DFW Beauty News: Just One Alcoholic Drink a Day Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Drinking just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day increases breast cancer risk, finds a major new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

The report also revealed, for the first time, that vigorous exercise such as running or fast bicycling decreases the risk of both pre- and post-menopausal breast cancers. Strong evidence confirmed an earlier finding that moderate exercise decreases the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer, the most common type of breast cancer.

“It can be confusing with single studies when the findings get swept back and forth,” said Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, a lead author of the report and cancer prevention expert at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

“With this comprehensive and up-to-date report the evidence is clear: Having a physically active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight throughout life and limiting alcohol – these are all steps women can take to lower their risk.”

Brisk Walking, Alcohol and Breastfeeding

Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Breast Cancer systematically collated and evaluated the scientific research worldwide on how diet, weight and exercise affect breast cancer risk in the first such review since 2010. The report analyzed 119 studies, including data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer.

The report found strong evidence that drinking the equivalent of a small glass of wine or beer a day (about 10 grams alcohol content) increases pre-menopausal breast cancer risk by 5 percent and post-menopausal breast cancer risk by 9 percent. A standard drink is 14 grams of alcohol.

For vigorous exercise, pre-menopausal women who were the most active had a 17 percent lower risk and post-menopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer compared to those who were the least active. Total moderate activity, such as walking and gardening, linked to a 13 percent lower risk when comparing the most versus least active women.

In addition the report showed that:

  • Being overweight or obese increases the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer, the most common type of breast cancer.
  • Mothers who breastfeed are at lower risk for breast cancer.
  • Greater adult weight gain increases risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in US women with over 252,000 new cases estimated this year. AICR estimates that one in three breast cancer cases in the U.S. could be prevented if women did not drink alcohol, were physically active and stayed a healthy weight.

Emerging Findings: Dairy and Veggies

The report points to links between diet and breast cancer risk. There was some evidence – although limited – that non-starchy vegetables lowers risk for estrogen-receptor (ER) negative breast cancers, a less common but more challenging to treat type of tumor.

Limited evidence also links dairy, diets high in calcium and foods containing carotenoids to lowering risk of some breast cancers. Carrots, apricots, spinach and kale are all foods high in carotenoids, a group of phytonutrients studied for their health benefits.

These links are intriguing but more research is needed, says McTiernan. “The findings indicate that women may get some benefit from including more non-starchy vegetables with high variety, including foods that contain carotenoids,” she said. “That can also help avoid the common 1 to 2 pounds women are gaining every year, which is key for lowering cancer risk.”

Steps Women Can Take

Aside from these lifestyle risk factors, other established causes of breast cancer include being older, early menstrual period and having a family history of breast cancer.

While there are many factors that women cannot control, says Alice Bender, MS, RDN, AICR’s Head of Nutrition Programs, the good news from this report is that all women can take steps to lower their breast cancer risk.

“Wherever you are with physical activity, try to nudge it up a bit, either a little longer or a little harder. Make simple food shifts to boost protection – substitute veggies like carrots, bell peppers or green salad for chips and crackers and if you drink alcohol, stick to a single drink or less," said Bender.

“There are no guarantees when it comes to cancer, but it’s empowering to know you can do something to lower your risk.”

About AICR

Our Vision: We want to live in a world where no one develops a preventable cancer.
 
Our Mission: The American Institute for Cancer Research champions the latest and most authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity, so that we can help people make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk.
 
We have contributed over $105 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. Find evidence-based tools and information for lowering cancer risk, including AICR’s Recommendation for Cancer Prevention, at www.aicr.org.

DFW Beauty Deals: National Flip Flop Day + Tropical Smoothie Cafe (June 16th)

Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, kicks off summer by celebrating National Flip Flop Day on Friday, June 16.

This year, the Atlanta-based Tropical Smoothie Cafe celebrates 20 years of inspiring a healthier lifestyle and encouraging customers to live better. National Flip Flop Day creates a mini vacation from the everyday as guests are encouraged to kick back and wear flip flops while enjoying a fresh made smoothie. Customers wearing flip-flops into any Tropical Smoothie Cafe location between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. will receive a free, limited edition Sunshine Smoothie in a 16-ounce, 20th anniversary souvenir cup.  There are no strings, or in this case, shoelaces attached.

