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Skin Lesions on a 12-Year-Old Patient
A 12-year-old boy presents with numerous itchy skin lesion on his arms. What is your diagnosis? (Source: Cancer Network)
Source: Cancer Network - September 23, 2013 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

New Choices For Seasonal Flu Vaccines
WebMD Health News By Brenda Goodman, MA Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD Sept. 17, 2013 — It’s fall. The kids are back at school, college football rivalries are in high gear, and — oh, yeah — it’s time to get a flu vaccine. In the past, flu protection basically boiled down to a choice between a shot or a sniff of a nasal spray. But this year there are new options. Some may protect you from additional strains of flu, while others make getting vaccinated a little easier. Read on to find out which may be best for you and your family. Trivalent Vaccines These are the traditional flu shots. They pr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mreal197 Tags: WebMD News Source Type: news

Bed Bug Bites
The patient assumed that the itchy rash was due to insect bites. The shape, size, color, and presence of 6 legs of the insect he captured were consistent with bedbugs and bedbug bites. (Source: Consultant Live)
Source: Consultant Live - September 13, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

NHS hepatitis C infection warning for women
Women who gave birth or had an obstetric or gynaecological operation at 16 UK hospitals between 1975 and 2003 may have come into contact with a healthcare worker infected with hepatitis C. While the risk of infection is small, the numbers affected likely to be few and the health consequences may not be particularly noticeable, concerned women should seek help and advice. It has recently come to light that the healthcare worker transmitted the virus to two patients while working at Caerphilly District Miners Hospital in Wales from 1984 until they stopped working with patients in 2002. Fewer than 400 women in England have so...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Pets health: What are the woodland mites that make my dog's feet itch?
David Grant answers your pets health questions each week in the Express. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Myths & Truths about Tourette Syndrome
This study also found a decrease in tics in adults who received CBIT. Unfortunately, behavior therapy isn’t widely available. Medication is used more frequently to treat tics. Doctors typically prescribe clonidine or guanfacine as the first line of treatment, Woods said. They also may prescribe atypical antipsychotics, such as risperidone, he added. 4. Myth: Teaching kids to suppress one tic will trigger more or different tics. Fact: Research has found that when kids successfully suppress their tics, they don’t experience an increase in tics. One study even found that after the suppression condition, tics decr...
Source: Psych Central - August 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Atypical Antipsychotics Children and Teens Disorders General Medications Psychotherapy Self-Help Treatment Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Behavior Therapy CBIT Clinical Psychologist Commo Source Type: news

New Topic Page: Psoriatic Arthritis
Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on Psoriatic Arthritis. Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. You usually get them on your elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet... (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)
Source: What's New on MedlinePlus - August 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bad driving: what are we thinking?
New laws to curb dangerous driving highlight the fascinating psychology of the roadLast week the UK government announced a crackdown on unsafe driving. From now on, those of us spotted tailgating or lane hogging will face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three penalty points. As road safety minister Stephen Hammond said: "Careless driving puts innocent people's lives at risk. That is why we have made it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers."This initiative draws attention to a fascinating branch of science called traffic psychology, which studies the human and environmental factors that influence ou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 19, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Chris Chambers Tags: Psychology theguardian.com Blogposts Road safety Road transport Neuroscience Source Type: news

Worms, search engines and porn filters | Richard P Grant
If David Cameron's porn filters had been active in 2003, the history of molecular biology might have been very differentThe furore over the ridiculous plan to force ISPs to make customers opt-in to 'adult content' (presumably such things as mortgage applications, online tax returns, etc.) reminds of a story regarding scholarly publishing.Back in the day, I was doing research in a small group in a not-obscure Laboratory in the Fens. My boss was on the editorial board of a well-respected, yet not exactly popular, journal. The sort of journal in which you would publish good, solid science that wasn't going to excite people ou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 16, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Richard P Grant Tags: theguardian.com Blogposts Science Source Type: news

