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  1. MRSA Strain on the Rise in Hospitals

    Nov. 24, 2009 -- A potentially dangerous and rapidly spreading strain of the "superbug" MRSA poses a much greater public health threat than previously thought, new research shows. Community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) is spreading in hospitals and other health care facilities, according to a study in

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  2. Bacteria Key to Healthy Skin

    Nov. 23, 2009 -- Bacteria normally found on the skin's surface may play a key role in preventing inflammation and disease. A new study shows that bacteria living on the skin's surface, including staphylococcal types that typically induce inflammation below the skin, actually prevent excessive inflam

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  3. Stem Cells May Be Used as Skin Grafts

    Nov. 19, 2009 -- Human embryonic stem cells can be used to produce skin grafts for people who have been seriously burned, shows a study published in The Lancet. Though patients have benefited from cell therapy for two decades, the techniques used have had limitations, write Hind Guenou, PhD, of INSE

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  4. New Drug for Lingering Shingles Pain

    Nov. 17, 2009 - The FDA has approved a new treatment for postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the nerve pain that sometimes lingers after an attack of shingles. The new PHN drug is Qutenza. It's made by Lohmann Therapie-Systems AD of Andernach, Germany, and distributed by NeurogesX Inc. of San Mateo, Calif

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  5. Deadlier Strain of MRSA Emerges

    Nov. 2, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- A newly discovered strain of drug-resistant staph bacteria is five times more deadly than other strains, a new study suggests. Adding insult to injury, the new superbug appears to have some resistance to the antibiotic commonly used to treat it, researchers report. Hal

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  6. Shingles Recurs More Often Than Thought

    Nov. 2, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- People with shingles are more likely to suffer a recurrence than previously thought, especially if their attack is accompanied by lasting pain, researchers report. "The risk of getting shingles again, once you already have it, is about one in three," says Barbara Yawn,

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  7. Pumpkin Protein May Field Off Yeast Infections

    Oct. 30, 2009 -- Researchers in South Korea say pumpkin skins contain a powerful antifungal protein that works against the cause of many common yeast infections. Reporting in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Chosun University scientists from Kwangju, South

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  8. Shingles May Raise Risk of Stroke

    Oct. 8, 2009 -- Adults with shingles are at increased risk for stroke, especially if they have shingles that affects the eyes, a study shows. The study is not the first to show an elevated stroke risk associated with shingles, but it is the first to quantify the risk, researchers say. Compared to ad

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  9. Psoriasis: Treatment and Tips During the Holidays

    ’Tis the season for good cheer, good friends, good food … and, if you have psoriasis, a good chance that your skin condition will worsen. Unfortunately, the holidays can be hard on psoriasis sufferers. Stress, cold weather, overindulgence, and winter viruses can make psoriasis symptoms worse. But th

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  10. Dealing With the Stigma of Psoriasis

    When it comes to facing the stigma of psoriasis, there's one incident that sticks out in Robert Schwartz's mind: the time he was kicked out of a restaurant because of his condition. After sitting down with a plate of food from a buffet, he remembers being approached by the restaurant manager and qui

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