Tropical Smoothie Café inspires healthier lifestyles by serving amazing smoothies and food with a bit of tropical fun. The latest smoothie innovation, the Sunshine Smoothie, captures the taste of summer with a vitamin c-packed combination of orange, orange juice, banana, pineapple  and mango.

“It's been over 10 years since we started National Flip Flop Day to show appreciation for our guests and mark the kick-off to summer,” said Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café. “We look forward to serving over 500,000 guests who will visit one of our cafes on National Flip Flop Day ready to celebrate alongside us.

Visitors are encouraged to share their experience on social media and can use the social hashtag for National Flip Flop day, #TSCflipflop. For more information about Tropical Smoothie Café, including menu items and information on one of the open locations, visit TropicalSmoothieCafe.com.

Meet the Expert: Jillian Wright

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Name and Professional Title:

Jillian Wright, Co-Founder of Indie Beauty Expo and Founder of Jillian Wright Skincare.

What is your personal beauty regimen like? 

Face:  I cleanse 14 times a week and exfoliate 2-3 times a week.  I always use a serum during the day, moisturizer, SPF and then light foundation.  At night, I use a super thick moisturizer because I have dry skin and eye cream both day and night.  Sometimes, I indulge with a mask if I have the time.  Body:  I moisturize every 12 hours.  Because of this, I rarely have to exfoliate because I keep my skin soft.

Describe your brand in the three words:

Effective. High-tech. Botanical

How did you get started in the world of skincare?  

It was a lifestyle choice more so than a career choice.  I wanted to have my own schedule and work around women and provide something meaningful.  Becoming an Esthetician was the perfect profession.  The freedom and flexibility also allowed me to raise a family in NYC and a grow a business that I loved.

What are some of your favorite products in your line?

I can’t live without my Coconut Cleanser.  It makes your skin feel very clean without stripping it or making it feel too dry.  Transcendence Face/Body/Hair Oil.  I use this all over my body after the shower.  Dream Cream... it’s the perfect night cream because it is thick but not greasy.

What are your TOP three tips for glowing skin?

Use a product with vitamin C every day, always use SFP and have lots of sex!!

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If you could only keep three products on your shelf, what would they be?

Mascara, Eye Cream and Tinted Lip Balm.

Summer heat is almost here, any special tips for combating dry summers, here in Texas? 

Use Hyaluronic Acid instead of oil on the face because it binds moisture to the skin and is an effective hydrator especially during the dry Summer months.  Use less product to let your skin breathe.  Wear light weight clothing to keep your temperature balanced and your skin comfortable.

What can DFW consumers expect to experience when they come to the Indie Beauty Expo?

 First and foremost a FUN TIME!!  When you get a room full of people who want to learn, discover and shop indie beauty over a couple of cocktails, to me, that is recipe for intense fun! The room becomes electric with all the happiness!

What do you love most about the Dallas/Ft.Worth? Do you plan to see anything specific, while you're here for the EXPO.  

I have been lucky enough to visit Dallas in March and April and have experienced some fun places like the Wheelhouse restaurant, fortyfiveten and the bar downstairs at the Joule.  I really love Dallas and could see myself living here if I ever leave NYC!  Dallas is incredible!  I love the people, the fashion, the food, music, design and art. I’m in love!!

What's on the horizon for your brand? Anything we should keep our eyes peeled for?

I’m working on a sleeping peel and a fantastic oil cleanser that is to die for!!  Sign up for my newsletter at www.jillianwrightskincare.com to find out when!

Any last words for our DFW Beauties?

“Take care of yourself now that you’re old enough to know how. Drink water, sleep eight hours (I wish), and don’t go within 400 feet of a tanning booth or I’ll slap you. Hard." — Olivia Wilde

Interested in attending the IBE Expo this week? Click HERE for details.

