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    1. Maggot Therapy May Assist in Wound Healing

      Dec. 19, 2011 -- It sounds medieval, but it’s an accepted part of modern medicine: Maggots may assist in wound healing, French researchers report. Maggots have been used to help treat wounds for thousands of years. Their use declined with the advent of antibiotics. Now, they seem to be making a come

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    2. Bedbugs: Why They're Back

      Dec. 6, 2011 -- For a while, it seemed the bedbug had gone the way of the Edsel automobile and cold water flats. Not anymore -- as we’ve learned. They’re back with a vengeance, and experts now seem to know why. Bedbugs may not get as much play in the media as they did in the summer of 2010, but they

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    3. Acne Patients Who Take Antibiotics May Get More Sore Throats

      Nov. 22, 2011 -- Young adults taking oral antibiotics for acne were more than three times more likely to complain of sore throats than people who weren't, new studies show. Acne and the use of oral antibiotics to treat it are so common that these patients represent "an ideal group in which to study

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    4. Gene May Be Linked to Frequent Cold Sores

      Nov. 18, 2011 -- Most of us have had an occasional cold sore, but some people get the painful, unsightly sores over and over again. These cold sores, which tend to appear on or around the lips, are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Exactly why they occur more frequently in some people w

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    5. Experimental Drug May Help Treat Psoriasis

      Oct. 26, 2011 -- An experimental drug called briakinumab appears to be more effective than a standard medication for treating psoriasis, a new study shows. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It included psoriasis patients who were assigned to get monthly injections of bri

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    6. Divorce, Heavy Drinking, Smoking Linked to Hair Loss

      Sept. 23, 2011 -- Hair loss may not just be a matter of age or unlucky genes. Preliminary findings from new studies of male and female identical twins suggest that a broad range of lifestyle factors, including stress, smoking, heavy drinking, and sun exposure, may also foil the follicles. That appea

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    7. Maggots May Help Heal Hard-to-Treat Wounds

      Sept. 22, 2011 (Chicago) -- Maggots helped to heal the wounds of people with diabetes after multiple traditional treatments had failed, a small study shows. Leg and foot sores in 27 of 37 people with diabetes healed after treatment with medical maggots. The wounds had been open for several months to

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    8. Illnesses Linked to Bedbug Insecticides

      Sept. 22, 2011 -- Bedbugs won't kill you, but the poisons used to kill them might. According to a new CDC report, exposure to insecticides used to control bedbugs led to one death and more than 100 illnesses between 2003 and 2010. The report is published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly R

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    9. U.S. Is Lagging in Effort to Control Superbugs

      Sept. 21, 2011 -- A new project puts the U.S. on the map, but not in the way we'd like to be. A new interactive map illustrates the growing threat posed by drug-resistant superbugs in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The map was prepared by Extending the Cure, a research project that focuses on issues

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    10. 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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