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  1. Psoriasis May Raise Cardiovascular Risks

    June 15, 2009 -- People with psoriasis may need to pay close attention to their cardiovascular risks, a new study shows. The study, which appears in the June issue of Archives of Dermatology, looked at more than 5,700 patients at the Miami VA Medical Center, including 3,236 psoriasis patients. The p

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  2. Me and My Psoriasis

    It's summer again, so while everyone else in Michigan, where I live, is shedding sweaters and jeans for tank tops and shorts, I'm looking for cover. This is a yearly ritual, poring over catalogs in search of a breezy, near-ankle-length skirt and chic little cardigan to hide my patchy skin. Those bol

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  3. Human Skin Alive With Bacteria

    May 28, 2009 -- Your skin is crawling with hundreds of kinds of bacteria, NIH researchers find. There are up to 100 times more kinds of bacteria thriving in "vibrant communities" in healthy skin than previously known, report NIH researcher Elizabeth A. Grice, PhD, and colleagues at the National Huma

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  4. Beware of Sunburn Boosters

    You take care of your skin, making sure to use sunscreen, a cleansing routine, and moisturizer. Yet there’s one simple step you may have overlooked that is just as important: Checking out the medicine cabinet and pantry for products that may raise your risk of sun sensitivity. Prescription drugs, ov

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  5. What Causes Common Skin Warts?

    When skin warts appear, it can seem as if the harmless growths came out of nowhere. But common warts are actually an infection in the top layer of skin, caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus, or HPV, family. When the virus invades this outer layer of skin, usually through a tiny scratch, it

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  6. What's Up With Warts on Children?

    Children get a lot of warts. Maybe that’s why folklore attributes warts to touching frogs or toads. Forget that myth. Here are the facts on warts that every parent should know. Between 10% to 20% of children have common skin warts.  Girls get more warts than boys. Warts are most prevalent in childre

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  7. Treat Psoriasis at Home: Ultraviolet Lamps

    May 7, 2009 -- Home treatment of the skin ailment psoriasis with ultraviolet light lamps is at least as safe and effective as conventional phototherapy at hospitals or clinics, according to new research. Ultraviolet B treatment involves exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source. People fin

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  8. Pump Away Shingles Pain?

    May 6, 2009 -- A surgically implanted pump that delivers medication to the spinal fluid helps reduce the persistent pain that can linger in some patients after they recover from shingles, according to a new study. "All patients showed a greater than 50% improvement in pain control," says Andrew J. F

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  9. Surgeons Describe 1st U.S. Face Transplant

    May 6, 2009 -- The nation's first full face transplant gave Connie Culp what dozens of painful plastic surgeries could not -- the ability to re-enter life. Culp, a 46-year-old mother of two from Ohio, didn't die four years ago when her husband pulled the trigger of a shotgun aimed at her face. But s

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  10. Psoriasis Linked to Hypertension, Diabetes

    April 20, 2009 -- Women who have the chronic skin condition psoriasis appear to be at higher risk of getting diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study shows. "We knew there was some association between psoriasis and diabetes and high blood pressure," says Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH, assistant profes

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