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British Photographer Showcases the True Beauty of Freckles

British Photographer Showcases the True Beauty of Freckles | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Freckles, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Freckles can be fabulous. Just ask proud, prominent freckle-faces like Demi Lovato, Emma Stone, Gisele Bündchen, and Julianne Moore whose award-winning children’s book series, Freckleface Strawberry, even tells the story of a young girl learning to love the speckled skin she’s in — a sentiment British photographer Brock Elbank couldn’t agree with more.

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New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines: Here's What's Changed, and Why

New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines: Here's What's Changed, and Why | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Mammograms save lives. That statement has been drilled into our heads, and is supported by research. But mammograms also have drawbacks, such as false positives and unnecessary biopsies.


New guidelines from the government’s U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released today (Jan. 11) reflect this complexity. The final guidelines recommend:


Women ages 50 to 74 should be screened every other year (in contrast to other groups’ guidelines, which recommend annual screening).


For women ages 40 to 49, mammograms are optional; the decision to be screened should be based on a woman’s risk factors, preferences, and values.


The new recommendations are for women who do not have an elevated risk for breast cancer.

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'Healthy' smoothies hiding more kilojoules than a Big Mac, experts warn

'Healthy' smoothies hiding more kilojoules than a Big Mac, experts warn | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Health experts are dismayed that summer smoothies marketed as "98 per cent fat free" and "with an abundance of nutrition" contain more kilojoules than a Big Mac, and are urging consumers to steer clear.


A survey of 40 popular smoothies, frappes and shakes found Gloria Jean's "98 per cent fat free" Mango Fruzie in a large size had the highest amount of sugar, containing an alarming 123 grams or 31 teaspoons' worth.


The Mango Fruzie has nearly double the sugar content of a 600ml bottle of Coca-Cola Classic, rocketing its kilojoule level to beyond that of a McDonald's Big Mac.

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The Reason These Products Are Being Pulled From Our Supermarket Shelves

The Reason These Products Are Being Pulled From Our Supermarket Shelves | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

After the US banned the use of plastic microbeads in their beauty products, Australia's Coles and Woolworths supermarkets are following their lead by removing all microplastic formulas from their shelves. Face scrubs, body polishes and many other beauty products use plastic microbeads as a physical exfoliant, and it's causing a serious ecological issue.


"The problem with microplastics is that once they are in the waterway and in the sediments, we can't get them out," University of New South Wales's Professor Emma Johnston told Gizmodo. "There is no way of filtering all the sediments of every harbour in Australia to remove those plastics."

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Beauty company withdraws ad for skin lightening pills after racism row

Beauty company withdraws ad for skin lightening pills after racism row | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Thai beauty company Seoul Secret has withdrawn an ad for Snowz skin lightening pills sold with the tagline 'White makes you a winner', after being branded racist on social media.


The advertisement for Seoul Secret's supplement called Snowz featured a veteran Thai actress Cris Horwang, 35, attributing her professional success to her pale complexion.


'It's not easy to stay at this point for a long time,' she says in the video. 'If I stopped taking care of my body and white complexion, all that I have invested will be gone.'

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Scientists prove broken hearts are real

Scientists prove broken hearts are real | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

A new study that suggests that many women do suffer from ‘broken-heart syndrome’ - rapid beating and pain in the heart - which is often mistaken for a heart attack.


Broken hearts are real, but they aren't necessarily caused by a broken relationship.


The Wall Street Journal reports on a new study that suggests that many women do suffer from ‘broken-heart syndrome’ - rapid beating and pain in the heart - which is often mistaken for a heart attack.

"It most often affects women in their 60s or older, can be brought on by strong emotions, such as grief, anger and anxiety, or by physical stress," the report says.


"A common trigger is a loved one’s illness or death, while for some patients there is no clear-cut cause for an attack."


The report, published in November in the American Journal of Cardiology, is by Harmony Reynolds, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, who studied 20 women to a host of tests designed to bring on physical and mental stress.

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Buzz around North Coast cosmetic tattooing

Buzz around North Coast cosmetic tattooing | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Cosmetic tattooing has seen massive improvements in recent years and it is creating an industry buzz across the North Coast and Australia.


North Coast Medispa cosmetic tattoo aesthetician Paris Ambrose said people were booking six months to a year in advance to get an appointment on the Gold Coast, meaning enquiries on the North Coast had seen a dramatic jump.


She attributed it to vast improvements in technology and styles which have led to a more natural, subtle look.

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How Robot Beauty Pageants Could Revolutionize The Future Of Health

How Robot Beauty Pageants Could Revolutionize The Future Of Health | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Backed by Microsoft and Nvidia, the world's first "robot beauty pageant" is a clever way of teaching AIs to detect illness from a selfie.


