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  1. West Nile Up 35%, but CDC Says Peak Has Passed

    Sept. 12, 2012 -- Illnesses in the ongoing West Nile epidemic increased 35% since last week, but the CDC says this worst-ever season probably has peaked. "The worst part of the epidemic is behind us," Lyle Petersen, MD, director of the CDC's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, said at a news teleconf

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  2. Are Mites Causing Your Rosacea?

    Aug. 30, 2012 -- A tiny mite may be the cause of the skin condition rosacea. Rosacea causes flushing, redness, and bumps across the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. It usually strikes after age 30 and affects more women than men. It tends to flare in response to certain triggers, like sun exposure

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  3. Psoriasis Linked to Diabetes

    Aug. 29, 2012 (Munich, Germany) -- The chronic skin disorder psoriasis may raise the risk of diabetes, a large study shows. The risk is highest -- about two-fold higher -- in patients with the most severe psoriasis, says researcher Ole Ahlehoff, MD, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in cardiology at Copen

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  4. New Tick-Borne Disease Found

    Aug. 29, 2012 -- A new virus, dubbed "Heartland virus," is being spread to people by ticks common in the Southeast, the CDC reports. The only known cases are two northwestern Missouri men who fell ill in 2009. Ticks had bitten both men, but they did not get better after treatment with antibiotics. T

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  5. Skin Infections Linked to Tattoo Ink

    Aug. 22, 2012 -- When it comes to tattoos, here’s the rub: The tattoo parlor may be spotless; the tattoo artist may be using sterile techniques; but you can still wind up with a nasty infection from ink that was contaminated before it arrived at the shop, new studies show. The first study is publish

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  6. Some Psoriasis Therapies May Cut Heart Attack Risk

    Aug. 20, 2012 -- People with psoriasis, known to be at higher risk of heart attack, had a lower risk when treated with drugs known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, such as Enbrel, Humira or Remicade, compared to medicines applied to the skin, according to new research.  Those on oral medic

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  7. Sunburns Common in Young Women Who Tan Indoors

    Aug. 3, 2012 -- Getting sunburned or red skin is common among college-aged women who visit tanning salons during the winter months, a new study shows. Researchers found that nearly 1 out of every 5 sessions of indoor tanning led to a skin redness or burn in freshman and sophomore females who wanted

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  8. Spray-on Skin May Promote Wound Healing

    Aug. 2, 2012 -- An experimental spray-on skin product may help people with chronic leg wounds heal faster and more effectively than available treatments, a new study suggests. The spray-on skin is made up of skin cells and suspended in a mixture of different types of proteins. The participants in th

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  9. West Nile Virus: Questions and Answers

    July 30, 2012 -- How extensive is the threat of West Nile Virus this summer, and how can you help protect yourself from it? WebMD asked the CDC's medical epidemiologist Marc Fischer, MD. Well, so far this year, some areas of the country are experiencing substantially more activity than they have in

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  10. Shingles Vaccine May Be OK for Autoimmune Patients

    July 5, 2012 -- The live-virus shingles vaccine may be safe for people with autoimmune conditions and for those taking immunity-suppressing drugs. The provocative finding comes from a study of 463,541 people aged 60 and older with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, or other

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