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Who among us hasn’t been tormented by the itch after a mosquito bite? This is due to the histamine release at the offending site. In some, it is a bit more exaggerated and an oral antihistamine or topical cream with the passage of time does the trick to provide optimal relief.

Now imagine that intensity and urge to scratch diffusely spread over your entire body in a constant and unrelenting fashion. Night and day. Where a more significant underlying cause won’t be benefitted and cured by time or a Benadryl, for instance.

That is called chronic “generalized pruritus” and its etiologies can range from the readily fixable to the necessitation of a liver transplant in those where treatment for the symptom might be refractory. In the extreme, sleep is impaired and even...

PesticidesIt was Monday's "big" health story, or so we were told. According to CNN.com, there's now an established link between the development of childhood cancers, primarily leukemia and lymphoma, and the use of pesticides.

Sounds scary, maybe even real. But does the science hold up? Maybe, maybe not.

Make that, probably not.

Dr. Chensheng Lu, associate professor of environmental exposure biology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the lead author of this research, thinks so. But he'd be mistaken. (...

NuclearWhile the NIEHS-sponsored journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has always been nothing more than a propaganda arm of the green-precautionary-enviro movement, someone there should have passed grade-school math if not the submitting authors, perhaps the peer-reviewers or the editors.

Apparently, that would be too high a bar, because in the current EHP issue appears this Swiss study: Background Ionizing Radiation and the Risk of Childhood Cancer: A Census-Based Nationwide Cohort Study. Clues to the underlying agenda, rather than a...

PsokniePsoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which the over-production of epidermal (skin) cells build up on the surface of the skin, forming itchy, dry red patches that often causes significant discomfort. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, about 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. And 125 million individuals worldwide have this condition.Previous studies have suggested an association between psoriasis and certain conditions such as cardiovascular disease. And now, a...