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  1. Braids, Weaves Raise Risk of Hair Loss

    April 11, 2011 -- Some hairstyles, including tight braids and weaves, may increase the risk of developing an irreversible form of scarring hair loss, according to a new study in the Archives of Dermatology. Seen predominately in African-American women, this type of hair loss, central centrifugal cic

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  2. Is Itching Contagious?

    March 24, 2011 -- Itching, like yawning, may be contagious, causing people to feel an urge to scratch after they see another person scratching. That’s according to a new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center were researching what they

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  3. Guide to Treating Acne Scars and Skin Damage

    The good news is that the zit that took up residency on your chin for the last three days is finally gone. But the bad news is that the breakout left its mark in the form of a scar. “Even without picking, acne lesions, particularly cysts, can lead to scarring because of the intense, collagen-damagin

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  4. FDA: Shingles Vaccine OK at Age 50 and Up

    March 24, 2011 - People age 50 and older can now get Merck's Zostavax shingles vaccine, the FDA today ruled. The vaccine already was approved for people age 60 and older. The approval is based on a Merck clinical trial that showed the vaccine to be about 70% effective in preventing shingles in the y

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  5. Are Gyms Hotbeds of MRSA Infections? Maybe Not

    March 4, 2011 -- Gym surfaces were thought to be likely hosts for the superbug MRSA, but a new study shows that this risk may be exaggerated. In addition, the study shows the risk of MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus) infections from gym surfaces may also be exaggerated. The findings

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  6. Bunions Can Affect Quality of Life

    Feb. 24, 2011 -- Bunions -- deformities at the base of the big toe that can cause pain and disability -- are common and can really slow a person down, a new study shows. The study, which is published in Arthritis Care & Research, found that more than one in three older adults has at least one bunion

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  7. Dry Electric Current Stops Sweaty Palms

    Feb. 23, 2011 -- Electricity alone may be enough to zap sweaty palms and temporarily relieve excessive sweating caused by hyperhidrosis. A new study shows that applying a small electric current to the wrists of people with the disorder kept their hands dry during treatment. Researchers say tap water

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  8. Psoriasis Guidelines Call for Tailored Treatment

    Feb. 18, 2011 -- New guidelines for the treatment of the skin condition psoriasis stress the importance of tailoring therapies to individual patients. The guidelines were issued by the American Academy of Dermatology. Ronald L. Moy, MD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology, says disease

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  9. Tattoos: Are They Safe?

    Kate Beschen spent years contemplating a tattoo. So when the 37-year-old Philadelphia-based doula finally went for her ink last year, she thought she had covered all the bases. "I had my son and daughter drawn as superheroes on my upper arm," Beschen says. "I decided this was an image I'd be proud t

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  10. Early Success for Gel That Treats Acne Scars

    Feb. 8, 2011 (New Orleans) -- A gel made from a person's own blood may help to fill in acne scars, preliminary research suggests. In a study of 15 people with depressed acne scars, the side of the face treated with the gel looked more aesthetically pleasing than the side treated with needling alone.

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