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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Chemical in Furniture Linked to Skin Rashes

    March 5, 2010 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- Your new sofa may be the last thing you suspect is causing that red rash on the back of your legs, but it could be the culprit. Doctors say a chemical added into furniture shipments from China to prevent the growth of mold has been linked to severe rashes. The ch

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  7. Eczema, Peanut Allergy May Be Linked

    March 1, 2010 (New Orleans) -- Infants with eczema are at high risk of having peanut and other food allergies, British researchers report. "We were shocked to find out that even in the first year of life, over 20% of infants with eczema already were sensitized [showed susceptibility] to peanut aller

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  8. Can You Treat Acne With an iPhone App?

    Feb. 12, 2010 -- iPhone users love their apps, so it's no surprise that AcneApp, a light-based therapy, is drawing interest from the blemish-prone who like the concept of zapping zits while talking to friends. It's supposed to work like this: Download the application and hold the phone to the skin s

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  9. Toilet Seat Dermatitis Making a Comeback

    Jan. 25, 2010 -- Exotic wooden toilet seats and harsh chemical cleaners may be behind a new resurgence of toilet seat dermatitis, a skin condition once thought to be wiped out in the U.S. A new study documents five recent cases of toilet seat dermatitis in children, some of whom suffered for years b

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  10. Stelara Beats Enbrel in Psoriasis Study

    Jan. 13, 2010 -- A recently approved drug, Stelara, is more effective than a more established drug, Enbrel, in treating moderate to severe psoriasis, according to a new study. The findings, reported this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, may help patients whose extensive psoriasis is not

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