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  1. Is It a Spider Bite? Probably Not

    July 13, 2011 -- Spider bites aren't as common as most people and most doctors think, according to a new analysis. At the same time, researchers also say poor understanding of truly dangerous spider bites delays treatment when a person really has been bitten by a dangerous spider. For example, the b

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  2. New Clues About Why Sunburn Is So Painful

    July 6, 2011 -- It may come as cold comfort to those already suffering from the sting of a midsummer sunburn, but researchers have found a new clue that may help explain why sunburns are so painful. Their study shows UVB irradiation targets a particular protein in the body called CXCL5 that plays a

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  3. Little Insects, Big Allergic Reactions

    June 16, 2011 -- Insect stings are little more than painful nuisances for most people. But for others, the venom from insects can cause severe allergic reactions and even death. That’s according to a joint task force of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Academy of

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  4. Itchy Skin: Imaginary Bugs Often Blamed

    May 16, 2011 -- People with a “delusional bug syndrome” are convinced that bugs, worms, germs, or other creepy crawlers are infesting their skin and often see skin doctor after skin doctor to find out what is causing the infestation. Often, patients bring in samples of the insect and request a skin

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  5. Vitamin D Treatments Target Psoriasis

    May 12, 2011 -- Ultraviolet light therapy and vitamin D creams are widely prescribed treatments for psoriasis, and now a new study may help explain why they work for so many patients. Researchers say the vitamin D-based treatments increase the binding of a peptide called cathelicidin to DNA, which,

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  6. Do Bedbugs Spread MRSA?

    May 11, 2011 -- Bedbugs removed from people seeking care at a Vancouver hospital were carrying drug-resistant MRSA or VRE bacteria, Canadian doctors report. The patients were residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, an area with high rates of homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and injection drug use. Becaus

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  7. Robot Hair-Transplant Device Gets FDA Nod

    April 29, 2011 -- A robotic device for harvesting hair follicles now has a green light from the FDA. Sorry, Blondie and Curly -- for the time being, it's approved only for people with black or brown straight hair. Blond and curly-haired people were not included in the studies that led the FDA to giv

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  8. Leprosy May Pass Between Armadillos and People

    April 27, 2011 -- They may be built like tanks, but armadillos’ natural armor doesn’t protect them from leprosy. Now a new study shows that some armadillos and people with leprosy in the southern United States are infected with the same bacterial strain. That suggests that the disease, which causes

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  9. Corticosteroids for Kids’ Eczema May Not Hurt Skin

    April 21, 2011 -- Proper use of corticosteroid ointments to treat childhood eczema does not appear to damage or thin skin over time, a new study shows. About one out of 10 kids will develop eczema, which is a skin condition related to allergies and inflammation. In eczema, skin can form small fluid-

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  10. Braids, Weaves Raise Risk of Hair Loss

    April 11, 2011 -- Some hairstyles, including tight braids and weaves, may increase the risk of developing an irreversible form of scarring hair loss, according to a new study in the Archives of Dermatology. Seen predominately in African-American women, this type of hair loss, central centrifugal cic

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