Men’s Health Headlines
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Surprising Tanning Bed Danger
Brittany, 21, is an aspiring model who started visiting a tanning salon to add an extra glow to her skin before auditions. One day, after a tanning session, Brittany noticed a small pimple on her abdomen. Within two weeks, it became an enormous and painful lump. Her mother insisted she visit the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with MRSA — a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection — and was rushed into surgery to remove the infected tissue. The bacteria returned nine times after the initial infection, requiring further surgeries and leaving Brittany with disfiguring scars all over her lower body.
“The scariest part was looking down at my legs and seeing the 10 holes … I knew my legs would never be the same again,” she says.
Dr. Travis explains that there are no laws regulating the cleaning of tanning beds, which can make them breeding ground for dangerous bacteria like MRSA.
Dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban explains how the bacteria cultivates and spreads on the skin. She then offers to help Brittany get rid of the scars left by the infection. Brittany says she’ll never visit a tanning salon again.
“As dermatologists, we detest tanning beds,” Dr. Shamban says. “They’re bad for your skin from every single aspect.”
Extreme Body Makeover
Meagan, 30, joined The Doctors in September 2013 to share her dismay at having excess sagging skin and uneven breasts after losing more than 150 pounds. The Doctors sent her to board-certified surgeon Dr. Juan A. Brou, who offered to do the necessary cosmetic procedures to regain her figure, including skin removal, breast lift and implants, free of charge.
Truth or Scare?
A new virus called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus — or PED — has spread like wildfire through pig farms throughout the United States in just a few short months. The virus, which causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, has killed millions of piglets. Learn how this new virus spreads, and whether there is any risk to humans. Plus, how will this new epidemic affect the price of pork products?
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