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