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  1. Smoking, Ink Color Affect Laser Tattoo Removal

    Sept. 21, 2012 -- Regret getting that Chinese character tattoo that turned out to be gibberish? Can't face turning 30 with the "Hello Kitty" tat you got on a whim a decade ago? You're not alone. Studies suggest that a third to half of people who get tattoos end up wanting them gone, and now laser te

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  2. West Nile Up 35%, but CDC Says Peak Has Passed

    Sept. 12, 2012 -- Illnesses in the ongoing West Nile epidemic increased 35% since last week, but the CDC says this worst-ever season probably has peaked. "The worst part of the epidemic is behind us," Lyle Petersen, MD, director of the CDC's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, said at a news teleconf

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  3. Summer Tips for Psoriasis

    Warm weather often spells relief from psoriasis. Sunlight helps reduce skin patches, and higher humidity improves dry skin. Yet spring and summer can also make you anxious about showing so much bare skin. Use these tips to make the most of balmy days when you have psoriasis.   Sunlight is the top re

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  4. How to Stay Upbeat When You Have Psoriasis

    Scaly psoriasis patches may make you self-conscious about how you look. Your emotional response could cut even deeper. Having psoriasis increases your risk of depression by nearly 40% -- more than 70% if your psoriasis is severe. So it’s important to take care of your emotional health as well as you

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  5. Are Mites Causing Your Rosacea?

    Aug. 30, 2012 -- A tiny mite may be the cause of the skin condition rosacea. Rosacea causes flushing, redness, and bumps across the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. It usually strikes after age 30 and affects more women than men. It tends to flare in response to certain triggers, like sun exposure

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  6. New Tick-Borne Disease Found

    Aug. 29, 2012 -- A new virus, dubbed "Heartland virus," is being spread to people by ticks common in the Southeast, the CDC reports. The only known cases are two northwestern Missouri men who fell ill in 2009. Ticks had bitten both men, but they did not get better after treatment with antibiotics. T

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  7. Psoriasis Linked to Diabetes

    Aug. 29, 2012 (Munich, Germany) -- The chronic skin disorder psoriasis may raise the risk of diabetes, a large study shows. The risk is highest -- about two-fold higher -- in patients with the most severe psoriasis, says researcher Ole Ahlehoff, MD, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in cardiology at Copen

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  8. Skin Infections Linked to Tattoo Ink

    Aug. 22, 2012 -- When it comes to tattoos, here’s the rub: The tattoo parlor may be spotless; the tattoo artist may be using sterile techniques; but you can still wind up with a nasty infection from ink that was contaminated before it arrived at the shop, new studies show. The first study is publish

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  9. Some Psoriasis Therapies May Cut Heart Attack Risk

    Aug. 20, 2012 -- People with psoriasis, known to be at higher risk of heart attack, had a lower risk when treated with drugs known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, such as Enbrel, Humira or Remicade, compared to medicines applied to the skin, according to new research.  Those on oral medic

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  10. How to Prevent Balding

    By age 30, half of men start to lose the thick mop of hair they had as a teen and throughout their 20s. The hairline begins a steady backward march, and more of the scalp shows through on the top of the head. Your genes largely determine whether you'll be one of these men. But Adam Penstein, MD, chi

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