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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Psoriasis, Heart Disease, and Diabetes: What's the Link?

    Dec. 20, 2010 --  Having psoriasis appears to double the risk that a person will also have a dangerous clustering of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes known as metabolic syndrome, a new study shows. Previous research has found patients with psoriasis to be at higher risk for getting diabet

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  6. How Bedbugs Can Ruin Your Relationship

    By Elise Nersesian-Solé We already know bedbugs have become an epidemic," says Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, Ph.D., an entomologist at Cornell University. "But now we're seeing bedbugs threaten romance. You basically double your odds of an infestation when you start dating someone." Here's how to handle i

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  7. Severe Acne Raises Suicide Risk, Study Finds

    Nov. 12, 2010 -- Anecdotal reports of suicides in patients taking Accutane for severe acne have long plagued the drug, but studies have failed to prove or disprove a link to suicidal behaviors. Now new research finds that severe acne itself increases the risk for suicidal thoughts and actions, raisi

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  8. Bunions, High-Arched Feet Often Inherited

    Nov. 11, 2010 (Atlanta) -- If one of your parents has bunions or high-arched feet, there's a good chance you may inherit the foot problem. That's according to new findings from researchers who examined more than 6,000 feet as part of the Framingham Foot Study. The findings were presented here at the

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  9. Laptop Risk: ‘Toasted Skin Syndrome'

    Oct. 4, 2010 -- People who spend prolonged periods of time studying, reading, or playing games on laptop computers resting on their upper legs could develop “toasted skin syndrome,” a case report shows. The “syndrome” consists of a brownish discoloration of the skin caused by prolonged exposure to h

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  10. Study: Dogs Protect Kids at Risk for Eczema

    Sept. 30, 2010 -- Your choice of family pet may help determine whether your child develops eczema if he or she is at high risk. In a newly published study, young children who were allergic to dogs and lived in homes with dogs had a lower risk for developing eczema than allergic children with no cani

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