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  1. Does Chocolate Make Acne Worse?

    Feb. 8, 2011 (New Orleans) -- What your mother always told you may be true after all: Chocolate may make acne worse, a small preliminary study suggests. Young men who ate up to 8 ounces of chocolate saw their average number of pimples skyrocket from fewer than four to as many as 70. And the more cho

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  2. 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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  3. Expert Q&A: How Athletes Can Prevent Rashes

    Feb. 7, 2011 (New Orleans) -- Recent data show that contagious skin infections account for one in five injuries among college athletes and 8.5% of health problems among high school players. Skin-to-skin contact and profuse sweating create an ideal environment for the spread of common skin conditions

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  4. FAQ: Pesky Rashes From Plants

    Feb. 4, 2011 (New Orleans) -- What may start as a seemingly harmless day of gardening can quickly take a turn for the worse when common plants make their mark on your skin. While many of the skin reactions resulting from contact with a hazardous plant are more of a nuisance than anything else, other

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  5. Shingles Myth Busted: It Does Come Back

    Feb. 4, 2011 -- People unlucky enough to suffer a painful shingles attack had one consolation: the belief it would never happen again. Now that comforting belief has been shattered. A new study shows that shingles is at least as likely to strike a person who's already had one bout of the disease as

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  6. Shingles Vaccine Cuts Disease Risk 55%

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- The herpes zoster vaccine, better known as the shingles vaccine and recommended for adults 60 and older, cuts the risk of getting the painful disease by 55%, new research finds. "Compared to childhood vaccines, people would [probably] think 55% is not too impressive, because many ch

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  7. Antibiotics Not Always Needed for MRSA

    Jan. 5, 2011 -- The superbug staph infection, MRSA, has become a global health threat for adults and children, but antibiotics aren't needed to treat all cases, according to new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aure

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  8. You Asked! Expert A's to Your Beauty Q's: Acne and Rosacea Products

    Lindsey Emery, a freelance editor in Portland, Ore., asked about her bumpy skin. We passed her question on to Julie Harper, MD, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Paul M. Friedman, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Univers

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  9. New Genetic Clues Help Explain Baldness

    Jan. 4, 2011 -- A genetic defect in the way hair follicle cells develop may play an important role in male-pattern baldness and offer an alternative avenue for future treatments. A new study suggests that a defect in the way hair follicle stem cells convert to progenitor cells may be an underling ca

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  10. Is It Possible to Get Poisoned by the Sun?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, our experts answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our January-February 2011 issue, we asked WebMD's Skin Care Expert, Karyn Grossman, MD, whether there's really such a thing as "sun poisoning." No.  Although people refer to a severe sunburn

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