Health

FACETIME: Filler turns back the clock on your face by replacing volume lost from aging

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:37

In their never-ending quest to maintain a youthful appearance, Americans of a certain age and mindset are increasingly choosing dermal fillers over surgery to smooth the cracks and crevices of time. Together with Botox, fillers can erase a decade or more of age’s cruelties in a relatively inexpensive and painless hour. Unlike cosmetic surgery, which carries the danger of branding you with that alien or “wind-tunnel” look, fillers are subtle and non-invasive. 

Those on the fence should know that fillers come with a double-edged benefit. If you don’t like the results, you can just wait: They generally dissipate after eight months. But if you do like the results, that temporary nature is a liability. As one of the latter, I was excited to learn about ArteFill, a dermal filler that, in the hands of a skilled practitioner, cannot only pave over the potholes of time but also resculpt the youthful contours of your face.

Best of all, the effects can last for seven years — or longer. 

Power plant pollution is a lung health hazard

Written by Harold P. Wimmer & Thomas Ferkol Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:59

Advocating for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Few things are more frightening for a parent than racing to the hospital with a child who can’t breathe.

Few things are more difficult for a physician than telling a family that a loved one will not recover from an asthma attack.

We work with people who know those experiences far too well and — because of those experiences — we support reducing carbon pollution.

Study will test chocolate pills for heart benefits

Written by Marilynn Marchione,
AP chief medical writer
Monday, 17 March 2014 04:50
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It won’t be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The pills are so packed with nutrients that you’d have to eat a gazillion candy bars to get the amount being tested in this study, which will enroll 18,000 men and women nationwide.

Exercise can prevent, reverse dementia

Written by Hannah Devlin / The Times / The Interview People Saturday, 01 March 2014 16:21

Physical exercise is as important in staving off dementia as keeping your mind active, scientists have said.

Taking a brisk walk three or four times a week can effectively “grow back your brain,” helping to reverse early signs of neurodegeneration and improve performance on memory tests, research has found.

How health care reform benefits LGBT Americans

Written by GoHealthInsurance Monday, 10 February 2014 11:13

For many years, the LGBT community has experienced disparities in the health system as people have been denied the same rights as heterosexual Americans, have been found to have a high percentage of preexisting medical conditions and have experienced difficulty finding affordable health insurance. Now members of the LGBT community can have a sense of ease, as the Affordable Care Act and last summer’s Defense of Marriage Act ruling bring new health care rights and protections.

Under the ACA, insurance companies cannot discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation, meaning members of the LGBT community cannot be denied coverage or charged more for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.