April 29, 2010

Deadpan Plastic Surgeon

1 Dr. Kelley's Botox Commercial an Internet Hit

A California plastic surgeon's bizarre local television commercial has become a web hit. Internet video producers Rhett & Link produced the hilarious commercial for Dr. Timothy Kelley in a retro 80s style. In the commercial a deadpan Dr. Kelley points out that people look at your face first "to determine if you're ugly," so plastic surgery is important. Dr. Kelley's "pull-out method" is merely his technique of injecting botox as he withdraws the needle, a minor technique played up in the commercial as a huge surgical advance. Testimonials include, "It's so great to be good looking," and "Since Dr. Kelley worked on me I've got a new job, a new boyfriend, and I've travelled to Canada." Bonus: there's a Making Of video.

More at AdWeek | Hat tip to Watashi to Tokyo (Mari Kanazawa's blog) | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Botox, Fuller Lips, Plastic Surgery, Timothy F Kelley, Commercials, Rhett & Link

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Thanks to Bunless Double Down

2 KFC Donating Unneeded Buns to Food Banks

Nutrition and public health professor at New York University Marion Nestle blogs again today about KFC's notorious Double Down sandwich. She realized, upon rereading KFC's press release, that KFC is donating buns to food banks. According to KFC's press release, "When introducing a bunless sandwich, the obvious question is: what happens to all the buns? To celebrate the launch of the Double Down, KFC will do some good by donating the unneeded sandwich buns to feed the hungry." Says Nestle, "The mind ... boggles. You need go no further to understand why we need a more rational and effective food assistance policy in this country." Upon closer reading of the press release, it turns out that the KFC's donation was in cash, with some buns thrown in to get publicity (and it worked).

More at Food Politics | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: Taste-Testing KFC's Double Down, 10 Sandwiches with More Calories Than the Double Down, Chef Recreates KFC Double Down at Home

Tags: Double Down, KFC, Marion Nestle, Buns, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Food Banks

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Freckled and Foolhardy

3 Redheads Use Tanning Beds Most Often

Fair-skinned folks with freckles and red hair are more likely to frequent indoor tanning salons said a survey from the British Association of Dermatologists. The survey, which polled 1064 British adults, found that seven percent of freckle-faced redheads admitted to using tanning beds and more than half of them said they knew it put them at “very high risk” for skin cancer. “People with very pale skin will never tan through UV exposure, they will only ever burn,” said Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists. “Pale-skinned people are also at far higher risk of skin cancer than other groups, so it is alarming that they are the most inclined to use sunbeds. This shows the pressure on pale-skinned people to tan and the lengths that people will go to for a bronzed look."

More at Stylist | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Pols Want to Regulate Indoor Tanning

Tags: Indoor Tanning, Redheads, Freckles, Fair Skinned, Tanning, Nina Goad, British Association of Dermatologists, Tanning Bed, Tanning Salon, Skin Cancer

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Spice Up Your Food

4 Hot Peppers Help You Lose Weight: UCLA Researchers

If you enjoy spicy food with lots of hot peppers and chillies, now there's even more of a reason to like them. The burning, heat sensation you experience when eating a hot pepper is caused by the substance capsaicin. There has been a growing amount of evidence that capsaicin may help to burn that extra bit of fat when you're exercising. For those who can't handle chillies, look out for the non-spicy versions of peppers containing dihydrocapsiate (DCT). David Hever, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, recently revealed convincing evidence that DCT significantly increased fat oxidation. So for your next meal, why not add some more peppers?

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Hot, Chilli, Pepper, Weight, Loss, Capsaicin, DCT, Dihydrocapsiate, David Hever

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Fluorescent Makes Tumor Glow

5 Glowing Tumors May Help Early Detection

A fluorescent compound that makes tumors glow can help doctors detect tumors in its earlier stages and before they turn deadly. Lawrence Marnett, Ph.D., led the research team at Vanderbilt University to develop the compound. Their findings are published in the May 1 issue of Cancer Research. The compound is made up from fluorescent inhibitors of the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). COX-2 can assist in monitoring a tumor's transition and defining tumor margins during surgical removal. Lawrence Marnett expresses that, "We're very excited about these new agents and are moving forward to develop them for human clinical trials."

