How to Choose the Right Acne Spot Treatment

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Waking up to discover a fresh zit in the middle of your forehead is guaranteed to ruin your day. And even those with dry and normal skin types are not immune to the occasional eruption.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder, affecting up to 50 million Americans and nearly 85 percent of people experience it at some point in their lives. Breakouts can occur on any skin type, especially when hormones fluctuate during stressful events and menstruation. Read more  »

Today’s Headlines: Drinking Wine, Weight Perception and Hangovers

Keeping your wine consumption under control. A single drink on a daily basis can be good for your health, but controlling your intake can be challenging. A new study out this week looked at factors that influence how much wine a person pours. Participants were asked to pour either white or red wine into glasses of various shapes and sizes and were given different instructions about pouring. “Wide glasses caused subjects to pour 11.9% more than narrow ones. Holding the glass as opposed to leaving it on the table resulted in a 12.2% bigger serving. And when the glass sizes were the same, participants poured 9.2% less red wine than white because, the researchers theorize, the lower color contrast between white wine and a clear glass makes the glass look less full.” Researchers found gender and BMI also mattered. “Men in the study poured more than the women did and men with high BMI poured about 19% more than men with average BMI. For women, body mass didn’t make a difference.” Using a rule of thumb for measuring also helped. When asked to follow the rule “drink as much as you want, but fill the glass only halfway up each time you pour,” high-BMI men drank 31% less than those who didn’t, and men of average BMI drank 26% less. Women, on the whole, drank 27% less when they used the half-empty rule.” (TIME)

Parents of obese kids think they’re okay. Obesity is a problem for all age groups in the U.S., but it looks like the changing bodies of Americans are affecting the weights we think are okay. A new study out this week “examined height and weight data on 2,871 children from the 1988 to 1994 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and 3,202 similar kids from the 2005 to 2010 cycles of the survey…In the 1988 to 1994 data set, 78 percent of parents of an overweight boy and 61 percent of parents of an overweight girl, identified the child as ‘about the right weight.’ That number increased to 83 percent for boys and 78 percent for girls in the 2005 to 2010 period. Similarly, for obese boys, 26 percent of parents said they were ‘about the right weight’ in 1988 compared to 37 percent in 2010.” And it wasn’t just the parents. “Many kids also identify themselves as about the right weight even if they are overweight or obese, and those kids are less likely to try to lose weight.” This is concerning because parents who perceive their child’s weight as a problem are more likely to try and encourage healthy eating and exercise. (Reuters)

Getting hangovers might be genetic. While a night of heavy drinking is the surest way to end up with a headache the next morning, a new study from Australia indicates that genetics may influence how likely that is to happen. “Researchers looked for links between the study participants’ genetic makeups and the number of hangovers they reported in the past year. The results showed that genetic factors accounted for 45 percent of the difference in hangover frequency in women and 40 percent in men. The other half probably comes from outside influences unrelated to DNA, such as how quickly a person drinks, whether they eat while they drink and their tolerance for alcohol.” The authors think these findings might help identify people at risk for alcoholism since those with the genetic predisposition “also drank to the point of being intoxicated more frequently than people who didn’t have the hangover genes.” (Fox)

Noninvasive Treatments for Excessive Sweating

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Excessive sweating is a common experience when the weather is hot and humid or when we’re nervous before a big presentation or performance. But for some, excessive underarm sweat is a constant problem that affects all aspects of daily life. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a benign disorder in that it poses no danger to a person’s health. However, it can have huge implications on a person’s quality of life and social well-being. According to some experts, 3% of the population deal with sweating that bothers them on a daily basis, with women affected more often than men. This is probably an underestimate since those affected may not seek medical advice for their condition. Read more  »

Slow-Baked Dill Salmon


Protect your heart and boost your immune system with this flavor-packed fish dish. Perfect for a bigger group or a quick dinner on a busy weeknight, this recipe is incredibly simple without sacrificing taste. Get the recipe.

Sharecare Top 5: Eating Well on a Budget, Best Apps for Your Health, Adult Vaccines You Need

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On Sharecare we’re dishing out tips to eat a nutritious diet on a budget, the best health apps for your busy lifestyle, why you’re not done with vaccines just yet and more. Check out five of our latest posts.

