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  1. Chemical in Furniture Linked to Skin Rashes

    March 5, 2010 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- Your new sofa may be the last thing you suspect is causing that red rash on the back of your legs, but it could be the culprit. Doctors say a chemical added into furniture shipments from China to prevent the growth of mold has been linked to severe rashes. The ch

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  2. Eczema, Peanut Allergy May Be Linked

    March 1, 2010 (New Orleans) -- Infants with eczema are at high risk of having peanut and other food allergies, British researchers report. "We were shocked to find out that even in the first year of life, over 20% of infants with eczema already were sensitized [showed susceptibility] to peanut aller

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  3. Can You Treat Acne With an iPhone App?

    Feb. 12, 2010 -- iPhone users love their apps, so it's no surprise that AcneApp, a light-based therapy, is drawing interest from the blemish-prone who like the concept of zapping zits while talking to friends. It's supposed to work like this: Download the application and hold the phone to the skin s

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  4. Toilet Seat Dermatitis Making a Comeback

    Jan. 25, 2010 -- Exotic wooden toilet seats and harsh chemical cleaners may be behind a new resurgence of toilet seat dermatitis, a skin condition once thought to be wiped out in the U.S. A new study documents five recent cases of toilet seat dermatitis in children, some of whom suffered for years b

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  5. Stelara Beats Enbrel in Psoriasis Study

    Jan. 13, 2010 -- A recently approved drug, Stelara, is more effective than a more established drug, Enbrel, in treating moderate to severe psoriasis, according to a new study. The findings, reported this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, may help patients whose extensive psoriasis is not

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  6. MRSA Strain on the Rise in Hospitals

    Nov. 24, 2009 -- A potentially dangerous and rapidly spreading strain of the "superbug" MRSA poses a much greater public health threat than previously thought, new research shows. Community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) is spreading in hospitals and other health care facilities, according to a study in

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  7. Bacteria Key to Healthy Skin

    Nov. 23, 2009 -- Bacteria normally found on the skin's surface may play a key role in preventing inflammation and disease. A new study shows that bacteria living on the skin's surface, including staphylococcal types that typically induce inflammation below the skin, actually prevent excessive inflam

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  8. Stem Cells May Be Used as Skin Grafts

    Nov. 19, 2009 -- Human embryonic stem cells can be used to produce skin grafts for people who have been seriously burned, shows a study published in The Lancet. Though patients have benefited from cell therapy for two decades, the techniques used have had limitations, write Hind Guenou, PhD, of INSE

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  9. 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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  10. 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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