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  1. New Tick-Borne Disease Found

    Aug. 29, 2012 -- A new virus, dubbed "Heartland virus," is being spread to people by ticks common in the Southeast, the CDC reports. The only known cases are two northwestern Missouri men who fell ill in 2009. Ticks had bitten both men, but they did not get better after treatment with antibiotics. T

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  2. Psoriasis Linked to Diabetes

    Aug. 29, 2012 (Munich, Germany) -- The chronic skin disorder psoriasis may raise the risk of diabetes, a large study shows. The risk is highest -- about two-fold higher -- in patients with the most severe psoriasis, says researcher Ole Ahlehoff, MD, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in cardiology at Copen

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  3. Skin Infections Linked to Tattoo Ink

    Aug. 22, 2012 -- When it comes to tattoos, here’s the rub: The tattoo parlor may be spotless; the tattoo artist may be using sterile techniques; but you can still wind up with a nasty infection from ink that was contaminated before it arrived at the shop, new studies show. The first study is publish

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  4. Some Psoriasis Therapies May Cut Heart Attack Risk

    Aug. 20, 2012 -- People with psoriasis, known to be at higher risk of heart attack, had a lower risk when treated with drugs known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, such as Enbrel, Humira or Remicade, compared to medicines applied to the skin, according to new research. Those on oral medici

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  5. How to Prevent Balding

    By age 30, half of men start to lose the thick mop of hair they had as a teen and throughout their 20s. The hairline begins a steady backward march, and more of the scalp shows through on the top of the head. Your genes largely determine whether you'll be one of these men. But Adam Penstein, MD, chi

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  6. Sunburns Common in Young Women Who Tan Indoors

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- Getting sunburned or red skin is common among college-aged women who visit tanning salons during the winter months, a new study shows. Researchers found that nearly 1 out of every 5 sessions of indoor tanning led to a skin redness or burn in freshman and sophomore females who wanted

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  7. Spray-on Skin May Promote Wound Healing

    Aug. 2, 2012 -- An experimental spray-on skin product may help people with chronic leg wounds heal faster and more effectively than available treatments, a new study suggests. The spray-on skin is made up of skin cells and suspended in a mixture of different types of proteins. The participants in th

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  8. West Nile Virus: Questions and Answers

    July 30, 2012 -- How extensive is the threat of West Nile Virus this summer, and how can you help protect yourself from it? WebMD asked the CDC's medical epidemiologist Marc Fischer, MD. Well, so far this year, some areas of the country are experiencing substantially more activity than they have in

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  9. Curing the College Acne Blues

    College may be good for the mind, but it can be tough on your skin. Maxine Hillman, a 21-year-old junior, can attest to this. She had struggled with acne since the fourth grade, but with the help of a dermatologist, she finally got it under control in her teens. That is, until her first year at the

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  10. How Much Sweating Is Excessive?

    Starting in fourth grade, Sophia Z. Wastler remembers always pinning her elbows to her side. She never wanted to raise her hand in class to answer a question. Excessive sweating constantly left sweat rings under her arms -- even when it wasn’t hot. It wasn’t until years later in her early 30s that W

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