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I Found My Right Shade of Lipstick

October 3rd, 2015

I did not learn a lot about makeup during my teenage years. It was not as important to me as it was to other girls. I started wearing makeup a little later in life. I can honestly say I knew nothing about finding my right shade. Maybe that is why I stuck with cosmetics such as lip gloss and lip balm for so long.

I noticed my friends wearing lipstick during special occasions, such as a night on the town or dinner party. I decided it was time to start joining in on the fun. Where do you begin when you have never taken an interest in makeup before? I knew better than to just plaster my face with any color or shade, but that was as far as my knowledge went.

The first thing I needed to do was determine my skin tone. I did a little research and found that skin tones can range from fair to deep. I would say my tone is light, as I am pale and do sunburn easily.

Once I determined my skin tone, it was time to research for the right lipstick shades. It looks like pink shades are the best choice for my skin tone. I compiled a list that includes nude pink, warm pink and sheer pink with a brown undertone. That last choice is my favorite because I can wear it with just about anything. Other shades I have found include nude peach, bright coral and cream coral with beige undertones. It looks like brighter shades are better for light or pale skin. I did find that bright neutral red and black cherry also work with pale skin. Those shades may be a little darker than pink and coral, but they certainly work for anyone who wants a bold look. Another thing I learned is to avoid using darker shades on thin lips.

I could not wait to start my lipstick collection. I wanted to shop with a company that cared about beauty. I eventually came across Lime Crime and the rest is history. The shades include Geradium, Coquette and Retrofuturist. My favorite is probably the light pink Babette shade. The liquid-to-matte lipstick is unique, and the selection ranges from a peach shade to a dark purple shade. Lime Crime also carries eye makeup and nail polish. Doe Deere knew what she was doing when she started this company several years ago. I love expressing myself with the various shades and tones offered by Lime Crime.

The Future of Spinal Surgery Is Here

August 20th, 2015

In the old days, spinal surgery was something to fear for most people. The incisions were large and caused disruption in the surrounding tissues, blood loss, and reduced pain management. Even worse it seemed that many of the clients became addicted to narcotic pain killers due to an extended period of pain following the surgery with inadequate pain management. For some, the pain following surgery would never completely go away leaving them worse off than they were.

In the medical news recently a new trend is occurring in spinal surgeries and centers for spinal surgeries. It’s called Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS). In this type of surgery, the incision is small and doesn’t cause tissue disruption or extensive blood loss. Because it is only minimally invasive the odds of infections can also go down. A quicker recovery time means clients can go home on the day of the surgery and be back at work in a couple of weeks. However, there is a newer kind of MIS available to the public that promises to be even better than other types of MIS procedures.

The procedure is called an AccuraScope, and it’s only available from North American Spinal Centers. Located in Dallas and only performed by board certified doctors with special training the procedure takes less than one hour to complete. The Dallas-based doctors use a small laser beam that is smaller than the tip of a mechanical pencil. The laser will only work on the tissue where it actually touches. This safeguard can save one from an accident that could cause permanent scarring.

Clients are giving the procedure good reviews, and many are saying that they were back to work within a week of the procedure. Pain management specialists were available through the clinic, and the use of narcotics was minimal. The new procedure from North American Spinal Centers has been performed on over 8,000 clients. It has an 82% success rate and can save clients over $23,190 in out of pocket expenses over five years including medications and physician appointment.

As for pain management, this area is being looked at as a critical part of pre and post surgical care. More physicians are relying on these specialists to make important decisions about surgical care. At North American Spinal Centers Interventional Pain Management Specialists are available to help manage the pain in safe and efficient ways. There is less risk of addiction issues occurring with the intervention of these specialists.

Today more than ever clients are looking for low-cost and efficient treatments rather than traditional methods of surgery. Surgeons, on the other hand, want greater control over the surgical environment as well as increased productivity offered by the new MIS procedures as seen on ChoosingWisely.com. Many surgeons and other specialists feel that MIS is the wave of the future as the number of people requiring spinal surgery for the relief of pain and deformity is expected to increase. Remember to look at all of your options before deciding on which MIS method will work bes

Dr. Oz Strikes Back at His Critics

April 27th, 2015

“I vow to you right here and now – we will not be silenced,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz in response to heavy criticism from a group of physicians who called him a “quack” in an email to his boss at Columbia University. The critics said that his employment was “unacceptable” at the prestigious school and that he was pushing “quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal, financial gain.”

