Posted 7:16 PM 9/25/2012
Sept. 25, 2012 -- Viruses that kill acne-causing bacteria might make a powerful acne treatment, new research suggests.
A specific species of bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes, is a major cause of the unpleasant, sometimes disfiguring disease doctors call acne vulgaris. The bacteria live inside the pits in the (More)
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Posted 3:04 AM 9/21/2012
Sept. 21, 2012 -- Regret getting that Chinese character tattoo that turned out to be gibberish? Can't face turning 30 with the "Hello Kitty" tat you got on a whim a decade ago?
You're not alone.
Studies suggest that a third to half of people who get tattoos end up wanting them gone, and now laser technology makes it possible for those who can afford it. Maybe.
Posted 6:05 PM 8/30/2012
Aug. 30, 2012 -- A tiny mite may be the cause of the skin condition rosacea.
Rosacea causes flushing, redness, and bumps across the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. It usually strikes after age 30 and affects more women than men. It tends to flare in response to certain triggers, like sun exposure or emotional stress.
Posted 8:27 PM 8/29/2012
Aug. 29, 2012 -- A new virus, dubbed "Heartland virus," is being spread to people by ticks common in the Southeast, the CDC reports.
The only known cases are two northwestern Missouri men who fell ill in 2009. Ticks had bitten both men, but they did not get better after treatment with antibiotics. Tests later showed that the men did not have any tick-borne bacterial diseases.
Posted 8:31 PM 8/22/2012
Aug. 22, 2012 -- When it comes to tattoos, here's the rub: The tattoo parlor may be spotless; the tattoo artist may be using sterile techniques; but you can still wind up with a nasty infection from ink that was contaminated before it arrived at the shop, new studies show.
Posted 9:33 PM 8/2/2012
Aug. 2, 2012 -- An experimental spray-on skin product may help people with chronic leg wounds heal faster and more effectively than available treatments, a new study suggests.
Posted 6:35 PM 7/30/2012
July 30, 2012 -- How extensive is the threat of West Nile Virus this summer, and how can you help protect yourself from it? WebMD asked the CDC's medical epidemiologist Marc Fischer, MD.
Posted 2:33 AM 6/4/2012
June 3, 2012 -- Bug bombs and other insect foggers may be no match for pesky bedbugs.
A new study confirms that these commonly used pesticides are ineffective against the current bedbug invasion.
Posted 7:37 PM 5/7/2012
May 7, 2012 -- They say "the eyes are the window to the soul." But a new study suggests the eyes may also offer a sneak peek at the risk of serious skin problems down the road.