Measles in Illinois
The current measles cases that are in the United States have brought to the forefront concern about children who have not been vaccinated.  Back in 2000 the CDC declared that measles had been eliminated from the United States.  So why is it back?     Measles is still very common in many countries across the globe.  With air travel being readily available and fairly affordable tourists come from all over the world to visit the U.S.   Measles is so contagious that even if only one person has it, 90% of un-vaccinated persons who come into close contact will become infected. The disease ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 4, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Clinical manifestations in patients exposed to an environmental toxic accident (Abidjan, Ivory Coast 2006) - Kouassi B, Horo K, Godé C, Ahui B, Kouassi MN, Achi V, Anon JC, Koffi N, N'Gom A, Aka-Danguy E, Koffi MO, Itchy M, Koné K, Manewa S.
This study was aimed to describe the clinical manifestations provoked by these toxic waste. METHODS: We have... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 31, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Gene may open door for improved keloid, scar treatment
A gene that may offer a better understanding of how keloid scars develop has been discovered, potentially opening the door to improved treatment for the often painful, itchy and tender scars. The study is the first to demonstrate that an altered AHNAK gene may have a significant biological role in keloid development. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gene may open door for improved keloid, scar treatment
(Henry Ford Health System) Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have identified a gene that may offer a better understanding of how keloid scars develop and potentially open the door to improved treatment for the often painful, itchy and tender scars. The study is the first to demonstrate that an altered AHNAK gene may have a significant biological role in keloid development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Christian Writer Margaret Feinberg On Surviving Cancer And Learning To Be Joyous
(RNS) Vertigo. Anemia. Depression. Receding gums. Early menopause. A double mastectomy. These are just a few of the many terrors that Margaret Feinberg hid from the public after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis in 2013 before age 40. While the popular Christian author’s books have sold nearly a million copies and she speaks to more than 80,000 people each year, she couldn’t find the words to share this part of herself. “I felt shame after the diagnosis, wondering if I had somehow brought it on myself,” she said. “And I felt a little embarrassed since it involved my female body parts.&rdqu...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eczema woes not just skin deep
Adults who have eczema -- a chronic itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood -- have higher rates of smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and obesity and are less likely to exercise than adults who don't have the disease. They also have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. About 10 percent of US adults have eczema. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Eczema woes not just skin deep
(Northwestern University) Adults who have eczema -- a chronic itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood -- have higher rates of smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and obesity and are less likely to exercise than adults who don't have the disease. They also have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. About 10 percent of US adults have eczema. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

How I Conquered Binge Eating Disorder
I developed binge eating disorder when I was 26 years old, after spending countless hours and mental energy on dieting, eating perfectly, and obsessing about my body and weight. Of course, I didn’t actually realize I had BED right away. Instead, after a while I realized it wasn’t normal that I was consuming huge portions of food whenever I was alone. I crammed so much in, and with such intensity, that I scared myself. I turned to the Internet to figure out what, exactly, I was dealing with. After realizing I had a problem, I tried to remedy it. How? By dieting even more, of course! I thought if I could just per...
Source: Psych Central - January 9, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Jen Picicci Tags: Addictions Disorders Eating Disorders General Motivation and Inspiration Personal Stories Psychotherapy Self-Help Treatment Weight Loss Binge Eating Disorder Body Image dieting Food Intake Healthy Nutrition Source Type: news

Schrodinger's Jan
I'm going to Mars. No, I'm not. I'm trapped in a box, living two distinct futures. In one I live on Mars, with the inherent complexities, perils and lack of creature comforts that the first colonists will encounter there. In the other I'm spending the remainder of my days here on Earth, sipping tea in a comfy chair that swivels, rocks and reclines, with two out of three cats within easy reach most of the time. Opening soon! Consider the view out my window. Is the sky blue or salmon-hued? It's both. Do I see my own familiar neighborhood or one tight cluster of interconnected living and working pods? Verdant greenery o...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

