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  1. Risk of Shingles Recurrence Is Low

    June 5, 2012 -- A new study offers encouraging news for people who have recently experienced a painful bout of shingles. For most people, the risk of having shingles recur after the initial occurrence is fairly low. The study appears online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Shingles is a painfu

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  2. Foggers No Match for Bedbugs

    June 3, 2012 -- Bug bombs and other insect foggers may be no match for pesky bedbugs. A new study confirms that these commonly used pesticides are ineffective against the current bedbug invasion. "These foggers don't penetrate in cracks and crevices, where most bedbugs are hiding, so most of them wi

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  3. Vigorous Exercise Might Protect Against Psoriasis

    May 24, 2012 -- Here's yet another reason to exercise: A new study suggests that vigorous physical activity could reduce the risk of psoriasis. The findings come out of the long-running Nurses' Health Study, which includes only women, but previous research suggests that exercise may also protect men

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  4. Does Your Baby Have Eczema?

    Our babies inherit a lot from us: our height, our hair color -- and our tendency toward sensitive skin, including eczema. If someone in your immediate family has allergic tendencies, eczema may be the first sign that your baby shares that tendency, too, says pediatrician Chris Tolcher, MD, clinical

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  5. Defeating Dandruff

    April 27, 2012 -- Doctors have been scratching their heads over how to treat bad cases of dandruff for more than century. Over-the-counter shampoos and scalp treatments can help when dandruff is mild, says Thomas L. Dawson, PhD, a scientist at Procter & Gamble who works on Head & Shoulders shampoo.

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  6. Shingles Vaccine Deemed Safe in Large Study

    April 23, 2012 -- The shingles vaccine is "generally safe and well tolerated," according to a study of nearly 200,000 patients. Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful rash caused by reactivation of chickenpox virus that has remained dormant in the body. Up to 1 million Americans, more than half of

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  7. Tick Season Starts Early: Expert Q&A

    April 17, 2012 -- The pleasant temperatures of this past winter may be giving way to unpleasant consequences, as the warmer weather has encouraged the early emergence of ticks. That means greater chances of contracting Lyme disease, particularly in the Northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and North-Central U

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  8. Thyme’s Time as Acne Remedy May Be Coming Soon

    April 12, 2012 -- The next new acne treatment may be found in the produce section of your food store. Largely due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, the herb thyme -- which is found with other herbs in the produce section of most food stores -- may well earn itself a place in th

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  9. Ringworm or Candida: What’s the Difference?

    It can begin as a small sore, scaly skin, or a rash. Then it often spreads, itches, or burns. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a fungal infection. The infections can affect anyone, but if you (or your children) play sports or are engaged regularly in other physical activiti

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  10. All About Jock Itch

    Jock itch may not be what you think it is. For starters, it isn't caused by jock straps. And it doesn't only affect athletes or weekend warriors. In fact, people who are sedentary may be just as likely as very active people to get jock itch. Here's what causes this common and uncomfortable problem,

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