American Academy of Dermatology

Zika: How to counsel concerned patientsDue to Zika viral features, you may play a role in the diagnosis and management of this still-evolving outbreak.
What everyone was talking about at AAD 2016As AAD comes to a close, we wanted to know what the most interesting part of the conference was. We asked a few people, here’s what they had to say.
Off-label PDT protocols show promise in AK treatmentModified PDT protocols prove promising for AK treatment, maintaining high clearance rates while reducing cost, one expert says.
AADA offers patient advocacy assistance with drug costsGetting involved with the AAD Association and state medical societies can help dermatologists stay informed and advocate more effectively for patients, experts say. Here's where to find help.
Don't undertreat margins of primary melanomaFollowing guidelines will help to ensure more consistent outcomes, expert says. Biopsy success rests less on the type of biopsy than the expertise of the physician. Read the recommendations.
Research advances yield new treatments for skin diseaseGenetic and pharmacogenomic breakthroughs have led to improved understanding of many diseases that affect the skin. How far we’ve come.
Moving toward personalized medicine for melanomaNew research indicates that cutaneous melanoma is the most mutation-driven form of all cancers. While research has determined that there is more than one form of cutaneous melanoma, forms with more mutations may respond better to immunotherapies that have been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) since 2011. Learn more
Risk Factors for Melanoma and Genetic TestingWhile one German study has shown that population-wide screening for melanoma could dramatically reduce mortality, potential problems with the strategy include cost due to the overall rarity of the disease, patient compliance, and difficulties identifying patients likely to develop melanoma. Therefore, scientists are developing prediction models to identify those at high risk for melanoma, which can include genetic factors. Learn more
AAD accepting awards/nominations for recognitionApplications and nominations for several awards are being accepted now for dermatologists to receive recognition for thier work during the upcoming American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting.
Practice gapsDermatologists often must weigh their desire for definitive data with the realities of caring for individual patients.