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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Acne Patients Who Take Antibiotics May Get More Sore Throats

    Nov. 22, 2011 -- Young adults taking oral antibiotics for acne were more than three times more likely to complain of sore throats than people who weren't, new studies show. Acne and the use of oral antibiotics to treat it are so common that these patients represent "an ideal group in which to study

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  7. Gene May Be Linked to Frequent Cold Sores

    Nov. 18, 2011 -- Most of us have had an occasional cold sore, but some people get the painful, unsightly sores over and over again. These cold sores, which tend to appear on or around the lips, are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Exactly why they occur more frequently in some people w

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  8. Experimental Drug May Help Treat Psoriasis

    Oct. 26, 2011 -- An experimental drug called briakinumab appears to be more effective than a standard medication for treating psoriasis, a new study shows. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It included psoriasis patients who were assigned to get monthly injections of bri

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  9. Divorce, Heavy Drinking, Smoking Linked to Hair Loss

    Sept. 23, 2011 -- Hair loss may not just be a matter of age or unlucky genes. Preliminary findings from new studies of male and female identical twins suggest that a broad range of lifestyle factors, including stress, smoking, heavy drinking, and sun exposure, may also foil the follicles. That appea

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  10. Illnesses Linked to Bedbug Insecticides

    Sept. 22, 2011 -- Bedbugs won't kill you, but the poisons used to kill them might. According to a new CDC report, exposure to insecticides used to control bedbugs led to one death and more than 100 illnesses between 2003 and 2010. The report is published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly R

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