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  1. New Genetic Clues Help Explain Baldness

    Jan. 4, 2011 -- A genetic defect in the way hair follicle cells develop may play an important role in male-pattern baldness and offer an alternative avenue for future treatments. A new study suggests that a defect in the way hair follicle stem cells convert to progenitor cells may be an underling ca

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  2. Psoriasis, Heart Disease, and Diabetes: What's the Link?

    Dec. 20, 2010 --  Having psoriasis appears to double the risk that a person will also have a dangerous clustering of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes known as metabolic syndrome, a new study shows. Previous research has found patients with psoriasis to be at higher risk for getting diabet

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  3. Severe Acne Raises Suicide Risk, Study Finds

    Nov. 12, 2010 -- Anecdotal reports of suicides in patients taking Accutane for severe acne have long plagued the drug, but studies have failed to prove or disprove a link to suicidal behaviors. Now new research finds that severe acne itself increases the risk for suicidal thoughts and actions, raisi

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  4. Bunions, High-Arched Feet Often Inherited

    Nov. 11, 2010 (Atlanta) -- If one of your parents has bunions or high-arched feet, there's a good chance you may inherit the foot problem. That's according to new findings from researchers who examined more than 6,000 feet as part of the Framingham Foot Study. The findings were presented here at the

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  5. Laptop Risk: ‘Toasted Skin Syndrome'

    Oct. 4, 2010 -- People who spend prolonged periods of time studying, reading, or playing games on laptop computers resting on their upper legs could develop “toasted skin syndrome,” a case report shows. The “syndrome” consists of a brownish discoloration of the skin caused by prolonged exposure to h

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  6. Study: Dogs Protect Kids at Risk for Eczema

    Sept. 30, 2010 -- Your choice of family pet may help determine whether your child develops eczema if he or she is at high risk. In a newly published study, young children who were allergic to dogs and lived in homes with dogs had a lower risk for developing eczema than allergic children with no cani

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  7. Bedbugs: Your Questions Answered

    Sept. 24, 2010 -- Bedbugs are like vampires. They suck your blood, and they are all the rage right now. Unfortunately, the nasty little critters aren’t fictional creatures out of the Dracula or Twilight sagas. They are all too real. And they're not afraid of garlic. Missy Henriksen, a spokeswoman fo

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  8. Cockroach Brains vs. MRSA

    Sept. 9, 2010 -- Cockroaches and locusts may be annoying bugs, but their tiny brains contain antibacterial molecules that apparently are toxic to drug-resistant infections such as MRSA as well as E. coli germs, new research indicates. Simon Lee, a post-graduate researcher at the University of Nottin

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  9. Coating Kills MRSA Germs

    Aug. 17, 2010 -- Biotech scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a coating for use in health care settings that they say kills the deadly MRSA germ. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus, is a virulent bacterium that causes antibiotic-resistant infections, killing

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  10. Study Unlocks Mystery of Nickel Allergy

    Aug. 16, 2010 -- Scientists in Germany have found the biological mechanisms behind nickel allergy, a common cause of contact allergic dermatitis that causes itching, burning, and redness. Researchers used mice to show how nickel induces an immune system response. Nickel binds to a protein called tol

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