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  1. What Causes Psoriasis?

    Psoriasis turns your skin cells into Type A overachievers: They mature about five times faster than cells in normal skin. And unlike normal skin cells, which naturally slough off, these cells pile up on the skin's surface almost faster than snow on a snowdrift. Why does this happen? What makes these

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  2. Talking About Your Psoriasis to Others

    One of the challenges of psoriasis is having to explain your skin condition to others. Most people don't know much about psoriasis, and many fear it's contagious. "That can make the job of explaining why your skin looks the way it does especially difficult," says Julie Nelligan, PhD, a Portland-base

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  3. Bedbug Remedy Based on Kidney Bean Leaves?

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- A centuries-old bedbug remedy has scientists full of beans -- kidney beans to be precise. The bean leaves used to trap bedbugs hundreds of years ago in southeastern Europe may offer a model for a non-toxic, modern-da

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  4. Temporary Tattoos May Leave Permanent Damage

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- As thousands of college students head to sunny spots for spring break, getting temporary tattoos may seem like a fun thing to do. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that they can cause blisters and permanent scarr

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  5. Could Herpes Virus Affect Memory in Older Adults?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who harbor certain infections, such as the herpes cold sore virus, may have poorer thinking and memory abilities than their peers, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of more than 1,600 older adults, those wi

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  6. Germs Fly in Roller-Derby Games, Study Finds

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- As roller-derby skaters bump and smack one another on the track, a new study finds that they're exchanging more than bruises: These combative women are also swapping countless bacteria that live on their skin. Researchers who

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  7. Many Unregulated Tanning Salons Would Admit Kids

    Feb. 25, 2013 -- Nearly two-thirds of Missouri tanning salons included in a new survey would allow children as young as 10 to use their tanning beds. There is clear evidence that ultraviolet radiation exposure from tanning beds is associated with a higher risk of skin cancer. Even so, 65% of 243 Mis

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  8. Mosquitoes Can Become Desensitized to DEET

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Mosquitoes can become desensitized to the insect repellent DEET, according to a new study. Although most bugs are strongly deterred by DEET, the researchers had previously found that some mosquitoes and flies carry a

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  9. Dandruff and Thinning Hair

    If you're a guy with thinning hair and dandruff, you've got a lot of company. Men often have both. Thinning hair and dandruff don't share the same cause. Thinning hair is about your hair. Dandruff is about the skin on your scalp. The way some guys treat hair loss can make their dandruff worse, says

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  10. What Can Make Your Scalp Dry

    Your dandruff may be a bummer, but it's harmless to your health. Dandruff is a "cosmetic" problem, says New York dermatologist Michele Green, MD. "It will not cause anything bad."   No one knows precisely what causes dandruff, though a fungus called malassezia may play a role. It's normal to have ma

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