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  1. Is It a Spider Bite? Probably Not

    July 13, 2011 -- Spider bites aren't as common as most people and most doctors think, according to a new analysis. At the same time, researchers also say poor understanding of truly dangerous spider bites delays treatment when a person really has been bitten by a dangerous spider. For example, the b

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  2. New Clues About Why Sunburn Is So Painful

    July 6, 2011 -- It may come as cold comfort to those already suffering from the sting of a midsummer sunburn, but researchers have found a new clue that may help explain why sunburns are so painful. Their study shows UVB irradiation targets a particular protein in the body called CXCL5 that plays a

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  3. Healthy Diet, Healthy Skin

    Whenever dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, eats chocolate, she breaks out two days later. Although she admits there is no hard science to explain why, she takes comfort in knowing she’s not alone. More than one-third of people with acne see a connection between what they eat and their blemishes.     “

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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