Jillian Wright was an Aesthetician and spa owner for 17 years in New York City and a skincare brand founder since 2013.  She has performed over 12,000 facials in her career.  Now, along with her skincare line, she is the co-founder of the Indie Beauty Expo which is in LA, Dallas and New York.  2018, IBE will add a forth market outside the US.

 

DFW Beauty Guide: Healthy Vision Month

Across America, the number of patients with irreversible vision loss is rising faster than ever. Vision loss affects all ages and backgrounds – a reminder that this is a potential threat for each and every American.

Currently, an estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months. Conditions like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy can develop for months or even years without noticeable symptoms, and often the damage is irreversible by the time patients are diagnosed.

See America is a much-needed spark to finally get America prioritizing vision care. By increasing awareness of the importance of vision health and eye exams, and improving access for those who need it most. See America, Allergan's newest initiative, is a pledge to join the fight against preventable blindness in America.

 

In case you need an excuse to splurge on those new sunglasses you've been eyeing, here are 9 tips to keep your eyes looking and feeling their best.

 

9 RULES TO LIVE BY THIS MONTH:

. Get your eyes checked! You might think your vision is fine because your eyes aren't bothering you, but visiting your eye care professional is the only way to be sure. Many common eye diseases often have no warning signs.

2. Get to know your family's eye health history to determine if you're at a higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition. 

3. Eat right to protect your sight: You've heard that carrots are good for your eyes, but eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too!

4. Maintain a healthy weight.

5. Be cool and wear your shades. Now is the time to splurge on those sunglasses you've been eyeing!

6. Quit smoking, or never start. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of preventable blindness.

7. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around your home that might put your eyes at risk.

8. Give your eyes a rest! Our phones and computers lead to tired and strained eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds to reduce eyestrain. 

9. Keep it clean! Clean your hands and your contact lenses - properly - to avoid the risk of infection.

DFW Beauty Guide: Stroke Awareness Month

Don’t blame the brain for an ischemic stroke

A CLOGGED ARTERY IN THE NECK IS THE LIKELY CULPRIT – HERE’S WHY

Since a stroke occurs in the brain, it might seem like that’s where the problem originated. But that is not usually the case.

Most ischemic strokes are caused by a complication of atherosclerosis, the official name for hardening of the arteries. That’s a common health issue that can range from minor, to troublesome, to deadly, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery.

Patients who have high LDL (bad) cholesterol may have hard plaque building up inside their artery walls. Plaque buildup makes arteries narrower and less flexible.

“When plaque builds up in your carotid artery (the main artery that provides oxygen to the brain), it can cause the artery to narrow – that’s called carotid stenosis,” said vascular surgeon Dr. Mohammad Eslami of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Small clots can form on the plaque, then break off and travel to the brain. If a clot blocks a vessel in the brain it can cause a minor or major stroke depending on the diameter of the blocked artery.”

Carotid stenosis is responsible for up to one-third of all strokes, he added, and stroke causes one in every 15 deaths. About 700,000 strokes occur every year, usually in men.

An ischemic stroke is frequently a surprise event because even people who have severe narrowing of an internal carotid usually have had no symptoms. In many cases the condition is found during a routine physical or after a patient has already had a stroke. Sometimes the narrowing of artery creates an audible noises that can be picked up when your doctor listens to your neck; this audible noise is called a bruit.

If your doctor thinks you might have carotid artery disease, or if you have had a stroke, you will be givena painless ultrasound test to determine the extent of the narrowing, also called stenosis. (Be sure the lab is “ICAVL approved.” The vascular surgeon will need to make important decisions based on the accuracy of the test.)

Patients who should be considered for an ultrasound screening are those over age 65 with atherosclerotic risk factors, such as high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, a history of heart attack or a smoking habit.

Based on the ultrasound test, patients will next see a vascular surgeon. Vascular surgeons perform surgery or endovascular intervention only when necessary. Many patients who have mild or moderate carotid disease with no symptoms only need medication and regular monitoring by the surgeon.  If the artery is 70 to 80 percent narrowed by ultrasound, the vascular surgeon may decide you need a carotid endarterectomy or carotid angioplasty and stenting.

