Do Older Adults Need Vitamins, Supplements?

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Nov. 30, 2012 — At least half of adults age 65 and above take daily vitamins and other supplements, but only a fraction actually need them, says an Emory University expert.

The majority of older adults, he says, can improve their diet to get needed nutrients.

“A lot of money is wasted in providing unnecessary supplements to millions of people who don’t need them,” says Donald B. McCormick, PhD, an Emory professor emeritus of biochemistry and the graduate program in nutrition and health sciences at Emory.

Eczema in Adults: Dealing with Itching

The itching of eczema can sometimes feel unbearable. And yet, the more you scratch, the itchier your skin becomes.

To stop the cycle of eczema, here are six tips to soothe the itch.

1. Moisturize skin affected by eczema often.

In most cases, moisturizers are the first step in itch control. Applying moisturizer helps lock in your skin’s own moisture. “Recent studies reveal that individuals with eczema have gaps between the cells in their skin that allow allergens to get in,” says Andrea Cambio, MD, FAAD, medical director of Cambio Dermatology in southwest Florida. “Moisturizer can fill these gaps and make it harder for allergens to get into the skin.”

Men’s Midlife Crisis: What to Do

How to Get Out of a Midlife Crisis

By Eric Metcalf, MPH
WebMD Feature

Many men go through a phase when they take a hard look at the life they’re living. They think they could be happier, and if they need to make a big change, they feel the urge to do it soon.

These thoughts can trigger a midlife crisis. By realizing you’re in this phase, then making wise choices, you can steer yourself out of a midlife crisis and into a happier life. 

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Dissolvable Micro-Mirrors Enhance Imaging, Administer Heat, Deliver And Monitor Drugs

Main Category: Medical Devices / Diagnostics
Article Date: 30 Nov 2012 – 1:00 PST

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Tufts University School of Engineering researchers have demonstrated silk-based implantable optics that offer significant improvement in tissue imaging while simultaneously enabling photo thermal therapy, administering drugs and monitoring drug delivery. The devices also lend themselves to a variety of other biomedical functions.

Biodegradable and biocompatible, these tiny mirror-like devices dissolve harmlessly at predetermined rates and require no surgery to remove them.

Hope For Arthritis Patients ‘Walking On Marbles’

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Article Date: 29 Nov 2012 – 1:00 PST

Hope For Arthritis Patients ‘Walking On Marbles’

Researchers at the University of Southampton are to undertake a new stage of a study aimed at improving the health and mobility of those suffering from the common complaint of ‘walking on marbles’ associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in the feet.

RA is the second most common form of arthritis in the UK, affecting almost 600,000 people, which results in the destruction of joints around the body caused by inflammation.

Expert Answers to Your Exfoliation Questions

Get Glowing: Exfoliation Products for Your Face and Body

Our head to toe guide to scrubs, peels, and lotions.

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Is your skin feeling a little rough around the edges? Cosmetic dermatologist Naila Malik, MD, says regular exfoliation is an important part of a skin care regimen.

Cells move from the base of the epidermis up to the top in a cycle of about 30 days. If the old cells remain on the surface and build up, Malik says, they can contribute to a flat, dull appearance, blemishes, and scaling. Exfoliation also helps improve the penetration of your other skin products.

Skin-Softening Bath Blend

Skin-Softening Bath Blend

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Dry bath mixes have a fairly long shelf life, but you should use them within 3 to 6 months. Keep in a tightly sealed container. Do not store bath bags with oils or honey in them.

1/4 cup oatmeal (rolled or minute type)

1/4 cup milk powder

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup herbs of choice

10 to 15 drops of essential oils of choice

2 tablespoons of honey

2 teaspoons of body oil of choice

Coffee Energizing Body Scrub

Coffee Energizing Body Scrub

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Coffee is very exfoliating and energizing. Use this scrub on your arms, legs, feet, elbows and rough places where you need more exfoliation. If you like the smell of coffee, this is for you.

1/4 cup of sugar

1 4-inch sprig of fresh rosemary

1/4 cup coffee beans, finely ground

2 tablespoons bentonite clay

3 tablespoons of the body oil best for your skin

3 drops each of rosemary oil and grapefruit or peppermint oils

Purifying Lemon Ginger Foot Soak

Purifying Lemon Ginger Foot Soak

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Get your feet feeling good with this soak. This recipe is quick to make anytime your feet need some TLC.

1 gallon very warm water

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup sea salt

2 tablespoons ground ginger

Fill a small basin with enough water to completely cover your feet up to your ankles. Make sure the water is hot enough to stay warm for the duration of your soak, but not too hot that it burns your feet. Add the lemon juice, sea salt and ground ginger to the water and stir. Slowly put both feet into the basin. Relax and soak your feet for 10 to 20 minutes.

Papaya No-More-Pores Double Mask Treatment

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Mask 1:

This mask’s slight bleaching action helps even skin tone and leaves skin with a wonderful glow. The papaya and pineapple help to dissolve and lift away dry scaly skin, which, over time, can build up on your skin and leave a dull appearance.

Recommended for: all skin types except sensitive, irritated, sunburned, or windburned skin.

Use: 1 time per week

Follow with: moisturizer

Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes

Blending tools: mortar and pestle or small bowl and fork

Do not store; mix as needed