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There's a Whole New Set of Wrinkles to Worry About

Image Source Pink/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Frown lines. Crow’s feet. Dynamic expres­sion lines. It’s enough to send a per­son run­ning to the Botox nee­dle. And now there’s a whole other wrin­kle to worry about. The kind that hap­pen while you sleep.

It turns out the notion of “beauty sleep” might be a farce, accord­ing to Dr. Goe­sel Anson, a board cer­ti­fied plas­tic surgeon.

Sleep wrin­kles are cre­ated by the dis­tor­tion of the face when it’s pressed into the pil­low sur­face night after night,” she said.

But, unlike expres­sion wrin­kles, which can be treated by Botox and fillers, Anson said sleep wrin­kles can only be pre­vented. It’s a sen­ti­ment that’s echoed by the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Der­ma­tol­ogy, which sug­gests sleep­ing on your back to reduce pre­ma­ture skin aging. Sleep­ing on your side or your face causes the lines you may notice on your face when you wake up in the morn­ing, the Acad­emy said on its website.

In time, these lines turn into per­ma­nent wrin­kles,” she said.

In other words, not even sun­screen can help you here.

Anson said most peo­ple move an aver­age of 20 times per night. To pre­vent this, she cre­ated a $180 sleep pil­low to pre­vent mush­ing of the face dur­ing sleep. The JuveR­est sleep wrin­kle pil­low is espe­cially help­ful for side and stom­ach sleep­ers, the web­site says.

But do sleep pil­lows really work? It’s def­i­nitely pos­si­ble, though Dr. Lisa Donofrio, asso­ciate clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Der­ma­tol­ogy at the Yale Uni­ver­sity School of Med­i­cine, said it would “take many years to eval­u­ate their true efficacy.”

The pil­lows could work,” she said, “by re-distributing pres­sure and pre­vent­ing creas­ing. These pil­lows seem to help.”

Donofrio said she rec­om­mends the enVy pil­low to her patients.

Dr. Patir­ica Far­ris said pil­lows that encour­age back sleep­ing are “def­i­nitely ben­e­fi­cial. We see lots of sleep lines that develop on the sides of the cheeks and around the mouth that can be directly attrib­uted to lying on the face.”

Another sug­ges­tion? “Using linens that are satin and slip­pery makes you less likely to develop wrin­kles,” Far­ris said.

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Babies Can Retain Happy Memories

Wave­break­me­dia Ltd/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Do you remem­ber any­thing from when you were five months old? No doubt, you don’t.

In fact, babies that young would be hard pressed to recall things that hap­pened from hour-to-hour. How­ever, Brigham Young Uni­ver­sity psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor Ross Flom says that infants as young as five months old are capa­ble of remem­ber­ing things that make them happy.

Flom says her study is the among the first to mea­sure how emo­tions influ­ence mem­ory. To do so, the babies first heard a per­son on a com­puter speak­ing in either a happy, neu­tral or angry voice. That voice was imme­di­ately fol­lowed by the visual image of a geo­met­ric shape.

The infants were later tested by show­ing a new shape and one of the old ones. The researchers then watched the babies’ eye move­ments and how long they spent star­ing at an image.

Invari­ably, the babies focused more on shapes that they asso­ci­ated with pos­i­tive voices than the ones linked to neg­a­tive voices.

Flom says that by height­en­ing the babies’ atten­tional sys­tem and arousal, “We heighten their abil­ity to process and per­haps remem­ber this geo­met­ric pattern.”

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Yogurt Shown to Reduce Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Not a yogurt fan? Here’s infor­ma­tion that make might you one.

Accord­ing to researchers at the Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health, eat­ing yogurt daily might help lower the risk of devel­op­ing type 2 dia­betes, the most com­mon form of the disease.

Lead author Mu Chen said her research was based on three sep­a­rate large stud­ies involv­ing a total of 200,000 men and women ages 25-to-75 for as long as 30 years. About 15,150 peo­ple over­all were diag­nosed with type 2 diabetes.

Although dairy con­sump­tion itself was not asso­ci­ated with either an increase or decrease in the risk of con­tract­ing dia­betes, Chen and her team learned that peo­ple who ate 12 ounces of yogurt daily, about two reg­u­lar con­tain­ers worth, low­ered their risk of devel­op­ing the dis­ease by 18 percent.

Although Chen said there is no defin­i­tive proof that yogurt will pre­vent type 2 dia­betes, “Some mech­a­nisms sug­gest that yogurt is spe­cial,” he said. “There is some research sug­gest­ing that the pro­bi­otic bac­te­ria in yogurt may be beneficial.”

