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    1. Scientists Find Possible Genetic Roots of Type of Hair Loss

      June 30, 2010 -- Scientists have identified eight genes that may be associated with the skin disease alopecia areata, a common cause of hair loss that affects 5.3 million Americans. This is one of the first studies to locate genes potentially linked to alopecia areata. What is most striking about th

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    2. Is LRSA the New MRSA?

      June 8, 2010 -- First there were methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Now there is linezolid-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LRSA), according to new research in the June 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. A relatively new antibiotic, linezolid is c

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    3. 6 Insect Repellents Get High Marks

      May 25, 2010 -- Consumer Reports Health has issued a new ranking of the six repellents it says are best to ward off mosquitoes and deer ticks. The magazine says it tested 10 insect repellents in an outside laboratory, where volunteers let deer ticks crawl on them and also exposed themselves to mosqu

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    4. New Hair Loss Gene Is Identified

      April 14, 2010 -- A gene responsible for a rare hair loss disorder may also play an important role in male pattern baldness, according to a new study. Researchers have identified a genetic mutation involved in hypotrichosis simplex, a hereditary hair loss disorder that affects less than 200,000 Amer

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    5. FAQ: Triclosan and Your Health

      April 9, 2010 -- With the FDA reviewing the antibacterial chemical triclosan, widely found in everyday products such as hand soaps, body washes, toothpastes, cosmetics, toys, clothing, and furniture, should you or shouldn't you ditch products with this ingredient? Here are the most frequently asked

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    6. Survey: Most Baldness Treatments Don't Work

      April 6, 2010 -- Most baldness cures just don’t cut it, according to a new Consumer Reports magazine survey of more than 8,000 men and women who have personal experience with hair loss. Of the respondents, nearly 40% of women and 27% of men said they had tried a treatment or product to help stop or

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    7. FDA Approves New Varicose Vein Treatment

      March 31, 2010 -- The FDA has approved a new and potentially less painful treatment option for varicose veins. Yesterday, the FDA approved Asclera (polidocanol) for the treatment of small varicose veins. Asclera is part of a class of drugs known as sclerosants that are injected into the affected vei

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    8. Psoriasis Linked to Heart Disease, Cancer

      March 15, 2010 -- Psoriasis is more than skin deep. The 7.5 million Americans who suffer from the thick, red, scaly, itchy plaques of psoriasis are at increased risk of a number of other serious medical conditions. One new study, presented this week at the annual meeting of the American College of C

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    9. Cholesterol Drugs May Treat Psoriasis

      March 8, 2010 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- Once again, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been shown to be good for more than the heart. Already linked to a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and cancer, statins also may help to improve symptoms of psoriasis, researche

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    10. New Drug Relieves Hand Eczema

      March 8, 2010 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- A new drug called alitretinoin can help relieve cracked, itchy, irritated hands in people with severe hand eczema, researchers report. Hands "completely or almost completely" cleared up in nearly half of people with hand eczema that didn't respond to standard tre

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