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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...

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Those in science and health media are often mystified by the willingness of some to promote fear and doubt about those topics, and the willingness of other people to believe them.

As we all know, a good metaphor can go a long way, in either direction.

Want to promote the idea that Monsanto caused the Zika virus? You can, and you can find a doctor or Ph.D. willing to say so. Someone somewhere will be willing to believe it, and send it all over the Internet - and recently did. The fact that the...

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A confusing fact is that, although we know that obesity can lead to increased risk of variety of negative health effects, such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome, there are people who are obese and yet seem to avoid these impacts. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests...