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Gel manicures look gorgeous…but could hurt your nails

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Women are discovering that gel manicures offer long-lasting and durable results in a quick manner, but dermatologists are concerned that they can cause nail problems — such as nail thinning associated with brittleness, peeling, and cracking — with frequent use and can camouflage nail disease if done repeatedly. American Academy of Dermatology expert Chris Adigun, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York, N.Y. explains that Gel nail polish is more durable than other nail polishes and can last two…

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Are skinny jeans bad for your health?

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A new study says squatting in the tight jeans for a long time may lead to nerve and muscle fibre damage in legs and feet. Published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, the study points to the case of a 35-year-old woman who was treated at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia for severe weakness in both ankles. “On the day prior to presentation, she had been helping a family member move house. This involved many hours of squatting while emptying cupboards. She had been wearing ‘skinny jeans,’ and recalled that her jeans had felt increasingly tight and…

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Fitness foods may make you eat more, exercise less

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Weight-conscious consumers are often drawn to foods such as health bars and cereals, whose packaging suggests that they promote fitness. But according to a new study in the Journal of Marketing Research, such “fitness branding” encourages consumers to eat more of those foods and to exercise less, potentially undermining their efforts to lose or control their weight. “Unless a food was forbidden by their diet, branding the product as ‘fit’ increased consumption for those trying to watch their weight,” write authors Joerg Koenigstorfer (Technische Universität München) and Hans Baumgartner (Pennsylvania State University). “To make matters worse, these eaters also reduced…

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How to winter-proof your fitness routine

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Keeping up your fitness routine can be extra hard in winter because all you want to do is stay on the couch and sip on hot chocolate and enjoy the latest series on TV. However, keeping up with your fitness will allow you to stay energetic in winter and stay in shape the whole year round. Here are a few tips on how to winter-proof your fitness routine Dress for it Update your workout wardrobe with this season’s latest fitness gear to keep you warm. Stock up on warm items such as gloves, headbands, leggings and socks- but make sure…

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Tattoos may come with long-term medical risks, say doctors

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Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that as many as 6 percent of adult New Yorkers who get “inked” — in other words, those who get a tattoo — have experienced some form of tattoo-related rash, severe itching or swelling that lasted longer than four months and, in some cases, for many years. “We were rather alarmed at the high rate of reported chronic complications tied to getting a tattoo,” says senior study investigator and NYU Langone dermatologist Marie Leger, MD, PhD, whose team’s latest findings appear in the journal Contact Dermatitis online May 27. “Given the growing…

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6 Tips for a healthier winter

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Keep those hands clean Hands are a hub for germs, especially in winter when more people around you are likely to be suffering from flus and colds. Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap and keep your fingers away from your nose and mouth wherever possible so that they don’t attract germs. And if you need to sneeze, try to do so in the crook of your arm so that the germs on your hands don’t come into contact with your nose. Boost your immune system A healthy body fights off illness much quicker, so exercise to build…

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Should you get the flu vaccination this winter?

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For most people, flu is unpleasant, but it’s not serious. However, some people can develop potentially serious complications from flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people are advised to have a flu jab each year. Who should have a flu jab? Pregnant women If you’re pregnant, you’re advised to have the flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you’ve reached. That’s because there’s strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu. It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn’t…

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Stay home or go to school? tips for parents

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“Being a parent is a juggling act, but throw in a child being home sick from school and the delicate balance topples. Many parents ask: When is it important to keep my child home from school and when should I send them?” said Hannah Chow-Johnson, MD, pediatrician at Loyola University Health System Schools are a perfect place for infectious diseases to thrive, so it’s important for parents to be vigilant when it comes to their child’s health. “There are times when it’s best for the child and his or her classmates to just remain at home,” said Chow. Chow gives…

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Is keeping your hairstyle fresh stopping you from exercising?

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A study conducted by the Center for African American Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Center for Women’s Health Research finds that black women whose hairstyle is affected by perspiration may avoid physical activity altogether. Prior studies have found that between 29 percent and 48 percent of black women say that their hairstyle was a factor in deciding whether or not to exercise. One key focus of this study was to learn more about cultural barriers to physical activity among black women — including hairstyle-related factors. Some women involved in the study who experience hairstyle barriers to physical activity explained…

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Pregnant women not getting enough omega-3

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It is recommended that all healthy adults including pregnant and lactating women consume at least 500 mg/day of omega-3 . According to a recent study, “Only 27% of women during pregnancy and 25% at three months postpartum met the current  recommendation for DHA. Seafood, fish and seaweed products contributed to 79% of overall n-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids intake from foods, with the majority from salmon. Results suggest that the majority of women were not meeting the recommendation for DHA during pregnancy and lactation.” The current study found women who took a supplement containing DHA were 10.6 and 11.1 times…

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