting cardiotoxicity could be avoided in patients with breast or hematological cancer treated with common cardiovascular medications, according to MD Magazine. The analysis, which examined more than 900 patients across 9 studies, revealed 1 in 10 cases of cardiotoxicity among patients with breast or hematological cancer could be avoided with the use of beta-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or angiotensin II receptor blockers. According to the analysis, cardioprotective medications are not habitually prescribed in patients with cancer; however, the study suggests that they should be considered.