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People who have intensely itchy arms but have skin that appears totally normal may be suffering from condition called brachioradial pruitus. It can occur to one or both arms. Typically the ...

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that often affects the lining of the smaller joints in the body, such as the hands or feet though other joints can also be involved. The inflamed ...

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that often affects the lining of the smaller joints in the body, such as the hands or feet though other joints can also be involved. The inflamed ...

Can You Get Rheumatoid Arthritis at Any Age?

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“Doctor shopping” was once looked down upon as patients were supposed to simply take their doctor’s opinion as final. Today, with health care costs climbing, and patients feeling that they want ...

Shopping for a Doctor Who Fits? 7 Tips on How to Find One

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Canadian-born Frances Kelsey died this month at the age of 101, but it is not her longevity that she will be remembered for. In 1961, Dr. Kelsey had just begun working at the FDA, and was faced ...

A Tribute to FDA's Dr. Frances Kelsey who Blocked US Thalidomide

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to overproduce skin cells. This causes a buildup of reddened patches of skin cells, with silvery scales, that can become itchy and ...

Can Psoriasis Benefit from Sun Exposure?

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People with psoriasis have a buildup of skin cells on various parts of their body. These cells appear dry with silvery plaques within reddened patches. This autoimmune condition causes the life ...

Psoriasis: What Are the Different Types?

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Traveling to a foreign land can be exciting, but it also requires you to be more vigilant in preparing for emergencies, in case you or a family member gets sick. The first steps are pretty ...

Your 9-Step Emergency Illness Plan for Travel in a Foreign Land

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We know we need to slather sunscreen on our bodies to prevent sunburn but what about our scalps? Surprisingly, a full head of hair may not be very effective at blocking out much of the sun’s ...

Protect Your Scalp This Summer: 5 Ways to Block the Sun's Rays

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Diabetes is a serious disease that can affect the heart, kidneys and eyes, as well as cause damage to nerves, leading to diabetic neuropathy. There were 1.5 million deaths attributed to diabetes ...

Health Innovations in Diabetes: These 5 Top the List

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You probably have heard about getting a “base” tan or getting a bit of a tan to prevent you from getting sunburn later. Is there such a thing as a healthy tan? According to the American Skin ...

Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Tan?

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Want to track issues that seem to happen around your period, or monitor your progress during a pregnancy? How about a wearable app that monitors your stress and sleep patterns by measuring your ...

Women Have Unique Health Needs: 5 Apps That Track Them

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It's summertime! Time to be outdoors biking, skating and running — but sometimes you end up hitting the ground and scraping your knees, elbows or shoulders. It is best to be ready for little ...

Scrapes and Scratches of Summer are Inevitable: Get Ready!

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Encouraging your favorite fellow to live a healthier lifestyle can help him stay in good shape. There are a number of simple things men can do that might make a difference in their health. ...

Help Your Man Live a Healthier Life: 6 Tips That Take 5 Minutes

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Have you ever wondered how antibiotics actually make a urinary tract or strep throat infection go away? Antibiotics were first developed in 1928 when a researcher named Alexander Fleming ...

How Do Antibiotics Work?

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In a clinical trial for fibromyalgia, all of the women tested had benefited from two months of daily treatment using hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The research was carried out at Rice University and ...

Fibromyalgia Treatment with Hyperbaric Chamber Shows Promise

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An inexpensive supplement, vitamin B3 or nicotinamide, has been found to decrease the risk of recurrent non-melanoma skin cancer by 23 percent when taken twice a day in an Australian study . ...

Vitamin B3 Found Helpful to Reduce Recurrent Skin Cancer

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Because of how quickly a stroke can cause brain damage — literally within minutes — getting to a hospital as soon as possible can make all the difference when it comes to survival and recovery. ...

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Arthritis comes in many forms. In rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks joints. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage between joints wears away. But no ...

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There is no cure for migraine headaches but a new gel treatment may help the 36 million Americans estimated to suffer with them.1 One in four households has a family member who has migraines, ...

Got Migraines? A Topical Anti-Inflammatory Gel May Be Helpful

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Do you know any health conditions that cause women to be more at risk of having a stroke? How about what different symptoms a woman may experience if she is having one? Or, what specific problems ...

Female-specific Symptoms and Risks For Stroke: Do You Know Them?

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You may be concerned that you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) but you're uncomfortable about going to a doctor. If you search the Web, there are a number of sites that offer home ...

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Spring is in full bloom, and so are your allergies. If you are one of the 45 million Americans with allergies, you may be wondering if you lived somewhere else, would your allergies be less of a ...

Got Allergies? 10 of the Best Cities For You to Live in

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An allergy causes your body to react to a substance that is harmless to other people. This can occur from material in the air like pollen or pet dander, foods like peanuts and chemicals such as ...

Allergy Tests: The Science Behind How They Work

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Allergies and asthma are two conditions that overlap. An allergy is when a person has an inflammatory reaction from exposure to a particular substance. Mild allergic responses can include itchy ...

