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Friday, 01 November 2019 12:54

Top causes of wrinkles

Getting older brings about many physical and emotional changes. Wrinkles are one such physical change that is widely associated with aging.

Some people begin fighting wrinkling long before their first wrinkle even appears. A poll of 2,000 women conducted by DermStore found that around 30 percent of women under 35 regularly use anti-wrinkle products. The average millennial user starts at age 26 compared to the average currently 55-year-old woman, who began using wrinkle-reduction products at around age 47.

Monday, 13 May 2019 16:26

Women can experience hair loss too

Baldness is a condition most commonly associated with men, but many women also experience hair loss, and the effects of that hair loss can affect body image.
Female pattern hair loss, or FPHL, is the most common form of progressive hair loss in women. The condition also may be called androgenetic alopecia. The American Hair Loss Association indicates that up to 40 percent of American hair loss sufferers are women.
Male hair loss is more common and unlikely to garner much attention. But FPHL can be difficult for women. Women who lose their hair may suffer from low self-esteem and be less inclined to engage socially.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it's normal for men and women to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, even for those people who are not going bald. But losing large amounts of hair each day is cause for concern. FPHL is characterized by miniaturization of the hair follicles, which become shorter and produce thinner and more brittle hairs. Eventually, hair follicles may stop developing altogether. The AAD notes that FPHL has a distinct appearance in which the hair thins mainly on the top and crown of the scalp. A gradual widening of the center part of hair may be noticeable as well.

Friday, 03 May 2019 15:46

Ways to improve bladder health

Most people don't pay much mind to their bladders unless they find themselves in need of a bathroom while on the road or out and about. Responsible for holding urine for the kidneys, the bladder can be vulnerable to various problems. However, certain lifestyle changes can help the bladder function the way it should.

Bladder illnesses

The American Society of Clinical Oncology reports an estimated 81,190 adults (62,380 men and 18,810 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with bladder cancer this year. Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer among men, though it is not the only condition that can affect the bladder. Cystitis, which is an inflammation of the bladder, overactive bladder and urinary incontinence are some of the more common ailments that can affect the bladder. Cystitis is typically caused by a bacterial infection and could be accompanied by urinary tract infection. However, interstitial cystitis (IC) is an often painful bladder syndrome accompanied by the urgent need to urinate, states WebMD. Overactive bladder is characterized by a sudden urge to urinate. Sometimes the urge can be difficult to control and involuntary loss of urine may occur, advises the Mayo Clinic. Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. Severity can range from occasional leakage of urine to failure to making it to the toilet in time. The Urology Care Foundation says between one-quarter and one-third of men and women in the United States suffer from urinary incontinence.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 06:00

Potential benefits of a vegan diet

A nutritious diet is an integral component of a healthy lifestyle. One of the great things about eating right is there are many ways to do so. A healthy diet that works for some people might not work for others with different tastes, and it doesn't have to.

Eating right can boost immune systems and help people be more productive, and some people even tailor their healthy diets to align with their personal beliefs. One such example is veganism. Adherents to veganism do not eat or use animal products, and many do so to advocate for the ethical treatment of animals.

Regardless of why people choose vegan diets, the potential health benefits of such decisions are myriad.

  • Shed excess weight: Vegan diets may help people shed excess weight. A 2015 study published in the journal Nutrition found that vegan diets may result in greater weight loss than more modest recommendations. The vegan diets used in the study did not require participants to limit their caloric intake, though many might have simply by the nature of the vegan diet, which is packed with satisfying foods full of nutrients such as fiber that can help people feel full and maintain that feeling of fullness for long periods of time.
  • Improve kidney function: Studies have indicated that people with diabetes who replace the meat in their diets with plant protein may reduce their risk for poor kidney function. One such study, published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, concluded that, while more studies are necessary, substituting soy protein for animal proteins usually decreases hyperfiltration in diabetic subjects and may reduce albumin excretion as well.
  • Protect against certain cancers: The World Health Organization says that roughly one-third of all instances of cancer across the globe can be prevented if people make the right lifestyle choices. That includes their choice in diets. Due to the nature of vegan diets, vegans tend to consume considerable amounts of fruits and vegetables. That's good news, as an analysis of data from the Health Survey for England found that eating seven or more portions of fresh fruits and vegetables every day can reduce a person's risk of dying from cancer by as much as 15 percent.
  • Reduce risk for heart disease: Fruits, vegetables and fiber also have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. A study from researchers in Japan found that intakes of plant-based foods, particularly fruits, were associated with reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease.
    Vegan diets may necessitate an adjustment period when starting out. But over time, the benefits of such diets are numerous.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:22

