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Botox May Have Cancer Fighting Role

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Botox injections – beloved by those seeking a wrinkle-free face – may help fight cancer, animal tests suggest. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed nerves help stomach cancers grow. Research on mice found that using the toxin to kill nerves could halt the growth of stomach tumours and make them more vulnerable to chemotherapy. Cancer Research UK said it was early days and it was unclear whether the injections could help save lives. Botox is usually used in the fight against the signs of ageing, not cancer. The toxin disrupts nerve function to relax muscles and even out wrinkles, but a growing body of work suggests nerves can also help fuel cancer growth. Stomach cancer Scientists Columbia University Medical Centre, in New York, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim investigated the role of the vagus nerve – which runs from the brain to the digestive system – in stomach cancer. Either cutting the nerve or using the toxin Botox slowed the growth of tumours or made them more responsive to chemotherapy. One of the scientists, Dr Timothy Wang, told the BBC: “If you just cut nerves is it going to cure cancer? Probably not….

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Depressed? Botox Just Might Help You Feel Better

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Nothing helped with her debilitating depression. Not massage therapy, not physical therapy and not aqua therapy. And then, Vivian Cooke found Botox. Several times a year, Cooke receives an injection of the drug — best known for smoothing out facial wrinkles by paralyzing muscles or blocking nerves — between her eyebrows to help with depression. “This is an alternative for me that has proven to be, almost immediately, giving the result that I want, and that is to feel happier and not be depressed,” Cooke told TODAY. She is being treated by Dr. Eric Finzi, a Maryland dermatologist who pioneered the use of Botox to treat depression. His research found that more than half of people suffering from moderate to severe depression who received Botox showed “substantial improvement” in their symptoms. While the conventional wisdom is that the brain tells the face how to act, not the other way around, Finzi says his findings support the “facial feedback theory” of Charles Darwin and William James, which suggests that the expression on your face can influence your mood. “Your emotions are actually created, in part, by your face,” Finzi told TODAY’s Tom Costello, adding that people can control their emotions “to some extent.” How does it work?…

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Autism Rates Soar 30% in 2 Years

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The number of US children with autism spectrum disorder has soared approximately 30% in the past 2 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the surveillance summary report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers estimate that 1 in 68 children (14.7 per 1,000) now has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), compared with 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000) in 2012. To reach their findings, CDC investigators analyzed data from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network – a US surveillance system that estimates ASD prevalence among 8-year-old children whose parents or guardians reside in 11 ADDM sites. The system collects its data from community sources that diagnose, educate, treat and/or provide services for children with developmental disabilities. The CDC note that the way the data has been collected for this report does not differ from previous reports. The new estimates vary across ADDM sites, with ASD prevalence standing at 1 in 45 children in New Jersey, while 1 in 175 children in Alabama have the condition. The data reveals that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than…

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How to Take Care of Your Health This Holiday Season

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By Anita Marlay Have you ever had the stomach flu a day or two after a big holiday  meal? Chances are it wasn’t a flu bug but rather a case of food poisoning. Food  poisoning affects 76 million people a year, according to the U.S. Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention, and is often mistaken for the  flu. Holidays are an especially challenging time to avoid food poisoning  because cooks have more food than usual to manage, more hands are in the kitchen  cooking, more home-cooked foods are consumed, less room is available in the  refrigerator and leftovers often are handled improperly. In addition, holiday  guests often include those that are more vulnerable to food poisoning. This  includes the elderly, the very young, pregnant women and those with immune  deficiencies. This holiday season, take special care to make sure you, your family  and your guests are all safe from food contamination. Following are some top  food safety tips. Plan ahead. Make sure you have enough refrigerator space for  everything that needs to be kept cold. If you don’t, it’s OK to use coolers —  just make sure to use clean ice and keep the coolers drained as the ice melts. …

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FOREST HILLS RESIDENTS CAN GET THEIR FLU SHOTS AT NOVEL MD

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SURVIVING FLU SEASON By: By Health Day Story Updated: Nov 4, 2013 ‘Tis the season for colds and flu….so here are some tips to make sure you shoo away that nasty flu bug…before it bites! Start by getting a flu vaccination. You can go to your primary care doctor, or to the neighborhood drug store. The earlier the better, before the season kicks into high gear. Experts say it takes about 10 to 14 days for the flu vaccine to give you full protection. To be on the safe side…frequently wash your hands, or in a pinch, use an antibacterial gel. This is especially important if you’re around someone with symptoms. Avoid touching your face with your hands…in case you touched something with the active flu virus in your travels. If you’re sneezing and coughing, do so in the crook of your elbow, instead of into your hands. Or fully cover your cough with a tissue. If you end up with the flu, your doctor may advise just rest, symptomatic care, and staying home to avoid sharing the virus with others. However, if you have severe symptoms, like difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, or confusion…let your doctor know right away. Link: http://www.wkbw.com/lifestyle/health-link?feed=bim&id=230285481

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More Women Use Product For Eyelashes

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SIOUX FALLS, SD – It’s a little-known fact, but as you age your eyelashes actually get shorter. That may be one reason why more and more products are on the market promising to lengthen your lashes without cosmetics. Many women spend hundreds of dollars to get full, thick, long eyelashes with mascara or false lashes. Heidi Furth’s eyelashes not only look full. They actually are longer thanks to a product she started using two years ago. “I know a lot of people who use LATISSE,” Furth said. LATISSE is a prescription liquid that promises to increase both the fullness and length of eyelashes. You’ve probably seen the commercials for the drug which is actually a form of a medication for glaucoma. “It was noted that people who were using this medication for that diagnosis were developing very long eyelashes, so the medication was reformulated just for eyelash use only,” Avera Dermatologist Dr. Jana Johnson said. For best results, you should use LATISSE every day. It also may take four weeks or more to see a difference. “If they can wait the four to eight weeks before it actually starts to show the benefits, they’re extremely happy afterwards. It makes a…

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