Psoriasis researcher earns third NIH Grant in 1 year
(Case Western Reserve University) Dermatology researcher Nicole Ward, PhD, has earned her third National Institutes of Health grant in a year -- including two that scored in the first percentile. With this most recent award, an R21, she will investigate the role the nervous system plays in psoriasis -- an inflammatory autoimmune disease characterized by raised areas of red, scaly, itchy and sometimes painful patches of skin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 16, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Simple home remedies for hayfever and allergies
More than 10 million Americans suffer from allergy and hay fever symptoms. Spring, summer and fall produce a wide variety of tree, flower and grass pollens. These pollens in turn create a wide variety of symptoms ranging from nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK weather: 'Wild swimming' and soaring temperatures causes surge in stomach bugs, skin infections and rashes
Research by ChemistDirect has revealed the number of people seeking medical advice for swimming-related illness has doubles since last year. Complaints include hand and leg abrasions and 'swimmer's itch'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Relief from Persistent Itching and Scratching
ROCHESTER, Minn. — There's no one-size-fits-all treatment for persistent itching. But there are effective therapies for most types of severe or persistent itching, according to the July issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Itching can have hundreds of possible causes. In general, there are skin problems that cause an itchy rash and internal problems that [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Health Information)
Source: Mayo Clinic Health Information - July 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is staring at a screen all day giving you itchy eyes, dark circles and bags? Then join the Taiwanese EYEBALL massager craze
Sales of the vibrating massagers have risen by 30 per cent in the past year in Taiwan and industry experts say the country's overuse of smartphones is behind the boom. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Got an unexplained itch or lump? DON'T use the web to diagnose yourself: Major health websites found to be 'leaking' personal information
Professor Marco Huesch of the University of Southern California-Los Angeles used interception software to monitor 20 major health websites. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant mother was told her rash was just an insect bite. But itchy bumps were HERPES which gave her unborn baby meningitis and cerebral palsy
EXCLUSIVE: Victoria Birtwistle, 38, from Manchester, developed blisters in the late stages of pregnancy. Doctors believed that they were harmless insect bites as there were no other symptoms accompanying the itchy bumps. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman with severe sun allergy wears a floor-length dress and a HIJAB every time she goes outside to protect her skin
Dennis Queen, 40, from Manchester, has polymorphic light eruption - a condition that causes her skin to come out in an itchy rash if it is exposed to sunlight. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating Kaposi’s Sarcoma in Maputo
In Mozambique, more than one in ten people are living with HIV/AIDS. Many of them suffer from opportunistic infections like Kaposi’s sarcoma, a cancer that causes painful and disfiguring skin lesions. Kaposi’s sufferers are frequently stigmatized by the obvious lesions. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working alongside the Ministry of Health to treat patients suffering from the disease. In Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, MSF is providing free treatment for Kaposi’s sarcoma through the Alto-Maé Referral Centre (CRAM).  Mozambique © Sandra Smiley/MSFKaposi&rsq...
Source: MSF News - July 15, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Mozambique NEWS Frontpage HIV / AIDS Source Type: news

Mother-of-two spends two days on a drip in a Spanish hospital after 'suffering a violent reaction to Piz Buin sun cream'
Clare Myers, 42, from Ipswich was on a £2000 family holiday when she applied product. Within 36 hours her face, arms and legs swelled dramatically and became very itchy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Tip: Ease the Itch of Poison Ivy
Bathe in oatmeal or baking soda Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Tip: Ease the Itch of Poison Ivy
Title: Health Tip: Ease the Itch of Poison IvyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/8/2013 8:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - July 8, 2013 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Antibiotics in infancy linked to eczema
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new review of previous research, children who took antibiotics in their first year of life were about 40 percent more likely to develop eczema, an itchy skin disorder. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Antibiotics in Infancy Linked to Eczema
In a new review of previous research, children who took antibiotics in their first year of life were about 40 percent more likely to develop eczema, an itchy skin disorder.Source: Reuters Health Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Children's Health, Eczema (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Omalizumab Significantly Improves Itch In Patients With Severe Form Of Chronic Skin Disease CSU, New Study
Novartis has announced late-breaking results showing omalizumab met all primary and secondary endpoints of a pivotal Phase III safety registration study in chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU)1, a chronic and debilitating form of hives with limited approved treatment options2-4. The data was presented for the first time at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology-World Allergy Organization (EAACI-WAO) World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013 in Milan, Italy. Omalizumab is not currently approved or indicated for CSU... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Source Type: news