More at Science Blog | Posted 7 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Cancer, Vanderbilt University, Tumor, Fluorescent, Glow, Fluro, Enzyme, Cyclooxygenase 2, COX 2, Lawrence Marnett, Prevention, Detect

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Blink If You're Daydreaming

6 Blinking Too Much Indicates a Wandering Mind

A new study suggests that you tend to blink more often when you're daydreaming or when your mind is wandering off. Daniel Smilek, cognitive neuroscientist of the University of Waterloo, researched on what happens when the mind wanders. 15 volunteers participated in this experiment. They were asked to read a passage from a book on a computer whilst a sensor tracked their eye movements, including blinks. At random intervals, they were to indicate if they were paying attention or not. The findings suggest we blink more when we're not paying attention to limit the brain from receiving external information. When we daydream, the part of the brain that processes external surroundings become less active and wishes to receive less information.

More at Health News Digest | Posted 7 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Brain, Research, University of Waterloo, Daniel Smilek, Blink, Mind, Wander, Daydream, Eye

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State of the Air 2010 Report

7 Los Angeles Most Polluted City, Bismarck Cleanest

The State of the Air 2010 report by the American Lung Association ranks several cities in California as the most polluted in the country. The newly released report ranks metro areas for ozone and particle pollution in 2006 through 2008. The number one city in the ozone pollution rankings is Los Angeles, Calif., with Bakersfield coming in second. Cities in California occupied the top six spots for ozone pollution. Houston, Texas made the ozone pollution list at number seven. Phoenix, Ariz. is also a difficult place to breathe. The city came in first for year-round particle pollution, followed by Bakersfield and Los Angeles. The cleanest city for ozone is Bismarck, N.D., and the best for year-round particle pollution is Cheyenne, Wyo.

More at American Lung Association | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Dirty Air, Air Pollution, Polluted Cities, Cities with Polluted Air, California Air Pollution, Most Polluted City, American Lung Association, State of the Air 2010 Report, Phoenix, Bakersfield, Ozone Pollution

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Organic Foods Have Calories Too

8 Underestimating Organic Food Calories

Organic food labels could lead you to overeat! Researchers presenting at the Experimental Biology conference this week said that their studies revealed organic snackers underestimate the amount of calories in organic foods. Researchers believe that people may reward themselves too much and overeat when a food is labeled as healthy or low fat. "An organic label gives a food a 'health halo,'" said Brian Wansink, Cornell professor. People who ate cookies labeled organic believed that their snack contained 40 percent fewer calories than the same cookies with no label. According to researchers, people who claim to "usually buy organic foods" and people who often read nutrition labels are more likely to make the mistake of underestimating organic food calories.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: It's Not a Scientology Diet, Says Kirstie Alley

Tags: Organic Food, Overeating, Organic Snacks, Estimating Calories, Organic Food Calories, Organic Food Labels

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Cherry Red for Your Heart

9 Tart Cherries Reduce Inflammation and Cholesterol

A cherry-enriched diet can reduce body inflammation, a known risk factor for heart disease in obese, at-risk rats. A new study presented by researchers at the University of Michigan found that rats fed a typical American diet high in fat with added whole tart cherry powder for 90 days also had other reduced risk factors including lower cholesterol, body weight and fat mass. A second pilot study was conducted in ten overweight humans with similar results, including lower levels of triglycerides, another heart disease risk factor. The subjects drank eight ounces of tart cherry juice daily for four weeks. The beneficial ingredient in the cherries is anthocyanin, a type of antioxidant compound. Cherries can be found year-round fresh, frozen, dried, or in juices.

More at The Medical News | Hat tip to UPI | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Chokeberry Extract Regulates Weight

Tags: Antioxidants, Berries, Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Inflammation

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A New Use for Spices

10 Curcumin May Enhance Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Pre-treating ovarian cancer cells with curcumin may help make them more vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Researchers from Sanford Research and the University of South Dakota found that delivering the curcumin, which is a component of the spice turmeric, directly into the cells in nanoparticles less than 100 nm enhanced sensitivity to treatments of cisplatin and radiation, lowering the dose needed for therapeutic effects. Taking dietary supplements of curcumin or turmeric does not appear to be helpful, however. The current research, published in the Journal of Ovarian Research, was completed in vitro, so the next step is to test the treatment in animal models and in future human clinical trials.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Processed Meat Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk

Tags: Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Curcumin, Turmeric

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