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  1. 9 Tips Before Getting Your Body Pierced

    Feb. 17, 2012 -- Women once got their ears pierced simply to wear a wider variety of jewelry. But these days, more and more women and men are getting other parts of their bodies pierced -- from eyebrows and noses to navels, tongues, and genitals -- as a popular form of personal, cultural, or artisti

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  2. Some Body Parts More Satisfying to Scratch

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- You’ve got to love a scientific paper entitled “The Pleasurability of Scratching an Itch.” We’ve all been there, done that: "Ahhh." But did you know that scratching one part of the body is more pleasurable than scratching another? And no, not your first thought. Lower. Try the ankles

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  3. CDC: Morgellons Disease May Be Psychiatric Disorder

    Jan. 26, 2012 -- Extensive study of people suffering from Morgellons disease -- including analysis of their mysterious "skin fibers" -- finds no underlying cause of the illness. Morgellons symptoms are as creepy as the name implies. Patients report slow-to-heal sores that often feel like bugs are cr

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  4. Maggot Therapy May Assist in Wound Healing

    Dec. 19, 2011 -- It sounds medieval, but it’s an accepted part of modern medicine: Maggots may assist in wound healing, French researchers report. Maggots have been used to help treat wounds for thousands of years. Their use declined with the advent of antibiotics. Now, they seem to be making a come

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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