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Licorice Extract Protects the Skin from UV

Licorice Extract Protects Against UV Damage
New research published in Experimental Dermatology introduces a new plant-derived agent, which protects skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. "We found out that the antioxidant active licochalcone a, which is the main component of the root extract of the plant Glycyrrhiza inflata (Chinese Licorice), is able to protect the skin from subsequent UV irradiation damage from within by strengthening the skin's own defense systems," says Gitta Neufang, a researcher involved in the work from Beiersdorf AG (Hamburg,...

Medical Spa Services Available at Sea

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Sea-faring spa-goers needn’t wait until the ship docks to indulge in their favorite medical spa treatments. Azamara Club Cruises has expanded its full-service menu at Azamara Spa to include facial rejuvenation treatments through The Onboard Spa by Steiner. The seven-treatment-room floating oasis now offers Botox, Dysport, fillers, and more under the medical direction of board-certified plastic surgeon Brad Herman, M.D. Herman brings more than 20 years of private practice experience to the spa. “Our onboard spa allows guests to add...

AmSpa Plans Conference With Dual-Track Format

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The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) and The Florida Health Care Law Firm will co-host a one-day conference at the Grove Isle Hotel & Spa (Miami) on April 13 with two seminar tracks to educate the entire medical spa staff. “We are thrilled to be hosting this event with our partnered health care attorneys,” says Alex Thiersch, founder and director of AmSpa. “These industry-focused educational events are genuinely needed, both to educate professionals on the legal landscape and to share...

Breakthroughs Announced in Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

A new cognitive visual-computing technology presents an effective method for physicians to diagnose skin cancer and melanoma earlier. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug ahead of schedule to treat patients with later stages of melanoma when tumors have spread to other areas of the body—unresectable or metastatic melanoma.

Sun Damage Continues After Dark

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Shocking research from Yale University reveals skin damage caused by sun exposure occurs hours after time in the sun.

Wellness Research Website Launched

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A new health resource,, launched this week as the first website that provides direct access to the current medical evidence for 24 of the most mainstream wellness approaches. With thousands of clinical studies evaluating the effectiveness of approaches from chiropractic to weight loss, the site was designed to make it easier for the millions of people seeking alternative health solutions, for medical professionals selecting courses of treatment, and for companies designing employee wellness programs, to research wellness alternatives at...

Top Celebrity Requests of 2014

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) announced the findings of its annual survey last month. Among the top trends in facial plastic surgery was the influence of celebrity beauty on surgical requests. More surgeons reported an increase in requests for celebrity faces. The most in-demand looks in 2014 were: Angelina Jolie's lips and cheekbones Beyone's facial structure Kim Kardashian's eyes and jawline Brad Pitt's nose Natalie Portman's nose "Some people are attracted to the power, fame...

FDA Trials Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to continued trials of potentially breakthrough skincare treaments. Alphaeon’s protocol for a Phase 3 clinical study of Evosyal, a botulinum toxin type A neuromodulator, began this month for the treatment glabellar lines. In the last 12 months, Alphaeon, a subsidiary of Strathspey Crown Holdings, submitted its investigational new drug application for Evosyal as well as completed enrollment in its Phase 2 study. Enrollment in the Phase 3 trial began on January...

2015 Nip and Tuck Trends

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has released its predictions for popular procedures in facial plastic surgery in the coming year. “We expect the interest in cosmetic procedures—both surgical and non-surgical—to continue to climb in 2015 due to the improving economy, increased consumer awareness and a growing comfort level with the safety of cosmetic treatments,” says Stephen Park, M.D., facial plastic surgeon and president of the AAFPRS. Getting a little work done no longer holds the...

Youthful Face is Top Priority

According to the results of a national survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Allergan, nearly 60 percent of women surveyed say they’d rather have a more youthful-looking face than a more youthful-looking body. Participants ranged in age from 21 to 65 and shared a variety of concerns related to their aging appearance. Though signs of aging from the neck down are a growing concern, the focus is still on the face. Of the respondents, 64 percent noted that...