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FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies

Stem cell therapies may offer the potential to treat diseases or conditions for which few treatments exist.

By: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Stem cells have been called everything from cure-alls to miracle treatments. But don’t believe the hype. Some unscrupulous providers offer stem cell products that are both unapproved and unproven. So beware of potentially dangerous procedures—and confirm what’s really being offered before you consider any treatment.

The facts: Stem cell therapies may offer the potential to treat diseases or conditions for which few treatments exist. Sometimes called the body’s “master cells,” stem cells are the cells that develop …

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Life Changes

No matter what change or transition is going on, no matter what decision you need to make, find some time to be alone and silent.

By: Ariane de Bonvoisin

When we make a change in our lives — going back to school, starting a business, pursuing a creative path — we also provoke an identity shift. And even though the changes are external, often it’s more of an internal journey that we are being asked to take. To ensure that we don’t get lost along the way, we need to connect with the core of our being, the essence of …

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Don’t Neglect Your Diet Even if You’re on a Tight Budget

When planning your meals, you need to do a little research in order to determine which fruits and veggies are currently in season.

By:  Vanessa Davis

Cleaning up your diet is hard in it itself, but when you look at the price tags of healthful foods, you turn your back and fill your shopping cart with the usual, high-calorie, unhealthful foods.

Let’s face it, nutritious food is way more accessible than healthy alternatives. But as it turns out, while healthful food might cost you more, it won’t actually cost a fortune.

As the Time reports, a recent study from Harvard …

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Permanent Makeup – Important Facts

Permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing, is becoming quite popular for women who play sports or are allergic to cosmetic products.

By: Ines Chulina

When permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing, is applied, the process injects dyes under the skin which give the illusion that a woman is wearing eyeliner, eyebrow pencils, lip liners, and even lipstick.

With people having so much to do during the day, we are always looking for ways to cut down our time. For women, one very time-consuming activity is applying makeup each morning, or even several times per day. One …

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Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?

Some color inks are harder to remove than others. Many repeat visits every several weeks may be required to remove a tattoo, and it may never be entirely gone.

As the popularity of tattoos continues to grow, so does the concern about potential risks. Some risks, such as the spread of infections through the use of unsterilized needles, have long been known. But what isn’t clear is the safety of tattoo inks.

Permanent tattoos are made by using needles to inject colored ink below the skin’s surface. Permanent make-up is considered a permanent tattoo that mimics the results of cosmetic …

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Do Grapefruit Have “fat-burning” Powers?

No, grapefruit won’t burn off the fat or melt the pounds report researchers who looked at the evidence for the effectiveness of consuming grapefruits on body weight.

Grapefruit is a relative newcomer to the fruit bowl. Our hunter-gather forebears would not have bumped into it in the forest. But they may have met its parents, the pummelo and the orange because it’s a shining example of citrus doing what comes naturally – cross pollinating. The deed was probably done in Barbados sometime in the eighteenth century (the parents were immigrants from Asia). Now fast forward a hundred years to 1823 …

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How to Bounce Back from Winter With a Healthier Lifestyle

Now that the long awaited spring has finally arrived, here are some tips that will help you bounce back from winter with a healthier lifestyle.

Winter can be a difficult time to get through for many people; between the dreary weather and the extreme cold in a lot of areas, it can be hard to find motivation to get up and work out, leaving us feeling tired, irritable, and unhealthy. When spring comes, many of us feel the need to get outside as much as possible to make up for all those months stuck indoors, and it’s a great time …

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Second-Hand Smoke

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, also called passive, involuntary or environmental tobacco smoke.

 

Facts:
* Nicotine, carcinogens and toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke are inhaled when people breathe in second-hand smoke.

* Similar to smokers, non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of lung cancer, coronary heart disease and respiratory illnesses.

* Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy and those exposed to second-hand smoke after birth have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

*Infants and children exposed to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of developing severe acute …

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Women’s Health is Catching Up – Women and Men Have Different Symptoms and Treatments

Information about women’s health and aging is catching up, but there is still much more research to be done in that area.

With the busy lifestyles that many of us lead, it can be difficult to maintain healthy habits and active lives. In addition, it is important to stay informed about changing health needs throughout aging. This is especially important for women, whose bodies experience more physiological stresses and changes during their lifetime.

In general, women are vastly underrepresented in medical studies and clinical trials. The effects of menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause are important to consider during medical evaluations …

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Some Alternatives to Liposuction

Liposuction used to be the only alternative for people who wanted to get rid of belly fat. Liposuction works, but like all surgical procedures it has its risks.

By: Dr. Debra Jaliman, M.D.

For most people, January is a time for good resolutions that will make up for the dietary excesses of the holidays. It’s hard to say no to all those delicious cookies and treats, which is why after New Year’s Day, waistbands seem tighter than they were in November. Going on a diet and getting more exercise are excellent ideas for getting in shape, but why stop there? …

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How to Deal With Modern Stress

Under stress, the brain’s blood flow to the hemispheres is unequal, and this makes you have more worry thoughts.

By: Dr. Carol Kershaw and Dr. Bill Wade

We live in a world of information overload.  The words “breaking news” flash across the screen of your smart phone multiple times a day telling your brain that you are in immediate danger and to Pay Attention.  Add to this reality the fact that the country is seriously divided politically and that more people are frightened about their immediate and long-term security, physically, economically, and emotionally than for generations.  When you hit overload, …

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5 Tips for Staying Active in Winter

Our five tips for staying active and healthy in winter will get you up and moving even when the thermometer doesn’t.

By: Helen Carter

It’s tempting to curl up on the couch with a blanket and read books, drink hot cocoa, and watch movies when the weather turns cold, but hibernation is not something we need to pursue, especially if we want to stay healthy during the winter and throughout the rest of the year. It is much better for our health if we maintain an exercise routine and healthy lifestyle year-round, and our five tips for staying active and …

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Mineral Makeup Does Wonders for Aging Skin

Shopping on the internet is great but without actually trying Mineral Makeup, would I be able to choose colors that are suitable for my skin shade.

By: Natasha Morgan

I’ve seen it advertised and wondered if it really was different from conventional makeup. The problem was that I couldn’t just go to a department store and locate a mineral makeup counter where I could ask questions and try their products. I procrastinated until I ran out of my usual brand and found that it had been discontinued and replaced by a more expensive foundation. That did it for me! If …

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Mineral Makeup – Natural Makeup for a Healthier Skin

Mineral makeup come as concealers, foundation, blusher, creams, powder and more.They are allergen-free and contain no chemical dyes, added preservatives, fillers, perfumes, oils or talc.

By: Dr. Bianca Tavares

Mineral makeup is nothing new. In fact the Egyptians were using it over two thousand years ago. However it’s now back at a makeup counter near you bringing with it freshness, convenience and a much healthier skin.

As a doctor I know what damage some traditional makeup products can cause the skin if worn over time for prolonged periods without adequate cleansing. So the advent of mineral makeup to the …

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5 Ways to Find Rest This Holiday

With all the holiday activity that comes with this season knocking on our door—what’s a person to do?  I challenge you to take the road less traveled.

 
By:  Renée Peterson Trudeau

Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2013 has been intense for many of us.  We felt overscheduled, overworked and we rarely got the chance to unplug.  We navigated big career and life transitions—and had little time to integrate these changes.  Frankly, we’re exhausted. We’re ready for rest. Not …

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