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Is conditioner really cause hair loss

Last year, a group of 200 women in 40 states filed a class action lawsuit alleging the cleansing conditioner from Wen by Chaz Dean caused scary side effects, from scalp irritation to hair loss.

On Oct. 31, a federal judge in Los Angeles gave preliminary approval to a $26.3 million settlement for the suit against celebrity stylist Chaz Dean and Wen distributor Guthy-Renker. If approved by a United States district judge, customers who had adverse reactions could receive up to $20,000.

Wen is a leader in the no-shampoo movement. Many women believe that conditioner washing or “co-washing”—using only cleansing conditioner (and no shampoo)—makes their hair feel healthier, softer, and easier to manage.

But the women represented in the lawsuit say they’ve had the opposite experience: They claim Wen’s cleansing condition caused “severe and possibly permanent damage to hair, including significant hair loss to the point of visible bald spots, hair breakage, scalp irritation, and rash.”

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“From what we understand about the product and how it causes hair loss is it contains virtually no cleanser,” attorney Amy Davis told CBS. “It’s like using lotion to wash your hair. So instead of removing the product when you rinse it off, it just becomes impacted in your hair follicle.”

The hair-care brand is standing by its products. “Wen by Chaz Dean is safe and we continue to provide our hundreds of thousands of customers with the Wen by Chaz Dean products that they know and love,” the company said in a statement. “Since the process of litigation is time consuming and costly, we made a business decision to pursue a settlement and put this behind us so that we can focus on delivering quality products.”

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So, should you hesitate to use a cleansing conditioner like Wen’s?

This question is a tricky one, in part because experts haven’t been able to figure out what, exactly, caused the concerning side effects. When we asked two dermatologists about the lawyer’s description of the Wen product becoming “impacted” in the hair follicle, they both agreed it didn’t make much sense.

“I’m certainly not a legal expert,” says Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. “But since hair grows from the hair follicle—which is under the skin—and not from the surface, I couldn’t really make sense of this lawsuit.” What’s more, she says, if a product doesn’t contain any cleanser, the result would be oily hair: “I can’t see how it would cause hair loss.”

Mary Gail Mercurio, MD, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, says the worst side effect she’d expect from a cleansing conditioner would be oily, matted hair that feels weighed-down. “I’d think it might have a negative effect on appearance, but it shouldn’t cause breakage,” she says.

Both doctors felt the lotion analogy Davis used was puzzling, since washing your hair with lotion shouldn’t cause your hair to fall out either. “Dermatologists often prescribe medicines of varying viscosity for the scalp without seeing this phenomenon,” says Dr. Mercurio.

Sharp reduction in salt added to foods

U.S. health officials recommended cutting the amount of salt added to foods to help Americans reduce their sodium consumption by about a third, according to proposed guidelines that are likely to have a wide-ranging impact on the processed food industry in the United States.

Increased sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and stroke — two major causes of death in the United States.

The average sodium intake in the United States is about 3,400 mg per day. The guidelines set targets for the food industry to help reduce sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

The health agency said the voluntary guidelines would apply to major food manufacturers and restaurants.

About half of every food dollar goes to food consumed outside the home, according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service.

Many U.S. food companies, including Campbell Soup Co (CPB.N), General Mills Inc (GIS.N) and Kraft Heinz Co (KHC.O), have already cut salt levels to some extent in anticipation of the guidelines, which have been in the works since 2011.

The FDA said it encouraged feedback over a stipulated comment period that ranges from 90 days to 150 days.

The guidelines come days after the FDA said it plans a major overhaul of the way packaged foods are labeled to reflect the amount of added sugar and specific serving sizes.

(The story corrects first paragraph to say the FDA has recommended that Americans reduce sodium consumption, not the amount of salt added to foods, by about a third.)

Transplant list for less than an hour

Daniel McCabe is just 5 months old, but he’s been fighting a rare liver disorder since he was born. On Dec. 13, things had become so dire that doctors placed him on the waiting list for a new liver and prepared to wait weeks, if not months, with his life in the balance.

As it turns out, they waited less than an hour, reports NBC Chicago. Daniel went on the list at 10:15am, and at 10:55am, a doctor received the good news and walked into his room at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital to inform his mom.

“I was just speechless,” recounted Melody McCabe, per Fox 6 News. With good reason: The average wait for a liver is 149 days for adults and 86 days for kids.

The infant from Waukesha, Wisconsin, had successful surgery the following evening is now recuperating. “It’s one in a million, you know,” surgeon Riccardo Superina tells the Chicago Sun-Times. “I can’t ever remember having something like this happen.

We were prepared to wait a few months—in fact at one point I think the plan was to evaluate one of the parents for donations.” Only about 40 people have gotten a match in 40 minutes or less over the last five years.

Not much is known about the donor in this case, other than he was a male in his 30s. One footnote: His liver was split in two and thus saved the lives of two patients.

Daniel’s parents expressed sorrow for the donor’s family as well as profound thanks. “This is a Christmas we’ll never forget,” says dad Daniel McCabe. (Apple’s Tim Cook offered Steve Jobs part of his liver.)

Is drug helps people regrow hair

Two patients, who each lost all of their hair 10 years ago due to a medical condition, recently regrew some of their hair after taking an arthritis drug, according to a new report of the cases.

The patients, one man and one woman, suffered from alopecia universalis, a condition in which people lose all of the hair on their entire body because their immune system attacks hair follicles. There is currently no effective treatment for the condition. The patients’ doctors tried treating them with multiple other drugs, but nothing worked.