Endarterectomy opens the carotid for a cleaning; angioplasty and stenting involve inserting and inflating a miniature balloon to widen the artery, followed by the insertion of a small stent. Angioplasty and stenting are mostly for patients who don’t qualify for an endarterectomy. Recovery for both options is quick and most patients are up and around in a day or two.

Unfortunately, atherosclerosis is often undiagnosed until it becomes more severe. Atherosclerosis is an equal opportunity troublemaker. It can also cause heart attack or peripheral artery disease, which can lead to chronic limb ischemia and amputation. Patients with hardening of the arteries should regularly see a physician and have their cholesterol checked.

Learn more about atherosclerosis and other vascular diseases at Vascular.org/patient-resources.

DFW Beauty Guide: Savvy Travelers

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During the travel season people are on the go. Although it may seem there isn’t enough time to maintain beauty routines with all the hustle and bustle, there are some tricks of the trade that will keep every girl on the go looking refreshed and feeling just as energetic.

“Being on the go, especially during the upcoming travel season, can be draining and exhausting,” explains expert traveler Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of travel wellness company Savvy Travelers. “The good news is that you don’t have to compromise on your beauty routines. It’s all about knowing how to keep up with the essentials on the go, which is what we specialize in.”

Here are 6 beauty essentials for every girl on the go:

  1. Take Offz. These wipes are perfect for being able to get the make-up off between going from the office to quickly getting on the holiday party face. There’s no worry about going home to clean off your face, when you have these handy in your purse or bag. Plus, if you have had one too many pomegranate martinis, these are a quick and easy way to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Just keep a few wipes next to your bed. There’s no rinse needed.
  2. In the Klear. It’s estimated that cellphones have 10 times more germs than a toilet seat does, and you end up touching it hundreds of times per day. You can help stay healthy and beautiful by carrying these wipes to use on your phone.
  3. Bottomz Up. You always want to feel fresh and clean “down there,” even when you are having a busy day and can’t fit in a shower before heading off to your next event. These intimate wipes will keep you feeling fresh and clean on the go. These are also great to use before and after your monthly wax, helping you to stay fresh from head to toe.
  4. Lift Offz. Many people may have nicely painted nails at the office, but by time you go to leave there and head to another function you realize your polish is chipped. These handy wipes will quickly remove the nail polish and keep you looking great. And after the party is over and you need to take off that party red, this single wipe will not only remove the polish from all 10 nails, but will moisturize your cuticles, and leave your hands feeling clean and clear.
  5. Speak Eazy. Forget trying to carry around a toothbrush. These oral care wipes are perfect for after that morning coffee and before your goodnight kiss. You will never have to worry about red wine or coffee stains on your teeth. Every party girl should keep these in their clutch for a water free mouth wash experience.
  6. No Sweat. The last thing you want is to be sweating and stinking as you head to your holiday party. These discreet personal wipes are for that little black dress, because white flakes of deodorant are not cute. These wipes are gym bag ready for your 2017 fitness resolutions, too!

"We created our collection of wipes because we personally have busy lives and understand the hassles that we women go through, not just every day, but especially during the travel season,” added Aldatz. “That’s why we created our designed wipes. There is no longer a reason to sacrifice things like feeling fresh and clean just because you are busy and have places to go.”

The designer beauty wipes are convenient and easy for anyone on the go to carry with them at all times. They help make for a smooth transition from the office to the evening hot spot or party. The wipes are all individually wrapped, making it easy to carry them in a purse or bag, and to keep some in a desk drawer, car, or gym and yoga bag. Those looking for an ongoing gift may want to consider enrolling their special lady friend into the Savvy Travelers subscription service, called “Wipeaholics.” This will keep a monthly supply of 30 must-have wipes being delivered each month to their mailbox.

