Got an Itch? Mouse Study May Help Explain Why

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The sensation of itching is hardwired into the nervous system and can be traced back to a small molecule released in the spinal cord, according to a new study in mice. Researchers say this molecule, known as natriuretic polypeptide b (Nppb), triggers a signal that passes through the central nervous system. Ultimately, this signal is […]

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Feet Welcome Multitude of Fungi

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Feet Welcome Multitude of Fungi Here’s a scientific finding that may knock you off your feet: At least 80 types of fungi reside on a typical person’s heel, along with 60 between the toes and 40 on the toenail. Altogether, the feet are home to more than 100 types of fungus, more than any other […]

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Many individuals with alopecia areata (AA) have comorbid conditions, according to a retrospective cross-sectional study. The authors compared the prevalence of comorbid conditions in patients with AA with the prevalence of comorbid conditions in patients in the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Follow-up Study. The association between AA and comorbid conditions was consistent with findings from […]

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The High Price of Tanning

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Elissa Campbell started tanning when she was 16. She couldn’t stand the pale skin left to her by her Scottish heritage. Sometimes, she’d slather on the oil and go relax on the beach — her favorite place. Other times, roughly once a week for more than a decade, she’d spend 20 minutes lying in a […]

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The findings were presented at the Digestive Disease Week 2013 conference in Orlando, Fla., showing that found IBD could pose a 37 percent higher risk for developing skin cancer. IBD is broadly used to describe inflammatory responses in the gastrointestinal tract, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common IBDs are ulcerative colitis (UC) […]

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New Drug May Help Some Asthmatics

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A new asthma drug being developed by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals may help patients whose condition is not well controlled by existing medicines, according to the results of a small clinical trial released Tuesday. In the 12-week study, the number of asthma attacks or other outbreaks of symptoms decreased by 87 percent in those getting […]

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Measles Surges in UK Years After Flawed Research

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More than a decade ago, British parents refused to give measles shots to at least a million children because of now discredited research that linked the vaccine to autism. Now, health officials are scrambling to catch up and stop a growing epidemic of the contagious disease. This year, the U.K. has had more than 1,200 […]

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A metro Atlanta woman who lost both hands, her left leg and right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease was on her way back from Ohio Friday after being fitted with prosthetic hands. Aimee Copeland, 25, is returning from Hilliard, Ohio, where she was fitted with a pair of “bionic” hands with 24 programmable functions […]

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Washing your hands after using the bathroom might be a common practice to stop the spread of germs, but not many women may wash their hands after they put them in their purse. But, according to a study conducted by the company Initial Washroom Hygiene, perhaps they should. Researchers with the hygiene and washroom services […]

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Dermatologists are saying that new federally mandated labeling laws for sunscreens should help Americans make smarter choices when it comes to products that provide the best sun protection. The new labels required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must provide information about whether a sunscreen will protect against skin cancer in addition to […]

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