Novartis skin drug helps patients with chronic hives
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis said its drug omalizumab significantly improved itch in patients with a severe form of hives, according to a late-stage study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Pet Dermatology Helps Pets With Allergies Says Dacula Veterinarian
DACULA, Ga., June 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital in Dacula, GA is educating pet owners about the benefits of pet dermatology services for treating allergies and skin disorders. Itchy skin is a top allergy symptom in pets. Dogs and cats that frequently itch, scratch or bite at their skin are likely suffering from an allergy, says the veterinary clinic. Since many skin disorders and allergies have similar symptoms, veterinarian Dr. Mike Wanchick recommends a dermatology check-up to precisely diagnose the specific cause for a pet's skin problems. (Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))
Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - June 16, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How can owners help their pets survive allergy season?
It's summer, and that means allergies for humans and pets. Pets can be allergic to flea bites, inhaled allergens such as pollen, and ingredients in their food. When people inhale allergens, they typically have an itchy nose, sneezing and swollen eyes. When pets inhale allergens, their skin becomes itchy and they could lose hair, says Elizabeth Murphy, DVM. In extreme cases, veterinarians can test .... (Source: Sound Medicine)
Source: Sound Medicine - June 16, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sound Medicine Source Type: news

Restless legs syndrome may lead men to early death
Restless legs syndrome affects up to 10 percent of Americans, causing symptoms like itchy, pins-and-needle sensations (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Does your money make you itch?
Pharmacist Marc Borson talked on BBC Breakfast this morning about reports of a rise in skin reactions from people handling the new five and ten pence coins made from nickel coated steel. He described why such reactions occur and what viewers experiencing problems can do to help protect th (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 3, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Cocktail of skin cancer drugs 'shrinks melanomas'
Conclusion This phase I study has suggested that combining two drugs – nivolumab and ipilimumab – can produce a response in people with advanced melanoma with an acceptable safety profile. This type of study is a first step in human studies of new drugs or combinations of drugs. The authors themselves note that some caution is required due to the small size of the study and the potential for the participants not to be representative of the wider patient population. The results in this study mean the researchers are likely to carry out larger studies comparing this combination of drugs against the combined drug...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Medication Source Type: news

Molecule Triggers Sensation of Itch
NIH Scientists Discover Molecule Triggers Sensation of Itch (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - May 30, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Schwann Cell-Sensory Neurons-PNS Markers
Data-PublicationsThese markers a important tools for the study of Neuro-muscular diseases like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).For Neuromuscular Disease Researchers, we have some of the best Schwann Cell and Sensory/Peripheral Neuron Markers in the business.Images: Rat mixed neuron/glial cultures stained with Peripherin (green channel) and Neurofilament alpha-internexin/NF66 (green channel). These cultures contain mostly neurons which are rich in alpha-internexin, and a subgroup which have a large amount of peripherin also, such as the prominent cell in the middle of the micrograph. Since th...
Source: Neuromics - May 25, 2013 Category: Neuroscience Tags: sensory neurons Neurofilament Markers PGP9.5 Antibody neurolemmocytes Multiple Sclerosis Schwann Cell Markers Alpha 2a Adrenergic Receptor p75 antibody NGF marker Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Source Type: news

Go For The Glory Quiz: Persistent Oral Lesions, Nevus or Melanoma?, Altered Mental Status in Middle Age, An Itchy, Scaly Rash, Painful Blisters of the Hand
A 53-year-old man became concerned when ever-increasing numbers of painful oral lesions developed on the buccal mucosa and tongue. A bland diet did not help. What does this look like to you? Test your clinical acumen with this week's quiz questions. (Source: Consultant Live)
Source: Consultant Live - May 25, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Scientists scratch the surface of itching's origins
A neurotransmitter called Nppb is responsible for triggering the entire process, study found, which causes the brain to perceive an itch (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chemical 'makes us scratch itches'
Researchers find a chemical necessary to feel the urge to scratch an itch (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Itch And Pain Have Separate Brain Circuits
US scientists have found a molecule that triggers the sensation of itching in mice. They say the finding solves a mystery about itching: it is not a low level of pain but a separately wired circuit with a direct line into the brain. If studies show the same is true of humans, the discovery could lead to new drugs to relieve symptoms in chronic itching conditions like eczema... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news

Got an Itch? Mouse Study May Help Explain Why
Title: Got an Itch? Mouse Study May Help Explain WhyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/23/2013 2:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - May 24, 2013 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Why You Have To Scratch That Itch
Itch can be a useful warning sign, or a maddening symptom with no cure. But the origins of itch have long been a mystery.Scientists think they've come closer to understanding the origins of itch in a molecule that makes mice scratch like mad.» E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Secret of the Itch
Researchers identify key molecule in our desire to scratch (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - May 23, 2013 Category: Science Source Type: news

NIH scientists discover molecule triggers sensation of itch
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health report they have discovered in mouse studies that a small molecule released in the spinal cord triggers a process that is later experienced in the brain as the sensation of itch. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - May 23, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Don't scratch the itch: Scientists find substance that could be key to stopping the sensation
Scientists have discovered a key substance in the central nervous system responsible for transmitting the sensation of an itch from the skin to the brain – a finding that raises the prospect of new treatments for serious itching conditions.     (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - May 23, 2013 Category: Science Tags: Science Source Type: news