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CDC: Majority of Americans with HIV Don't Have It Under Control

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion(NEW YORK) — Most of the 1.2 mil­lion Amer­i­cans infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, did not have the dis­ease under con­trol in 2011, accord­ing to a new study by the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Prevention.

The CDC says that about 70 per­cent of those with HIV had not achieved viral sup­pres­sion. What’s more, just 13 per­cent of Amer­i­cans ages 18 to 24 had it under control.

Accord­ing to the gov­ern­ment, it’s not so much igno­rance that pre­vents peo­ple from get­ting the drug ther­a­pies nec­es­sary to com­bat the virus but lack of access to med­ical care and an appar­ent indif­fer­ence to the dis­ease, which can become full-blown AIDS if left untreated,

CDC Direc­tor Dr. Tom Frieden said Tues­day that besides peo­ple with HIV need­ing to seek treat­ment, it’s also up to health care sys­tems that diag­nose patients to make sure that they get the med­ica­tions and follow-up treat­ment if for no other rea­son but to pre­vent patients from pass­ing on the infec­tion to others.

The CDC says that anti­retro­vi­ral med­ica­tion allows peo­ple to live longer by keep­ing HIV at very low lev­els, pro­vided it’s used con­sis­tently. This treat­ment also cuts the trans­mis­sion of HIV to oth­ers by 96 percent.

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The Real Secret to Self-Control

dolgachov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Every­one is sus­cep­ti­ble to some form of temp­ta­tion and a lot of peo­ple often give in to it, some­times with dis­as­trous results.

How­ever, as researchers at Florida State Uni­ver­sity report, it doesn’t have to be that way, pro­vided you know the strat­egy for success.

It’s pretty sim­ple, actu­ally: just don’t get into a sit­u­a­tion where you might lose your self-control, accord­ing to a study pub­lished in Per­son­al­ity and Indi­vid­ual Dif­fer­ences.

In an exper­i­ment with 38 col­lege stu­dents, the par­tic­i­pants were told to choose between a crowded stu­dent lounge to solve a prob­lem or wait for a quiet lab to become available.

Most of the peo­ple ranked with low self-control picked the lounge over the lab while a major­ity of those with more self-control chose the lab over the lounge. Another exper­i­ment with peo­ple aged 18–60 yielded sim­i­lar results.

The bot­tom line, accord­ing to the FSU researchers, is that high self-control is more asso­ci­ated with shun­ning dis­trac­tions than try­ing to over­come them.

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Macy’s, Make-a-Wish Get Special Flute for Teen with Cystic Fibrosis

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At just 18 months old, Eliz­a­beth Shea was diag­nosed with cys­tic fibro­sis, an incur­able genetic dis­ease that affects the lungs and diges­tive sys­tem. It can make catch­ing the com­mon cold life-threatening.

Shea’s mother, Marissa Shea, says her now-17-year-old daugh­ter counts every morn­ing as a blessing.

The teen’s reg­i­men includes tak­ing 12 pills with every meal, plus using inhalers and get­ting reg­u­lar res­pi­ra­tory treatments.

I don’t remem­ber never hav­ing to take med­i­cine,” Shea said in an inter­view with Good Morn­ing Amer­ica.

When Shea was in the 6th grade she dis­cov­ered a pas­sion that has helped her in many ways.

She took up play­ing the flute, and, now a high school senior at West­ern High School in Davie, Florida, she plays in the march­ing band. “The doc­tors have told me that play­ing a wind instru­ment helps keep the lungs work­ing,” she said.

Shea’s tal­ent landed her a spot to play in the Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Parade in New York, but there’s one thing that she wanted: a top-of-the-line flute.

It would be kind of hard for my par­ents to…get the flute for me,” she said.

Make-a-Wish and Macy’s teamed up to ful­fill Shea’s dream. She got her flute just in time for her trip to play in the parade.

This is the sev­enth year that Macy’s and Make-A-Wish have teamed up for the Believe Cam­paign to spread hol­i­day cheer to chil­dren with life-threatening med­ical conditions.

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How Many Calories You'll Eat this Thanksgiving

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There’s noth­ing like a day of solid eat­ing to get you in the Thanks­giv­ing spirit. But as fam­ily mem­bers catch up, they often don’t real­ize just how many calo­ries they’re devour­ing over the course of the day.

Experts say peo­ple often eat more than a full day’s worth of calo­ries in one gravy-laden feast, in part because overeat­ing is as much a part of the hol­i­day as the turkey.

I think peo­ple would be frowned upon if they were, quote, ‘diet­ing’ on Thanks­giv­ing,” said reg­is­tered dietit­ian Jamie Pope, who teaches nutri­tion at the Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity School of Nurs­ing in Nashville, Ten­nessee. “It’s kind of a socially accept­able day to indulge.”

