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  1. Tick Season Starts Early: Expert Q&A

    April 17, 2012 -- The pleasant temperatures of this past winter may be giving way to unpleasant consequences, as the warmer weather has encouraged the early emergence of ticks. That means greater chances of contracting Lyme disease, particularly in the Northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and North-Central U

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  2. Thyme’s Time as Acne Remedy May Be Coming Soon

    April 12, 2012 -- The next new acne treatment may be found in the produce section of your food store. Largely due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, the herb thyme -- which is found with other herbs in the produce section of most food stores -- may well earn itself a place in th

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  3. Biologic Treatments May Ease Psoriasis

    March 28, 2012 -- Two experimental biologic treatments may help treat psoriasis, researchers report in The New England Journal of Medicine. The biologics are called brodalumab and ixekizumab. They're both given by injection and target the same inflammation-promoting protein, interleukin-17. In trial

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  4. New Procedure Makes Hyperhidrosis No Sweat

    March 19, 2012 (San Diego) -- Ultrasound treatment can reduce excessive sweating in the underarms by nearly 80%, according to a new study. Researchers used a ''microfocused" ultrasound to target the sweat glands in 14 men and women, aged 18 to 75, says Mark Nestor, MD, PhD, a dermatologist and volun

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  5. Topical Gel Treats Precancerous Skin Condition

    March 15, 2012 -- A new prescription gel may quickly treat a common precancerous skin condition called actinic keratosis, a new study shows. The gel is derived from the sap of the Euphorbia peplus plant. This has long been used as a folk remedy for skin lesions. The new findings are published in the

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  6. 9 Tips Before Getting Your Body Pierced

    Feb. 17, 2012 -- Women once got their ears pierced simply to wear a wider variety of jewelry. But these days, more and more women and men are getting other parts of their bodies pierced -- from eyebrows and noses to navels, tongues, and genitals -- as a popular form of personal, cultural, or artisti

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  7. Some Body Parts More Satisfying to Scratch

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- You’ve got to love a scientific paper entitled “The Pleasurability of Scratching an Itch.” We’ve all been there, done that: "Ahhh." But did you know that scratching one part of the body is more pleasurable than scratching another? And no, not your first thought. Lower. Try the ankles

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  8. CDC: Morgellons Disease May Be Psychiatric Disorder

    Jan. 26, 2012 -- Extensive study of people suffering from Morgellons disease -- including analysis of their mysterious "skin fibers" -- finds no underlying cause of the illness. Morgellons symptoms are as creepy as the name implies. Patients report slow-to-heal sores that often feel like bugs are cr

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  9. Maggot Therapy May Assist in Wound Healing

    Dec. 19, 2011 -- It sounds medieval, but it’s an accepted part of modern medicine: Maggots may assist in wound healing, French researchers report. Maggots have been used to help treat wounds for thousands of years. Their use declined with the advent of antibiotics. Now, they seem to be making a come

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  10. Bedbugs: Why They're Back

    Dec. 6, 2011 -- For a while, it seemed the bedbug had gone the way of the Edsel automobile and cold water flats. Not anymore -- as we’ve learned. They’re back with a vengeance, and experts now seem to know why. Bedbugs may not get as much play in the media as they did in the summer of 2010, but they

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