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  1. Coaxing New Hair Follicles to Grow

    May 16, 2007 -- It may be possible to grow new hair follicles, according to scientists studying mice. The scientists -- who included George Cotsarelis, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania -- report their findings in Nature. They noticed that in lab tests, adult m

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  2. Botox Curbs Excessive Sweating

    April 19, 2007 -- Botox may be most famous for taming wrinkles, but it can also stop excessive sweat, German doctors report. They used Botox shots to treat excessive sweat (hyperhidrosis) in a healthy 23-year-old woman. Ever since childhood, the woman had experienced bouts of excessive sweat in her

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  3. FDA Approves New Impetigo Treatment

    April 13, 2007 -- The FDA today approved a new prescription antibacterial ointment called Altabax to treat impetigo. Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection caused by bacteria. It's most common among children and is usually spread through physical contact with someone who has impetigo, or fro

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  4. Light Plus Suction Promising for Acne

    April 12, 2007 -- A novel approach to treating acne, which combines light therapy with skin suction, shows promise in an early trial. In the small study, 15 patients with severe acne experienced significant improvements in their acne lesions after as few as two to three weekly treatments, researcher

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  5. Tai Chi May Boost Immune System

    March 29, 2007 -- Tai chi, a traditional Chinese martial art, may give older adults' immune system a boost. That news comes from experts at UCLA and the University of California, San Diego. They included Michael Irwin, MD, who is the Norman Cousins Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA's Semel Institute f

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  6. Lasers May Not Fade Birthmark Forever

    March 21, 2007 -- Port-wine stains, a type of birthmark, may redarken in the decade after laser treatment to lighten them. Dutch doctors report that news in The New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers included Menno Huikeshoven, MD, PhD, of the University of Amsterdam's department of plasti

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  7. Stress Makes Teen Acne Worse

    March 7, 2007 – The largest study ever conducted on acne and stress levels confirms what many have suspected for years: Stress can make acne worse among teenagers. Researchers found teenagers who were under high levels of stress were 23% more likely to have increased acne severity. Stress has long b

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  8. Spearmint May Cut Excess Hair in Women

    Feb. 22, 2007 -- Drinking spearmint tea may spur an hormonal shift that helps women curb unwanted hair (hirsutism), a Turkish study shows. If confirmed in other studies, spearmint may become an alternative to hormonal treatments for the condition, write the researchers at Suleyman Demirel University

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  9. Gene Glitch May Up Inherited Hair Loss

    Nov. 9, 2006 -- Glitches in the LIPH gene may cause inherited hair loss, a study shows. The study, published in Science, doesn't blame hair loss solely on the LIPH gene. People can lose their hair for many reasons, and other genes may also be involved. Still, the LIPH gene stood out in a hair-loss s

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  10. Duct Tape For Warts? Maybe Not

    Nov. 8, 2006 - Finally, there may be something duct tape can't fix: the lowly wart. Despite claims in an earlier study, covering warts with duct tape may not make them vanish faster after all, say Dutch researchers, including Maastricht University's Marloes de Haen, MD. The Dutch researchers had hea

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