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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Are We Finally Outsmarting the MRSA Superbug?

    July 3, 2012 -- Rates of drug-resistant staph infections seem to be on the decline in the community at large as well as in hospitals and nursing homes. A new study of more than 9 million military personnel showed that rates of both community- and hospital-acquired MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphyl

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  9. FDA Approves Horizant for Post-Shingles Pain

    June 8, 2012 -- The FDA has approved a drug currently used for restless leg syndrome to treat a common and painful complication of shingles, according to the medication's manufacturers. Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil) has been approved to treat postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) in adults. PHN is a painfu

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  10. Risk of Shingles Recurrence Is Low

    June 5, 2012 -- A new study offers encouraging news for people who have recently experienced a painful bout of shingles. For most people, the risk of having shingles recur after the initial occurrence is fairly low. The study appears online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Shingles is a painfu

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