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Men are fast catching up women when it comes to worrying about their appearance, according to new research.

A detailed look into the body confidence of 2,000 men and women documented a dramatic rise in appearance-related anxiety for both sexes. Results showed two-thirds of women feel under too much pressure to look good, claiming a rise in ‘perfect-looking’ women in the media has set unrealistic standards.

Men now spend over three hours a week on average stressing over their image and feel the level of expectation placed upon them is rising. In fact, results also showed a rise in men dressing for their body shape, discussing their image with partners. One in eight men is even dieting in secret. Baldness and ‘moobs’ emerged as men’s biggest concerns.

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Read the rest — Men stressed about beer bellies, baldness and moobs

The survey revealed that men had the most anxiety about being overweight, followed by yellow teeth, going bald, and growing breasts.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, survey

 

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Scientists have found a surprisingly simple way to turn mature cells back into a primitive state. Simply giving mouse blood cells an acid bath is enough to produce so-called pluripotent cells that can develop into any cell type in the body, they report in two new papers this week. The remarkable transformation contradicts many assumptions about cell biology and may ultimately lead to new ways to treat disease and injuries.

Scientists not involved in the work say the technique could be a game-changer if it pans out. “If this new approach is applicable to human cells, it would have great implications for regenerative medicine,” says Hongkui Deng, a stem cell researcher at Peking University in Beijing. “It’s quite surprising” that the technique “doesn’t involve any genetic manipulation,” says Rudolf Jaenisch, a developmental biologist at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Read the rest — Acid Treatment Could Provide Breakthrough Stem Cell Technique

But wait…. the above snippet is from an article that was published and appeared in many publications, but then the scientific community tried to replicate the study. Now there are many other publications that show how the attempts to replicate these results were unsuccessful. Read more about the investigation here.

For those interested in hair breakthroughs, this report could have been significant and prompted considerable excitement for creating stem cells that could be turned into hair cells, but without direct support by the greater scientific community, this was probably another blind end for stem cell development.

Tags: stem cells, breakthrough, investigation, acid treatment

 

Dear Dr.,

If a new product came to market that was substantially better/more effective than propecia and rogaine for treating hair loss, how would you go about informing people of it through your blog and practice?

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I’d just simply tell them and post on the blog. I don’t hide new treatments that are proven safe and effective, but I am not going to promote the iffy ones that make unproven claims. We write about pretty much everything on here.

Tags: hair loss, hairloss, hair loss treatment

 

Doc,

You’ve been a kind internet friend. I’ve sent questions and thoughts, and you have posted them.

Question: Remember Michael Keaton? Love this guy. Huge in the 1980’s….but clearly balding (Mr. Mom, Gung Ho, Clean and Sober, Beetlejuice). When he was cast as Batman (1989) he clearly had some work done. Cosmetic. Surgery. Blah Blah. Blah.

Now in 2014, promoting Robocop (the reboot) he tells tales of the bat suit and has CLEARLY had work done in. Check the video out (here).

Your thoughts? It looks painful……..(the redness above the occipital bone). Come on. He’s rich. WTF hasn’t he had that cleaned up?
Michael Keaton

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I am not sure that I see what you are talking about…

Michael Keaton has very visible male pattern baldness from what I can see in the video you sent. I’ve attached a photo from 2013 on the right that shows he’s losing his hair. I don’t clearly see any work done here.

It is entirely possible that Hollywood movie magic (hairpieces or styling tricks) were used in many of his past film roles.

Tags: michael keaton, actor, hollywood, celebrity, hairloss, hair loss

 

Why do people without balding also have miniaturized hair or vellus hairs in their scalp? You say that 10 percent of miniaturization is normal, whats going on with this?

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Vellus hairs are part of the normal follicular unit. They usually grow very short and are finer. They also do not have a sebaceous gland associated with it supplying sebum to the skin.

I can not answer your why question, as this is just what we have observed and reflects our observational science.

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The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.

Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30 published conference proceedings between 2008 and 2013. Sixteen appeared in publications by Springer, which is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, and more than 100 were published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), based in New York. Both publishers, which were privately informed by Labbé, say that they are now removing the papers.

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Read the rest — Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers

Great, now spam has infiltrated the science journals.

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OscarsNone of this year’s major Oscar nominees are from Chicago, but some of the losers may be making the trip here post-awards show. No, not to film a new movie, but rather to get hair transplants.

This year, the notoriously extravagant gift bags for Oscars losers include a voucher for Chicago surgeon Dr. William Yates’ hair restoration procedure. Dr. Yates says he is one of the few surgeons in the United States who performs the procedure using the new-age equipment known as ARTAS, and he wants to share the love.

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Read the rest — Oscar Nominees’ Gift Bags Include Free Hair Transplants In Chicago

It’s award season, so companies are giving away everything from organic pet shampoo and hair transplant surgery to Las Vegas and Japan travel vacations. For those curious, the full list of free stuff is here.

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American adults consume on average about 15% of their calories from sugars added to foods during processing, with a whopping 37% of the added sugar consumed in sugar-sweetened beverages, suggests an analysis of data extending back about 25 years. Moreover, the study projects that regularly drinking as little as one 12-ounce sugary soda a day may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by about 30%—independent of total calories, obesity, or other risk factors.

“Our findings indicate that most US adults consume more added sugar than is recommended for a healthy diet,” write Dr Quanhe Yang (Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA) and colleagues in their report published online February 3, 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Read the rest — A Soda a Day Ups CVD Risk by 30%: NHANES Study

We have to think twice when we drink soda, as it seems that nothing is really safe. Maybe we should starve?

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It’s being touted as the latest anticancer wonder drug, it costs just pennies a pill and is probably in your medicine cabinet right now.

A growing body of research is showing that people who take a daily dose of aspirin may be lowering their risk of a variety of seemingly unrelated cancers, including colon, breast, esophagus and skin cancer.

Now a study published this month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that women who took a daily dose of aspirin cut their risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 20 percent.

That study, combined with earlier research, is prompting patients and doctors to wonder if more people would benefit from taking a low dose of aspirin and possibly other nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Although some people spend countless dollars on antioxidant supplements to improve their health, many studies have found that these would-be panaceas could actually exacerbate the diseases they claim to prevent.

Now, a team of Swedish scientists has shown that two antioxidants—vitamin E and N-acetylcysteine (NAC)—can fuel the growth of lung cancers in mice. The team also worked out why.

Antioxidants protect cells from chemically unstable molecules called reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can easily react with DNA and cause damage that leads to cancer. But Martin Bergo’s team at the University of Gothenburg showed that antioxidants neutralize ROS in tumors as well as healthy cells. “If we give extra antioxidants in the diet, we’re helping the tumor to reduce radicals that would otherwise block its growth,” Bergo said. “Then it can speed up all it wants.”

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Read the rest — Antioxidants Speed Up Lung Cancer

This may bust the modern thought that antioxidants are good for everyone. Although this was discovered in mice, we need to pay attention to such publications.

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