Saturday, December 29, 2007

Cosmeceuticals Work for Mature Skin

There's evidence that today's advanced skin care products can be effective in producing anti-aging results on mature skin.

Called cosmeceuticals, these products offer ingredients that work like prescription drugs. Topical application of niacin, for instance, can smooth out skin surface irregularity and other preparations can diminish pores and even out skin tones. That all these ingredients are combined with moisturizers can magnify benefits and make them even more effective in improving the appearance of aging skin.

A study on cosmeceuticals has been published in the December 2007 Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.


Friday, December 28, 2007

LASIK Outcomes Good 10 Years After Surgery

There's good new for those who have had LASIK eye surgery or are considering it to treat a highly myopic condition. A study done by researchers from Miguel Hernandez University, Medical School, Alicante, Spain; and Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey, reports that patients had good outcomes up to ten years after corrective LASIK surgery.

196 high myopic eyes of 118 patients, preoperatively needing at least 10 diopter (10 D) corrections to achieve 20/20 vision, were evaluated ten years following surgery. Uncorrected vision was 77% of best-corrected vision (BSCVA) before surgery. BSCVA improved 1 line. Only 5% of eyes lost more than 2 lines of BSCVA and 40% avoided the use of glasses. 119 (61 %) of eyes were within ± 2.00 Diopters at 10 years. Only 2 eyes (1%) developed corneal ectasia. The retreatment rate was 27%.

The report is published in the January, 2008 issue of the Journal of Opthamology.

Monday, December 17, 2007

An Apple a Day

There's wisdom in the old saying "an apple a day, keeps the doctor away". According to the Iowa Women's Health Study, consuming apples is one of the healthiest things a postmenopausal woman can do for herself.

The Iowa Women's Health Study has been studying the health habits of 34,000 women for more than 20 years. The apple was named as one of three foods (the other two were pears and red wine) that are most effective against the risk of heart disease amongst menopausal women.

Apples are full of antioxidants flavonoids and also contain soluble fiber that helps regulate cholesterol. Apples have also been shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer and type 2 diabetes. And everyone can include apples into their daily diet at meals and snacks.

An apple a day - to your health!


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Raw Broccoli Fights Cancer

I love raw broccoli in salad or for dipping but not everyone is a broccoli fan. For those who are, the good news is that eating broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables(cauliflower, cabbage)greatly reduces your risk of developing bladder cancer by 40%. But you have to eat them raw. Cooking the vegetables reduces the content of isothiocyanates (ITCs) by 60-90% and there was no reduction of cancer risk seen with eating cooked vegetables.

If you don't like raw cabbage or broccoli very much, it is still good news because you need consume them only three times a month to gain the health benefit.

The studies showing the correlation between cruciferous veggies and the reduction in cancer risk were carried out by scientists at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, USA. They presented their findings at the American Association of Cancer Research Conference, Philadelphia.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Two Drinks Per Day for Longevity

Older women who take a drink or two may live longer than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. were at significantly lower risk of dying.

Researchers surveyed 12,432 older women on their drinking habits. Women who consume an average of two drinks per day were at significantly lower risk of dying than women who abstained completely or drank rarely.

Researchers state that the consumption of alcohol may have many benefits, including psychological and social wellbeing, as well as increased appetite and nutrition.

The study used data he study, in collaboration with the Hunter Medical Research Institute, used data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

16th Annual Conference on Women's Health

The 16th annual conference on women's health will be held March 28-30, 2008 in Williamsburg, Virgina. Physicians, nurses and allied healthcare providers will attend to learn about cutting-edge therapeutic protocols, new diagnostic procedures and research advances.

Women’s Health 2008: The 16th Annual Congress inaugurates the merging of the two most important women’s health clinical conferences of the year--the VCU Institute for Women’s Health Clinical Insights & Best Practices held annually in Williamsburg, VA and the Annual Congress on Women’s Health held in Hilton Head, SC. This must-attend meeting will bring together the best of both programs to provide outstanding faculty of the highest caliber, addressing the most clinically important topics in women’s health.

For further information about the Congress and the Program, visit our website at, call (914) 740-2100 or 800-5-BIOCON, or e-mail

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Caffeine Cream Slims Hips and Thighs

Don't think cellulite creams work? Not crazy about the idea of liposuction? How about smearing a caffeine cream on twice daily?
Strangely, Brazilian researchers studying 99 women found that the application of a cream consisting mostly of a 7 percent caffeine solution actually produced slimming results on thighs and hips after 30 days.

80 percent of the women had lost inches off their upper and lower thighs, while 68 percent found that their hip measurements had been reduced.

Although imaging showed little change in cellulite, researchers think that 30 days may not have been long enough to act on cellulite. What is certain is that a majority of women using the cream for 30 days had reductions in thigh and hip measurements.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Avandia Warnings for Women

You may already know that the diabetes drug, Avandia, has been shown to cause or worsen heart failure. Recently, studies have also implicated Avandia in an increased risk of fractures for women taking the drug.

If you take Avandia, you should also read this story at Medical News Today regarding bone loss and Avandia. According to the article, Avandia causes the body to reabsorb bone, making bones weaker.

Women taking Avandia should also speak to their health care practitioners regarding their condition and risks.