Allergies and Asthma: What’s the Connection?

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Color blindness affects 8 percent of males and 0.5 percent of females, or approximately 10 million people in the United States. So says Avalanche Biotechnologies, a biotech firm that strives to ...

Color Blindness Treatment in the Works

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Being color blind does not typically mean you don’t see color. It is rare to find someone who only sees in black and white. What color blindness usually means is that a person has difficulty ...

The Science Behind Color Blindness: How People are Affected

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Have you ever wished you could see better at night? A group of independent researchers at Science for the Masses experimented with eye drops that could provide a temporary increase in one’s night ...

These Eye Drops Will Give You Better Vision at Night

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The quest for longer fuller eyelashes has caused some women to draw more attention to their eyes than they bargained for. The glue used in eyelash extensions as well as the solvent used to remove ...

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People who have intensely itchy arms but have skin that appears totally normal may be suffering from condition called brachioradial pruitus. It can occur to one or both arms. Typically the ...

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People who have intensely itchy arms but have skin that appears totally normal may be suffering from condition called brachioradial pruitus. It can occur to one or both arms. Typically the ...

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During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association urges communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week to recognize the ...

National Public Health Week is April 6-12

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It seems sort of a waste to not do something with that excess skin from your waist if you want to have surgery to remove it. In 2007, Dr. Beverly Shafer must have thought the same thing when she ...

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A new varicose vein treatment called

New Varicose Vein Treatment Approved by FDA

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First-aid kits are important to have, whether you are traveling on a long-distance road trip or just going to the park with your kids. There are pre-assembled first-aid kits available at the ...

DIY First-Aid Kits Can Be Made from Dollar Store Supplies

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Ever been embarrassed and feel your face redden? Or does the thought of wearing a wool turtleneck make you itch? The science behind why your skin reacts to something your mind generates is ...

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological immune-mediated disease where the immune system erroneously attacks the central nervous system. The layer that covers the nerves called the myelin ...

Multiple Sclerosis: 7 Things That Can Cause Relapses

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I looked at my middle finger and was surprised to see the intensity of the purple color of my skin. I tried to think, what could have caused this purple episode to occur in a single finger? Was it ...

Michele Blacksberg RN commented on Michele Blacksberg RN's post The Mystery of the Purple Finger: What Could Have Caused It?

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In recent years, articles about the long-term effects of concussions on our brains have appeared regularly in the news. We read about suicides and homelessness of young men who played football in ...

Long-term Effects of Concussions in Football Must Be Prevented

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Many of us use those little bottles of alcohol-based hand cleaners as a stopgap for washing our hands with soap and water. Hospitals and clinics have dispensers of antibacterial cleansers ...

Zylast: New Antibacterial Cleanser May Help Knock Out Ebola

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Ever been embarrassed and feel your face redden? Or does the thought of wearing a wool turtleneck make you itch? The science behind why your skin reacts to something your mind generates is ...

How the Mind-Body Connection Affects Your Skin

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Aspirin is one of those medications that people take, thinking it will help reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke. For some, it may provide some protection. However, for others, it may not ...

Taking Aspirin May Not Be Beneficial For Everyone

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The toothbrush is the main tool we use to keep our teeth clean and to prevent dental and gum disease. Here are some interesting facts about that little brush and paste we rely upon so heavily for ...

Toothbrushes and Toothpaste: Check Out These Interesting Facts

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In the past decade, the beauty industry has gotten on board with terms such as "organic" and "toxic-free". Due to loopholes in a poorly regulated market, products labeled organic and non-toxic ...

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In the past decade, the beauty industry has gotten on board with terms such as "organic" and "toxic-free". Due to loopholes in a poorly regulated market, products labeled organic and non-toxic ...

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Which is better, an electric or manual toothbrush? People frequently debate this question. Electric toothbrushes are commonly thought to be more effective but there are times when manual ...

Which Toothbrush is Better: Electric or Manual?

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Many women love their heels. One in 10 women wear them at least three days a week but statistics show that wearing heels are a strong contributor to foot problems in almost 30 percent of women. ...

How Can You Keep High Heels from Ruining Your Feet?

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Xavier Hames is a 4-year-old boy in Australia who has Type 1 diabetes. He is the first person to have a new device/pump implanted to serve as an artificial pancreas that monitors his blood sugars ...

World’s First Artificial Pancreas Device Goes to Boy in Australia

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Who would have thought something coming in at under two inches could cause such drastic changes in your body? The thyroid is a gland located in the middle of the lower neck and it has one main job ...

Michele Blacksberg RN commented on Lauren Klenda's post Thyroid Questions You Might Not Think to Ask Your Doctor

We all do it. We lean over our phones, laptops or tablets typing away, unaware of how far or for how long we have been bent over our devices. Members of our younger generation, though are ...

Danger: Texting Can Put Strain on Your Spine