Don’t smoke, eat healthily, exercise regularly, and go easy on the alcohol, and you are likely to have fewer chronic health problems, but also to live longer, according to a new study form the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, which concludes that neglecting to follow these four healthy behaviours is responsible for much of the illness and death linked to chronic diseases.
Researchers used data on 16,958 people all were over 17 years of age and considered to be representative of people living in the US. An analysis of links between the four low risk behaviours and mortality, found that the number of low risk behaviours was inversely related to the risk of death – the more behaviours the lower the risk.
A person with BDD historically tends to have cosmetic surgery and even if the surgeries are successful, does not think they are and is unhappy with the outcomes. A study of 266 patients evaluated by plastic surgeons for rhinoplasty procedures in Belgium, over a 16 month period, were given a questionnaire to assess symptoms of BDD. Study results showed that among those seeking rhinoplasty for medical reasons, to correct a breathing problem, for example, only 2% of patients exhibited symptoms of the disorder. But among patients seeking to change their noses for cosmetic reasons, 43% showed signs of the disorder, expressing an unreasonable preoccupation and distress about their bodies despite having noses that were relatively ‘normal’.
Read full article in Prime (International Journal of Aesthetic and Anti-ageing Medicine) Vol.1 issue 4 September (2011)
A range of studies have been published during the past 10 years addressing the relationship between diet and the health of the skin. In 2001 a European study involving 24 women with diagnosed anorexia nervosa was conducted to determine whether cutaneous differences exist between restrictive and bulimic type disorders. In all patients, the most frequent skin manifestations were:
- Dry skin (58.3%)
- Hair effluvium (50%)
- Nail changes (45.8%)
- Cheilitis (41.6%)
- Acne (41.6%)
- Generalised pruritus (16.6%)
- Hyperpigmentation (12.5%)
Poor wound healing (least frequent skin manifestation)An epidemiological study from 2005 found evidence suggesting a positive relationship between fat intake and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squarmous cell carcinoma (SCC). There was an inconsistent association for retinol, a vitamin A derivative, B-carotene and BCC or SCC development. It is possible that, depending on the nature of the disease, in the case of some cancers, dietary factors may have more impact either in the early stages of the disease. Other studies have shown that supplementation with B-carotene can provide protection against skin damage from sunlight after a minimum of 10 weeks supplementation in the diet. Protection increased with each month of continued supplementation.
Author H A Epstien PhD – citied Prime Journal September 2011 p.47-51
ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2011) — A Mayo Clinic case study finds Botox may offer new hope to patients suffering disabling low cerebrospinal fluid headaches. The successful treatment also offers new insight into Botox and headache treatment generally. The case study was presented March 13th, 2011 at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in Hawaii.
Low CSF pressure headaches are caused by an internal spinal fluid leak. The pain can range from slight to disabling. The headaches are most commonly triggered by a lumbar puncture. The pain is caused as fluid leaks out and the brain sags. For many patients, lying down has offered the only relief, because existing therapies weren’t fully effective. Traditional treatment is a blood patch, which is just that: a patch of the patient’s blood injected over the puncture hole.
The patient in the case study suffered low CSF pressure headaches for 25 years. For most of that time, she only felt better while lying down, curtailing her day-to-day activities. Five years ago, she sought help from Michael Cutrer, M.D., and Paul Mathew, M.D. The patient has received Botox for three years and the results have been consistently positive. After each treatment, improvement would last for three months before pain returned, requiring another dose. While not cured, the patient is now able to live a more normal life.
“We had been using Botox for several years for treatment of migraine and had been successful in many patients. And because we really didn’t have anything else to offer her, we gave her the Botox,” says Dr. Cutrer, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the report’s co-author. “To everybody’s surprise she made a remarkable improvement.” The intensity of the patient’s headaches dropped from 8 out of 10 on a visual pain scale to 3 out of 10
guardian.co.uk, Friday 23 October 2009 12.17 BST
Last week my daughter watched, shaking her head in disbelief, while my bewildered cat followed me up and down the stairs for half an hour. This exercise was the last part of my latest attempt to test fat-busting cosmetic treatments.
I would like to tell you definitively that the two things I tried out – Scala Bio-Fir anti-cellulite lingerie all the way from Brazil, and the Harley Fit Wow Fat Zap “cold” laser treatment – didn’t work. With a name like that, the latter really doesn’t deserve any credibility at all.
But the truth is, there does seem to have been some reduction in my measurements – a result that I find very confusing.
First the Scala underwear, sold by John Lewis. I had to wear it for at least six hours every day for a month. In practical terms it was a pain – handwashing every night and heaving myself into the control pants, which extended from just under the bra line to just above the knee, every single day during the hottest September on record. The arrival of Scala leggings and tights halfway through the experiment was very welcome: they were much more comfortable, and enabled me to wear something other than trousers.