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Daily Sunscreen Use Slows The Aging Process

It has been common knowledge for a number of years that regular sunscreen application prevents skin cancer and the FDA changed the allowed labeling on the counters so they can state this. A study published earlier this month in Annals of Internal Medicine now shows it also slows the aging process.

Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical in Australia looked at a group of 900 young and middle-aged, mostly fair skinned men and women under age 55 (to factor out the contribution of genetic aging) that were randomly divided into 2 groups. The first group applied SPF15+ sunscreen to their faces, necks, hands and arms daily. The second group used sunscreen either rarely, or not at all, discretionary sunscreen group. Silicone impressions were taken from the backs of all participants’ hands, at the beginning and then again at the end of the study, 4 1/2 years after it began. Roughly half of the participants worked primarily outdoors, while about four in 10 were regular smokers. The d…


As most people have heard by now, actress, Angelina Jolie reveled recently that she has made the difficult decision to undergo a bilateral nipple sparing mastectomy after finding out that she was positive for the BRCA1 (breast cancer) gene. Angelina disclosed her decision along with a brief account of what the road to reconstruction consisted of for her through an op-ed in the New York Times. Her decision to not only go through these procedures, but to share her experience with the world is courageous and  inspiring to women around the world.

Breast Reconstruction Awareness is on the rise with help from the Plastic Surgery community and ASPS naming a national BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day in October, as well as actresses or other people in the spotlight coming out about their experience with either breast cancer or as in Angelina's case, a genetic susceptibility towards breast cancer. With these stories being out there for every day women to read, it opens up the opport…