Expert tips for prom-ready skin

Although wardrobe, hair and accessories are important considerations for prom preparations, teenagers should not disregard a healthy skin care regimen, which can ensure they look their best in the scores of professional and candid shots snapped and chatted about over the course of prom festivities. Even with the bevy of photo filters and social media apps that can hide blemishes and other minor photo faux pas, it helps to have healthy and beautiful skin. Here's how to achieve great results.

Determine skin type

Selecting the right products involves understanding the type of skin on your face and body. If you are prone to shiny spots or makeup tends to slide off after a few hours, you likely have oily skin. Red patches and flakes may be indicative of dry skin. Many people fall in between, where areas on their cheeks may be dry and spots in the T-zone are oily.
If you are unsure about your skin type, consult with a dermatologist or an esthetician at a beauty counter or cosmetics store.

Sunday, 24 March 2019 14:32

Control uneven skin pigmentation

Uneven skin tone is a common, relatively harmless condition that affects millions of people. Hyperpigmentation (darkened areas) and hypopigmentation (lightened areas) are examples of uneven skin tone conditions that people often hope to alleviate.

Changes in skin tone can affect people of all ages and races. Some of the more widely known skin tone changes are the formation of freckles and age spots. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology advises that lightened or darkened patches of the skin can occur anywhere on the body and are usually the result of exposure to the sun. Melanin is produced by the skin as a protective agent. When skin is exposed to UV radiation, melanin absorbs the sun’s rays and darkens the skin to reduce instances of burns and other damage. Excessive melanin can produce darkened areas that are disproportionate to other parts of the skin. In cases where skin tone already is uneven, sun exposure can exacerbate the situation.

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 17:12

How puzzles promote health and wellness

Puzzles are fun and entertaining, but their benefits go beyond simple recreation. In fact, playing and solving puzzles on a regular basis can benefit adults and children in various ways. Puzzles often stimulate problem-solving centers in the brain and can improve brain health. Researchers have found that, by completing crossword puzzles, playing challenging games or doing other puzzle-related activities, individuals may be less likely to develop brain plaques that have been tied to Alzheimer's disease.

Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:12

Regain hope and strength while caregiving

Caregivers are unpaid individuals, typically a spouse, child, neighbor, or friend, who assist with activities of daily living and medical tasks. These informal caregivers often fill in gaps between medical professionals or paid aides to meet the needs of incapacitated individuals.  The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP indicate that approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. Roughly 15.7 million adult family caregivers in the United States care for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, states the Alzheimer's Association. Though both men and women serve as caregivers, females are the largest segment of unpaid caregivers, handling some of the most difficult tasks, such as bathing and dressing.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 19:05

Everyday ways to help your elderly neighbors

Thoughtful men, women and children can give back to their communities in various ways. Coaching youth sports, volunteering with local charities and donating to local food or clothing drives are just a few of the ways you can help make your community a better place.

Another way to give back is to help your elderly neighbors who may not be as independent as they once were. Such men and women may have physical limitations that compromise their ability to perform everyday tasks. People in the prime of their life take their ability to perform such tasks for granted. And while these gestures might seem simple, helping your elderly neighbors with their everyday tasks can have a profound impact on their lives.

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