Ask the Expert: Do Nail-Drying Machines Emit UV Rays?

Do Nail Drying Machines Emit UV Rays?

Q: A friend told me that nail-drying machines emit UV rays that can give you skin cancer. Do I need to be careful?

Dermatologist Susan Evans, MD, answers:

The nail-drying machines used in professional nail salons come in two varieties: air drying and UV drying. And yes, you do need to be careful about exposing your skin to the UV type. That’s because the rays emitted by these machines are UVA rays, the kind that penetrate the skin most deeply and have been associated with skin cancer.

You Asked! Expert A’s to Your Beauty Q’s: DIY Color for Gray Hair

You Asked! Expert A’s to Your Beauty Q’s: DIY Color for Gray Hair

Are you starting to go gray and thinking of coloring your hair at home? If so, you have lots of options. Here’s advice from Las Vegas celebrity stylist Michael Boychuck and cosmetics chemist Ni’Kita Wilson.

Michael Boychuck says:

Gray hair is especially vulnerable to the drying effects of chemicals in dye. That’s why I suggest ammonia-free formulas. There is quite a selection out there, and most won’t damage hair. I like the new Umberto Beverly Hills U Color and Revlon ColorSilk. Herbatint Permanent Herbal Haircolour Gel is another good option.

The Makeup of Makeup: Decoding Foundation

It might be the most basic cosmetic, but its history and innovations may surprise you.

What’s in the base on your face? Modern day foundations have a rich history that paved their journey toward the remarkable skin-improving ingredients and formulas used today.

The First Foundation

Ancient Greeks and Romans wore versions of foundation containing high levels of white lead and mercury — a formula that caused lethal poisoning. Nevertheless, extremely white skin remained popular into the 1800s. It represented class and privilege.

Stage Presence: Greasepaint

Potential Blood Test To Reveal Diabetes Risk Many Years In Advance

Main Category: Diabetes
Also Included In: Medical Devices / Diagnostics
Article Date: 08 Nov 2012 – 4:00 PST

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When a patient is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the disease has usually already progressed over several years and damage to areas such as blood vessels and eyes has already taken place. To find a test that indicates who is at risk at an early stage would be valuable, as it would enable preventive treatment to be put in place.

Vitamin D Insufficiency Contributes To Pain In Black Americans With Knee Osteoarthritis

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Pain / Anesthetics;  Nutrition / Diet
Article Date: 08 Nov 2012 – 0:00 PST

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A new study reveals that black Americans display lower levels of vitamin D and greater pain sensitivity compared to white Americans. Findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), indicate that vitamin D deficiency may be one of many factors that account for increased pain in older black Americans with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Xeljanz Approved For Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment By FDA

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Bones / Orthopedics;  Regulatory Affairs / Drug Approvals
Article Date: 08 Nov 2012 – 0:00 PST

Xeljanz Approved For Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment By FDA
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug by the name of Xeljanz (tofacitinib) for patients who have an insufficient or allergic response to methotrexate, as treatment for fiercely active rheumatoid arthritis.Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s healthy tissue is under attack by the immune system. This leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. RA affects about 1.5 million Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Allergy Relief Tips Wherever You Go

Do your allergies act up as soon as you set foot outside? Use these simple tips to reduce exposure to pollens, molds, and other allergens and enjoy the outdoors again.

Friendly Flora for Allergies

It’s rough when the plants you love don’t love you back. Here’s how to make your time in the yard more pleasant:

  • Choose the right plants. Some plants don’t release pollen that triggers allergies. Allergy-friendly plants include irises, lilies, geraniums, and daisies. Steer clear of highly allergenic plants like timothy grass and willow trees.

Expert Answers to Your Sun Care Questions

Beach Bag Essentials

Head into the sun with top product picks and smart summer safety.

By Ayren Jackson-Cannady
WebMD the Magazine – Feature

Preparation in life is key, and your next beach or outdoor pool excursion should play by the same rule. Arielle Kauvar, MD, the founder of New York Laser & Skin Care in New York City, and Lisa Ginn, MD, with Skin@LRG, in Chevy Chase, Md., share their savviest sun, sand, and surf advice.

Q: What are the beauty must-haves for my summer beach bag?

Kauvar’s top picks:

Oral Allergy Syndrome Foods, Symptoms, Treatments, and More

Foods That May Worsen Pollen Allergies

Allergic to pollen? You may want to watch out for these trigger foods.

What can you get when you cross a cantaloupe with a ragweed plant, or an apple with a birch tree? An itchy mouth.

For many people with hay fever (seasonal allergies), eating cantaloupe can cause itching or hives in their mouths. Eating uncooked apples may do the same to people with birch pollen allergy.

They have oral allergy syndrome. So do up to a third of pollen allergy patients, notes the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI).

New Test Device Allows More Real-Life Modeling Of Contact Lens Wear

Main Category: Eye Health / Blindness
Also Included In: Medical Devices / Diagnostics
Article Date: 07 Nov 2012 – 1:00 PST

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Modern contact lens materials are prone to drying when exposed to air, which contributes to the buildup of deposits on contact lenses, according to a study – “The Impact of Intermittent Air Exposure on Lipid Deposition”, * appearing in the November issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.