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2/4/08

HealthWise at 5 for 2.4

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  • Face Age Lift

Not all areas of the face are created equal, and they don't age the same either. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas found that the face is actually made up of different areas of fat that are separated by fibrous tissue.  These areas all age at different rates- gaining and losing fat at different times, which is what causes the skin to sag. The fatty areas are divided into distinct units around the cheeks, mouth, forehead, and eyes. This research will help plastic surgeons develop better ways to rejuvenate the face.

  • Oral Health and Pregnancy

Moms-to-be may want to brush up on their oral health. A recent study in The Journal of Periodontology looked at women who were at risk for premature labor and found evidence of periodontal disease, which is a chronic bacterial infection. In fact, they found bacteria present in both the mouth and amniotic fluid of 30% of the women. While researchers don't yet know if periodontal disease causes premature labor, it's important for pregnant women to keep up with their oral health, and visit their dentist. 

  • Adult Acne

Acne may be a normal part of being a teenager, but it doesn't always stop there. A study, published in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that more than 50% of women and more than 42% of men had some acne in their 20s.  Even in their 50's, more than 15% of women reported having acne at some point.  Experts recommend that adult patients seek treatment early if their acne doesn't respond to over-the-counter medications.

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