Mad cow disease, SARS and now swine flu: Some diseases grab the headlines. But thousands of people worldwide suffer from very rare conditions, many of which few people have ever heard of.
When Tiffany Wilson noticed a small growth on her left hip, she didn't think much of it.
I noticed a single strand of grey hair on my 3½ year old daughter today. I would like to know if it could be external factors or some vitamin deficiency. There is no known history of young children having grey hair in either my or my wife's family. She is a healthy child. We are vegetarians and our ethnic background is Asian.
Contrary to a report in a British newspaper, Michael Jackson does not have skin cancer, says Randy Phillips, president and CEO of AEG Live, the promoter of the King of Pop's upcoming concerts at London's 02 Arena.
Stephanie White is a skin cancer expert. At 41, she's had all three types of the condition: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
CNN's Melissa Long reports on keeping our skin healthy in the summer sun.
The government is warning that taking the psoriasis drug Raptiva could result in serious brain infection and even death.
Children with eczema are more likely to also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than those without the skin problem, according to a study.
I have a not so rare but rarely talked about condition, hidradenitis suppurativa (a chronic abscess of a type of sweat gland). I cannot find a dermatologist with enough experience with this disease in my area to help me. My outbreaks are contained to my groin area. I am young (25), about 20 pounds overweight, but I am dieting and exercising to lose that. I have had the condition since I was 18, and it just gets worse. I have tried laser hair removal, multiple antibiotic, birth control and ibuprofen therapies. They are all a temporary fix; then it comes back full force. I am meeting with a dermatologist who practices with a plastic surgeon to look at possible surgery to remove the glands. What questions do I need to ask, and what should I be prepared for? I had one doctor tell me it is possible this surgery can affect my fertility. Is that true? I thank you so much for your time and consideration.
There are around 200 known types of cancers. Some are far more widespread than others.
Go out in the hot sun, take a magnifying glass and focus concentrated sunbeams on your lips. That's what some dermatologists claim you're doing when you apply shiny lip gloss and go into the sun. The consequence may be an increased risk of skin cancer on your lips. Skin cancer of the lips accounts for 10 percent of all skin cancer cases, and 3,500 new cases of skin cancer of the lips are diagnosed each year.
Others "didn't want to hang out with me or touch me," the singer says of her psoriasis
Overwashing, overapplying, and product overkill won't improve your skin. Rein in your regimen to get real results.
Here are 10 new tips to help you get glossier locks:
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the medical condition of Sen. John McCain.
Meghan McCain was on the talk-show couch, being grilled by the hosts of "The View." Does it bother her to hear jokes about her father's age? Megan, 23, started chuckling, and allowed, "He IS old!" Tension was replaced by laughter. But that was summer. These days, for Republican Sen. John McCain, age is no laughing matter.
For 20 years, the warts studding Dede Kosawa's hands and feet multiplied and sprouted like gnarled roots.
Diane Maler searched for the perfect way to care for her sun-damaged skin for 20 years. The Los Angeles resident had scores of facials and tried practically every product on the market, but nothing really worked.
The singer shares her experience in a new PSA to raise awareness of the disease
Michelle Crawley says she's a "freak" about putting sunscreen on her two girls.
CNN Medical Corrrespondent Elizabeth Cohen shows us the best and worst sunscreens.
We've always associated the glorious, intoxicatingly warm and languorous days of summer with getting gorgeous. That's when we can let down our hair (or casually pin it up, exposing a glimpse of neck or shoulder and maybe, too, exuding a light, luscious burst of scent), strip off the layers of cotton or wool, and go barelegged and sometimes barefoot, savoring the delicious freedom of naked skin against the soft air.
School's out and the kids are playing outside. How much do you have to worry about them getting sick? Here are some concerns you may have, and some you may not know about.
The Indiana Jones star explains how he got busted in a Chicago drugstore
Brad Pitt, Gwen Stefani, Orlando Bloom and Eva Longoria Parker are also onboard
The singer is afflicted with a contagious condition and is undergoing treatment
Schering-Plough may have lost billions of dollars in the fourth quarter from an acquisition, but its stock jumped Tuesday as the drugmaker's earnings without charges beat expectations.