Savvy Travelers offers a no-rinse line of products that help to keep travelers healthy and lends a convenient collection of problem solvers for beauty and wellness needs. Savvy Travelers designer beauty wipes are curated for the "on-the-go” sophisticated savvy travelista! No water? No problem!  The company offers a line of pre-packaged individual cosmetic wipes that are a savior in flight, in your car and out and about when you still want to feel clean and refreshed. For more information, visit the site at: www.savvytravelers.com/wipes.

About Savvy Travelers (www.savvytravelers.com/wipes):
The Savvy Travelers collection of designer beauty wipes, are curated for the sophisticated on-the-go travelista. Savvy Travelers keep ladies fresh and fabulous from head to toe, one swipe at a time, offering products in convenient kits and single-use packets that are disposable, eco-friendly and made in California!  No Water? No Problem! Follow @Savvy_Travelers on social media and like us on Facebook.  

DFW Beauty Guide: 7 Ways to Maintain a Young-Looking Face

We all want to look as youthful as possible for as long as possible. We spend money on creams, facials, fillers, and even sometimes plastic surgery. To get some tips for how we can maintain a young-looking face, we went to several great beauty professionals including Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia, who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20. Here’s what they all have to say.

1. Get rest.

There absolutely is such a thing as beauty sleep. “Women come to my practice thinking they need an eye-job or a facelift when all they need is sleep. Sleep is a time when we rejuvenate ourselves and cellular turnover is at its height. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep nightly will make a huge difference in how youthful a woman appears especially as she approaches age 30 and collagen production decreases,” says Dr. Brandow. “A woman can speed up aging if they are constantly sleep deprived.”

2. Use an overnight treatment.

If you suffer from breakouts or skin dryness leading to wrinkles or blotches, treating your skin concerns at night, is a way to maintain a youthful glow. “Work closely with your dermatologist or aesthetician who can recommend non-irritating skin treatments specifically addressing your concern,” advises Dr. Brandow. You want to take advantage of overnight options available to boost collagen and heal skin while sleeping.

3. Hydrate

When it comes to anti-aging and putting your most youthful face forward, water is key. Water flushes your system of toxins which helps skin to glow. “Women spend a lot of money on topical creams formulated to boost moisture and hydrate the skin yet, if they integrated more water, even 4, 8 ounce glasses per day, they would see fewer wrinkles and an overall smoother younger skin texture within a month,” says Dr. Adriane Pompa, Miami based board certified dermatologist who specializes in aging skin.

4. Be smart about fillers.

Fillers are used to add volume that diminishes as we age but people have taken it to extremes. There have been many advancements with fillers over the past 5 years offering more options and more sophisticated ways to administer them to achieve a youthful look.

According to Dr. Brandow, many patients believe that filling their cheeks will soften their laugh lines, so they push doctors to administer two to four syringes in their cheek bones and cheek area at once. This can result in swelling and doesn’t necessarily lift their face. Fillers are often done as an alternative to a face lift but, if not spread out over several weeks, it just gives the patient an unnatural look that distorts their face and makes them look odd.  

“My personal preference is to perform the fillers sequentially. For example, I will use one syringe of filler in multiple locations. Then I’ll have patients return in 4-6 weeks and perhaps do another syringe to the same places, or different places, giving them an overall natural look. This leads to a softer, more natural result. The key to doing fillers well are going with small amounts every 4-6 weeks,” explains Dr. Brandow.

5. Get facials.

According to Dr. Adriane Pompa, one facial per month does wonders for skin’s clarity, texture, and ability to produce collagen. “There are many at-home facials available one can do weekly. The key is knowing your skin type and ingredients that address your specific skin concern. Also, you can treat different parts of the face differently depending on skin issue. Let’s say you are prone to breakouts on your jawline, have wrinkles on your forehead and dryness on the cheeks, your dermatologist or aesthetician can recommend a facial plan customized for you.”

6. Consider lasers and light!

Lasers are another tool that blasts away acne scars, evidence of past sun damage and evens out skin giving that flawless, youthful glow. There have been so many advancements with lasers resulting in more immediate results without downtime. Lasers typically cost between $600 - $1200 per treatment depending on the city and type of laser. The advantage with lasers is accuracy. You can treat a specific area without affecting the rest of the surrounding skin.

