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Revisiting Handwashing – As It Is Absolutely Essential

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues into the second half of 2020, states across the US remain steadfast in their search to determine the safest methods of returning to normalcy. Without a readily available, effective COVID-19 vaccine, and as the numbers of infected individuals continues to climb, the best practices to ensure public safety are rooted in good personal hygiene and prevention of transmission of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. To that end, in addition to properly wearing adequate facial covering, individuals should properly wash their hands to prevent direct auto-inoculation.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues into the second half of 2020, states across the US remain steadfast in their search to determine the safest methods of returning to normalcy. Without a readily available, effective COVID-19 vaccine, and as the numbers of infected individuals continues to climb, the best practices to ensure public safety are rooted in good personal hygiene and prevention of transmission of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Graham L. Litchman DO MS, Justin W. Marson MD, Neal Bhatia MD, Brian Berman MD PhD

 

Despite being a technique widely taught from primary school-age, many individuals do not practice adequate hand hygiene and, even pre-pandemic, suffered from economic losses of missed days at work and/or school.1 Study data have shown that the simple act of handwashing, regardless of other medical interventions, can reduce the transmission of respiratory viruses.2 Furthermore, handwashing with an adequate antimicrobial product for at least 20 seconds can reduce the risk of transmission of viruses, including respiratory viruses like SARS-CoV-2.

Consistent use of water and soap or alcohol-based sanitizer has been estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce pathogen spread up to 50% among healthcare workers. Newer studies are now focusing on “virucidal” properties of alternative and novel agents and combinations.

The results of this open-label clinical study suggest that a topical cream containing retinol 0.5% in combination with niacinamide, resveratrol, and hexylresorcinol is efficacious and tolerable for skin brightening/anti-aging when used with a complementary skin care regimen including SPF 30 sun protection.

Sodium hypochlorite (chemically known as NaOCl and more commonly referred to as “Liquid Bleach”), is a chlorine-derived product, that has been used as a disinfectant for over 200 years, and came to prominence in the 1930s. Open wounds were treated with hypochlorite solutions during World War I, which lead to more routine use within hospitals.6 This paired with aggressive marketing, ultimately lead to “Clorox” becoming the household name for a disinfectant.

The antimicrobial effects of these chlorine-derived products comes from their ability to disrupt the membranes of bacteria, fungi, and viruses as well as induce oxidative damage to the necessary proteins and enzymes for microbial survival.7 The strengths of chlorine-derived agents are determined by their concentration and the solvent (typically water) in which they are mixed. When NaOCl is added to water the reaction yields hypochlorous acid ion (HOCl) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH).

Because NaOCl is more stable, it usually predominates at equilibrium. However, in more acidic solvents, the concentration of HOCl increases. This increases the potency of the solution’s antimicrobial properties given that HOCl is 80–120 times more efficient at eliminating bacteria, viruses, and fungi than sodium hypochlorite. Hypochlorous acid on its own is far too caustic and is not appropriate for application to the skin or human body; consequently, it is reserved for disinfecting inanimate objects, demonstrating that its strength comes at a price.

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Oral Collagen Supplementation: A Systematic Review of Dermatological Applications

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Revisiting Handwashing – As It Is Absolutely Essential

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues into the second half of 2020, states across the US remain steadfast in their search to determine the safest methods of returning to normalcy. Without…

View On Demand: COVID-19: The Invisible Impact on Team Members

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COVID-19: The Invisible Impact on Dermatologists and Dermatology Practices

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This webinar was previously recorded on May 13th, 2020 and is now available on demand.
Join colleagues and thought leaders as we examine the emotional and logistical impact of COVID-19 on employees. Panelists will discuss job loss, mental wellbeing, employee’s top concerns and communication surrounding the global coronavirus pandemic.
Experts will discuss ways to offset anxiety and depression, steps to take care of your emotional well-being and logistical challenges such as homeschooling and balancing the ever-changing priorities during this crisis. There will also be discussion surrounding manager communication strategies, what works, what does not work and ways employers can calm employee’s fears during the pandemic.
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  • Brandon Thompson
    (Co-Founder, Careers in Aesthetics & Co-Founder & CEO, BNB Aesthetic Innovations)

Faculty

  • Richard G. Fried, MD, PhD
    (Board Certified Dermatologist & Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director, Yardley Dermatology Associates)
  •  John Connors
    (CEO & President, Jan Marini Skin Research)
  •  Mark Wilkins
    (Executive Vice President and U.S. General Manager, Prollenium Medical Technologies)
  •  Aaron Burton
    (CEO, Sciton)
  •  Jenna Mons Anderson
    (CEO, AccessElite)

 

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COVID-19: The Invisible Impact on Dermatologists and Dermatology Practices

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COVID-19: The Invisible Impact on Dermatologists and Dermatology Practices

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This webinar was previously recorded on May 13th, 2020 and is now available on demand.
Join your dermatology colleagues and thought leaders as we examine the hidden impact of COVID-19 on dermatologists and providers, including new and small private practices, emotional wellbeing and the evolving priorities placed on providers during the global coronavirus pandemic. Panelists will discuss their first-hand, personal experience living with COVID-19 and ways it has impacted their physical and emotional health, practice and personal life.
Discussion and guidance will be given on simple steps you can take in the wellness sphere, crisis management and return to practice concepts for both large and small dermatology practices.