Lidocaine, methyl salicylate, hydrocortisone. You probably don't think twice about using over-the-counter creams with these ingredients when you need to soothe a sore muscle or bug bite, prep your legs before hair removal, or combat that vaginal itch. If the product's available without a prescription, it can't hurt you, right? Wrong.
A herbal nutrition center will allow patients to get prescription marijuana from a vending machine. Affiliate KCAL reports.
More big drugmakers are on tap this week to report strong 2007 earnings, but that's because 2006 was an easy act to follow.
Biotech Amgen on Thursday reported an increase in earnings and a decrease in sales for the fourth quarter, beating Wall Street's forecast.
Abbott Laboratories, a maker of drugs and medical devices, reported on Wednesday a jump in sales and earnings that beat Wall Street's estimates.
"In Style's" Katrina Szish has some tips on how to protect your skin during the winter months.
For many of us, the way our skin looks in the morning dictates, like the weather, what kind of day we might have. We get out of bed, skip (or stagger) over to the mirror, and peer at our reflection as if we were peering out the window. What did the day blow in? A clear, calm complexion? A shower of breakouts? A mist of fine lines? A gloomy new cumulus of dark spots?
It's a solid earnings forecast for some of the pharma and biotech industry's biggest players who report fourth-quarter results this week. But for a few, the numbers are being driven by cost-cutting instead of sales growth.
Some people are resistant to aspirin, putting them at risk of heart attack and stroke. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
The FDA approved Abbott's blockbuster drug Humira for yet another indication, psoriasis, the drugmaker said Friday.
Learn how to prevent and combat the worst winter skin symptoms and you'll feel as if spring had already arrived.
Developments in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson from July 5-7, 1995
Actress Julianne Moore's heroes are working to find a cure for tuberous sclerosis.
It's hard to believe now, but once upon a time, Michelle Duggar was a new mom. Now the Arkansas mother is famous for having 17 children, but she can still remember how her first child had a huge belly button when he was born 19 years ago.
Just one more thing to add to your list of what not to eat if you want to look younger - sugar. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
Before you grab that leftover piece of Halloween candy, you might want to rethink the decision. It could cost you, in wrinkles. It now appears the sweet stuff might make us happier and possibly more hyper, but also make us look older.
Third-quarter results from drugmaker Pfizer, Novartis, Lilly, Baxter and Wyeth varied widely Thursday, but shared one common theme: solid financial foundations.
Laura Hathaway initially had no regrets after getting a tattoo on her lower back when she was 21. But now, 10 years later, she wants it gone.
Erasing a tattoo can be painful and expensive. CNN's Judy Fortin reports in this Health Minute.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that affects up to 5 million Americans. CNN learned more about psoriasis from Dr. Mathew Avram, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser and Cosmetics Center.
Health Minute: Psoriasis
Next time you're scanning the aisles for your summer sun protection, consider that producers of five well-known sunscreen brands are facing a class action lawsuit alleging that their claims mislead consumers about their products' ability to ward off UV rays and prevent skin damage and cancer.
Would you come here for a second? A little closer. Okay, I'm going to ask you a question, and I want you to answer honestly. Can you see my mustache? No? You're sure? That's probably because I shaved this morning. Not with a real razor; I used one of those little femmy things that looks like an eyeliner pencil, except on one end there's a blade which, if you hold the handle right, slices off hair. Egad, now you know.
When Bob D'Loren was 19 and just out of high school, he worked at a high-end shoe store called Mr. Jay's in Great Neck, on New York's Long Island. It was the only place for miles to get a nice pair of Bruno Maglis, he recalls.
The biotech Amgen reported first-quarter earnings Monday that matched expectations, though its revenue fell just short of forecasts.
Senior Democrats and Republicans in Congress are hard at work on bills that would provide millions of Americans with cheaper copies of biotech drugs that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, a news report said Saturday.
