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  1. Little Insects, Big Allergic Reactions

    June 16, 2011 -- Insect stings are little more than painful nuisances for most people. But for others, the venom from insects can cause severe allergic reactions and even death. That’s according to a joint task force of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Academy of

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  2. Antiperspirant Safety: Should You Sweat It?

    Word travels fast on the Internet. As stories fly from inbox to inbox, they gain momentum and news sometimes blurs with fiction. A few years ago, an email began circulating that gave many readers reason to pause. It read: "I just got information from a health seminar that I would like to share. The

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  3. Itchy Skin: Imaginary Bugs Often Blamed

    May 16, 2011 -- People with a “delusional bug syndrome” are convinced that bugs, worms, germs, or other creepy crawlers are infesting their skin and often see skin doctor after skin doctor to find out what is causing the infestation. Often, patients bring in samples of the insect and request a skin

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  4. The Top 7 Summer Health Hazards

    Ryan Stanton, MD, doesn't want to meet you this summer. The Lexington, Ky., emergency room physician knows that when the weather starts heating up, so do a host of health hazards that can quickly turn a festive day at the beach into a disaster. He tells WebMD the Magazine about what brings summer re

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  5. When Your Psoriasis Treatment Isn't Working

    To describe his battle against psoriasis, Alan Eisenberg likes to quote John Paul Jones, the famed Revolutionary War mariner: “I have not yet begun to fight.” For six years, the Portland, Ore., resident has been trying treatments for his skin condition. Methotrexate helped his nails, but didn’t cure

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  6. Vitamin D Treatments Target Psoriasis

    May 12, 2011 -- Ultraviolet light therapy and vitamin D creams are widely prescribed treatments for psoriasis, and now a new study may help explain why they work for so many patients. Researchers say the vitamin D-based treatments increase the binding of a peptide called cathelicidin to DNA, which,

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  7. Do Bedbugs Spread MRSA?

    May 11, 2011 -- Bedbugs removed from people seeking care at a Vancouver hospital were carrying drug-resistant MRSA or VRE bacteria, Canadian doctors report. The patients were residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, an area with high rates of homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and injection drug use. Becaus

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  8. Robot Hair-Transplant Device Gets FDA Nod

    April 29, 2011 -- A robotic device for harvesting hair follicles now has a green light from the FDA. Sorry, Blondie and Curly -- for the time being, it's approved only for people with black or brown straight hair. Blond and curly-haired people were not included in the studies that led the FDA to giv

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  9. Leprosy May Pass Between Armadillos and People

    April 27, 2011 -- They may be built like tanks, but armadillos’ natural armor doesn’t protect them from leprosy. Now a new study shows that some armadillos and people with leprosy in the southern United States are infected with the same bacterial strain. That suggests that the disease, which causes

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  10. Stress and Acne

    It’s finals week and you’re tired, anxious, and stressed out about all those tests, including that daunting organic chemistry exam. Ever notice that your complexion seems to be stressing out right along with you, erupting in more pimples or acne cysts? It’s probably not just your imagination, says L

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