March 6, 2012

Skin Whiteners and Anti-Aging

1 Some Imported Skin Creams Contain Mercury

Some imported skin products marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging creams may contain mercury, the FDA announced today. Cosmetics and drugs containing mercury are classified as regulated drugs, and the FDA only approves the sale of such products under very limited circumstances. Anti-aging creams are designed to remove age spots, freckles, skin blemishes and wrinkles. Skin whitening creams are used by Asian, HIspanic and African American consumers to lighten skin tone. Sales of skin whiteners are high because "lighter skin is often considered a status symbol in [consumers' native] cultures," reported the Chicago Tribune in 2010. According to the Tribune the creams are manufactured in Lebanon, China, India, Pakistan and Taiwan, among other countries.

More at Food and Drug Administration | Posted 6 years ago by Mark

Previously: Acne, Stretch Marks Linked to Skin Lightener Abuse

Tags: Anti-Aging, Mercury, Skin Creams, Anti Aging Cream, Skin Whiteners, Skin Lighteners, Skin Products, Mercury Dangers, Mercury Poisoning

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Diet and Exercise Are Key

2 Most Weight Loss Supplements Don’t Work

A new study by Melinda Manore of Oregon State U, confirms what many of us already know: most weight loss supplements don’t work. After reviewing the evidence surrounding hundreds of weight loss supplements, Manore found that besides not working, many cause side effects. While some of the products effected modest weight loss, they were used in combination with a reduced calorie diet. "For most people, unless you alter your diet and get daily exercise, no supplement is going to have a big impact," Manore said, adding that they key to weight loss is eating a diet of whole grains, lean proteins, fruit and vegetables. Manore also said to get moving. "The data is very strong that exercise is crucial to not only losing weight and preserving muscle mass, but keeping the weight off."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Study Says Weight Loss Supplements Don't Work

Tags: Diet and Exercise, Exercise, Losing Weight, Oregon State University, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Supplements, Melinda Manore, Weight Loss Pills, Reduced Calorie Diet

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Arachnophobes with Tricky Eyes

3 Spiders Look Bigger if You're Afraid of Them

The more you're afraid of spiders, the bigger they'll appear to you, say researchers from Ohio State University. The study findings suggest that people who fear spiders the most tend to overestimate their actual size. MSNBC reports that the study involved 57 spider-phobic people who estimated spider size during three separate sessions over a period of two months. And no small spider would do. As part of the treatment for their phobias, the participants were asked to estimate the size of live tarantulas! Participants used probes to draw a line on a card to show the length of each tarantula they viewed. Researchers found that the most fearful people drew lines that were almost three times as long as the actual spider. The research was published in Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sexual Performance Anxiety Leads to Cheating

Tags: Arachnid Phobia, Fear Spiders, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Arachnophobes See Spiders Differently, Curing Phobias

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Major Issue Is a Non-Issue

4 Abortion, Mental Illness Link Discredited

A study published in 2009 linking abortion to an increased risk of mental illness is flawed because researchers never determined if problems occurred after an abortion, if there was a history of mental illness long ago and/or around the time of the interview, according to a new study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. Linking abortion with mental health problems has become a huge issue but previous research refuted that. Grief and sadness were common after an abortion but the 2009 study found that having an abortion increased the rates of anxiety, depression and drug abuse. These results could not be repeated in 2010 by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute and a commentary in the same journal supports this study and discredits the earlier one.

More at Yahoo! Live Science | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Teens Who Have Abortions Not Worse off Emotionally

Tags: Abortion, Journal of Psychiatric Research, Mental Health, Psychological Effects of Abortion, Guttmacher Institute

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