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    1. Defeating Dandruff

      April 27, 2012 -- Doctors have been scratching their heads over how to treat bad cases of dandruff for more than century. Over-the-counter shampoos and scalp treatments can help when dandruff is mild, says Thomas L. Dawson, PhD, a scientist at Procter & Gamble who works on Head & Shoulders shampoo.

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    2. Shingles Vaccine Deemed Safe in Large Study

      April 23, 2012 -- The shingles vaccine is "generally safe and well tolerated," according to a study of nearly 200,000 patients. Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful rash caused by reactivation of chickenpox virus that has remained dormant in the body. Up to 1 million Americans, more than half of

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    3. Tick Season Starts Early: Expert Q&A

      April 17, 2012 -- The pleasant temperatures of this past winter may be giving way to unpleasant consequences, as the warmer weather has encouraged the early emergence of ticks. That means greater chances of contracting Lyme disease, particularly in the Northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and North-Central U

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    4. Thyme’s Time as Acne Remedy May Be Coming Soon

      April 12, 2012 -- The next new acne treatment may be found in the produce section of your food store. Largely due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, the herb thyme -- which is found with other herbs in the produce section of most food stores -- may well earn itself a place in th

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    5. Biologic Treatments May Ease Psoriasis

      March 28, 2012 -- Two experimental biologic treatments may help treat psoriasis, researchers report in The New England Journal of Medicine. The biologics are called brodalumab and ixekizumab. They're both given by injection and target the same inflammation-promoting protein, interleukin-17. In trial

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    6. New Procedure Makes Hyperhidrosis No Sweat

      March 19, 2012 (San Diego) -- Ultrasound treatment can reduce excessive sweating in the underarms by nearly 80%, according to a new study. Researchers used a ''microfocused" ultrasound to target the sweat glands in 14 men and women, aged 18 to 75, says Mark Nestor, MD, PhD, a dermatologist and volun

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    7. Topical Gel Treats Precancerous Skin Condition

      March 15, 2012 -- A new prescription gel may quickly treat a common precancerous skin condition called actinic keratosis, a new study shows. The gel is derived from the sap of the Euphorbia peplus plant. This has long been used as a folk remedy for skin lesions. The new findings are published in the

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    8. 9 Tips Before Getting Your Body Pierced

      Feb. 17, 2012 -- Women once got their ears pierced simply to wear a wider variety of jewelry. But these days, more and more women and men are getting other parts of their bodies pierced -- from eyebrows and noses to navels, tongues, and genitals -- as a popular form of personal, cultural, or artisti

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    9. Some Body Parts More Satisfying to Scratch

      Feb. 2, 2012 -- You’ve got to love a scientific paper entitled “The Pleasurability of Scratching an Itch.” We’ve all been there, done that: "Ahhh." But did you know that scratching one part of the body is more pleasurable than scratching another? And no, not your first thought. Lower. Try the ankles

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    10. CDC: Morgellons Disease May Be Psychiatric Disorder

      Jan. 26, 2012 -- Extensive study of people suffering from Morgellons disease -- including analysis of their mysterious "skin fibers" -- finds no underlying cause of the illness. Morgellons symptoms are as creepy as the name implies. Patients report slow-to-heal sores that often feel like bugs are cr

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