5 Ways Winter May Be Aging You
It's the middle of winter and chances are you're dealing with sub-zero temps, fewer daylight hours, and a constant chill, as well as more mittens, snow boots and hats than you can handle. All of this makes us want to curl up indoors where it's nice and warm and we can pretend it isn't grey and bleak outside. But what you probably don't realize is that the way you cope with the season matters -- a lot. If you don't want the winter weather to age you, here's what you need to keep an eye on. 1. Heating is drying you out. Ever wake up in the winter with a dry mouth or notice your lips are chapped more often than usual? As we...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Allergic To Your Jewelry?
I can't wear any silver jewelry because when I do, I get an allergic reaction, a really itchy rash. I'm nervous about other metals. Are there any I should avoid?  (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)
Source: Dr. Weil Q and A - January 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eczema associated with osteoporosis-related fractures
(Reuters Health) - People with the itchy skin condition eczema are more likely than others to have osteoporosis - which may be undiagnosed - and fractures, according to a new analysis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

A New Year's Manifesto
Every year is our first, and our last, and our only. This year: May we play. May we look as ridiculous as possible as often as we can in the name of abandon and giggling and childhoods full of smiles. May we be the first to give ourselves over to the joke or the game, to fall on our prideful swords, to hold ourselves loosely, carefully, with good-hearted scrutiny and abundant grace. May we suspend our cynicism and our disbelief. May we listen to stories, learn them, and tell them. May we make the laughter happen and keep it living as long and as loudly and as well as we can. May we seek out ways to become uncomfortable, ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 31, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 10 Best Animal Photos From The Department Of The Interior's Instagram Account
If you're not following the Department of the Interior on Instagram, you're missing out. The account highlights the bounty of natural wonders found across America -- from sea to shining sea, and everything in between. The agency, administered by Sally Jewell, overseas nearly one-fifth of the landmass of the United States, including 59 national parks. Take a look at the top 10 animal photos from the Interior Department's account that have been posted over the past year, and follow along throughout 2015 @usinterior. The morning commute is a little different at #Yellowstone #NationalPark. Cameron Patrick captured this ph...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 29, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Hiraeth Part II: Holiday Homesickness
hiraeth   (n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past. It is late afternoon in Brooklyn, random groups of people can be seen wandering the streets dragging their rolling luggage, arms full of post-holiday shopping bags as they return to their brownstone apartments. The sidewalks are narrowed by the unusually large piles of trash accumulating curbside. Wrapping paper, empty cardboard boxes, unwanted old toys, and disposable Christmas trees (some still decorated, some with an occasional forgotten ornamen...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children With Eczema: How to Stop the Scratching
Children with eczema who scratch the itchy skin can actually make the condition worse. Try these tips from WebMD to help your child stop scratching. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Wanderers' Short Film Paints A Brighter Future Through Breathtaking Visuals & Carl Sagan
"I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts." It was these two sentences from Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" that captured the heart of the great Carl Sagan. It is this romance with the unknown that triggered and emboldened mankind's exploration into space, and it is the heart of Swedish animator and digital artist Erik Wernquist's new short film, "Wanderers." Combining breathtaking visuals of realistic depictions of a variety of places in our solar system -- kindly detailed by Wernquist here -- with the ever-mind-exp...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 30, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

'Hypoallergenic' Labels May Not Be Accurate'Hypoallergenic' Labels May Not Be Accurate
Products for kids with itchy skin that are labeled hypoallergenic often contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, a recent study found. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Allergy & Clinical Immunology News Source Type: news

Converting Skin Cells into Sensory Neurons that Detect Body Sensations
A team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has found a simple method to convert human skin cells into the specialized neurons that detect pain, itch, touch and other bodily sensations. These neurons are also affected by spinal cord injury and involved in Friedreich's ataxia, a devastating and currently incurable neurodegenerative disease that largely strikes children. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - November 24, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: Medical Research Source Type: news

Pain and itch in a dish: Skin cells converted into pain sensing neurons
After more than six years of intensive effort, and repeated failures that made the quest at times seem futile, researchers have successfully converted mouse and human skin cells into pain sensing neurons that respond to a number of stimuli that cause acute and inflammatory pain. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 24, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pain and itch in a dish
(Scripps Research Institute) A team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has found a simple method to convert human skin cells into the specialized neurons that detect pain, itch, touch and other bodily sensations. These neurons are also affected by spinal cord injury and involved in Friedreich's ataxia, a devastating and currently incurable neurodegenerative disease that largely strikes children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

