In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health" for the week of September 23, 2011, Bailey Mosier talks about a study that may link the stress associated with divorce to female hair loss. She also takes a look at the possibility of a new anti-wrinkle cream that may provide the same effects as Botox but without the needles, and finally she will cover how the CDC urges all Americans to get a flu shot this year and every year.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is EmpowHER’s HER Week in Health.
There’s nothing positive about divorce. It’s messy and painful and in this week’s edition, we’ll learn it may also be to blame for hair loss in women. We’ll also take a look at an anti-wrinkle gel that works like Botox but without the pain of needles. Lastly, the Centers for Disease Control urges all Americans to get a flu shot this year and every year.
New research from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine reveals that next to genetics, the strongest predictor of hair loss among women is marital status.
The team of researchers studied a pool of 84 female identical twins and found that women who were happily married faced an overall lower risk for hair loss.
Stress from the divorce, researchers say, is likely the ulterior cause of hair loss among women and thus, it may be how an individual handles stress that ultimately determines hair loss.
It’s not commercialized or FDA-approved yet, but preliminary research suggests an anti-wrinkle gel may noticeably soften crow’s feet much like Botox, but without the pain of needles.
Plastic surgeons from the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City have been working on Botox alternatives for years and while they’re not certain when it might be available, how much it would cost or how it would compare to Botox, a new gel they’ve developed has been approved through two of three research phases required by the FDA.
If approved, this gel would be a pain-free, less invasive wrinkle treatment that would likely boost the field of non-invasive cosmetic surgery.
More than 85 million doses of flu vaccine are available to the American public this year and doctors say everyone over six months of age should get a flu shot.
The CDC estimates that the flu causes 200,000 hospitalizations and between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths in a typical year, but with more doses of flu vaccine available than ever before, doctors say there’s no reason why everyone shouldn’t be getting their flu shot.
And you don’t have to go to the doctor to get the shot – the vaccine is available in public health clinics, pharmacies and retail stores, among other sites.
That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here, at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.