Ask Miss Columbia: humans, with all their subjective standards of good looks, are just crap at judging beauty contests. But will artificial intelligences be any better at it? That's what Beauty.AI, a new beauty pageant exclusively judged by robots, aims to find out.

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How This Aussie Entrepreneur Changed The Online Beauty Industry

How This Aussie Entrepreneur Changed The Online Beauty Industry | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Kate Morris is an Australian pioneer. True, she may not have eked out a living from the harsh Australian lands in colonial times, but she has done something pretty remarkable.


In 1999 at the tender age of 21 she began Adore Beauty, one of Australia’s first online beauty businesses from her home in Tasmania using $12,000 borrowed from her boyfriend’s dad and painfully slow dial-up internet.


Selling stuff online is so easy these days that it’s also easy to forget how tough it used to be and how quickly technology has evolved.

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Being socially isolated may be as big a risk to your health as smoking

Being socially isolated may be as big a risk to your health as smoking | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Being isolated from others isn’t just lonely — it may increase your chances of an early death.


Social interactions play an important role in health. In fact, studies have found that a lack of social connections can increase the risk of death by at least 50%, and in some circumstances, by more than 90%.


That’s similar to the risk caused by smoking, and higher than that from obesity or lack of exercise.


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Hit Refresh: Realistic Steps To Take If You Have Decided To Quit Smoking

Hit Refresh: Realistic Steps To Take If You Have Decided To Quit Smoking | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

At the risk of a cliché, the new year makes a good a time as any to kick old habits.


Quitting smoking is one of those high on the resolution list, and arguably the decision that requires the most planning. If you're ready to quit, there are measures you can take to better your chance at success.


"There are several recommended first steps," Graeme Curry, Assistant Manager, Clinical at the NSW Quitline told The Huffington Post Australia. Curry recommends the following:

  • Develop your own specific plan
  • Phone Quitline (13 7848 or 13 QUIT).
  • Talk with your doctor about using NRT patches
  • Check out available oral NRT products
  • Plan to cut down on coffee and other caffeine drinks.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Ask Quitline to call you back and check in with your progress.


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The Psychology Behind People Who Dye Their Hair

The Psychology Behind People Who Dye Their Hair | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

People change their hair color like changing their clothes is not a rare thing to find these days. We can spot them easily through social media (especially Instagram) and they didn't start it by them self all of a sudden.


Kylie Jenner, however, has started it first and then it became viral in no time. For her, it's like an addiction and that explains why she changes her hair color pretty often. Vivian Diller, Ph.D., a NYC-based psychologist, has the reason for this, “Everyday activities like eating, drinking, working, sports, and shopping can become habit-forming. So it is with hair dyeing.” 


The choice of hair color, too, is also revealing. “Women who dye their hair in bright, rainbow colors are often risk-takers,” says Diller. “They tend to enjoy making a statement and standing out from the crowd.”


“The desire to enhance our looks is natural,” explains Diller. “Who doesn’t like a new lipstick or hairstyle? But the compelling need to change the outside to feel better on the inside is a slippery slope.”


”It is not necessarily a problem, nor an addiction. It’s the motivation behind it that is important to understand,” adds Diller. As long as you’re doing it for the right reasons, there’s no reason to hold back. In the immortal words of Kylie Jenner: “Being yourself is what life’s all about.”


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How To Prevent And Treat Post Xmas Bloat

How To Prevent And Treat Post Xmas Bloat | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

There is a table full of delicious, festive indulgent food. It feels awfully naughty, but we give in, willingly. It’s Christmas after all, it’s been a long year, and we want to enjoy ourselves and feast. But how do we avoid feeling stuffed like a turkey and as bloated as Santa.


Here are my naturopathic health tips to prevent and treat post-Xmas bloat:


  1. Take enzymes combined with Betaine HCl to digest your food with ease. Take one before or with each meal 3 times a day.
  2. Drink digestive bitters and carminative teas. Bitters work by enhancing the whole upper digestive function and improve the assimilation of nutrients, relieve wind and discomfort. 
  3. Chew food slowly. This helps digestion and may lead to less food consumption.
  4. Take the load off your digestive system, post Xmas festivities, by implementing a “Vegetable juice, broth and herbal tea fast”. Herbal teas aid digestion, absorption and cleanse the bowels. Vegetable juices systemically cleanse and offer easily digested nutrition. Broth heals and nourishes the mind and body.
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Are These Yogurt Ingredients Safe to Eat?