Don't scratch the itch: Scientists find neuro-transmitter that could be key to stopping the sensation
Scientists have discovered a key substance in the central nervous system responsible for transmitting the sensation of an itch from the skin to the brain – a finding that raises the prospect of new treatments for serious itching conditions.     (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - May 23, 2013 Category: Science Tags: Science Source Type: news

Comment: We've all had an itch we need to scratch, but what exactly is it?
An itch is not a tickle, although some people may think it is funny. Neither, according to the latest research, is an itch a form of pain, although try telling that to people tormented by chronic, long-term scratching.     (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - May 23, 2013 Category: Science Tags: Health News Source Type: news

Creabilis Announces Headline Results Of Its Phase 2b Trial Of Topical TrkA Kinase Inhibitor CT327
Clinically and Statistically Significant Reduction of Chronic Pruritus (Itch) Seen in Psoriasis Patients Creabilis, a late stage European dermatology company with a focus on chronic pruritus (itch), has announced headline results of its Phase 2b trial with its lead product, CT327, in psoriasis patients. CT327 is a novel, topical, TrkA kinase inhibitor developed using Creabilis' LSE (Low Systemic Exposure) technology that creates 'topical-by-design' drugs... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eczema / Psoriasis Source Type: news

Relief From Ragweed Allergy Symptoms Offered By Once-A-Day Pill
An international team of researchers, led by physician-scientists at Johns Hopkins, reports that a once-daily tablet containing a high dose of a key ragweed pollen protein effectively blocks the runny noses, sneezes, nasal congestion and itchy eyes experienced by ragweed allergy sufferers. Tests showed that treatment with the pill, which contains the protein Ambrosia artemisiifolia major allergen 1, and is placed under the tongue to be absorbed, also reduced the need for anti-allergy drugs to get relief. More than 80 million Americans are allergic to ragweed... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 10, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Allergy Source Type: news

More on the Neurobiology of Itch
I have an earlier posting on neuro-transmission of itch or pruritis. This focused on the role of Toll-like Receptor 3 (TLR 3). This posting looks at the role of Gastrin-Releasing Protein (GRP) and the Gastrin-Releasing Protein Receptor (CRPR) in chronic itch. The findings are important because this condition affects millions worldwide and results in a costly erosion of quality of life.Here chronic itch was studied in Macque Monkeys over a period of 4 years. The expression patterns of GRP, GRPR and PGP9.5 were accessed by immunohistochemistry: Leigh A Nattkemper, Zhong-Qiu Zhao, Anna J Nichols, Alexandru D P Papoiu, Carol A...
Source: Neuromics - May 7, 2013 Category: Neuroscience Tags: Protein Gene Product 9.5 Pruritus PGP9.5 Antibody Immunohistochemistry gastrin-releasing peptide; GRPR Chronic itch gastrin-releasing peptide receptor Source Type: news

Study Demonstrates that Once-A-Day Pill Offers Relief from Ragweed Allergy Symptoms - 5/7/13
An international team of researchers, led by physician-scientists at Johns Hopkins, reports that a once-daily tablet containing a high dose of a key ragweed pollen protein effectively blocks the runny noses, sneezes, nasal congestion and itchy eyes experienced by ragweed allergy sufferers. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News - May 7, 2013 Category: Research Source Type: news

Study demonstrates that once-a-day pill offers relief from ragweed allergy symptoms
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) An international team of researchers, led by physician-scientists at Johns Hopkins, reports that a once-daily tablet containing a high dose of a key ragweed pollen protein effectively blocks the runny noses, sneezes, nasal congestion and itchy eyes experienced by ragweed allergy sufferers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 7, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Hysterectomy Hospital Bag – your suggesting packing list for hospital
One look at the list below and you’d be forgiven for thinking we are suggesting packing for year long round the world trip! Before you go faint at the length of this list, please remember it is intended to act as a prompt. You do not need everything listed; it is compiled from recommendations from the members of our HysterectomyUK Facebook page and you will know what is important to you. The explanations should help you decide. Please bear in mind you do have to carry your bag in and get through the door! In terms of quantities, many women go home within 4 nights and most by 2, but some stay in for up to a fortnight....
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 6, 2013 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: FAQ Latest News clothing entertainment food and drink hysterectomy hospital bag toiletries Source Type: news