 

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  • Richard G. Fried, MD, PhD (Board Certified Dermatologist & Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director, Yardley Dermatology Associates)

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  • Evan Rieder, MD
    (Board Certified Dermatologist & Psychiatrist, NYU Langone Health)
  • Paul Jarrod Frank, MD
    (Chief Medical Officer & Founder, PFRANKMD)
  • Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD
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On Demand: Proper Hand & Face Care During COVID: What You and Your Patient Need to Know!

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Proper Hand & Face Care During COVID- What You and Your Patient Need to Know!

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Tune in to hear from Drs. Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD, and Jonathan Silverberg, PhD, MPH as they discuss proper hand hygiene routines, how to counter act skin damage, importance of ceramides to repair the skin barrier and more.

Please Note: Due to technical difficulties with our webinar platform, this webinar ends at 34:36 after the final Q&A question.

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  • Skin structure as related to hand/face care
  • The science/chemistry
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    George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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    George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Proper Hand & Face Care During COVID: What You and Your Patient Need to Know!

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  • Thursday, May 7th 2020
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST

Healthcare providers who attend the entire webinar will receive products courtesy of CeraVe!

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Proper Hand & Face Care During COVID- What You and Your Patient Need to Know!

Join the JDD & CeraVe for a #SkinChat!

Tune in to hear from Drs. Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD, and Jonathan Silverberg, PhD, MPH as they discuss proper hand hygiene routines, how to counter act skin damage, importance of ceramides to repair the skin barrier and more.

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Product Giveaway

Healthcare providers who attend the entire webinar will receive the following products:

  • CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion (8 fl oz.)
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Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic an Indication to Temporarily Modify Dermatological Management Plans?

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"Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic an Indication to Temporarily Modify Dermatological Management Plans?"

While the world lives under the shadow of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, dermatologists wonder if the current situation calls for a temporary change in the management of skin conditions.

Immunosuppressive drugs are used ubiquitously in the modern treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune skin diseases like psoriasis, bullous diseases, connective tissue diseases, and many others. Treatment of these conditions is based on the suppression of the patient’s immune system using steroids, steroid-sparing drugs, and biological agents.1
“The use of immunosuppressive to treat these conditions can amplify this effect, and it might leave the patient vulnerable to more serious complications should an infection with the novel coronavirus be established. Hence, it may be wise to restrict temporarily the use of immunosuppressive agents including systemic steroids, steroid-sparing agents, and biologics in dermatology daily practice until more evidence is avilable about their safety in the current pandemic.6 As a relates point, the International Psoriasis Council declared an urgent statement on March 11, 2020 that the physician should be alert to the potentially harmful effects of COVID-19 infection on patients with psoriasis and to immediately discontinue or postpone immunosuppressant medications for psoriasis patients diagnosed with COVID-19 disease.”

As the declaration of the novel coronavirus as a pandemic by the WHO is a trending topic nowadays, dermatologists around the world view with concern the impact of this pandemic on their daily practice.

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GW Announces Virtual Learning Opportunity

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DC Academy of Dermatology

 

The George Washington University School of Medical and Health Sciences has announced it will host a Virtual academy meeting on March 23rd.

GW’s Department of Dermatology Reception has cancelled its reception at the annual American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting after officials have implemented health mandates across the globe in response to the rapidly evolving pandemic.

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the graphic impact on educational programing, we have responded to this challenge by utilizing online learning to bring you the DC Academy of Dermatology (DCAD). This 7-hour virtual learning event will include case studies, presentations, and board review.  The “live” event will be available only to residents, with additional webcasts available to all.”

Join the DC Academy of Dermatology of their inaugural meeting of the DC Academy of Dermatology on Monday March 23rd from 8:30am-3:30pm.

Led by Dr. Adam Friedman and hosted by The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and in collaboration with Dermatology In-Review and supported by EPI Health, SanovaWorks, and La Roche-Posay USA.

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Global Pandemic: A Statement from the JDD

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Dear JDD readers and colleagues,

The global COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our lives: how we gather and connect has changed to ensure the health and safety of our communities.
During this time, as researchers, health professionals, and scientists around the world collaborate to develop solutions to protect our global community, the JDD has committed to continuing to publish the latest research, updates, and information to help providers better serve patients.
To support community collaboration, the JDD has premiered an online blog where registered users may comment and connect with other dermatology professionals to share information and learn: www.jddonline.com/jdd-blog.
Additionally, stay up-to-date with the latest developments by following JDD on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
The JDD is committed to providing timely information pertaining to new methods, techniques, drug therapies and devices to our dedicated community of healthcare professionals.

We thank you for your continued support, and wish you all well.

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