7. Tone down your make-up.

One way to immediately take 10 years off your look is to revamp your make-up. Consider hiring a professional make-up artist who can teach you how to enhance and even modernize your look. New York make-up artist, Carlo Geraci, who was protégé to Trish McEvoy and Kevin Aucion, explains that a lot of women are doing their make-up the same way they did 20 years ago. That bronzer that you loved in the 90’s when you were 24 may appear harsh and outdated at 44. “Heavy eye liner and strong lip colors may only accentuate wrinkles and fine lines. As women age, less is more when it comes to make-up. Opt for a great hydrating foundation or a touch of concealer, a pinch of blush, a swipe of mascara or a gray or brown eyeliner and a natural looking lip liner topped with a tinted hydrating balm,” he suggests.

 

About the Experts:

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery is a plastic surgeon with 2 locations in the Philadelphia metro area and a 3rd one at the jersey shore. Named a “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery by Philadelphia Magazine as well as nationally recognized for one of America’s “Best Plastic Surgeons” of this decade, Dr. Brandow is a trusted expert who has developed many innovative, minimally invasive procedures for the face, body and skin. He has been featured on local, national and international television programs including 20/20, CNN’s Headline News, Good Morning America.

Dr. Adriane Pompa is a board-certified dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital who is highly trained in medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery and cosmetic dermatology. In addition to her general practice, she specializes in anti-aging skin care, skin cancer prevention and treatment, and laser use in dermatology.

Carlo Geraci, New York make-up artist has worked alongside Kevin Aucoin, helped launch the Trish McEvoy brand, and was invited by Barneys New York to became the first Beauty Guru, a position created specifically for him. His work has appeared in print and commercial campaigns, New York Fashion Week runways, red carpets, Broadway stages, television, film, and fashion editorials. He has also appeared on the Style Network, CBS News, and Today on NBC. 

DFW Beauty Guide: Are You Culturally Stressed?

How Cultural Stress is Affecting You, Plus Expert Tips to Eliminate It

In light of April being National Stress Awareness Month, we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about today’s biggest stress culprit: Cultural Stress, or the stress of modern living. In our current cultural climate, we’re so accustomed to working long hours, sitting in traffic and being constantly connected on our devices instead of connecting face-to-face, the negative impacts of these modern day stressors often fly under the radar.

According to expert researcher and Murad skincare founder, Dr. Howard Murad, Cultural Stress is affecting our health and happiness in profound ways. According to a recent Murad survey on Cultural Stress, the thought of being WITHOUT our devices is enough to stress us out:

Phone FOMO: Almost half of respondents (47%), including 64% of Millennials and 60% of parents, agree that they don’t fully enjoy themselves in situations when they don’t have their device with them

Device Dependence: 30% of Americans can’t go longer than 30 minutes without checking their device before they start to feel anxious and stressed. The percentage is even higher among Millennials (43%) and parents (42%)

Something is Brewing: 68% of Americans, including 80% of Millennials, believe it would be worse to go without a cell phone or tablet for a month than coffee

Dr. Murad, who recently started the EyesUp campaign to end digital dependency, the solution to Cultural Stress is simple: human connection. He has multiple tips for your readers to help them combat Cultural Stress and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Tips for Combatting Cultural Stress, Dr. Murad

More about cultural stress, here: [LINK].

Adjust your commute – Instead of being glued to your screen, make friendly eye contact or compliment a stranger

Connect in the workplace – Rather than sending emails, pop over and talk to the person next you instead

Get out for your takeout – Skip ordering food on Seamless and go out to get your food instead

No Netflix & Chill – Go out and catch a movie with friends or stay in and have a game night with loved ones

Bring a friend – Use the weekend to share your passions with friends whether it’s your favorite hiking spot, a new workout class or something you’ve always wanted to try

Sunday Fun Day – Live in the moment and share how amazing your meal was with those around you rather than your followers   

Pen & Paper Day – Dedicate one day a week to only using a notebook and pen to take notes at work. Give your phone and laptop a rest – out of sight, out of mind

Boycott Amazon – Remember the days you had to go out to the store to buy something? Get out for some fresh air and pick up your groceries or head to the mall

Real Life Alexa – Instead of relying on Alexa or Siri, think of who might know the answer to your question before counting on technology. Even if they don’t, it’s always nice to catch up!

