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  1. Surgery vs. Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins

    Sept. 19, 2011 -- A newer, less-invasive technique that uses a laser to seal off bulging and uncomfortable varicose veins appears to work about as well as the standard surgery to remove the damaged vessels, a new study shows. Neither procedure appears to be a guaranteed permanent fix for varicose ve

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  2. If You Have Body Odor, It May Be in Your Genes

    Sept. 15, 2011 -- Imagine showering all you can, using deodorant, essentially being squeaky clean, yet your body odor still resembles fish, or maybe even garbage. For some people, it's an unwelcome reality. It's called "fish odor syndrome," but it's technically a genetic condition called trimethylam

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  3. Uncommon Skin Infection Linked to Tattoos

    Aug. 11, 2011 -- Practices at some tattoo parlors may increase the risk for developing a type of skin infection that more typically occurs in people with compromised immune systems, a study shows. Two reported cases of Mycobacterium haemophilum skin infections in tattoo parlor customers mark the fir

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  4. Low-Carb Diets May Improve Acne

    Aug. 8, 2011 -- Low-carb eating plans may do more than promote weight loss. These diets may also improve acne. Although the few studies conducted on this topic have yielded mixed results, “theoretically, people with acne may have hyperinsulinemia and foods that are low in the glycemic index (GI) may

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  5. FDA Approves First Drug for Scorpion Stings

    Aug. 4, 2011 -- The FDA says it has approved Anascorp as the first specific treatment to counteract the sometimes dangerous or even fatal effects of stings by venomous centruroides scorpions. The federal agency says in a news release that in the United States, venomous scorpions are mostly found in

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  6. New Strain of Tick-Borne Disease Discovered

    Aug. 3, 2011 - A new strain of ehrlichiosis, a tick-borne disease, is being spread by deer ticks, the same ticks that spread Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. So far, the new ehrlichiosis strain has been found only in Minnesota and Wisconsin, even though thousands of ticks from across the

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  7. Is It a Spider Bite? Probably Not

    July 13, 2011 -- Spider bites aren't as common as most people and most doctors think, according to a new analysis. At the same time, researchers also say poor understanding of truly dangerous spider bites delays treatment when a person really has been bitten by a dangerous spider. For example, the b

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  8. New Clues About Why Sunburn Is So Painful

    July 6, 2011 -- It may come as cold comfort to those already suffering from the sting of a midsummer sunburn, but researchers have found a new clue that may help explain why sunburns are so painful. Their study shows UVB irradiation targets a particular protein in the body called CXCL5 that plays a

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  9. Little Insects, Big Allergic Reactions

    June 16, 2011 -- Insect stings are little more than painful nuisances for most people. But for others, the venom from insects can cause severe allergic reactions and even death. That’s according to a joint task force of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Academy of

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  10. Itchy Skin: Imaginary Bugs Often Blamed

    May 16, 2011 -- People with a “delusional bug syndrome” are convinced that bugs, worms, germs, or other creepy crawlers are infesting their skin and often see skin doctor after skin doctor to find out what is causing the infestation. Often, patients bring in samples of the insect and request a skin

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