Are These Yogurt Ingredients Safe to Eat? | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Chobani is going after ingredients in rival products with a slew of new ads for its Simply 100 Greek yogurt.


In one ad, a woman analyzes a container of Dannon yogurt poolside as a voiceover says, “Dannon Light & Fit Greek actually uses artificial sweeteners like sucralose. Sucralose — whyyy? That stuff has chlorine added to it.” (She tosses it in a used towel bin.)


Another ad shows a woman in a car investigating the ingredients list of a container of Yoplait yogurt. “Yoplait Greek 100 actually uses preservatives like potassium sorbate. Potassium sorbate — really? That stuff is used to kill bugs!” (She also pitches it.)


According to the Food and Drug Administration, sucralose is a “high-intensity sweetener” that is approved for use in food. “Sucralose is about 600 times sweeter than sugar,” the FDA says on its website.

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Is a Personalized Diet Right for You?

Is a Personalized Diet Right for You? | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

A growing number of scientists support the idea that people reap more benefit from diets tailored specifically to their needs.


The concept of personalized diets has been gaining steam recently. A growing number of scientists support the idea that people reap more benefit from diets tailored specifically to their needs.


Research has backed that up, too. A study published in the journal Cellin November found that foods impact people differently. For the study, scientists tracked the diets and blood sugar levels of 800 people for a week and found that they had different blood sugar responses from other study participants after eating the exact same food.


Scientists behind that study are now working to fine-tune an algorithm that they tell the New York Times will allow people to get personalized diets as easily as you get recommended readings from Amazon. Other companies like Nutrigenomix and DNAFit are already providing personalized diets based on genetic information.

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Don’t carry your phone in your pocket

Don’t carry your phone in your pocket | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

MOST people these days are practically glued to their smartphone — and would find it very difficult to give it up.


But there’s one reason why you should place some distance between yourself and your phone.


Dr Devra Davis, an American scientist who has been studying the effects of mobile phone radiation for many years, has warned your mobile phone could be doing you more harm than good.

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Polluting our bodies

Polluting our bodies | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

In recent weeks, two major medical organisations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products all around us.


"Widespread exposure to toxic environmental chemicals threatens healthy human reproduction," the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics warned in a landmark statement last month.


The warnings are a reminder that the chemical industry has inherited the mantle of Big Tobacco, minimising science and resisting regulation in ways that cause devastating harm to unsuspecting citizens.

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Scientists find e-cigarettes could damage cells, may lead to cancer

Scientists find e-cigarettes could damage cells, may lead to cancer | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Researchers discovered that both nicotine and nicotine-free version of two products of e-cigarettes could damage cells and potentially cause the development of cancer.


Two products of electronic cigarettes were found to cause damage on cells that could promote the development of cancer. A new study shows both the nicotine and nicotine-free version of the products damaged the cells and adds to the growing health risks of using e-cigarettes.


The study, published in the journal Oral Oncology, shows that the products that use nicotine caused the worse damage but unfortunately, even the nicotine-free versions have affected the cells. Researchers said their study "strongly suggests that electronic cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public."

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New, Healthy Way To Make 'Green' Coffee

New, Healthy Way To Make 'Green' Coffee | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Scientists have developed a new method of roasting green coffee beans that could enhance the health benefits of the brew.


Dan Perlman from Brandeis University in US is developing the flour milled from parbaked coffee beans both as a food ingredient and a nutritional supplement. It is a world of difference from the traditional coffee bean, Perlman said.

Research has shown that drinking coffee is good for health. A recent Harvard study found that people who drank three to five cups a day had a 15 per cent lower chance of prematurely dying than non-drinkers.

Nobody knows for certain what causes coffee to be salutary, but one leading explanation involves a natural chemical compound called chlorogenic acid (CGA). An antioxidant, CGA is thought to be beneficial in modulating sugar metabolism, controlling blood pressure and possibly treating heart disease and cancer.

However, when coffee is roasted the traditional way - typically above 204.4 degrees Celsius for 10 to 15 minutes - the CGA content drops dramatically. One study found the decrease ranged from 50 to nearly 100 per cent. Perlman wondered what would happen if the coffee bean was baked for less time and at a lower temperature. This took some trial and error until he got it right.

In the end, he determined that parbaking the beans at 148 degrees Celsius at approximately ten minutes worked best.

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Loneliness as harmful as no exercise to teenagers' health

Loneliness as harmful as no exercise to teenagers' health | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

New research finds being lonely is as harmful to a teenagers' health as not getting enough exercise.


There have been many studies showing the health effects of social isolation on the elderly, but this is the first to look at the impact on the young.

