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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Psoriasis Linked to Hypertension, Diabetes

    April 20, 2009 -- Women who have the chronic skin condition psoriasis appear to be at higher risk of getting diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study shows. "We knew there was some association between psoriasis and diabetes and high blood pressure," says Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH, assistant profes

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  9. Raptiva Pulled From Market

    April 8, 2009 - The psoriasis drug Raptiva has been voluntarily pulled from the market, drugmaker Genentech announced today. Raptiva suppresses the haywire immune responses that cause psoriasis. But this immune suppression sometimes allows a fatal infection, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopath

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  10. Bedbugs Are Pesky but Not Harmful

    March 31, 2009 -- Bedbugs may be getting a bad rap. The blood-sucking bugs have been thought to carry a host of different diseases, but a new review of research on the pesky critters suggests they may be less harmful than previously thought. Researchers say bedbugs have been known as a human parasit

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