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  1. MRSA: Experts Answer Your Questions

    Oct. 24, 2007 -- MRSA, the superbug that is resistant to many antibiotics, has been making headlines recently. This month, a CDC report said there were more deaths from MRSA in 2005 than from AIDS. WebMD spoke with experts to get answers to nine common questions about MRSA. MRSA stands for methicill

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  2. More U.S. Deaths From MRSA Than AIDS

    Oct. 16, 2007 -- It appears that more people in the U.S. now die from the mostly hospital-acquired staph infection MRSA than from AIDS, according to a new report from the CDC. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was responsible for an estimated 94,000 life-threatening infections and 1

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  3. Doctor Visits Up for Kids' Eczema

    Sept. 4, 2007 -- The number of doctor visits for children with atopic dermatitis (a type of eczema) has risen in recent years, new research shows. A study published in September's edition of the journal Pediatrics traces the trend. The study shows that there were 620,000 pediatric visits for atopic

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  4. New Clues on Rosacea’s Cause

    Aug. 6, 2007 -- An unfortunate combination of two interactive proteins may be behind the familiar redness and irritation of the common skin disease rosacea. Until now, many of the nearly 14 million Americans who suffer from rosacea could tell you what triggers make their condition worse, like spicy

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  5. FDA Panel: Ease Accutane Rules

    Aug. 1, 2007 - A program to prevent birth defects from the acne drug Accutane should be more flexible, an FDA advisory panel said today. Accutane is a powerful drug that works against some of the hardest-to-treat forms of acne. But the drug also causes birth defects. Women who take the drug must tak

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  6. Scientists Find Itching Gene

    July 27, 2007 -- Scientists have found the first gene involved in itching. The gene, called GRPR, may make a good target for new drugs to treat pruritis (itchy skin), note researchers Yan-Gang Sun, PhD, and Zhou-Feng Chen, PhD. Sun and Chen work at the medical school of Washington University in St.

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  7. Generic Lamisil Tablets, Cream Approved

    July 2, 2007 -- The FDA today approved the first generic versions of prescription Lamisil tablets to treat nail fungus infection and a generic version of Lamisil cream to be sold as an over-the-counter athlete's foot treatment. Lamisil is terbinafine hydrochloride. Its patent expired on June 30, 200

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  8. MRSA Rates Much Higher Than Thought

    June 25, 2007 - The prevalence of the drug-resistant staph MRSA in the nation's hospitals is as much as 11 times greater than previous estimates suggest, according to findings from the most comprehensive study of the infection ever done. For every 1,000 patients treated in U.S. hospitals, 46 cases o

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  9. Long-Term Psoriasis Relief With Enbrel

    June 18, 2007 -The psoriasis-easing effect of Enbrel, a drug that dampens inflammatory immune responses, lasts for at least two years, a large-scale clinical trial shows. Enbrel acts like a very specific sponge that soaks up only one thing: a chemical messenger called tumor necrosis factor or TNF. T

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  10. MRSA Rising: Who's at Risk?

    May 28, 2007 -- A new study adds to concern that MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is rising in communities. Staph infection, including MRSA, usually affects the skin and is minor. But some staph infections are serious and may enter the blood or other parts of the body. MRSA and oth

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