Ditch the dating apps – Forget swiping left or right, consider asking someone you’ve had your eye on out to coffee or drinks

DFW Beauty Guide: 6 Things to Know Before Starting Infertility Treatments

Unexpected result

Here are 6 things Nadine believes everyone should know before starting treatments:

The quality of care and clinics varies widely

Do your research thoroughly and get second and third opinions before choosing a provider.

Treatment is as time-consuming as a part-time job

Between blood draws, ultrasounds, injections, appointments, phone calls, and follow-ups, the process will take over a big chunk of your schedule. Be prepared to manage conflicts at work and at home.

Talking about treatments is hard, but not talking can be harder

It can be difficult to tell family, friends, and colleagues about infertility treatments for fear that they’ll pry or give unsolicited advice. But the alternative--not telling anyone--can be incredibly isolating. Choose a select few to share with, and let them know in advance how best to support you when you do share.

There’s no way to control the process

No matter what you do - from drinking pomegranate juice to splurging on acupuncture - in the end, you are not in control of the process or the outcome. This will be frustrating.  Breathe.

Treatments may take a toll on your marriage

Few things put more stress on a relationship than infertility and treatments. Equal involvement is key. Ask your partner to be with you during injections or discussion with the nurses. Seek counseling together throughout the process.

There are no guarantees

Most doctors tell patients to be prepared for at least 3 cycles to better their odds, but this will not guarantee pregnancy. Think of the process as a marathon that relies on your endurance.

DFW Beauty Guide: Rosacea Awareness Month Highlights

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Is your face trying to tell you something?

Although new medical research has discovered the red-faced appearance of rosacea may serve as a potential signal for serious but less visible illnesses, only a small fraction of those suffering from this widespread, often embarrassing disorder are currently being treated. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month to alert the public to the early warning signs of this chronic and conspicuous facial condition now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans.

“Although it’s important to note that causal relationships between rosacea and other diseases have not been determined, a growing number of studies have found associations between rosacea and increased risk for a variety of potentially serious systemic disorders – from cardiovascular disease to certain cancers and gastrointestinal disease,” said Dr. Sewon Kang, chairman of dermatology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “Well beyond its negative effects on emotional, social and occupational well being, this provides further reason for people who suspect they may have rosacea to seek diagnosis and appropriate treatment.”

Unfortunately, according to a recent large-population study at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, an estimated 82 percent of people with rosacea are currently untreated.1

Recent studies in the United Kingdom and South Korea have found significant associations between rosacea and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and a large retrospective study in Denmark found a higher prevalence in rosacea patients of gastrointestinal disorders, including celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis.2-4 In a separate Danish assessment of cause-specific mortality in rosacea patients, researchers found a significantly increased risk of death due to gastrointestinal diseases, primarily related to hepatic disease.5

In a large study of more than 33,000 patients with rosacea in Taiwan, researchers found a 41 percent greater risk of high cholesterol (dyslipidemia), a 35 percent higher risk of coronary artery disease and a 17 percent greater risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) than people without rosacea.6 Coronary artery disease remained significantly associated with rosacea even after adjusting for cardiovascular risk factors.

