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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Sunburns Common in Young Women Who Tan Indoors

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- Getting sunburned or red skin is common among college-aged women who visit tanning salons during the winter months, a new study shows. Researchers found that nearly 1 out of every 5 sessions of indoor tanning led to a skin redness or burn in freshman and sophomore females who wanted

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  4. Spray-on Skin May Promote Wound Healing

    Aug. 2, 2012 -- An experimental spray-on skin product may help people with chronic leg wounds heal faster and more effectively than available treatments, a new study suggests. The spray-on skin is made up of skin cells and suspended in a mixture of different types of proteins. The participants in th

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  5. West Nile Virus: Questions and Answers

    July 30, 2012 -- How extensive is the threat of West Nile Virus this summer, and how can you help protect yourself from it? WebMD asked the CDC's medical epidemiologist Marc Fischer, MD. Well, so far this year, some areas of the country are experiencing substantially more activity than they have in

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  6. Curing the College Acne Blues

    College may be good for the mind, but it can be tough on your skin. Maxine Hillman, a 21-year-old junior, can attest to this. She had struggled with acne since the fourth grade, but with the help of a dermatologist, she finally got it under control in her teens. That is, until her first year at the

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  7. Shingles Vaccine May Be OK for Autoimmune Patients

    July 5, 2012 -- The live-virus shingles vaccine may be safe for people with autoimmune conditions and for those taking immunity-suppressing drugs. The provocative finding comes from a study of 463,541 people aged 60 and older with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, or other

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  8. What's in Your Antiperspirant?

    The 2 million to 4 million sweat glands in our bodies pump out several liters of perspiration every day, which probably explains why close to 100 million of us report that sweating is "sometimes" or "often" a problem. A Harris Interactive Poll found that excessive sweating negatively affects confide

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  9. How Much Sweating Is Excessive?

    Starting in fourth grade, Sophia Z. Wastler remembers always pinning her elbows to her side. She never wanted to raise her hand in class to answer a question. Excessive sweating constantly left sweat rings under her arms -- even when it wasn’t hot. It wasn’t until years later in her early 30s that W

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  10. Are We Finally Outsmarting the MRSA Superbug?

    July 3, 2012 -- Rates of drug-resistant staph infections seem to be on the decline in the community at large as well as in hospitals and nursing homes. A new study of more than 9 million military personnel showed that rates of both community- and hospital-acquired MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphyl

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