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  1. Bedbugs: Why They're Back

    Dec. 6, 2011 -- For a while, it seemed the bedbug had gone the way of the Edsel automobile and cold water flats. Not anymore -- as we’ve learned. They’re back with a vengeance, and experts now seem to know why. Bedbugs may not get as much play in the media as they did in the summer of 2010, but they

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  2. At Risk for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia?

    If you thought chickenpox was a "once and done" childhood illness, you're only two-thirds right. For about one million American adults each year, that long-forgotten rash returns in a new painful form: shingles. The pain of shingles can be excruciating, but the condition goes away in a few weeks --

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  3. 3 Questions About Eczema

    If your child has a dry, itchy skin rash on the elbow, eczema is most likely to blame. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, atopic, or allergy-related, eczema affects up to 30% of Americans, mostly kids, and the figure is on the rise. At a meeting of the American A

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  4. WebMD Top Mobile Search Terms

    You're on the go, and so is your need for health information. This year, the top search terms on WebMD's mobile site showed you had symptoms on your mind, and you wanted answers. Here are WebMD's top search terms from its mobile site in 2011: Ringworm: Maybe you saw that telltale ring on your skin a

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  5. Acne Patients Who Take Antibiotics May Get More Sore Throats

    Nov. 22, 2011 -- Young adults taking oral antibiotics for acne were more than three times more likely to complain of sore throats than people who weren't, new studies show. Acne and the use of oral antibiotics to treat it are so common that these patients represent "an ideal group in which to study

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  6. Gene May Be Linked to Frequent Cold Sores

    Nov. 18, 2011 -- Most of us have had an occasional cold sore, but some people get the painful, unsightly sores over and over again. These cold sores, which tend to appear on or around the lips, are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Exactly why they occur more frequently in some people w

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  7. Experimental Drug May Help Treat Psoriasis

    Oct. 26, 2011 -- An experimental drug called briakinumab appears to be more effective than a standard medication for treating psoriasis, a new study shows. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It included psoriasis patients who were assigned to get monthly injections of bri

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  8. Divorce, Heavy Drinking, Smoking Linked to Hair Loss

    Sept. 23, 2011 -- Hair loss may not just be a matter of age or unlucky genes. Preliminary findings from new studies of male and female identical twins suggest that a broad range of lifestyle factors, including stress, smoking, heavy drinking, and sun exposure, may also foil the follicles. That appea

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  9. Illnesses Linked to Bedbug Insecticides

    Sept. 22, 2011 -- Bedbugs won't kill you, but the poisons used to kill them might. According to a new CDC report, exposure to insecticides used to control bedbugs led to one death and more than 100 illnesses between 2003 and 2010. The report is published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly R

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  10. Maggots May Help Heal Hard-to-Treat Wounds

    Sept. 22, 2011 (Chicago) -- Maggots helped to heal the wounds of people with diabetes after multiple traditional treatments had failed, a small study shows. Leg and foot sores in 27 of 37 people with diabetes healed after treatment with medical maggots. The wounds had been open for several months to

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