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New compound could fight off aggressive melanoma

New compound could fight off aggressive melanoma

New research, appearing in the journal Cell, reveals a drug compound that could halt the growth of an aggressive form of melanoma. If successful in human clinical trials, a new compound may effectively block the growth of melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that accounts for 1 percent of all skin cancer cases. […]

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Preventing cancer: ‘Flawless’ DNA repair offers insight

Preventing cancer: ‘Flawless’ DNA repair offers insight

A recent study dives into the details of exactly how cells fix DNA mutations. The researchers provide fresh insight into so-called flawless DNA repair. Understanding DNA repair may bring us closer to creating better cancer treatments. Cancer research often involves a multipronged approach. Of course, testing new treatments and finding novel ways to attack tumors […]

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Colon cancer: Could exercise halt tumor growth?

Colon cancer: Could exercise halt tumor growth?

New research, appearing in the Journal of Physiology, suggests that short bursts of intense, physical activity may reduce the growth of colorectal tumor cells. Could short bursts of high-intensity exercise immediately reduce the growth of colorectal cancer cells? According to the American Cancer Society, doctors will diagnose more than 100,000 new cases of colon cancer […]

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Sleeping In on Weekends May Not Repay Your Sleep ‘Debt’

Sleeping In on Weekends May Not Repay Your Sleep ‘Debt’

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Sleep News THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — People who are sleep-deprived during the week often try to make up for it on weekends. But a new study suggests the tactic may backfire. Researchers found that weekday sleep loss had negative effects on people’s metabolism — and “catch-up” sleep […]

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mupirocin (Bactroban, Centany)

mupirocin (Bactroban, Centany)

What is mupirocin? How does it work (mechanism of action)? Mupirocin is an antibiotic that is used topically (on the skin) for the treatment of impetigo, a bacterial disease of the skin caused by Staphylococcus aureus, beta-hemolytic streptococcus and Streptococcus pyogenes. It also is used intranasally (inside the nose) by patients and some people who […]

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Valtrex (valacyclovir)

Valtrex (valacyclovir)

What are the side effects of Valtrex (valacyclovir)? The side effect profile of Valtrex is similar to that of acyclovir (Zovirax). Common side effects are: Other important side effects are: More serious side effects include central nervous system side effects which are more likely to happen in the elderly, for example: What is the dosage […]

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lidocaine patch (Lidoderm)

lidocaine patch (Lidoderm)

What is lidocaine patch-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Lidocaine is an amide-type, local anesthetic medication available in a patch form. Lidocaine, like other local anesthetics causes a loss of sensation by reducing the flow of sodium in and out nerves to decrease the initiation and transfer of nerve signals. The FDA […]

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tacrolimus ointment (Protopic)

tacrolimus ointment (Protopic)

What is tacrolimus ointment, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Tacrolimus ointment is a topical drug (a drug that is applied to the skin) that is used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis (eczema). Atopic dermatitis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease of skin in which the skin becomes inflamed, causing itchiness, redness, swelling, […]

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Bad Reaction From a New Tattoo? Here’s What to Do

Bad Reaction From a New Tattoo? Here’s What to Do

Latest Skin News FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The biggest worry a person usually has when they’re getting a tattoo is how it will look. But sometimes, getting inked can lead to something worse than bad body art, an expert warns. If you suffer skin problems after getting a tattoo, see a dermatologist […]