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  1. New Drug for Lingering Shingles Pain

    Nov. 17, 2009 - The FDA has approved a new treatment for postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the nerve pain that sometimes lingers after an attack of shingles. The new PHN drug is Qutenza. It's made by Lohmann Therapie-Systems AD of Andernach, Germany, and distributed by NeurogesX Inc. of San Mateo, Calif

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  2. Shingles Recurs More Often Than Thought

    Nov. 2, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- People with shingles are more likely to suffer a recurrence than previously thought, especially if their attack is accompanied by lasting pain, researchers report. "The risk of getting shingles again, once you already have it, is about one in three," says Barbara Yawn,

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  3. Deadlier Strain of MRSA Emerges

    Nov. 2, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- A newly discovered strain of drug-resistant staph bacteria is five times more deadly than other strains, a new study suggests. Adding insult to injury, the new superbug appears to have some resistance to the antibiotic commonly used to treat it, researchers report. Hal

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  4. Pumpkin Protein May Field Off Yeast Infections

    Oct. 30, 2009 -- Researchers in South Korea say pumpkin skins contain a powerful antifungal protein that works against the cause of many common yeast infections. Reporting in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Chosun University scientists from Kwangju, South

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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