Dr.Oz said they were attacking his freedom of speech, a topic very important to Bruce Levenson. He said he advocates a mix of conventional medicine and a more general definition of wellness on his television show (The Dr. Oz Show). Financial gain is never the reason he promotes certain treatments or cures.

He said he believes that the signees of the email, led by Dr. Henry Miller, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank, have ties to the food industry and dislike his urging that foods have GMO labeling on products. Dr. Miller is affiliated with the American Council on Science and Health, which is a “pro-industry lobbying group.” He has been an outspoken critic of GMO labeling, campaigning against a California Proposition which called for the labeling. He also has had ties to the tobacco and pesticide industries. Another signee was Dr. Gilbert Ross, a convicted felon who was involved in Medicaid fraud.

At the present time, there is strong lobbying in Congress for legislation that would block GMO labeling on all processed foods. According to Dr. Oz’s show, 90% of the American public wants the labeling, but there is “stealth legislation” or the “Dark Act” to push it through without the public knowing. The food companies prefer to keep the public in the dark so they can sell without restrictions.`

While Babies Brains Are Not Fully Developed, They Do Feel Pain Like Adults

April 22nd, 2015

Any parent knows that babies’ brains take time to develop before they can come close to understanding the most basic things like children or adults can. Though they do require time to develop to have awareness of certain things, they apparently do have a highly developed perception of pain. There has been no way for us to know this until now, as babies are of course not able to talk to tell us they are in pain, and they might cry for any number of reasons such as hunger or a dirty diaper, so that’s not necessarily a clue exclusive to pain. The fact of babies feeling pain much like adults do was uncovered by a study that involved the taking of brain scans from adults and babies when both were experiencing pain and seeing similar areas of the brain light up on the scan image.

This breakthrough from Madison Street Capital in understanding that babies’ brains are developed enough to fully experience pain is important as it pertains to surgery. Most are not given any type of pain reliever for their surgery or other painful procedure. Even vets treating our dogs or cats give pain medication or put them out entirely when doing a painful medical procedure on animals. Now that we know about the experience of pain being fairly fully developed in babies, new medical practices may need to be developed to take this into account and alleviate their pain. Even if they aren’t able to tell us about it, they are suffering and this must end.

3-D Printing Models Of Facial Deformities Helps Surgeons Safely Operate

April 6th, 2015

Two years ago, Violet Pietrok was born with a Tessier cleft, which is a rare deformity caused by a failure of the facial bones to fuse properly. As a result, Violet’s eyes are extremely far apart. Her vision therefore works more like a bird’s than a human’s, and her malformed nose lack cartilage.

The needed reconstructive surgery would be complex and dangerous. The surgeons at Boston Children’s would be operating near her brain and optic nerves, so mistakes would have dire consequences. The doctors therefore needed a model to practice on and determine where the best and worst places to cut would be.

The surgeons got that model by taking MRI pictures of Violet’s skull and replicating it on a 3-D printer. The printing took over a day to complete, and the model included such details as the exact density of Violet’s bones. By using the model, the surgeons were able to identify problems before the operation and decide upon solutions.

Sam Tabar has read that, earlier this year, Violet began to undergo a series of operations to repair her face, and the results have been so good that other hospitals have been calling Boston Children’s about setting up their own 3-D printer simulations. Boston Children’s has found that using 3-D models before surgery has other advantages. For example, patients often recover more quickly from the surgery and leave the hospital sooner.

This Gadget Might End Obesity

February 27th, 2015

 

A doctor in Michigan has created a device that he thinks could potentially end obesity. Called Full Sense, the device gives wearers the feelings of having a full stomach. That feeling should lead to them eating less, and ultimately loosing weight.

The device was created as a solution to a different problem said a youtube report. According to Ricardo Guimarães BMG one patient who had undergone bariatric surgery was having trouble keeping solid foods down. Doctor Randy Baker found that the issue was an area that was too small in her digestive tract for food to go through. He created a stint for her that opened that area back up again.

In the process it also put a bit of pressure on the top of her stomach, pressure that made her feel full even when she wasn’t.