9 Ways To Avoid Cracked, Dry Skin This Winter
Let's just put it out there: winter and skin are not the best of friends. At this point in the season, your door can't hang one more heavy coat and your online shopping cart is full of one too many scarves, but let's not forget about the most essential part of winter: the ongoing battle with dry skin. As the temperatures continue to drop, the dry environment and lack of moisture allows for cracked hands, chapped lips and scaly legs. Ew. This winter weather demands an upgrade to your skin care regimen, because nothing complements that seasonal vampy lip more than a hydrated, glowing face. Read below for the basic rules...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Hypoallergenic’ labels may not be accurate
(Reuters Health) – Products for kids with itchy skin that are labeled hypoallergenic often contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, a recent study found. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

If Your Child Is Diabetic... Will You Know?
As a parent, I sometimes nag -- and I'll bet that you do, too. For instance, how often do you say things like this? "I don't want to hear your excuses. You're not too tired -- go take out the trash." "You just went to the bathroom. You can hold it until the end of the movie." "You don't need a snack or another drink of water. Go back to bed." "Don't talk to me in that tone of voice. Go to your room." I know I've said all these things at one time or another. But here's the thing: If you're saying them all the time, there's a chance that your child isn't simply being demanding, i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer guidelines may improve diagnosis rates
“Doctors to get more help to spot cancer early,” The Guardian reports. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced new revised draft guidelines that may help GPs pick up on possible early warning signs of cancer. The aim of the draft guidelines is to improve early cancer diagnosis in children, young people and adults of all ages. The draft guidelines have been primarily written for GPs and are an update of the 2005 guidelines that were last partially updated in 2011. What are the possible early warning signs of cancer?It is misguided to think of cancer as a single di...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Medical practice QA articles Source Type: news

Researchers Find Bed Bugs Could Carry A Deadly Disease
As bed bug infestations have continued to crop up in firehouses, schools, movie theaters and homes across the country, a team of researchers is now warning that these proliferating pests could prove to be more than just an itchy, pricey nuisance. According to a new study published on Monday, bed bugs are capable of transmitting a parasite that causes Chagas disease, an infection that in some cases can lead to cardiac or intestinal complications. The infection is found most commonly in Mexico, Central American and South America, but has been increasing its foothold in the U.S. "There are a lot of people with Chagas ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Itchcraft by Simon Mayo - review
Our teen-aged hero, Itch, is back. This, the third book in a mystery-thriller trilogy, follows Itchs continuing adventures as he and his friends try to outwit criminal masterminds who are desperately seeking radioactive chemical element 126 -- an element that still lurks out there. Somewhere. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 13, 2014 Category: Science Authors: GrrlScientist Tags: Science Chemistry Science and nature Books Thrillers Fiction Periodic Table Source Type: news

Love in the Time of Cauliflower
Marriage is a lot like food. You have to nourish it with fresh, wholesome goodness, trim off the stale parts, toss out anything going rancid and unpleasant, add a loving dose of sugar and, of course, sass it up with spice. I've been married just over seven years to a wonderful husband, David Ransom. I never worry about the infamous "Seven Year Itch." David is loyal and protective like a dog. In fact my real dog, Sazerac, is quite jealous of him. But, we are going through the Seven Year Switch. You know how in some marriages spouses end up sleeping in separate bedrooms because someone snores and kicks the othe...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Neurobreak: Telepathy, SfN, Anti-Itch Opioid
(MedPage Today) -- Recent news from the world of neurology and neuroscience. (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - November 11, 2014 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Dry, Itchy Eyes Could Mean More Than Just AllergyDry, Itchy Eyes Could Mean More Than Just Allergy
Patients suffering from both allergies and dry eyes could have more severe disease, according to a new study. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines - November 11, 2014 Category: Opthalmology Tags: Allergy & Clinical Immunology News Source Type: news

TTFields Tied to Improved Survival in Glioblastoma Patients
No negative influence on health - related quality of life apart from more itchy skin, which was expected (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - November 11, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Neurology, Oncology, Pathology, Radiology, Journal, Source Type: news

Meditate and Change Your Life
We live in a time when we tend to look so far ahead into the future that we may lose sight of what's going on in our lives at the moment. I know I used to find myself running so far and so fast that I missed an entire year here and there. All that changed when I began meditating. Meditation stills the mind from its daily chatter and teaches us how to be in the moment. It allows us opportunities to breathe and to see our lives with our eyes open, in a calm, peaceful way. And when we are in that calm, peaceful state, we interact and communicate with others more authentically and precisely. Research has shown the amazing b...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scratching an itch might feel good - but it will only make it worse, scientists claim
Scientists have finally worked out exactly why scratching an itch will only make it worse. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - October 31, 2014 Category: Science Tags: Science Source Type: news

