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  1. Fat Hormone Linked to Psoriasis

    Dec. 15, 2008 - People with psoriasis may face a higher risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and other heart disease risk factors thanks to high levels of the so-called fat hormone leptin. A new study suggests that people with the common skin disease have higher levels of the hormone leptin, which r

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  2. Indigo Ointment Relieves Psoriasis

    Nov. 17, 2008 -- Psoriasis patients showed dramatic improvement after 12 weeks of treatment with an ointment containing indigo naturalis, a Chinese herbal remedy. The findings come from a study by Yin-Ku Lin, MD, of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, and colleagues. For more than five y

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  3. Cell Phone Making You Itch?

    Oct. 17, 2008 -- Some cell phone users may get a skin rash in reaction to the nickel in their cell phones, a condition that the British Association of Dermatologists has dubbed "mobile phone dermatitis." The British Association of Dermatologists issued a news release yesterday to inform doctors to b

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  4. Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Gets FDA Warning

    (Editor's note: On April 8, 2009, Genentech announced it was voluntarily pulling Raptiva from the market.) Oct. 16, 2008 -- The psoriasis drug Raptiva is getting a "black box" warning, the FDA's sternest warning, about the risk of life-threatening infections including a rare brain infection and meni

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  5. Probiotics No Help in Childhood Eczema

    Oct. 10, 2008 -- New research shows that the use of probiotics to treat eczema in children is not effective and may carry a risk of bowel damage and infection. Probiotics are naturally occurring microorganisms. In most cases they are bacteria and are similar to the friendly bacteria found in the gut

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  6. Baldness: 6 New Gene Discoveries

    Oct. 13, 2008 -- Scientists have discovered six gene variants, all on the same chromosome, that are linked to male-pattern baldness. Those findings, published in the advance online edition of Nature Genetics, may provide some new leads for researchers developing new treatments for baldness. "Clearly

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  7. Honey May Help Heal Wounds

    Oct. 3, 2008 -- Wouldn't it be sweet if honey could help heal cuts and burns? Researchers who analyzed existing studies on whether honey can help heal wounds are cautiously optimistic that this ancient treatment may help in some cases. The study, published in The Cochrane Library, reviewed 19 trials

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  8. Eating Fish in Infancy Lowers Eczema Risk

    Sept. 25, 2008 - There is early evidence that eating fish in infancy may help protect against eczema in early childhood. Babies in a newly published study whose diets included fish before the age of 9 months were 24% less likely to develop eczema by their first birthdays than babies who did not eat

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  9. Experimental Psoriasis Drug Takes on Enbrel

    Sept. 19, 2008 -- An experimental drug called ustekinumab shows better treatment results than an established drug, Enbrel, for treating moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in a new trial. In a news release, the drug company Centocor, which makes ustekinumab and sponsored the study, calls the new dru

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  10. Face Transplant Patients Make Progress

    Aug. 21, 2008 -- Studies tracking the progress of two patients who had face transplants show the surgeries had positive results. One surgery was done on a man who was attacked by a bear; the other surgery was for a man with a severely disfiguring tumor. The studies are published in The Lancet. A 30-

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