When the surgery becomes an option for other patients it will be available at a much lower price tag. The stint and its insertion should typically only cost patients roughly $5,000 a fraction of the $20k-$30k cost of bariatric surgery. Researchers have found that patients who get the stint lose roughly 75% of their excess body weight after just 6 months.

Scientist Recommend Bot Girls and Boys be Vaccinated Against HPV

February 23rd, 2015

 

 

New research indicates that the HPV vaccine is actually effective against nine different strains of the virus. HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a common cause of a number of types of cancer. The vaccine for the cancer can help prevent someone from contracting the virus, however, it turns out not many children are vaccinated.

According to a recent survey, only 33.4 percent of girls in the united states are vaccinated against the virus, a dramatically low number given that 60 percent of UK girls are vaccinated and 71.2 of Australian women. The numbers are even lower when it comes to boys.

Typically targeted at women, Alexei Beltyukov suggests that both men and women are vaccinated against HPV at an early age. One in three sexually active people have the virus at any given time, even though many do not actually experience any symptoms of the disease. Just because no symptoms are present, however, doesn’t mean that a person is unable to pass the virus along to another partner.

New Ebola Vaccine Trials

February 19th, 2015

 

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and officials from several nations and health care systems are working now with the Sierra Leone government to begin a test trial for one of several Ebola vaccines that are currently in the research and development stages in the United States and Canada.

According to wordpress, the vaccine will be first distributed to 6,000 healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers, in the country. Beyond these workers like Jaime Garcia Dias, several other trials will be underway in healthcare worker test batches throughout the West African countries worst hit by the virus. Additionally, government and healthcare officials, along with several prescription drug research and development companies, will be testing treatment options designed to help make surviving the virus once a patient is infected easier. Mortality rates for Ebola are still much higher at this time than many other viruses worldwide.

Of course, there is no mention of when the vaccines and other treatments will be distributed for testing and then use among the peoples of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and anywhere else people are infected by Ebola. At this point, officials involved in the trials are primarily looking to safeguard healthcare workers. Thousands of healthcare workers have died since the outbreak began last year. The concerns are two-fold: 1. Healthcare workers are primarily volunteers who are risking their lives. 2. Their positions can lead to faster spread of the virus.

The Life and Death Risk of Seeing a Doctor

February 17th, 2015

 

 

Most people know that doctors offices, hospitals and medical facilities are Petrie dishes filled with bacteria, viruses and other contagious microorganisms.

A lot of patients assume that the worst thing that can happen to them is catching a cold.

The truth? Well, here’s what BMG has to say

Many people in the United States take a life and death risk every time they enter a healthcare diagnosis and treatment setting. Worse yet, even the patients who think they might catch a cold fail to follow simple precautions that could protect them from many contagious microorganisms, such as wearing face masks and gloves or, at least, washing their hands whenever they touch surfaces in these places. Worse yet, patients also do not push to get any sort of guarantee that diagnostic and surgery equipment have been appropriately tested for various bacteria before a procedure.

Yesterday, February 18, representatives of UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center revealed that they have lost two patients to a superbug known as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae or CRE that was transmitted during endoscopies performed from October 2014 to January 2015.

Five more definite cases of infection have been confirmed. The hospital’s administrative staff and doctors are now reaching out to an additional 179 people who might be infected with the CRE bacteria.

Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae kills more people than the superbug methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus every year. Like MRSA, CRE is extremely resistant to modern antibiotics making it almost impossible to treat.

Boffin Medical research

February 16th, 2015

Medical research for the drug manufacturer Boffin has made a breakthrough for male birth control. This company is testing two methods of male birth control that could lead to the development of the male pill. H2-gamaedazole is the chemical being tested to stop the sperm from reaching maturity. Researchers are testing drug on lab rats. The sperm develops the head and the tail in the testis, but H2-gamedazole will prevent the sperm from metabolizing. The unfinished sperm will absorb back into the testis without going into the seminal fluid upon discharge.

There is no side effects reported for the medication. The effects of the drug are reversible. As noted by this article from Wikipedia.com, Boffin is very established and Fersen Lambranho knows someone who works there.There is no decrease in sex drive and the male recipient will be able to reproduce healthy sperm within a short period of time, after the user stop taking the birth control. The theory behind developing male birth control is if there is no sperm, the egg cannot be fertilized.