1. You don’t have to choose between eating healthy and saving money. Now you can do both. Robin Miller, MD, shares three simple grocery shopping tips that won’t break the bank.

2. Still trying to figure out how to lose weight or why you have that lingering cough? Find answers to your health questions in the palm of your hand – with your smartphone. From fitness trackers to symptom checkers, emergency room physician Darria Long Gillespie, MD, gives you a roundup of the latest health and wellness apps.

3. Thought you were done with immunizations just because you’re an adult? Think again. From the flu shot to the vaccine that protects against whooping cough, we’ve got the scoop on which immunizations and booster shots you need – and when.

4. There’s a lot of misinformation about lice, from how they spread to how they’re treated. We’re here to separate fact from fiction and show you the most effective ways to treat and prevent a lice infestation this back-to-school season.

5. Managing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be hard. If you or someone you know has Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the two most common forms of IBD, check out this guide for advice on healthy food choices, important warning signs, treatment options and everyday tips to lead a more comfortable life.

In Case You Missed It: August 18 Through August 22

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If you missed a segment or forgot to jot down a tip this week, we’ve got you covered. Check out these helpful hints and take-aways and click to read more on!

1. Dr. Oz exposes the health misconceptions you’ve believed for years. Take his health-myths quiz to sort medical fact from fiction and print out this zinc grocery list to boost your immune system.

2. Learn how to stop supermarkets from manipulating you to buy unhealthy foods. Use this smart shopper one-sheet for your next trip to the store and try these healthy herbs to ease aches and pains.

3. Dr. Oz sits down with comedienne Kim Coles, Dancing With the Stars’ Cheryl Burke and Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss to chat about the latest health news. Get relief fast with these 60-second back pain fixes and learn about the health benefits of tea.

4. Find out the latest all-natural breakthroughs to cut your cancer risk in half. Decode what your body says about your health with these 10-second health assessments and avoid these mistakes that can age you.

5. Cedric the Entertainer tells Dr. Oz how losing weight helped him lower his cholesterol. Control your own cholesterol with this guide and bring this low-cholesterol shopping list to the store with you.

Today’s Headlines: Atrial Fibrillation, Instant Noodles and Traveling with Medications

Working out keeps your heart regular. For some time, doctors worried that the stress of exercise might increase your risk of an irregular beat, also known as atrial fibrillation (AF). A new study this week lays those fears to rest in finding that “ the risk of atrial fibrillation was lowered by up to 44 percent with regular physical activity” in post-menopausal women. Weight was also tied to risk, with the study finding that “obese women were most likely to develop AF, but more physical activity reduced that risk. Obese, sedentary women’s AF risk was 30 percent higher than that of a sedentary woman with normal BMI, and 44 percent higher than that of a normal-weight woman who exercised.” The authors suspect that exercise’s role in decreasing inflammation may play a role, but caution to consult a physician before starting a new exercise routine. (Reuters)

Instant noodles may be hurting your health. In a pinch, instant noodles have always seemed like a good way to get in a quick meal. But new research suggests that doing so may actually be bad for you. The study “found that independent of other factors, [South Korean] women who ate instant noodles at least twice a week were 68 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome,” a constellation of health conditions that includes high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Interestingly, the same effect was not seen in men. Researchers said this “may be because women report their diet more accurately or because postmenopausal women are more sensitive to the dietary effect of carbohydrates, sodium and saturated fat.” (NYT)

There are challenges of traveling with medications. Think twice about what you might need to carry with you next time you board a plane with your meds on hand. A study by Australian researchers of embassy requirements for those traveling with medications found “their recommendations varied widely, and tended to be much more strict than the recommendations of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent body implementing United Nations Drug Control Conventions.” According to the researchers, many embassies said all drugs required special certification of ownership and personal use, beyond a valid prescription. In some countries, a visitor is required to consult a local clinician to validate ongoing need for the medication. Some countries warn that if authorities are in doubt, they have the right to deny entry or confiscate the medications.” The authors recommend discussing medications and travel plans with a physician well before departing. (Fox)