New Treatments to Lose Your Double Chin

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Although it goes by many names: the wattle, turkey-gobbler, tech-neck, or the ultimate selfie-killer, a double chin or submental fullness is one of the most common complaints I hear in the office. And with social media and the rise of a photo-obsessed world, the numbers of patients seeking treatment is rising. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 67 percent of people said they are bothered by fat under their chin. A double chin can be caused by genetics, aging, or weight gain. Even with diet and exercise, sometimes the unwanted fat and extra skin doesn’t go away and can make people look heavier and appear older than they actually are. Until recently, liposuction was the only option available to reduce a double chin. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that requires an incision and recovery. The good news: now there are multiple ways to treat submental fullness without surgery or a prolonged recovery process. Read more  »

Should You Get a PSA Test? 


Yesterday Ben Stiller announced to the world that at the age of 48 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  His doctor first started testing him about two years earlier and when he saw his PSA levels rise, Ben had a surgery to remove the cancer. Since then he says, he has been cancer free. In a blog post he credited the PSA test as saving his life. This revelation has brought questions about the utility of a PSA test for screening back into the public spotlight once again.  So here is what you may be asking and what you need to know.   Read more  »

Am I Normal? (And Other Crucial Questions)



Written by Art Markman, PhD

Television is inspiring because it brings you into contact with the extraordinary. You get to watch stories and dramas that tell us about heroes and villains. You get travel the world without leaving your own home. You get to come in contact with experts like Dr. Oz, who bring their knowledge and skills into your living room.

As fascinating as these stories can be, it is hard not to compare your own life to what you see on screen. But, the people you see on TV are selected because they are extreme. As a result, it can be hard to figure out what is normal.

If you have ever wondered whether you are normal, we are here to help. I am Art Markman, PhD, a member of The Dr. Oz Show medical advisory board. My colleague Bob Duke and I have a radio show and podcast called Two Guys on Your Head that focuses on everyday psychology. How do you think? How does your memory change as you get older? Are kitten videos on the Internet bad for you?

Today, we are launching a new book called Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions About Your Mind. This book explores 40 questions that you have probably had about the way you think, act, and interact with other people. It is focused on helping to answer that nagging question, “Am I normal?” We answer that question with a combination of humor and science. Read more  »

Today’s Headlines: Caution Urged for Women Considering Surgery to Prevent Ovarian Cancer, Painkillers Found To Present Significant Heart Risk, and A Game-Changer for Individuals With Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that premenopausal women who undergo an oophorectomy—specifically those who have both ovaries removed—age faster. The research team studied over 3,300 women, half of who underwent this type of procedure. “Then, wecompared how fast these…women aged over an average follow-up period of 14 years,” Dr. Walter Rocca, who led the research, explained. Rocca and his team concluded that women younger than 46 who undergo a bilateral oophorectomy are more likely to develop coronary artery disease, depression, and arthritis, among other chronic conditions. Women who receive estrogen therapy after surgery might be more likely to fend off these chronic health conditions. (CNN)

A new study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that those who take common painkillers do so at a significant risk. “The most frequently used [painkillers],” researchers conclude, “are associated with an increased risk of hospital admission for heart failure.” Peter Weissberg, the medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said “this applies mostly to those who take them on a daily basis rather than only occasionally” but nevertheless, emphasized the need for patients and consumers to exercise caution in taking these drugs. (The Guardian)

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a medical device that could transform the way patients with type 1 diabetes manage their condition. The MiniMed 670G—which acts like an “artificial pancreas”—will automatically measure (with a needle that sits underneath the skin) a patient’s glucose levels, and deliver insulin accordingly. Currently, many patients use insulin pumps, which achieve the same effect but only with manual adjustment. Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, who directs the FDA’s medical device division, said that this new device will allow patients “to live their lives without having to consistently and manually monitor baseline glucose levels and administer insulin.” Even though the device has been approved, it will not be available for another six months. (Reuters)

Protect Your Kids from Hidden Hazards at Home


As an ER doctor, I’m often scared (and surprised!) by how many well-meaning parents overlook blatant safety risks in their home–often when they thought they were taking extra precautions. Parenting is tough, especially when items ostensibly marketed as “safety” ends up being…well…not. The latest example is IKEA’s recall of baby gates and gate extensions, which comes shortly after two separate recalls for falling dressers from IKEA and Bernhardt.

