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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Maggots for Leg Ulcers? Maybe Not

    March 19, 2009 -- Maggot therapy -- using live maggots to eat away dead tissue -- is more painful and does not lead to faster healing of leg ulcers than standard treatment. Maggot therapy uses the larvae of the green bottle fly, also known as the green blowfly. Maggots eat only dead tissue without h

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  7. Can Chinese Herbs Relieve Eczema?

    March 17, 2009 (Washington, D.C.) -- Traditional Chinese herbal medicine may help to relieve the dry, itchy, scaly skin of eczema in children and adults, two new studies suggest. Other research shows that toddlers who have egg, elm, or cat allergies are at increased risk of developing eczema by age

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  8. Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Tied to Brain Infection

    (Editor's note: On April 8, 2009, Genentech announced it was voluntarily pulling Raptiva from the market.) Feb. 19, 2009 -- The FDA today issued a public health advisory about reports of a rare brain infection in people using the psoriasis drug Raptiva. According to the FDA, there have been three co

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  9. Psoriasis Ointment Gets FDA Approval

    Feb. 3, 2009 -- A new psoriasis treatment, Vectical, is the first FDA-approved ointment containing calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D3. The FDA has approved Vectical for use by adults 18 and older with mild-to-moderate psoriasis. Studies in children are under way. There's still no cure for pso

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  10. 1st U.S. Face Transplant Patient Recovering

    Dec. 17, 2008 -- The woman who recently got the first face transplant in the U.S. is "doing well," her doctors at the Cleveland Clinic said at a news conference today. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, had 80% of her face replaced within the last two weeks with facial tissue from a deceased

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