What do gray hair and vitiligo have in common? Researchers previously determined that both gray hair and vitiligo are caused by a build-up of hydrogen peroxide on hair follicles causes our hair to bleach itself, creating gray hair. A recent study found a way to reverse this and possibly allow millions of people to say good-bye to chemically changing the color of their hair to cover the gray. What’s more, the treatment works to improve or reverse vitiligo as well.
Vitiligo is a skin condition which causes patches of skin to lose its color. Vitiligo is most often seen on the skin but can occur anywhere on the body where there is pigment – including your skin, hair, mouth and eyes. It causes patches of lighter skin. Some people may have only a few, small patches while others may have more extensive patches.
While it is not dangerous or contagious, it can cause problems with self-image and self-esteem. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, &ldqu...
I'm perusing the shelves of the bookstore, in the psychology section, looking for new books about depression and depression treatment. I know that I really shouldn't be doing this, because it inevitably raises by blood pressure and puts me in danger of choking on my decaf mocha. The problem is, this activity exposes me to all the ways in which someone is trying to sell us a book that will cure/heal/or treat your depression - without doctors or drugs! Let's see, there's:
The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs
Happiness is a Choice
Dealing with Depression Naturally
Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way
The Mindful Way through Depression
Let me just mention first that Happiness is a Choice has always made me froth at the mouth. I mean, seriously, maybe there are some people like beat poets and goths who think being depressed is preferable to being happy, but the rest of us disagree. We're not choosing to be depressed, which i...
In a recent story that I wrote for this blog, Rat research and media hype, I pointed out that rat research can be overtaken by media hype. It now appears that mouse research also is capable of being blown out of proportion. First some background: there’s a type of diabetes in mice that’s called NOD diabetes. It’s used as an experimental model to test ideas about treatment and prevention of diabetes. So, anyway, there’s a flurry of recent news items about Canadian research that according to one story, Scientists Cure Diabetes In Mice “amazingly diabetic mice tested healthy virtually overnight.” The actual article, from the journal Cell has an appropriately jargony title: “TRPV1+ Sensory Neurons Control ? Cell Stress and Islet Inflammation in Autoimmune Diabetes”, and again the media is overreacting to some very preliminary (although important) work. As a more cautious reporter adds: “The Canadian researchers caution that any actual treatment for humans is years away, but say it's st...
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