It’s a com­monly held belief that the aver­age Amer­i­can con­sumes 3,000 calo­ries dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing meal plus another 1,500 on snacks and drinks, num­bers that come from the Calo­rie Con­trol Coun­cil, which is the indus­try group for diet food com­pa­nies. That’s 4,500 calo­ries in all, and about 45 per­cent of them come straight from fat, accord­ing to the council.

The aver­age per­son may con­sume enough fat at a hol­i­day meal to equal three sticks of but­ter,” the Calo­rie Con­trol Coun­cil said in a statement.

But many have con­tested the 4,500-calorie fig­ure in recent years, includ­ing New York Times health reporter Tara Parker-Pope, who in 2012 tried to come up with the most calorie-laden Thanks­giv­ing din­ner she could muster, but only came up with 2,486 calo­ries. She con­cluded the Calo­rie Con­trol Council’s num­ber was a myth.

The Calo­rie Con­trol Coun­cil did not respond to requests for comment.

Cedric Bryant, chief sci­ence offi­cer of the non­profit Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Exer­cise, did his own cal­cu­la­tions and said while 4,500 calo­ries for the day may be “lib­eral,” eat­ing 3,000 calo­ries dur­ing the meal is prob­a­bly right on target.

If you look at how peo­ple tend to have that feast men­tal­ity for the meal I think that is very likely,” Bryant said, adding that if some­one had their blood tested after eat­ing Thanks­giv­ing din­ner, the fat in it would be ele­vated for a lit­tle while.

Pope said the Calo­rie Con­trol Council’s count seems “inflated,” but that doesn’t make this a diet meal by any stretch. Pope said the basics of the meal aren’t ter­ri­ble for you, but the embell­ish­ments and the sec­ond help­ings are enough to put the meal over the edge.

A day of overeat­ing won’t hurt in the long run, unless it’s the start of a six-week hol­i­day binge, she said. Then, the 2 or 3 pounds peo­ple gain dur­ing the hol­i­days might not come off once Jan­u­ary comes around.

Pope rec­om­mends peo­ple enjoy the fes­tiv­i­ties but sim­ply be aware of how much they’re eat­ing. She said she never rec­om­mends weight loss as a goal for the hol­i­day sea­son because between the treats and the lack of exer­cise because of cold weather and lim­ited day­light, the best that can be expected is weight maintenance.

You don’t have to go hog wild but also real­ize this shouldn’t be the impe­tus for the loss of con­straint going for­ward,” she said. “You don’t want to go para­noid into the hol­i­days. Peo­ple just have to be aware.”

Bryant also rec­om­mended going on a run in the morn­ing and tak­ing a walk after the big dinner.

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Tiny Liver Transplant Patient to Taste First Thanksgiving

Cour­tesy Donya McCoy(PITTSBURGH) — Born with a rare meta­bolic dis­ease that ren­dered eat­ing pro­tein poi­so­nous, 3-year-old Kennedy Steven­son was never able to appre­ci­ate a good bite of Thanks­giv­ing turkey.

But all of that is about to change thanks to a liver trans­plant she received two weeks ago from her mother’s Face­book friend.

She just ate a chicken fin­ger for the first time ever,” her mother, Donya McCoy, told ABC News Tues­day from Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Pitts­burgh, where Kennedy under­went her trans­plant and will remain an inpa­tient through the holidays.

Kennedy wasn’t so sure about the chicken, McCoy said, but she loved her first taste of choco­late milk.

Her eyes got big and she just kept suck­ing the straw,” McCoy said. “She didn’t want to stop.”

Kennedy was diag­nosed with a rare meta­bolic dis­or­der called S-adenosylhomocysteine hydro­lase defi­ciency. It’s so rare that only eight peo­ple have ever been diag­nosed with it, six of whom are still alive today, McCoy said.

The enzyme defi­ciency pre­vents Kennedy from pro­cess­ing pro­tein nor­mally, lead­ing to a buildup of other toxic sub­stances in her sys­tem and caus­ing degen­er­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal effects over time, said Dr. George Mazarie­gos, chief of pedi­atric trans­plan­ta­tion at Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Pittsburgh.

Although other doc­tors had changed Kennedy’s diet to elim­i­nate pro­tein and make it “stricter than vegan,” McCoy said they decided that a liver trans­plant was her best chance for sur­vival because the defi­ciency was con­cen­trated in her liver tissue.

In the two weeks since the trans­plant, McCoy said doc­tors told her the new liver was “kick­ing butt.” Lev­els of the toxic byprod­uct that used to build up because Kennedy couldn’t process pro­tein are way down, even when she eats chicken and choco­late milk, McCoy said.

She can now have turkey and stuff­ing,” McCoy said. “It’s just going to be really spe­cial that she can eat a Thanks­giv­ing dinner.”

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