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The Evolution of Melanoma – Moving beyond Binary Models of Genetic Progression

Mon, 2019-10-14 00:00
To date, over 1000 melanocytic neoplasms, spanning all stages of tumorigenesis, have been sequenced, offering detailed views into their -omic landscapes. This has coincided with advances in genetic engineering technologies that allow molecular biologists to edit the human genome with extreme precision and new mouse models to simulate disease progression. In this review, we describe how these technologies are being harnessed to provide insights into the evolution of melanoma at an unprecedented resolution, revealing that prior models of melanoma evolution, in which pathways are turned ‘on’ or ‘off’ in a binary fashion during the run-up to melanoma, are oversimplified.

Interpretability of the Quality Of Life in Hand Eczema Questionnaire (QOLHEQ)

Thu, 2019-10-10 00:00
The Quality Of Life in Hand Eczema Questionnaire (QOLHEQ) is used to measure impairment of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in hand eczema. Here, we prospectively studied the interpretability of international QOLHEQ scores at three time points: baseline, after 1-3 days (T1) and after 4-12 weeks (T2). Adult patients with hand eczema completed the QOLHEQ and anchor questions for overall assessment of HRQoL impairment. Interpretability of single scores was assessed at baseline by defining severity bands based on agreement with the anchor questions.