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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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