Acne depression link may not be due to drugs: Study
Fears that acne drugs like Roche's Accutane could cause depression may have been overblown, since the condition itself is strongly linked to suicidal thoughts and depression, scientists said. Levels of depression and suicidal thoughts were two or three times higher in young people who had the most severe acne than in those with little or none of the skin condition, Norwegian researchers found. More
As tanning bed users ignore dangers, addiction concerns grow
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As swimming pools close their gates and the weather becomes too cool for the beach, some of the most fervent sun lovers are flocking to tanning beds to preserve their summertime color. Many are aware of the health risks. Though any form of ultraviolet light increases skin cancer risk, people younger than 30 who use tanning machines increase their risk of skin cancer by 75 percent, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is affiliated with the World Health Organization. The melanoma rate among young women nearly tripled from 1973 to 2004, a period in which use of tanning beds increased significantly, a National Cancer Institute study showed. More
Stem cell face-lifts on unproven ground
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When doctors, researchers and celebrity lobbyists talk about the amazing potential of stem cell therapy, their discussions usually center on big-ticket items such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer and spinal cord injuries. They don't, as a rule, talk about wrinkles and crow's feet. But could stem cells be the next frontier in anti-aging medicine? Though most stem cell therapies are still in their infancy, a small number of plastic surgeons across the country are already offering so-called stem cell face-lifts, cosmetic procedures that use a person's own stem cells to supposedly bring new life to aging, sagging skin. More
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Scalpels out over Botox register
A quality assurance mark for injectable cosmetic providers has been launched, but surgeons say it's little more than a state-sponsored marketing tool and should be abandoned. A dispute has broken out between cosmetic surgeons and the providers of injectable cosmetics such as Botox over a new register designed to protect the public from rogue practitioners. More
Web app allows you to preview cosmetic procedures on your cell or computer
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Want a new nose? Chin reduction? Botox? A South Florida cosmetic surgeon has an app for that. After the success of his iSurgeon app on Apple's iTunes, Dr. Michael Salzhauer of Bal Harbour Plastic Surgery was approached by the United Kingdom's version of MTV to create a similar program for its website. Called "Heidi Yourself," the new online tool lets users see what they'd look like if they changed their body or facial features. The name comes from MTV reality TV star Heidi Montag, who admits to having 10 plastic surgery procedures in a single day. Heidi Yourself went live at the end of August and gets about 200 hits a day. And about half a million have downloaded Salzhauer's free iSurgeon iPhone app since it launched last year, he said. More
Wart removal using liquid nitrogen found to be most effective
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Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen is the most effective method to remove common warts, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The study, a randomized controlled trial, looked at 240 participants aged 4 to 79 in the Netherlands. The patients were assigned to three groups: cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen every two weeks, daily self-application of salicylic acid or a wait-and-see approach. More