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Short-course radiation treatment is safe and effective for skin cancer

A recent physicians study review suggests that shorter courses of radiation are preferable to longer ones for older patients receiving treatment for slow-growing skin cancers....


New source of world’s deadliest toxin discovered

Researchers have identified genes encoding a previously undiscovered version of the botulinum neurotoxin in bacteria from a cow’s gut....


Facial exercises help middle-aged women appear more youthful

A 30-minute daily or alternate-day facial exercise program sustained over 20 weeks improved the facial appearance of middle-aged women, resulting in a younger appearance with fuller and firmer upper and lower cheeks, reports a new study. This is the first scientific study to test the premise of facial exercise improving appearance. The exercises enlarged facial muscles so face had more volume. Women looked an average of three years younger after 20 weeks of exercises, as rated by dermatologists....


Toxic chemicals in salons, lack of education lead to adverse health effects

Clients who frequent hair and nail salons exhibit more skin and fungal diseases than those who visit less often and nail salon technicians are receiving inadequate training in the use of chemicals, suggest two recent studies....


‘Safe’ tanners who use sprays and lotions less likely to get tattoos and piercings than frequent sunbathers and tanning bed users

People who often sunbathe or use tanning beds are more likely to try risky weight-loss methods and have cosmetic surgery, as well as get tattoos and piercings. But while people who seldom tan also may try unsafe diets and cosmetic surgery, they rarely opt for tattoos or piercings, according to a new study....


Tanning beds and risky behavior linked -- in men

Even though men use tanning beds at lower rates than women, men who tan tend to do it in riskier ways, according to a new study. The findings should help public health officials rethink how, and to whom, theyre targeting anti-tanning messages....