Lip and Cheek Stain

Lip and Cheek Stain

WebMD Feature

If you forget to reserve the liquid from cooking your beets, you can boil the skins that you peel from your beets.

Beets

Vodka

Cook beets as you normally would in a bit of water. Eat the beets, then reduce the leftover liquid in the pot until it thickens. Add a splash of vodka. Pour into a glass roll-on container.

(Courtesy of Béa Johnson, founder of the blog ZeroWasteHome.com)

Reviewed on November 27, 2012

© 2012 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.

Herbal Vinegar Infusion

This slightly medicinal-scented herbal rinse helps to relieve an itchy scalp, remove flakes, and restore your hair’s pH balance. Try to use this blend daily until itching and flaking stops. Follow with a natural, leave-in conditioner or detangler if necessary.

2 cups distilled water

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, raw or processed

2 tablespoons rosemary

2 tablespoons sage

1 tablespoon nettle

10 drops tea tree or rosemary (chemotype verbenon) essential oil

Recommended for: all hair types except very dry

Use: daily or as needed

Follow with: natural leave-in conditioner

Sunscreen Safety: Ingredients, Labels, and More

Sunscreen Safety: What to Know

Sunscreen ingredients, labels, and more.

By Sonya Collins
WebMD Feature

Stocking up on sunscreen? We all know we’re supposed to wear it every day, rain or shine, to lower our risk of skin cancer and help prevent premature signs of aging.

But picking one can be confusing. There are different types and different ingredients, and sunscreen labels are changing.

As if that weren’t enough, you may have also heard warnings from some groups that some sunscreen ingredients are dangerous.

So what are you to make of all that? What about the risk of skin cancer? And what’s in the bottle, anyway? Here are answers.

Beauty 411: Retin-A Vs. Retinol

WebMD the Magazine – Feature

Reviewed by Emmy M. Graber, MD

What’s the difference between Retin-A and retinol?

Both are retinoids. They’re both made from vitamin A and promote faster skin cell turnover. And they’re some of the most proven, effective, and powerful options for treating skin issues ranging from acne to signs of aging.

Retinoids come in prescription form and in a range of over-the-counter products. Prescription-level retinoids fall into these groups:

  • Tretinoin, including the brands Atralin, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, and Renova
  • Tazarotene, such as the brand Tazorac
  •  Adapalene, such as the brand Differin

Depression Takes a Toll on Parkinson’s Patients

daughter consoling depressed mother

Nov. 28, 2012 — For many people with Parkinson’s disease, depression affects quality of life more than the symptoms such as shaking, according to new research.

“At least 50% of people with Parkinson’s have depression,” says Michael S. Okun, MD, national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation and professor of neurology at the Center for Movement Disorders at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

That was a main finding of the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project, a report released today by the National Parkinson Foundation.

Flame Retardant Chemicals in House Dust, Sofas

hand of person dusting table

Nov. 28, 2012 — Many people may be breathing in chemical flame retardants that are seeping from their upholstered furniture, electronics, and other common household items, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the environmental research group Silent Spring Institute found potentially unsafe levels of several flame retardants in the dust from a large percentage of the homes they examined.

House Dust Has Flame Retardants

Among the chemicals found in the highest levels in household dust were those banned from children’s pajamas in the late 1970s, largely as a result of research by University of California chemist Arlene Blum, PhD.

Primary Care Physicians May Be Hard To Find By Newly Insured Patients

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Primary Care / General Practice;  Health Insurance / Medical Insurance
Article Date: 28 Nov 2012 – 1:00 PST

Current ratings for:
Primary Care Physicians May Be Hard To Find By Newly Insured Patients

Patient / Public: not yet rated
Healthcare Prof: not yet rated

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act – now assured by the re-election of President Obama – is expected to result in up to 50 million currently uninsured Americans acquiring some type of health insurance coverage. But a study by researchers at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) finds that a significant percentage of the primary care physicians most likely to care for newly insured patients may be not be accepting new patients. The investigators note that strategies designed to increase and support these “safety-net” physicians could help ensure that newly covered patients have access to primary care.

Terminating Medicare Consults Linked To A Rise In Total Spending

Editor’s Choice
Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Health Insurance / Medical Insurance
Article Date: 27 Nov 2012 – 10:00 PST

Current ratings for:
Terminating Medicare Consults Linked To A Rise In Total Spending

Patient / Public: 2 stars

2 (1 votes)

Healthcare Prof: not yet rated

Getting rid of payments for Medicare consultations frequently billed by specialists was seen to be connected with a new increase in spending during visits to specialists as well as primary care doctors, suggests a new study examining medicare data published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

Are Children With ADHD Gifted?

Kids with ADHD have “gifts” — and by helping them develop these gifts, parents give their children more control of problem behaviors, a child psychologist argues in her popular book.

In The Gift of ADHD, child psychologist Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, tells parents not to focus on the disturbing words “deficit” and “disorder” in their children’s ADHD diagnosis.

“I tell parents it is a brain difference, not a brain disorder,” Honos-Webb says. “Children’s sense of identity is not yet formed at the time of ADHD diagnosis. Reframing the disorder as a gift helps them define themselves by what is working, not by what isn’t working.”