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  1. MRSA Infections Decline in Hospitals

    Aug. 10, 2010 -- There has been a dramatic decline in hospital-acquired and other health care-related MRSA infections, the CDC reports. From 2005 to 2008, the rate of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections dropped by almost 28% among hospitalized patients and 17% among people

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  2. Bedbugs Biting All Over U.S.

    July 29, 2010 -- The bedbugs are biting, and not just in New York City. The largest-ever survey on bedbug infestations suggests that the creepy, blood-sucking creatures are being found and fought all over the United States -- in single-family homes, apartment buildings and condos, hotels and motels,

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  3. Scientists Find Possible Genetic Roots of Type of Hair Loss

    June 30, 2010 -- Scientists have identified eight genes that may be associated with the skin disease alopecia areata, a common cause of hair loss that affects 5.3 million Americans. This is one of the first studies to locate genes potentially linked to alopecia areata. What is most striking about th

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  4. Is LRSA the New MRSA?

    June 8, 2010 -- First there were methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Now there is linezolid-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LRSA), according to new research in the June 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. A relatively new antibiotic, linezolid is c

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  5. 6 Insect Repellents Get High Marks

    May 25, 2010 -- Consumer Reports Health has issued a new ranking of the six repellents it says are best to ward off mosquitoes and deer ticks. The magazine says it tested 10 insect repellents in an outside laboratory, where volunteers let deer ticks crawl on them and also exposed themselves to mosqu

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  6. Why the Skin on Your Arms Is Bumpy -- and What to Do About It

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our May 2010 issue, we turned to WebMD's Skin Care Expert, Karyn Grossman, MD, to get advice on dealing with those pesky little bumps that so many of us have on our upper arms. Q. I

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  7. New Hair Loss Gene Is Identified

    April 14, 2010 -- A gene responsible for a rare hair loss disorder may also play an important role in male pattern baldness, according to a new study. Researchers have identified a genetic mutation involved in hypotrichosis simplex, a hereditary hair loss disorder that affects less than 200,000 Amer

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  8. FAQ: Triclosan and Your Health

    April 9, 2010 -- With the FDA reviewing the antibacterial chemical triclosan, widely found in everyday products such as hand soaps, body washes, toothpastes, cosmetics, toys, clothing, and furniture, should you or shouldn't you ditch products with this ingredient? Here are the most frequently asked

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  9. Survey: Most Baldness Treatments Don't Work

    April 6, 2010 -- Most baldness cures just don’t cut it, according to a new Consumer Reports magazine survey of more than 8,000 men and women who have personal experience with hair loss. Of the respondents, nearly 40% of women and 27% of men said they had tried a treatment or product to help stop or

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  10. Adult Acne: Why You Get It, How to Fight It

    Adult acne can really put a crimp on your life. Last year, for instance, Christine Janssen considered posting a new photograph of herself on her business web site but ultimately resisted the idea. “With my acne, I just wanted to put a paper bag over my head,” says Janssen, 41, who runs a Manhattan m

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