In the well-known “Nurses Health Study II” – an ongoing biennial questionnaire on the medical history of 116,000 nurses since 1989 – the more than 6,000 women diagnosed with rosacea were 1.59 times more likely to have thyroid cancer and 1.5 times more likely to have basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, than those without rosacea.7 A recent clinical study of 130 individuals with rosacea at Johns Hopkins University also found a significant association between rosacea and allergies, respiratory diseases, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), diabetes, urogenital diseases and female hormone imbalance.8 Other recent studies have found increased risks of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and glioma, a form of brain cancer, in people with rosacea.9-11

“While the list of reported associations continues to grow, it's important to note that study parameters have not been uniform, and many confounding factors may affect their accuracy. As with any early research, further study will be needed to clarify their meaning and implications for patients," Dr. Kang said. “That said, until these relationships are fully understood, it’s reasonable for people who suspect they may have rosacea to seek a medical evaluation of their skin and, if appropriate, obtain a general health examination as well.”

What Is Rosacea?

In a recent NRS survey of 1,459 rosacea patients, 47 percent said they had never heard of rosacea prior to their diagnosis, and 95 percent said they had known little or nothing about its signs and symptoms. In other NRS surveys, 90 percent of rosacea patients said rosacea’s effect on personal appearance had lowered their self-esteem and self-confidence, and 52 percent said they had avoided face-to-face contact because of the disorder. Among those with severe symptoms, 51 percent said they had even missed work because of their condition.

Rosacea typically first strikes anytime after age 30, and may initially resemble a simple sunburn or an inexplicable blush. Suddenly, without warning, a flush comes to their cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Then just when they start to feel concerned, the redness disappears.

Unfortunately, it happens again and again, becoming ruddier and lasting longer each time, and eventually visible blood vessels may appear. Without treatment, bumps and pimples often develop, growing more extensive over time, and burning, itching and stinging are common.

In severe cases, especially in men, the nose may become enlarged from the development of excess tissue. This is the condition that gave comedian W.C. Fields his trademark red, bulbous nose. In some people the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot. Severe cases of this condition, known as ocular rosacea, can result in reduced visual acuity.

Among the most famous rosacea sufferers is former President Bill Clinton, whose doctors disclosed that he had this condition in The New York Times. Others reported to have suffered from the disorder include Princess Diana, singer Sam Smith, model Dita Von Teese and comedian Amy Schumer.

Research is now helping to dispel common misconceptions about the disorder by illuminating rosacea’s relationship to various internal and external factors that may be involved in its development. Through its patient-funded research grants program, the NRS has awarded over $1.5 million to support 66 studies that may lead to advances in its treatment and potential prevention or cure.

While the cause of rosacea remains unknown, a vast array of lifestyle and environmental factors has been found to trigger flare-ups of signs and symptoms in various individuals. Common rosacea triggers include sun exposure, emotional stress, hot or cold weather, wind, heavy exercise, alcohol, spicy foods, heated beverages, humidity, certain skin-care products and potentially an overabundance of Demodex mites.

“The good news is that rosacea can be effectively controlled through medical therapy and lifestyle changes,” Dr. Kang said. “As medical research continues to uncover the relationships between the health of the skin and other parts of the body, further insights may also emerge into how to treat rosacea as well as improve overall health.”

Individuals with any of the following warning signs of rosacea are urged to see a dermatologist for diagnosis and appropriate treatment:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead

  • Small visible blood vessels on the face

  • Bumps or pimples on the face

  • Watery or irritated eyes

During April and throughout the year, people who suspect they may have rosacea can contact the NRS for more information.

Comprehensive information and materials on rosacea are available on the NRS website at rosacea.org. The NRS encourages those interested in spreading awareness during the month of April to visit the official Rosacea Awareness Month landing page at rosacea.org/ram and follow the online conversation using the hashtag #RosaceaAwareness. The NRS may also be followed on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for up-to-date information and tips on rosacea. Further information may be obtained by writing the National Rosacea Society, 196 James Street, Barrington, Illinois 60010; via email at rosaceas@aol.com; or by calling its toll-free number at 1-888-NO-BLUSH.

About the National Rosacea Society

The National Rosacea Society is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of the estimated 16 million Americans who suffer from this widespread but poorly understood disorder. Its mission is to raise awareness of rosacea, provide public health information on the disorder and support medical research that may lead to improvements in its management, prevention and potential cure.

 

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