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  1. Shingles May Raise Risk of Stroke

    Oct. 8, 2009 -- Adults with shingles are at increased risk for stroke, especially if they have shingles that affects the eyes, a study shows. The study is not the first to show an elevated stroke risk associated with shingles, but it is the first to quantify the risk, researchers say. Compared to ad

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  2. FDA OKs New Psoriasis Drug Stelara

    Sept. 25, 2009 -- The FDA today approved a new biologic drug called Stelara for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults. Plaque psoriasis is an immune system disorder that results in the rapid overproduction of skin cells. According to the FDA, about 6 million people in the U.

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  3. Beaches May Be Safe Harbor for MRSA

    Sept. 14, 2009 (San Francisco) -- Drug-resistant staph bacteria have been found on public beaches in Washington state, and beaches in other states may harbor the superbug too. MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) was once rarely seen outside of hospitals or other health care facilities

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  4. Brain Can Cope With Emotions of Psoriasis

    Aug. 27, 2009 -- Psoriasis can lead to physical scars, but the emotional scars from the skin disease can run deeper. The thick, red, scaly skin lesions that characterize the condition often influence how people with psoriasis feel about themselves and how others see them. Now new early research sugg

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  5. Bleach Baths May Help Kids With Eczema

    April 27, 2009 -- Participating in a clinical trial in 2006 changed 7-year-old Ben Kieffer's life, says his mom, Jennifer. Ben had suffered from severe eczema since he was 5 weeks old, with relentless itchy, painful flares of the skin condition and many rounds of antibiotics to treat related infecti

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  6. Psoriasis May Raise Cardiovascular Risks

    June 15, 2009 -- People with psoriasis may need to pay close attention to their cardiovascular risks, a new study shows. The study, which appears in the June issue of Archives of Dermatology, looked at more than 5,700 patients at the Miami VA Medical Center, including 3,236 psoriasis patients. The p

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  7. Human Skin Alive With Bacteria

    May 28, 2009 -- Your skin is crawling with hundreds of kinds of bacteria, NIH researchers find. There are up to 100 times more kinds of bacteria thriving in "vibrant communities" in healthy skin than previously known, report NIH researcher Elizabeth A. Grice, PhD, and colleagues at the National Huma

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  8. Treat Psoriasis at Home: Ultraviolet Lamps

    May 7, 2009 -- Home treatment of the skin ailment psoriasis with ultraviolet light lamps is at least as safe and effective as conventional phototherapy at hospitals or clinics, according to new research. Ultraviolet B treatment involves exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source. People fin

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  9. Surgeons Describe 1st U.S. Face Transplant

    May 6, 2009 -- The nation's first full face transplant gave Connie Culp what dozens of painful plastic surgeries could not -- the ability to re-enter life. Culp, a 46-year-old mother of two from Ohio, didn't die four years ago when her husband pulled the trigger of a shotgun aimed at her face. But s

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  10. Pump Away Shingles Pain?

    May 6, 2009 -- A surgically implanted pump that delivers medication to the spinal fluid helps reduce the persistent pain that can linger in some patients after they recover from shingles, according to a new study. "All patients showed a greater than 50% improvement in pain control," says Andrew J. F

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