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Ask the doctor: Does psoriasis raise diabetes risk?

Some experts feel there is evidence that probiotics may help prevent or treat several conditions, such as inflammatory bowel diseases, travelers’ diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and some allergies (particularly eczema). (Locked) More »

Dry skin? Moisturizers can help

Effective moisturizers contain either a humectant—which attracts water into the top layer of the skin—or an occlusive, which keeps water from evaporating off the skin, or both.  Emollients make products easier to apply. (Locked) More »

How to moisturize your skin

Dry skin occurs when skin doesn't retain sufficient moisture. This can happen as a result of frequent bathing, use of harsh soaps, aging, or certain medical conditions. And for those in colder climates, it can stem from cold, dry winter air. However, you don't have to accept rough, flaking skin as a foregone consequence of aging or the climate; there are a number of ways to treat dry skin. Moisturizers are at the top of the list. "Think of moisturizers as putting a barrier between your skin and the cold, dry air," says Dr. Kenneth Arndt, professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Arndt is the faculty editor for the Harvard Medical School Special Health Report Skin Care and Repair. More »

What can be done about droopy eyelids?

Droopy eyelids, known as ptosis, are often a normal occurrence of aging although some neurologic conditions also can cause the condition. Ptosis is not a serious problem unless it interferes with your vision. If this happens, or if your droopy eyelids are bothersome, you can opt for cosmetic surgery to repair your eyelids. More »

What is venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency, which happens when veins don’t work properly, can cause swelling, pain, and a sense of heaviness in the legs. Elevating the legs when sitting or lying down can help; so can support stockings.  (Locked) More »

3 things you can do about shingles

Vaccination can prevent or minimize shingles. Immediate treatment with antiviral medications can relieve the symptoms, and tricyclic antidepressants can treat any long-lasting pain or itching. (Locked) More »

Why suntanning is still a bad idea

A suntan is a marker of skin damage. It is essential to protect all skin from ultraviolet radiation with clothing or sunscreen when outdoors. Self-tanning products are safe alternatives to suntanning. (Locked) More »

Sunscreen confusion

Even if men are aware of the dangers of sun exposure, new research shows most do not follow basic guidelines. Proper use of sunscreen and sun protection can help older men avoid being among the one in five who will get skin cancer during his lifetime.  (Locked) More »