Vitamin Drinks for Beautiful Skin – Do They Work?

The Truth About Beauty Beverages

Do certain drinks deliver beauty benefits — or is that wishful thinking? Experts weigh in.

Reviewed by Emmy M. Graber, MD

“Beauty beverages” have flooded the market in recent years, promising to transform humble water into a powerful anti-aging, skin perfecting potion.

According to market research firm Mintel, nearly 300 new food and drink products with “functional beauty benefits” launched in 2008, about double the number in 2007. Products like Borba, Glowelle, Crystal Light Skin Essentials, BeautyScoop, and Noah’s Naturals Anti-Aging Beauty Elixir all claim to improve appearance and fight the signs of time on your skin.

New Design Technique Could Enable Personalized Medicine, Studies Of Brain Wiring

Main Category: Neurology / Neuroscience
Also Included In: Medical Devices / Diagnostics
Article Date: 03 Dec 2012 – 0:00 PST

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Borrowing from microfabrication techniques used in the semiconductor industry, MIT and Harvard Medical School (HMS) engineers have developed a simple and inexpensive way to create three-dimensional brain tissues in a lab dish.

Scientists Find Early Immune Trigger Of MS

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Main Category: Multiple Sclerosis
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Article Date: 02 Dec 2012 – 7:00 PST

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Using advanced imaging to observe the early stages of nerve damage in mice with MS, scientists in the US believe they have found an important early trigger for the disease: the leakage of a clotting protein across the blood-brain barrier that activates an immune response and results in a toxic environment that damages nerve cells. Through genetic modification, they also found a way to stop the protein triggering the immune response without impairing its ability to clot blood.

More Sleep May Help Some People Feel Less Pain

Dec. 1, 2012 — Not getting enough sleep? Some extra Zzzs each night may improve more than just your daytime alertness. New research shows more sleep may also improve your ability to withstand pain.

In fact, sleepy volunteers who got about two hours more sleep per night for four nights showed improvements in a test measuring pain sensitivity. Participants who got more sleep were also a lot more alert during the daytime.

“If you are already sleeping eight hours a night, you probably don’t need more sleep,” says researcher Thomas Roth, PhD. He is director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. But “if you spend six hours in bed a night, spend eight — preferably nine,” he says.  

Firm Stops Making Generic Lipitor After Recall

Firm Stops Making Generic Lipitor After Recall

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Nov. 30, 2012 — After recalling 41 lots of its generic Lipitoratorvastatin — the FDA says Ranbaxy Inc. will stop making the drug “until it has thoroughly investigated” how glass particles got into the medication.

Although Ranbaxy supplied more than 40% of the generic cholesterol-lowering drug sold in the U.S., the FDA says it does not expect a shortage. Five other firms make generic Lipitor: Sandoz, Teva, Apotex, Mylan, and Dr. Reddy’s.

The FDA says the tiny glass particles contaminating Ranbaxy’s atorvastatin have only “a remote possibility” of causing harm. Ranbaxy says the particles, about the size of a grain of sand, might cause “physical irritation.”

Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis Challenged By Complications After Joint Replacement Surgery

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Article Date: 30 Nov 2012 – 0:00 PST