Abbott Laboratories is trying to get its top-selling blockbuster drug approved for yet another use, which could lead to further sales.
The FDA is warning people - especially pregnant women and girls - not to buy the acne treatment Accutane online because of its potentially dangerous side effects.
A surge in Amgen Inc's fourth-quarter earnings fell short of analyst projections, but the company's sales topped expectations.
On the site of a former amusement park in a small Pennsylvania town, technicians sheathed in plastic suits labor over stainless steel fermentation tanks that look like brewery vats.
Big Pharma companies Pfizer, Lilly and Wyeth beat analysts' expectations Thursday with reports of strong gains in third-quarter earnings, though Pfizer isn't expecting annual profit growth until 2009 and is ramping up its already ambitious cost-cutting efforts.
Abbott Labs' fast-growing flagship drug Humira is grabbing market share and making money ... and now the company is trying to win the blessings of the FDA to make more.
Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert was hospitalized Thursday for treatment of a skin infection, his office said.
How confident are you when you slather on sunscreen? What do "waterproof," "all day," "UVA/UVB protection," and "sunblock," mean to you? An important step in protecting against skin cancer, right?
A federal jury ruled that Eli Lilly & Co. infringed the patent of Ariad Pharmaceuticals with its drugs Evista and Xigris, and ordered the drugmaker to pay the Massachusetts biotech firm $65.2 million, the companies said.
Amgen Inc., the world's biggest biotech developer, beat earnings expectations for the first quarter Tuesday, but analysts were still skeptical about the company's performance.
If you're looking for a growth play in the drug business, small is better.
The FDA announced improved labeling for two topical eczema drugs, Elidel Cream and Protopic Ointment, which have been linked to rare reports of cancer.
Drug safety made headlines in the major medical journals this week when noted Cleveland Clinic cardiologists came up with a disturbing analysis about a new diabetes drug that is just a hair away from approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
Zits... pimples... whiteheads... if one of these has marred a date, interview or photograph, you may want to read on.
The black box label is the most potent warning in the Food and Drug Administration's arsenal, but it is not necessarily a death knell for drug sales, analysts say.
Stocks rallied Wednesday, with investors snapping up techs and other shares in light, pre-Thanksgiving trade.
Johnson & Johnson says its rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade may put patients at higher risk for lymphoma, and the company is sending out warning letters to physicians.
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I realize that Dr. Robert Atkins died, but I keep hearing about his diet. What's up?
It started in the late '90s as a rumor, then became a whisper, then a buzz. By last year every cosmetically correct woman on both coasts knew the secret. When you inject Botox--an obscure drug norm...
The economy seems to be chugging back onto the right track, and Wall Street wisdom (no jokes, please) has stocks rising this year after two consecutive annual declines. But before you jump for joy,...
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What, if anything, makes you wince when you look in the mirror? Frown lines, puffy eyes, crow's-feet, laugh lines? What about turkey neck, which is skin-expert talk for those wattles that may impel...
Patients who want the rheumatoid arthritis-fighting drug Enbrel have to show a special card to their pharmacist, who then verifies that the patient is enrolled in the Enbrel program before dispensi...
Like all mass hysterias, dot.com dementia induces serious tunnel vision. Witness investors' delayed reaction to the biotech industry's recent winning streak at the FDA. For more than a year the bio...
Like any good family practitioner, Dr. Reginald Parker believes in protecting against loss. So he begins his financial exams with some basic questions: What stocks do the mutual funds own? What ind...
Imagine, if you will, that you are an executive, lazily staring out the office window, when suddenly you spot your wife on the sidewalk in another guy's arms. But, staring more closely, you realize...
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In a dimly lit operating room at the Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, a surgeon uses an endoscope to guide an optical fiber down the throat of a patient afflicted with cance...
Chicken pox, the only major childhood disease yet to succumb to a vaccine, may soon be just a spotty memory. After a 28-year hunt for ways to thwart the varicella virus that causes the pox, scienti...
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