The researchers at UNC said their findings demonstrated that it was as important to encourage young people to build social skills as it was to tell them to eat well and exercise.

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Beauty products are going high-tech wearable

Beauty products are going high-tech wearable | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it
L'Oreal is not a name usually associated with International CES, the annual consumer electronics show, but Guive Balooch, global vice president of the brand name's technology venture known as L'Oreal's Technology Incubator, was in Las Vegas this week to unveil the beauty giant's new foray into wearable tech, and it's not a bracelet (thank the heavens).It's a temporary tattoo.Or at least that's what it looks like.Created in conjunction with PCH, the Irish product engineering firm that also manufactures the notably wearable Ringly (the cocktail-style ring that notifies you when you get calls, text messages or calendar events), the new device is being called My UV Patch.
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Study says social networks could help cut health risks, can increase lifespan like exercise and diet

Study says social networks could help cut health risks, can increase lifespan like exercise and diet | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it


The larger the size of your social network during adolescence and late adulthood the more it could significantly reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke and cancer similar to good effects of physical exercise and diet.


Having a lot of healthy social relationships during adolescence and late adulthood could significantly help increase the lifespan of an individual, a new study suggests. Social networks have been found to reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke and cancer similar to the good effects of an active lifestyle and diet.


The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows social isolation during adolescence has increased the risk of inflammation similar to the effect of an inactive lifestyle while having social relationships was said to protect people from abdominal obesity. Furthermore, in old age, lacking strong social ties has been found to be more harmful to health compared to diabetes on developing and controlling hypertension.


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When To Throw Out Your Beauty Products And How To Know If They Have Expired

When To Throw Out Your Beauty Products And How To Know If They Have Expired | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

As far as new year's resolutions go, some are more daunting than others.  Giving up smoking or drinking less? Not so fun. Playing with makeup and sorting through products? Easy and satisfying.


While clearing out your bathroom cabinet and sorting through your makeup stash might make for a nice Instagram snap at the end, it's also an important process to undertake for more serious, hygienic purposes.


"It's imperative that you throw out old makeup and cosmetics at least once a year," Makeup artist Tobi Henney told The Huffington Post Australia.  "Doing it in January is a clever idea because you know each new year that it's time to turf the old stuff. While keeping makeup for years might seem harmless, expired or germ riddled products can cause serious infection."


Discerning what needs to go is actually pretty easy. By law, cosmetic labels must feature a symbol which indicates the shelf life of the product. The symbol appears as a small tub or jar with a number inside it. That number represents the amount of months from opening until expiry.


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Healthy food still need a watch

Healthy food still need a watch | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

It’s easy to think we can eat unlimited amounts of healthy food, treats and cold-pressed juices. And if you do, well, sorry to burst your bubble.


Kirsten Shanks, naturopath, nutritionist, and herbalist explained, “Portion control ultimately comes down to some nutritional understanding and mindful eating. If your raw salad for lunch does not contain any quality protein, complex carbs or good fats to fill you up, you will need a (much) bigger portion size to get the nutrients and satiation you require. It can take some time to understand the nutritional value of plant-based meals; it’s not about just taking the meat off your plate and eating what remains but instead considering your body’s health requirements and ensuring your daily intake provides these.


“Just because something is ‘healthy’ doesn’t mean it should be binged on – everything in moderation. Raw cakes and treats are certainly a very clean alternative to their high gluten and processed sugar neighbors but they can be rich; albeit with good fats from nuts and coconut and natural sugar from nectars. Because of the protein density of raw desserts (most are made from a base of nuts, coconut or avocado) they tend to be much more satiating that a standard cake, biscuit or chocolate so portion control can be easier as you fill up faster."


He said that there are no rules in limiting treats for our self. Remember that most of the ingredients offer additional nutritional value.


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Why choosing the right moisturizer is so important

Why choosing the right moisturizer is so important | Health and Beauty | Scoop.it

Though I had talked to multiple experts — from dermatologists to grooming professionals — I still had no idea what I was doing when I started my skincare journey.


I decided to try using sunscreen and moisturizer basically on a whim, as it stumbled into my possession, given to me by a skincare company. I tried one product only a few times before I couldn’t stand it anymore.


I have normal skin, but after applying the product my skin looked greasy and disgusting by the end of the day. The product’s smell was thick and cloying, with a heavy “manly” fragrance trying to mask the strong smell of sunscreen.


By the end of the day, I was completely sick of it.


I wondered how someone could wear this every day, and the potential upsides didn’t seem worth the downsides. I concluded that using moisturizer just wasn’t for me. I would deal with the long-term consequences later.

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