First ever nose jobs in 16th Century book

The incredibly rare work is written in Latin and illustrated with diagrams of the process in which the patient's nose was attached to a flap of skin from his upper arm. The surgery - known as rhinoplasty - is considered a modern phenomenon but this book shows it was used over 400 years ago. The skill, however, was mysteriously lost until the late 18th century when similar treatments were recorded. Click here for the story. Read More >

Study links diet to longevity, but with confusing findings

Researchers divvied the study subjects into six groups according to their predominant food choices among 108 food items tallied. Here's how the clusters fell out: "Healthy foods" (374 participants) "High-fat dairy products" (332) "Meat, fried foods, and alcohol" (693) "Breakfast cereal" (386) "Refined grains" (458) "Sweets and desserts" (339) That "healthy foods" category was defined by relatively higher consumption of low-fat dairy, fruit, whole grains, poultry, fish and vegetables and lower Read More >

Gifts of cosmetic surgery in vogue

As the New Year brings vows of a “new you,’’ youth-seeking New Englanders are treating themselves to gifts of cosmetic enhancements to jump-start their fitness and beauty resolutions. “It’s given me a head start,” said David Reeves, 55, a biker who lives in Vermont and had liposuction this month to flatten his stomach. “This way I’m already there and I can get even leaner and meaner.” Click here for the story. Read More >

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

It's not New Years yet. It's not even Christmas. But about this time of year I start figuring out what I want to achieve in the next year. New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make our top ten list?] Click here for the story. Read More >

Holiday exercise: No gym required

By adding heart-pumping twists to tasks already on a holiday to-do list, men and women can get daily exercise throughout the holiday season, say experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.   “It’s important to maintain your fitness as much as possible during the holidays, but don’t worry if you’re too busy to go to the gym,” said Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at MD Anderson. Click here for the story. Read More >

Interesting demographic insight into people of color and cosmetic surgery.

Latinos get the most plastic surgery of any minority group in the United States, but on a percentage basis such cosmetic treatments are most popular among Asians. Those are some of the conclusions reached by two surveys released this year by two professional groups of cosmetic doctors -- the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Click here for the story. Read More >

Holiday Stress: Bad for Holidays and Health

The holidays can be tough. Family, friends, shopping, kids, work, it can be overwhelming. The winter holidays are full of festive decorations, gatherings with loved ones and plenty of home-cooked food and drinks.   They are also filled with stress, and experts say that stress can be counterproductive and harmful to one's health, even if it is just for a few weeks. Click here for the story. Read More >

Researchers say a “fountain of youth” pill is now closer to reality.

The team found that extremely low doses of the drug lenalidomide can: “Stimulate the body’s immune-cell protein factories, which decrease production during aging, and rebalance the levels of several key cytokines – immune proteins that either attack viruses and bacteria or cause inflammation that leads to an overall decline in health.” Click here for the story. Read More >
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