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  1. Shingles Vaccine Cuts Disease Risk 55%

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- The herpes zoster vaccine, better known as the shingles vaccine and recommended for adults 60 and older, cuts the risk of getting the painful disease by 55%, new research finds. "Compared to childhood vaccines, people would [probably] think 55% is not too impressive, because many ch

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  2. 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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  3. Antibiotics Not Always Needed for MRSA

    Jan. 5, 2011 -- The superbug staph infection, MRSA, has become a global health threat for adults and children, but antibiotics aren't needed to treat all cases, according to new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aure

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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