Study sheds light on why scratching worsens itch
Scratching triggers the release of a nerve chemical that intensifies the itch sensation, scientists have discovered. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 31, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study
Risk was small; distractions caused by itch and sleep problems are possible factors, experts say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mystery of why scratching makes us itch MORE is solved
Research from Washington University's Centre for the Study of Itch found that scratching releases serotonin, which intensifies the itch-sensation. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study
Risk was small; distractions caused by itch and sleep problems are possible factors, experts say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Eczema, Fractures, Joint Disorders (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why scratching makes you itch more
Turns out your mom was right: scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research reveals that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation. Scientists uncovered serotonin's role in controlling pain decades ago, but this is the first time the release of the chemical messenger from the brain has been linked to itch, they say. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 30, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Why scratching 'intensifies itching'
Scratching an itch releases serotonin, which paradoxically makes you more itchy, research suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scratching an itch will only make it worse, scientists say
Researchers in the US discover that scratching too much turns on the 'itch switch', triggering a vicious cycle (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: itching scratch Source Type: news

Why Does Scratching Make You Itch More? Science Has An Answer
From dry skin to mosquito bites, there are a million little reasons why we itch. But sometimes, scratching an itch can make you feel, well, itchier -- and a group of scientists has a possible explanation for why this happens. On Wednesday, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis published a study which found that scratching an itch can cause minor pain, leading the brain to release serotonin -- the "happy" chemical that helps regulate mood -- which can sometimes make an itch feel more intense. "The problem is that when the brain gets those pain signals, it responds by producin...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 30, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

How you can escape the curse of dry winter skin: From humidifiers to leaving your washing machine half empty, tips to keep you peachy-soft until spring 
Flaky, itchy hands? Upper arms the texture of sandpaper? Nose dry and chapped even though you've not had the sniffles for a day? There's only one diagnosis: you've got 'winter skin'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors discover three-inch cricket ALIVE inside patient's head
The man, who remains unidentified but is believed to be from India, complained to a doctor his ear was itchy - only to discover an insect burying in his ear canal was causing his discomfort. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tuesday Q and A: Treatments and self-care can help ease eczema discomfort
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 10-year-old daughter has very dry skin, and it seems to get worse when school starts. She develops red, itchy patches on her arms and lower legs. They usually fade away after a while, but they really bother her. What could be the cause? Should we be using lotion on these areas, [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 7, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Purple Urine, Itchy Daughter: What's the Diagnosis?
(MedPage Today) -- See how your diagnostic skills measure up to those of our other readers. (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)
Source: MedPage Today Dermatology - October 2, 2014 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Sushi leaves Chinese man's body riddled with tapeworm parasites
The Chinese man had seen his doctor about stomach ache and itchy skin. Scans showed his entire body had been infected with tapeworm from eating raw fish. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain areas activated by itch-relieving drug identified
Brain areas that respond to reward and pleasure are linked to the ability of the drug butorphanol to relieve itch, according to new research. The findings point to the involvement of the brain's opioid receptors -- known for their roles in pain, reward, and addiction -- in itch relief, potentially opening up new avenues to the development of treatments for chronic itch. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 24, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Make the Diagnosis: Itchy patch
(MedPage Today) -- A mother brings her 10 year old daughter in who complains of intense itching in areas of thick dry skin. She explains that the affected areas usually include her daughters neck and the behind her knee (shown in picture), although it seems that the lesions do come and go depending on the time of year. On physical exam, you find red, scaly patches of skin on the childs neck and popliteal fossa, as well as a few scabs where the child has been scratching. You also learn that the child has a past medical history significant for asthma. (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)
Source: MedPage Today Dermatology - September 22, 2014 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Eczema; Are You Itching for a Cure?
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Covance is currently appealing for patients with mild, moderate and severe eczema to take part in studying a new, non-steroidal cream. There’s more information about eczema trials here, https://uk.testwiththebest.com/eczema-sufferers-clinical-trial.php , but if you’d like to know more about how this study effects you, read on… It is well documented that atopic dermatitis (eczema) can flare up in response to extern...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 18, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Women's Health eczema invisible illness Source Type: news