Myth or Medical Miracle: Is there a “tech neck?”
Is this the newest effect of the “selfie?” Whether “tech neck” — lines and wrinkles in the neck due to constant use of a smartphone/electronic device — is real depends on who you ask. According to some, people have been “looking down” for centuries (ie, on assembly lines), so it is nothing new. However, at the very least, it seems people are more aware of their necks — which is probably due to the selfie!
As many as one in three plastic surgeons say that there has been an increase in cosmetic procedures due to collective self-awareness. Neck wrinkles and sagging skin are more obvious in high-definition, and constantly looking at a phone does not help to hide these signs of aging.
What do you think? Is “tech neck” real? Or, are we just now noticing it?
The Herpes simplex type 1 virus, or HSV-1, is a virus usually acquired during childhood through direct contact of skin sores or infected secretions. Traditionally treated with medications including Acyclovir, Famvir and Valtrax, there is no cure for herpes. Treatment options aim to decrease the pain from an outbreak and help shorten the subsequent healing time.
In a study released February 2014, a more natural way of treating herpes was found with very promising results! Reported by the Kerman University of Medical Sciences in Kerman, Iran, a study measuring the effects of honey, royal jelly, and acyclovir on the HSV-1 virus showed extraordinary results. Scientists found that the antiviral properties of honey and royal jelly had noticeable inhibitory effects on HSV-1 and greatly decreased the viral load. While Acyclovir had more powerful results, these two topical options provided significant benefits without the systemic risks associated with Acyclovir.
The scientists concluded that both honey and royal jelly – completely natural products – should be considered as alternatives to Acyclovir in the treatment of herpatic lesions. According to Dr. Michelle Yagoda, expert facial plastic surgeon and ENT, having more research done on natural remedies is a progressive direction the medical field is moving towards. It is hopeful that there will be an expansion of studies done on alternative medicines as more results like these are released.
Myth or Medical Miracle?
Medical miracle! Researchers have found a new way of killing the bacteria that causes breakouts. By isolating a group of viruses from human pores, they are able to attack a specific strain of the bacteria. Unlike antibiotics that can kill all good bacteria, this treatment targets only acne-causing bacteria in skin.
As an expert in skin care, Dr. Yagoda can share her secrets and help you select the most effective medical grade, pharmaceutical, natural and organic topical skincare products. In addition, her overall approach to beautiful skin begins from the inside out. BeautyScoop, Dr. Yagoda’s organic and natural patented and clinically proven beauty supplement, contains the essential building blocks your body needs for gorgeous skin, hair and nails.
Yes! With the use of new technology, scientists have figured out a way to decode the brain signals that interpret what you see when you sleep. According to a recent report published in the journal Science, fMRI scans have the ability to display the visual images in your brain while you are dreaming. In other words, researchers have discovered a method to see your dreams. They believe that despite whether you are awake or asleep, your brain uses the same mental process to interpret images.
So what is the difference between an MRI and an fMRI? An MRI scans the brain to see what the inside looks like, while an fMRI measures blood flow in different areas of the brain, each of which is responsible for different emotions and functions. Researchers found that the fMRI was approximately 60% accurate in predicting what the sleepers were seeing just before waking up.
Could this be a step towards “mind-reading”? Scientists say there is still a long way to go before they can read specific details of a dreamer’s thoughts. But we think this is interesting. Read this article to learn more and let us know what you think!
Myth or Medical Miracle?
Medical miracle! Chewing gum can serve as a quick breath freshener and some types can even clean your teeth. However, you may be surprised to learn that chewing gum can boost your concentration and improve memory. According to a new study published in the British Journal of Psychology, chewing gum can help you focus on tasks that require continuous monitoring over a long period of time
Researchers conducted a health-related memory test that involved listening to a list of numbers read aloud in random order. Participants were scored on how accurately and quickly they were able to recall a specific number sequence. One group chewed gum during this test. Results indicated that the participants who chewed gum had a faster reaction time and a better recall of the numbers compared to those who did not chew gum.
Read this article to learn how chewing gum can give your brain an edge.