Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What is cat scratch fever?

Dear Mayo Clinic: My cat scratched me while I was trimming his claws and the wound later became infected. Are cat scratches a special concern?

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Endometrial scratching does not increase live birth rate in IVF

(HealthDay)—For women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), endometrial scratching by pipelle biopsy between day 3 of the cycle preceding the embryo-transfer cycle and day 3 of the embryo-transfer cycle, does not result ...


Brain hardwired to respond to others' itching

Some behaviors—yawning and scratching, for example—are socially contagious, meaning if one person does it, others are likely to follow suit. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Simple 'scratching' technique tested in first-time IVF patients

A new simple procedure which involves gently scratching the lining of the womb in the month before IVF treatment, potentially improving treatment success, is being tested on first-time IVF attempters in a ground-breaking ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Review suggests habit reversal beneficial in atopic dermatitis

(HealthDay)—Habit reversal (HR) seems to be beneficial for reducing scratching among patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a review published online Sept. 19 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Study shows mirror image scratching offers some relief

(Medical Xpress)—A study of mirrors and the tricks they can play on the mind has led to a finding that people scratching a mirror image of an arm instead of the one that truly itches, can provide some relief. In their paper ...

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