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Category Archives: Celebrity News

Paula Deen to Pitch Diabetes Drug

It may not be a shocker that southern comfort food chef Paula Deen p3has Type 2 diabetes, but it is important to know how to avoid such health problems. Obesity increases your risk. Avoid eating fatty, sugar-rich foods and try to cut down on fats and oils, sugars and simple-carbohydrates like white rice, and bleached flour. Substitute for whole grains, non- or low-fat, or natural alternatives. Moderation is key.

Paula Deen, now being the spokeswoman for Victoza, a diabetes drug company, is now learning that healthy eating is key. Plus, eating healthy reduces the signs of aging and improves the appearance of wrinkles. Now doesn’t that carrot look extra appetizing?

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‘Real Housewives’ Jacqueline Laurita Gets Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

p10‘Real Housewives’ Jacueline Laurita had non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure and her results are fabulous. She, like many others, didn’t know this was possible but it is and it really does only take 2 minutes.

I always tell my patients, why not come to my NYC office on your lunch hour?

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Celeb Beauty Advice: Fact or Fiction?

Celebrities may be beautiful and well-spoken, but they’re not health and beauty experts. A recent report from the non-profit organization Sense About Science discovered that many celebrities are repeating medical and cosmetic advice that is based in fiction, not fact.

It’s fun to hear what stars have to say about their beauty and health © Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationregimens. After all, they’re famous and alluring-we want to hear what tricks they’ve got up their sleeves! But it’s important to be aware that their advice may not be medically sound. From royal sister Pippa Middleton’s comment about using a cold rinse to “close the pores” of her hair and “give it a lift and shine” (hair doesn’t have pores!) to actress Juliette Lewis’s assertion that “coconut water is pretty much the most hydrating thing you can drink” (try water!) to supermodel Gisele Bundchen’s vehement hatred of “synthetic” sunscreens (even though they are rigorously tested and safe), these ladies are full of well-meaning quips for healthier lifestyles-but they’re not exactly authorities on these topics.

Before you take their advice, make sure you verify the accuracy of their recommendations with someone who is truly knowledgeable about integrative health and beauty–Dr. Michelle Yagoda, a Facial Plastic Surgeon, ENT, and co-creator of BeautyScoop. Here’s to a year of beauty and wellness!

Beautiful skins are the best accessory

Dr. Yagoda hosted a holiday party to showcase the beautiful Beautiful skins are the best accessorycollection of handcrafted bags with the modern woman in mind from New York designer Jill Haber.

The mission statement of Jilly New York “seems to be simple elegance that never goes out of style.”

The Examiner fills us in on the story: Beautiful skins are the best accessory.

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Kim Kardashian and Christina Aguilera’s Sexy Linguistic Fad

p4Glottal fry. It is about as trendy as the new iPhone 4S. It’s that sultry and almost guttural sound–the low, vibrating one that happens at the end of certain sentences, meant to impart mystery and desire. Kim and Christina do it. So does Britney in her song “Oops, I Did It Again.”

In fact, according to scientists at Long Island University in Brookville, NY, in a soon to be published article in Journal of Voice, more than two-thirds of college-aged women are using the lowest register of their voices to speak in glottal fry.

 Wondering what’s the harm in the “low down?” It’s actually a form of vocal abuse that can lead to vocal cord inflammation, polyps, or even nodules.

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Kate Middleton’s Hair vs. The Heir’s

According to the UK’s Glamour Beauty, Kate Middleton’s hair is “bouncy, shiny [and] basically perfect”. Prince William, on the other hand, could use some hair….err…help! While many people consider hair loss to be a “male” issue, it commonly affects women as well. In fact, excessive hair loss affects more than 30 million women, or 15% of all women in the US alone. The good news is that in women, hair loss may be related to hormonal or medical causes that can be reversible. On the contrary, [poor William!] men’s hair loss is typically genetic. or hereditary and irreversible. Patterns of hair loss in men and women differ as well. While men’s hair loss is typically localized to the temple, the crown or the “bald spot” on the top of the head, in women there is more often a diffuse thinning throughout the scalp, or a high hairline.

The most common medical problem causing p2thinning and balding in women is related to excess male hormone (androgen) and is called androgenic alopecia. It may come as a surprise to some, but male hormone is typically present in women, albeit in small quantities. When those levels rise abnormally, the hair growth cycle will be adversely affected: the hair follicle will shrink over time and die, or become incapable of producing and maintaining healthy hair growth.

Alopecia areata is another common medical cause of hair loss in women. It is an autoimmune issue characterized by patches of hair loss, but often successfully treated with steroids. Hormonal fluctuations with pregnancy, post-pregnancy and menopause, as well as those hormonal changes associated with medications like the oral contraceptive, can contribute to hair thinning and balding as well. These and other medical causes like anemia, thyroid problems. physical or mental stress and crash or poor diets can lead to an insufficient quantity of the building blocks necessary for the growth and maintenance of healthy hair. Non-medical factors causing excessive hair loss are a growing concern. Hair straightening procedures like the Brazilian Blow-Out or Japanese Straightening can cause thinning and balding. Overstyling with frequent blow-drying, hair coloring, perming or processing be problematic, as can hair extensions, tight ponytails, braids and corn rows that can lead to tension alopecia with premature breakage and tearing of the hair from its follicle.

What do Joaquin Phoenix and King Tut have in common?

Both the Oscar-nominated actor and the Egyptian child king were born with clefts. A cleft is an opening or gap in the bone and/or soft tissue of the nose, mouth, and palate, typically formed before birth. They are more common than you might think: approximately 1 in 700 newborns have a cleft lip and/or palate. In fact, football player Peyton Manning, NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson were all born with clefts too! In addition to the cosmetic concerns that may leave a psychological impact on young kids vulnerable to bullying, a cleft lip and/or palate also presents a number of functional difficulties. These can include difficulty feeding, susceptibility to inner ear infections, delayed or impaired speech function, and abnormal dental development. Some children born with clefts also have associated nasal malformations. To avoid or lessen the above risks, it’s important to close the cleft within the first 2-3 months following birth. Generally this closure happens surgically. The surgeon attaches the muscles of the lip, then attempts to hide thep1 scar in the natural lines of the upper lip.

Because the surgery happens at such an early age, the baby’s young, elastic skin tends to heal quickly and be more forgiving than more mature skin. Scars of childhood often heal faster and more invisibly that scars in adults. In spite of this, many adults find the scars from their cleft palate and lip repair to be fairly obvious. Revision surgery can be not only traumatic and inexact, but unpredictable and expensive. Dr. Yagoda offers an accurate, non-surgical option to fine-tune cleft lip and nose asymmetries with injectable fillers. Fillers can achieve the look of a polished, closed cleft without the downtime, potential scarring, and cost of a surgical repair.