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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Beer Linked to Psoriasis

    Aug. 16, 2010 -- Unless it says “light” on the label, that frosty beer you drink may increase the risk of developing psoriasis, a painful skin disease that afflicts more than 7 million Americans, new research indicates. That’s apparently true for women, at least, according to a study now online that

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  7. MRSA Infections Decline in Hospitals

    Aug. 10, 2010 -- There has been a dramatic decline in hospital-acquired and other health care-related MRSA infections, the CDC reports. From 2005 to 2008, the rate of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections dropped by almost 28% among hospitalized patients and 17% among people

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  8. Bedbugs Biting All Over U.S.

    July 29, 2010 -- The bedbugs are biting, and not just in New York City. The largest-ever survey on bedbug infestations suggests that the creepy, blood-sucking creatures are being found and fought all over the United States -- in single-family homes, apartment buildings and condos, hotels and motels,

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  9. Scientists Find Possible Genetic Roots of Type of Hair Loss

    June 30, 2010 -- Scientists have identified eight genes that may be associated with the skin disease alopecia areata, a common cause of hair loss that affects 5.3 million Americans. This is one of the first studies to locate genes potentially linked to alopecia areata. What is most striking about th

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  10. Is LRSA the New MRSA?

    June 8, 2010 -- First there were methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Now there is linezolid-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LRSA), according to new research in the June 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. A relatively new antibiotic, linezolid is c

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