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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Corticosteroids for Kids’ Eczema May Not Hurt Skin

    April 21, 2011 -- Proper use of corticosteroid ointments to treat childhood eczema does not appear to damage or thin skin over time, a new study shows. About one out of 10 kids will develop eczema, which is a skin condition related to allergies and inflammation. In eczema, skin can form small fluid-

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  8. When It's More Than Acne

    All cases of acne have their roots in hormone production, but some acne is a symptom of an underlying hormonal condition that can cause far more than facial blemishes. If troublesome blemishes are plaguing you long after your teen years are over, it’s possible that they’re telling you to look beyond

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  9. Exercise for Healthy Skin

    It's hardly news that exercise is great for your heart, lungs, and mental outlook. Here's another reason to get moving: Regular exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin. "We tend to focus on the cardiovascular benefits of physical activity, and those are important. But anything that promotes heal

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  10. Medications That Can Cause Acne

    If your doctor has put you on lithium or an anticonvulsant, be aware that an uncommon but possible side effect is acne. Certain drugs, including corticosteroids, lithium, anticonvulsants, barbiturates, androgenic steroids, DHEA, and medications that contain bromides or iodides, can cause true acne o

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