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  1. 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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  2. FDA Approves New Varicose Vein Treatment

    March 31, 2010 -- The FDA has approved a new and potentially less painful treatment option for varicose veins. Yesterday, the FDA approved Asclera (polidocanol) for the treatment of small varicose veins. Asclera is part of a class of drugs known as sclerosants that are injected into the affected vei

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  3. Psoriasis Linked to Heart Disease, Cancer

    March 15, 2010 -- Psoriasis is more than skin deep. The 7.5 million Americans who suffer from the thick, red, scaly, itchy plaques of psoriasis are at increased risk of a number of other serious medical conditions. One new study, presented this week at the annual meeting of the American College of C

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  4. Expert Q and A: Dealing With Rosacea

    If you're embarrassed by the redness, flushing, and prominent blood vessels that characterize rosacea, you're not alone. An estimated 14 million Americans, mainly fair-skinned, blue-eyed, blonde men and women between the ages of 30 and 50, suffer from the chronic skin disorder. And nearly three-four

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  5. Expert Q and A: Fighting Hair Loss in Women

    Many women with hair loss suffer in silence, altering their hairstyle to hide thinning or patches. But the sooner you seek care, the better the chances of successfully treating it, says Mary Gail Mercurio, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. It's

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  6. Expert Q and A: Avoiding the Angst of Acne at Any Age

    An estimated 40 million to 50 million Americans are affected by some form of acne, and not just teenagers. Although up to 80% of people aged 11 to 30 say they've been affected, it turns out that many of us, particularly women, have acne in our late 30s and even into our 50s, says Jenny J. Kim, MD, P

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  7. Expert Q and A: Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

    Infestations of Cimex lectularius -- commonly referred to as bedbugs -- have become such a big health issue that in 2008, Congress considered a bill to fund increased inspection of hotel rooms for the creepy crawlers. Though the bill didn't pass, knowing the facts can help protect you from falling p

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  8. Cholesterol Drugs May Treat Psoriasis

    March 8, 2010 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- Once again, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been shown to be good for more than the heart. Already linked to a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and cancer, statins also may help to improve symptoms of psoriasis, researche

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  9. Treating Psoriasis If Enbrel Fails

    March 8, 2010 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- If the drug Enbrel stops working, people with psoriasis have two effective options, new research suggests. Although Enbrel works for many people with psoriasis, one new study shows that the recently approved drug Stelara can help treat moderate to severe psoriasi

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  10. New Drug Relieves Hand Eczema

    March 8, 2010 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- A new drug called alitretinoin can help relieve cracked, itchy, irritated hands in people with severe hand eczema, researchers report. Hands "completely or almost completely" cleared up in nearly half of people with hand eczema that didn't respond to standard tre

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