Skip the Antibiotics for Mild Eczema in Kids

(HealthDay News) — Despite widespread use, antibiotics are not an effective treatment for milder cases of the skin condition eczema in children, a new study contends. One pediatrician who reviewed the findings called them “terribly important” for eczema care. “This is a good example of a common situation in medicine,” said Dr. Michael Grosso. “A …

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Many With Irregular Heartbeat Not on Meds They Need: Study

(HealthDay News) — Many people with an irregular heartbeat who suffer a stroke may not have been on medications that might have prevented their stroke, a new study suggests. Duke University researchers found that 84 percent of stroke patients with the heart condition known as atrial fibrillation (AF) had not been getting adequate clot-preventing therapy. …

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Gene Variant From Africa Linked to Black Obesity

(HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve identified an Africa-specific gene variant associated with obesity. The team found that about 1 percent of West Africans, American blacks and others of African ancestry have this variant of the semaphorin-4D (SEMA4D) gene. The researchers said people with the variant are about 6 pounds heavier than those without it. …

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‘Synthetic Pot’ Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens

(HealthDay News) — Marijuana is often seen as a relatively benign drug that produces a typically mellow high, but new U.S. government research shows that the drugs called synthetic pot appear to be much different. Teens who use synthetic pot are at a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs, …

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Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors Face Risk of Second Cancer: Study

(HealthDay News) — The risk of developing a second type of cancer may be high among Hodgkin lymphoma survivors, especially those with a family history of cancer. That’s the finding of a new European study in which researchers examined data from more than 9,500 Hodgkin lymphoma patients. Hodgkin lymphoma, once known as Hodgkin’s disease, is …

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With Nips, Tucks and Fat Transplants, Americans are Reshaping Their Bodies

(HealthDay News) — From face-lifts to fat grafts, Americans are increasingly turning to cosmetic procedures to look their best. The number of these procedures in the United States rose 3 percent last year from 2015, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That’s 17.1 million surgeries, Botox injections, chemical peels and other minimally invasive …

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Skin Diseases Take Big Slice Out of America’s Health, Economy

(HealthDay News) — Skin diseases have a major impact on Americans and the U.S. economy, a new report finds. “The impact of skin disease in this country is staggering, affecting one in every four Americans each year and taking a toll on lives, livelihoods and our economy,” said study leader Dr. Henry Lim, incoming president …

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