Category Archives: Medicine

Pics of the day

accessorizing your paranoia:

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– Heidi and Spencer with their paranoia accessory.

– Random lady with her doily mask.

Facing swine flu with style…

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Deadly Mexico flu

Mexico Flu

Mexican authorities have taken drastic measures to contain a new strain of the swine flu virus that has killed 81 and prompted fears of a global pandemic.

More than 1,300 people with flu-like symptoms have been admitted to hospitals in Mexico, and officials are trying to determine how many of them have swine flu.

The H1N1 strain of swine flu is usually associated with pigs. When the flu spreads person-to-person, instead of from animals to humans, it can continue to mutate, making it a tougher strain that is harder to treat or fight off.

Symptoms of swine flu include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

This outbreak is causing worldwide concern because it wasn’t dealt with immediately by the Mexican government. So far, New Zealand, California and Texas have found people who are infected with the flu.

POKEMON is out to get you

 I’ve always hated POKEMON, those yellow things scare me. I kept telling everyone how scary i felt they were. Every one laughed. Anyways, today nia emailed me an article about photosensitive epilepsy and image safety.

 

“In 1997 in Japan a single episode of the Pokemon cartoon
demonstrated the dangers of broadcasting unregulated material.
The episode contained 4 s of material in which long-wavelength
red frames alternated with cyan blue frames. Six hundred and
eighty-five persons were admitted to hospital and it was found that
five hundred and sixty of these had had definite seizures.”

Tan-orexia!

So check this, all we’ve been talking about for the past 2 days is how pale we all are getting cuz our summer tans have faded completely. This morning i came across this post at the stylist blog:

“Picture it: Vicky sneaks away from her family, furtively locks herself in the bathroom, rolls up her shirt, and injects her stomach with an illegal compound.

Sounds like she’s a drug addict, right? Wrong; well, kinda.

Vicky is an addict, but it’s not the high she’s seeking – it’s the perfect tan.

As we reported last week, the new tanning drug of choice is an injectible form of the hormone Melanotan, which increases melanin production in the skin. Melanin is a dark, protective pigment that increases after sun exposure. After 10 days of injecting Melanotan, users enjoy a warm, golden tan.

Women are getting Melanotan at gyms, from beauty professionals and online – in the UK the drug is legal to buy, but illegal to sell. While the UK press has reported most profusely on Melanotan, it’s gaining popularity – and the attention of government watchdogs – in the US and Australia, where it’s also being developed and/or marketed as an appetite suppressant, a rosacea treatment and a sexual stimulant.

But the the danger lies here: Melanotan has not undergone regulatory testing in the US, the UK or Australia to assess it’s long-term side effects.”

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Since Melanotan activates melanocytes in the skin, it has the potential to cause cancer, as melanocytes are the cells that become cancerous in malignant melanoma. In short, Melanotan may be tricking the body into thinking it’s getting more sun exposure than it actually is, which is NOT a good thing.

And there are short term side effects too: They include depression, suppressed appetite, nausea, high blood pressure, facial flushing and panic attacks. But according to a recent article in The Daily Mail, despite these dire warnings women are continuing to use the drug.

“But I feel fine using these jabs. I want to look my best at parties in strappy evening dresses and these tanning jabs give me the best colour I’ve ever had,” says Vicky. “Far from doing me any harm, in these dark, wintry days, seeing myself glowing with health has given me a fantastic boost.”

Spoken like a true addict.

FDA loves long lashes

According to reuters

FDA approves Allergan’s drug for longer eyelashes.Allergan Inc, the maker of Botox, said on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its eyelash-thickening drug Latisse.

Latisse is designed to treat a condition known as hypotrichosis of the eyelashes, which means a person does not have enough eyelashes.

The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatroprost, the same ingredient that is in Allergan’s glaucoma treatment Lumigan. Patients taking Lumigan found a side effect of the drug to be eyelash growth, prompting Allergan to study it for the new use.

Latisse is a once-daily prescription treatment that is applied to the base of the upper eyelash with a sterile, single-use-per-eye disposable applicator. Once treatment is stopped, eyelashes will gradually return to where they were prior to treatment.

Side effects of Latisse can include eye redness, itchy eyes and a darkening of the eyelid skin. Though not reported in clinical studies, Allergan said Latisse may also cause the colored part of the eye to become browner, a condition that might be permanent.

So, Who’s in?