Your Health in the Headlines
20101007

Beauty Equation
According to the experts, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Studies show that human attraction correlates directly to the mathematical symmetry and proportion of a person’s face and body. Scientists believe that we perceive proportional bodies to be healthier and more appealing.

This “golden ratio” has been used to measure beauty for centuries. Leonardo da Vinci purportedly used the ratio in his art. To use a modern-day equivalent, actress Angelina Jolie tops the charts as one of the most symmetrical, proportionate and therefore, beautiful people in the world.

 

Beauty Debut
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon and his partner, Dr. Ritu Chopra, unveil their new skin care line, The Ratio, based on a combination of Eastern and Western medicine. The result is an unique hybrid line with synergistic ingredients that will bring the best out of your skin!


Nipple Reduction
The nipple is the pigmented, protruding portion on the surface of the breast. The surrounding area of pigmentation is the areola. Nipple reduction is a procedure designed to reshape or reduce the size of the nipple, and can also be combined with an areola reduction. The procedure is sometimes performed in conjunction with breast augmentation, reduction or lift surgery. The surgery usually requires local anesthesia and takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

                 

 

Life Cycle of Male Anatomy
As a man ages, so does his penis. The organ will change in size and appearance, and his sexual function will decline. As a man gets older, testosterone levels fall, which makes it more difficult to both achieve erection and experience orgasm. The penis becomes less sensitive and requires more stimulation to perform.

Semen volume and sperm quality plunges precipitously between the ages of 40 and 70, and potency falls from 60 percent to approximately 30 percent.

Period Survival Kit
The beginning of menstruation and the transition to young womanhood can be a difficult time for teen girls. They must adjust to an erratic and sometimes unpredictable menstruation cycle, and accidents and leaks happen. OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson encourages parents to prepare their teens by giving them a period survival kit to carry with them in their backpack, or store in their school locker in case of emergency.

“Everything should be cute and positive,” Dr. Lisa says. “We want to make sure that [having her period] is a cool thing for girls to experience.”

 Nature's Pantry

Did you know that many fruits and vegetables actually look like the organs in the body that they nourish most? Take a peek inside Mother Nature's pantry!

What to Pack
• Tampons or pads
• Period calendar to track the first day of a menses cycle and how long it lasts
• Extra underwear
• Fresh T-shirt
• Compact mirror
• Deodorant
• Ibuprofen for cramps
• Socks and sports bra
• Piece of candy or chocolate

Pack all the items in a pretty little tote or toiletry bag!

Salmonella
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours after ingestion. The infection usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. The illness can be deadly if the infection spreads from the intestine to the blood stream and to other organs.

The best way to avoid a salmonella infection is to wash foods thoroughly before eating and wash your hands frequently. If you suspect you’ve eaten contaminated food, seek medical attention.

Can Contaminants

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork warns that if you drink soda -- or anything out of a can -- you won't believe what else you may be ingesting!

Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning:
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Abdominal pain
• Fever
• Chills
• Headache
• Aches
• Fatigue

Egg Recall Update
The latest salmonella outbreak stemmed from several farms in Iowa. Investigators determined that contaminated chicken feed, maggots, rodent droppings and seeping manure all contributed to the outbreak. More than 500,000,000 eggs were recalled.

Legislation is being debated as to whether farmers should be required to vaccinate their hens against salmonella. Despite the scare, pasteurized or thoroughly cooked eggs are considered safe to eat.

Get the latest list of egg recall products.

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