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    1. Vitamin D Treatments Target Psoriasis

      May 12, 2011 -- Ultraviolet light therapy and vitamin D creams are widely prescribed treatments for psoriasis, and now a new study may help explain why they work for so many patients. Researchers say the vitamin D-based treatments increase the binding of a peptide called cathelicidin to DNA, which,

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    2. Do Bedbugs Spread MRSA?

      May 11, 2011 -- Bedbugs removed from people seeking care at a Vancouver hospital were carrying drug-resistant MRSA or VRE bacteria, Canadian doctors report. The patients were residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, an area with high rates of homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and injection drug use. Becaus

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    3. Robot Hair-Transplant Device Gets FDA Nod

      April 29, 2011 -- A robotic device for harvesting hair follicles now has a green light from the FDA. Sorry, Blondie and Curly -- for the time being, it's approved only for people with black or brown straight hair. Blond and curly-haired people were not included in the studies that led the FDA to giv

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    4. Leprosy May Pass Between Armadillos and People

      April 27, 2011 -- They may be built like tanks, but armadillos’ natural armor doesn’t protect them from leprosy. Now a new study shows that some armadillos and people with leprosy in the southern United States are infected with the same bacterial strain. That suggests that the disease, which causes

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    5. Corticosteroids for Kids’ Eczema May Not Hurt Skin

      April 21, 2011 -- Proper use of corticosteroid ointments to treat childhood eczema does not appear to damage or thin skin over time, a new study shows. About one out of 10 kids will develop eczema, which is a skin condition related to allergies and inflammation. In eczema, skin can form small fluid-

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    6. Braids, Weaves Raise Risk of Hair Loss

      April 11, 2011 -- Some hairstyles, including tight braids and weaves, may increase the risk of developing an irreversible form of scarring hair loss, according to a new study in the Archives of Dermatology. Seen predominately in African-American women, this type of hair loss, central centrifugal cic

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    7. FDA: Shingles Vaccine OK at Age 50 and Up

      March 24, 2011 - People age 50 and older can now get Merck's Zostavax shingles vaccine, the FDA today ruled. The vaccine already was approved for people age 60 and older. The approval is based on a Merck clinical trial that showed the vaccine to be about 70% effective in preventing shingles in the y

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    8. Is Itching Contagious?

      March 24, 2011 -- Itching, like yawning, may be contagious, causing people to feel an urge to scratch after they see another person scratching. That’s according to a new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center were researching what they

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    9. Are Gyms Hotbeds of MRSA Infections? Maybe Not

      March 4, 2011 -- Gym surfaces were thought to be likely hosts for the superbug MRSA, but a new study shows that this risk may be exaggerated. In addition, the study shows the risk of MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus) infections from gym surfaces may also be exaggerated. The findings

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    10. Bunions Can Affect Quality of Life

      Feb. 24, 2011 -- Bunions -- deformities at the base of the big toe that can cause pain and disability -- are common and can really slow a person down, a new study shows. The study, which is published in Arthritis Care & Research, found that more than one in three older adults has at least one bunion

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