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  1. FDA Panel OKs Enbrel for Psoriasis in Children

    June 19, 2008 -- The biologic drug Enbrel has gotten the green light from an FDA advisory committee to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in children and teens who have tried other psoriasis treatments. The FDA's dermatologic and ophthalmic drugs advisory committee spent yesterday weighing En

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  2. FDA Panel Backs New Psoriasis Drug

    June 17, 2008 -- Experts told the FDA Tuesday that it should approve an experimental psoriasis drug despite evidence the drug may cause cancer after long-term use. The medication, called ustekinumab, has been shown to reduce the itchy and scaly symptoms of the moderate and severe forms of the skin d

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  3. Quick Test May Help Spot Male Hair Loss

    June 16, 2008 -- A simple, 60-second hair count test may help men tell the difference between normal hair loss and problem hair loss that may be a sign of male pattern baldness. A new study suggests that counting the hairs lost after 60 seconds of combing or brushing is a reliable method for assessi

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  4. Bug Off: Improved Repellents Beat DEET

    May 27, 2008 -- Imagine dousing yourself with mosquito repellent at the start of summer and remaining bite-free nearly all season long. Researchers in Gainesville, Fla., have identified several potent mosquito repellents that keep bugs from biting for up to 73 days -- more than three times longer th

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  5. Family History Ups Shingles Risk

    May 19, 2008 -- A new study shows that people with shingles, or herpes zoster infection, are more than four times likely to have a first-degree relative with a history of the condition. Shingles is a painful nerve condition linked to the chickenpox virus, varicella zoster. If you've ever had the chi

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  6. Age 60 or Older? Get Shingles Vaccine

    May 15, 2008 -- The shingles vaccine Zostavax is now on the CDC's official list of recommended vaccines for people aged 60 and older. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a skin rash, typically with blisters, that can cause severe chronic pain. It's caused by the chickenpox (varicella zoster) virus, which ca

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  7. New Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise

    May 15, 2008 -- A new biologic drug called ustekinumab may ease plaque psoriasis, two new studies show. Ustekinumab targets two inflammatory chemicals called interleukins 12 and 23, which are involved in psoriasis. Centocor, the drug company that makes ustekinumab, has already submitted the drug for

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  8. New Psoriasis Drug Passes Hurdle

    April 17, 2008 -- A novel immune-suppressing drug appears to effectively treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, according to a new report published in The Lancet. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects about 7.5 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of

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  9. Psoriasis: 7 New Genetic Clues

    April 3, 2008 -- Scientists have discovered seven genetic variations linked to psoriasis. If confirmed in other studies, those gene variants may make good targets for new psoriasis drugs, note the researchers, who included Anne Bowcock, PhD, genetics professor at Washington University School of Medi

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  10. Why DEET Bugs Mosquitoes

    March 13, 2008 -- Got insect repellent containing the chemical DEET? Scientists now know how DEET keeps mosquitoes at bay. And that knowledge could lead to even better bug repellents. DEET masks the smell that draws mosquitoes to your skin, according to researchers at New York's Rockefeller Universi

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