YOUR RUNDOWN

AMD and a link to skin cancer.

A new study published in Retina found a possible correlation between patients with AMD and skin cancer.

Tell me about the study.

The authors from the Mayo Clinic reviewed the medical records of patients with both dry and wet AMD between the years 2004-2013. They were broken into three groups:
-patients with wet AMD (473 total)
-patients dry AMD (504 total)
-patients without AMD (504 total)

What did they find?

The rate of skin cancer was higher in patients with wet AMD compared to patients with dry AMD and no AMD. Also of note, patients with wet AMD incurred an increased rate of overall malignancies compared to patients with dry AMD and no AMD.

The take home.

This is the first paper to find a link between AMD and skin cancer. The authors state, "patients with AMD with suspicious cutaneous lesions should undergo formal dermatologic evaluation. Similarly, physicians should include a dilated exam to rule out AMD as part of their evaluation when examining skin cancer patients with visual symptoms.” (via)

WHAT YOUR PATIENT MIGHT ASK YOU

Is there a cheaper option for Lotemax?

Yes. Loteprednol just went generic!
Akorn Pharmaceuticals just received FDA approval for loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension 0.5%. But it's not in pharmacies yet, the company is still finalizing the commercial launch. (via)

SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP

Google really does have all the answers.

Researchers found that Google was able to detect a conjunctivitis outbreak before an official reported outbreak was made based on Google search data. (via)

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Speaking of social media...

May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month. (via)

LEGO is helping the visually impaired.

They have launched Braille Bricks to help blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a playful and engaging way. (via)