You’re probably starting to question the safety of your home for your children – and you’re not being paranoid by doing so. In the U.S., six children die from an injury at home, and an additional 10,000 enter the ER every day. The risk is especially high for toddlers and young children.

As an ER doctor, I’ve taken care of many children, but as a mom, that statistic gives me a giant knot in my stomach.

When it comes to kids 12 and under, the most common causes of non-fatal injuries are falls, being struck by or against an object, cuts, burns, and poisoning. Of those, the most deadly include suffocation, drowning, and being struck by or against an object (like a bookshelf).

Of course, you can baby-wear your little cupcake until he’s 12–that would keep him safe. Or, you can save your shoulders (and side-glances from strangers), and take these steps to protect your little ones at home. Sure, children always invent new ways to injure themselves, but if you take the right measures, you can reduce the risk of many injuries.

This blog will be the first in a series that’ll walk through your house, room-by-room, and help eliminate its biggest hazards. So, you’ll be able to sleep better at night–you know, the deep, pleasant sleep any parent of toddlers can enjoy…. oh wait…nevermind. Well, at least home hazards won’t be keeping you up. In the first installment, we’re taking a look at the bedroom: Read more  »

Today’s Headlines: Stress Can Cancel Out Healthy Diet, Exercise Helps Seniors Recover from Injury, and “Hidden Hearing Loss” Presents New Medical Challenge

A new study, published this week in the journal of Molecular Psychiatry, suggests that stress can cancel out the benefits of a healthy diet for women. A chaotic afternoon after a healthy breakfast might be akin to a candy bar after a workout. The reason: inflammation. Inflammation is “not an innocent bystander,” said Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, who led the research. Chronic inflammation caused by stress is a risk factor for heart disease, cancer, depression, and dementia. The study, authored by Kiecolt-Glaser and her team, is a small one. Nonetheless, it serves as a useful reminder to take a holistic approach to healthy living. (LATimes)

For seniors, physical exercise might do more than to prevent injuries. New research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that those who regularly exercise tend to recover better from injuries. Dr. Thomas Gill, who teaches at Yale University’s School of Medicine, hopes that these findings will encourage family members to discuss the importance of exercise with their parents and older relatives. Exercise, Gill says, is “probably the single best mechanism for [seniors] to maintain their independence.” (TIME)

Those who struggle to understand speech in noisy environments might be suffering from a kind of hearing loss that is different from the kind caused by old age. A new paper in the journal PLOS One suggests that this type of hearing loss, called “hidden hearing loss,” can affect young and middle-aged individuals. “We believe this is the first evidence of hidden hearing loss in humans—but it is just a first step,” said Stéphane Maison, who led the study. “Hidden hearing loss” results from a specific type of damage (called cochlear synaptopathy), which researchers don’t fully understand yet. (WSJ)

How Proper Nutrition Speaks to Your Body

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Written by Dr. Kevin Spelman, executive vice president for USANA’s department of research and development 

Throughout a lifetime, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a typical human will eat about a ton of food a year. That translates to somewhere between 60 to 100 tons of food in a lifetime. And every bite you consume is feeding your cells information — or misinformation — that can affect your overall health.  Read more  »

Analyzing the Presidential Debate: What the Candidates’ Voices Said That They Didn’t

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Co-written by Erik Feingold, chief innovation officer of Sharecare

The presidential election is only two months away and the race continues to heat up. More than 80 million people watched Monday night’s debate, more than any debate in television history. While there has been significant analysis of what both candidates said, what it meant, and how accurate it was, there has been little discussion of the way they said it.   Read more  »