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2/29/08

HealthWise at 5 for 2.29

Aging Jaw

Forget wrinkles and sagging skin- your jaw line may be giving away your age. A study in the journal plastic and reconstructive surgery found that as people age, their lower jaw line continues to grow. It becomes squarer and that's what makes people look older. The researchers say that soft-tissue procedures, like a facelift, can give the illusion of a smaller lower jaw- creating a more youthful appearance.

The Truth About Braces

It's time to set the record straight on some of the biggest myths about braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, today's braces are made of materials like titanium and alloy, so they won't rust. Braces are also smaller and sleeker these days and it's nearly impossible to lock them. So even if you both have braces, there's no need to worry about smooching your sweetie.

Subliminal Scents

It turns out that subliminal smells could affect whether or not we like someone. Researchers at Northwestern University asked participants to sniff three different scents- a good, bad, and neutral scent- some that could be consciously smelled, and some that were barely perceptible. After sniffing each scent, the participants were shown a neutral face and asked to rate its likeability. The researchers found that when smell sneaked in, judgments about likeability were biased.

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