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Special Issue "Skin Health: Feature Review Papers"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Skin Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 2773

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Department of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 91054 Erlangen, Germany
Interests: epidemiology; biostatistics; melanoma; ultraviolet radiation; UV index; prevention of sun exposure
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Dear Colleagues,

As Section Editor-in-Chief of the Section “Skin Health” of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, I am pleased to announce a new Special Issue on “Skin Health: Feature Review Papers”. This Special Issue will be a collection of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and exceptional narrative reviews describing the state of the art and temporal development of a diverse set of topics related to skin health. These topics may comprise, for example, effects of UV radiation on different forms of skin cancer, determinants of allergic contact dermatitis, monitoring of temporal trends in skin diseases, geographical comparisons of disease frequency parameters of skin diseases, impact of artificial UV radiation on skin diseases, analysis of risk factors for rare skin diseases, allergic skin reactions following pharmaceutical interventions, skin toxicology relevant for regulatory purposes, quality of life of patients with chronic skin diseases, prevention of skin diseases, and public health impact of skin diseases. Other timely topics with a clear focus on non-clinical aspects of skin health are also welcome.

We hope this Special Issue is of interest to you and invite you to send a tentative title and short abstract to our editorial office (ijerph@mdpi.com) for evaluation before submission. Please note that selected papers are still subject to thorough peer review.

We look forward to receiving your work.

Prof. Dr. Olaf Gefeller
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • environmental exposure
  • epidemiology
  • meta-analysis
  • public health
  • review
  • skin allergy
  • skin disease
  • skin cancer
  • skin health

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Peristomal Skin Complications in Ileostomy and Colostomy Patients: What We Need to Know from a Public Health Perspective
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(1), 79; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20010079 - 21 Dec 2022
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Background: Peristomal skin complications (PSCs) are the most common skin problems seen after ostomy surgery. They have a considerable impact on a patient’s quality of life and contribute to a higher cost of care. Methods. A systematic review was conducted, querying three databases. [...] Read more.
Background: Peristomal skin complications (PSCs) are the most common skin problems seen after ostomy surgery. They have a considerable impact on a patient’s quality of life and contribute to a higher cost of care. Methods. A systematic review was conducted, querying three databases. The analysis was performed on international studies focused on the clinical-epidemiological burden of PSCs in adult patients with ileostomy/colostomy. Results: Overall, 23 studies were considered. The main diseases associated with ostomy surgery were rectal, colon and gynecological cancers, inflammatory bowel diseases, diverticulitis, bowel obstruction and intestinal perforation. Erythema, papules, skin erosions, ulcers and vesicles were the most common PSCs for patients with an ostomy (or stoma). A PSCs incidence ranging from 36.3% to 73.4% was described. Skin complications increased length of stay (LOS) and rates of readmission within 120 days of surgery. Conclusions: PSCs data are still limited. A knowledge of their burden is essential to support health personnel and decision-makers in identifying the most appropriate responses to patients’ needs. Proper management of these complications plays a fundamental role in improving the patient’s quality of life. A multidisciplinary approach, as well as increased patient education and their empowerment, are priority measures to be implemented to foster a value-based healthcare. Full article
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