However, after the patients took the arthritis drug, called tofacitinib, every day for two months, some hair regrew on their scalp, eyebrows and under the arms, according to the report. The patients were followed for nine months while they took the drug, and they did not experience any serious side effects, the researchers said.

The researchers said in their study that they hope that these cases will prompt a study to determine whether tofacitinib is a safe and effective treatment for alopecia universalis. “Successful treatment can improve patients’ lives dramatically, as it did for our patients,” the researchers, from Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, wrote in the Nov. 15 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Although the hair-loss condition is not life-threatening, it is important to develop effective treatments because the condition can have a negative effect on a patient’s mental health. “Hair loss really affects your self-esteem,” said Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, in New York, who was not involved with the study. “I have patients who are near suicidal because of hair loss,” Day said.

Day also recently used tofacitinib to treat a patient with alopecia universalis, and saw similar results, she said.

Woman claims court for drug test

A woman who said she was complying with a court order to take a hair follicle drug test claims the experience has left her with a bald spot after she went to the only lab the court would pay for. Jenn Christiansen, of Denver, Colorado, is an admitted marijuana user who is trying to regain custody of her kids, KMGH-TV said.

“There’s no reason they needed that much,” she told KMGH-TV. “Anbody who’s had their hair pulled knows you can feel how much is being pulled. I could tell that they had too much and that there was going to be a bald spot on my head.”

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not respond to the news station’s request for a comment about hair follicle drug testing, a BI spokeswoman said she would look into it.

“I’m very proud of my hair,” Christiansen told KMGH-TV. “I’m a very vain person, and they destroyed my confidence.”

Christiansen is calling for more oversight of lab technicians so others avoid the same fate.

“I have to wear my hair up now, to cover the spot,” she told the news station.

How to get perfect posture

Smartphones, computers, desk jobs, shoulder bags, and endless commutes: we have become a generation of slouchers. In the desire to appear “cool” and relaxed in public, we are doing ourselves much more harm than good. Nearly all of us complain of chronic knee problems and back pain. The rise in popularity of chiropractic practice, massage, and physical therapists is a result of our lifestyle choices as well as our less stringent standards of carriage.

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “perfect posture”? Do you think of a strict disciplinarian with a ruler in tow? Or an etiquette queen at finishing school who can balance books on her head? Fear not—having excellent posture need not feel affected, forced, or uncomfortable. Instead, working on one’s posture can have incredibly positive effects on one’s mentality and health.

Are you ready to go after that promotion and live a longer, healthier, and happier life? Well, then, let’s start at the toes and work our way up!

 

Feet and ankles:

Ask any running coach what their first piece of advice would be to beginning runners, and a great number will answer to start with the right shoes. Regardless of whether you are a runner or not, the same advice rings true: good posture starts at your feet. After all, they are the base upon which the rest of your body rests!

Good eat t get a better skin

We have long heard that carrots are good for our eyesight and walnuts are good for our brains. But did you know food can have other miraculous skin, hair and nail benefits as well?

Perhaps the phrase “beauty comes from within” can be applied to different meaning: beauty comes from within- your food! One study published by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition found that higher intake of vitamin C was associated with lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance among middle aged American women.

Vitamin C is found in more foods than just oranges though, and other nutrients have even more beauty benefits too. So, drop the Clearasil and leave your foundation at home. Your next favorite beauty products can be found at the supermarket.

Strawberries:

A cup of strawberries (8 strawberries) contains 140 percent the RDA for Vitamin C, which is more vitamin C than an orange (84 mg versus 70 mg.) Not only is vitamin C key to a healthy immune system, but it does wonders for our skin, as it helps to produce collagen, which keeps skin tight and smooths fine lines. So tomorrow at breakfast consider eating a cup of fresh strawberries over Greek yogurt sprinkled with bran buds.

Lentils:

Lentils can help maintain long luscious locks because they contain B vitamins and biotin, both of which are needed for healthy hair growth. In addition, lentils are packed with protein and fiber, the two nutrients that help maintain blood sugar levels. This is important for clear skin because the opposite, fluctuating blood sugar and resultant insulin spikes, is associated with pimples and acne. Incorporate lentils into your diet this week by enjoying a lentil soup at lunch or a lentil salad by mixing 1/2 cup of lentils with your favorite non-starchy veggies.

Oysters:

Just two oysters will put you over the recommended daily amount of zinc (25 mg in 2 oysters.) And if you’re concerned about acne or aging, you should be eating zinc.  Zinc deficiency is a known cause of acne and adequate zinc helps protect collagen and elastin proteins, which keep your skin young and resilient. Let’s get to shucking!

The reason cholesterol levels are improving

Americans’ cholesterol levels are heading in the right direction, a new study finds.

In the United States, average cholesterol levels have decreased significantly from 1999-2000 to 2013-2014, according to the study, published today (Nov. 30) in a research letter in the journal JAMA Cardiology.

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that can build up in blood vessels and increase a person’s risk for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the body needs some cholesterol to function. For example, HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, carries cholesterol to the liver so that it can be flushed from the body, the CDC says.

In the study, the researchers focused on three cholesterol measurements: LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol; triglycerides , which are a type of fat; and total cholesterol. Total cholesterol includes triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol.

During the study period, total cholesterol levels in U.S. adults decreased from an average of 204 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) in 1999-2000 to an average of 189 mg/dL in 2013-2014, the researchers found. Adults should aim for total cholesterol levels of less than 200 mg/dL, the CDC says.

Triglycerides also decreased during the study period, from an average of 123 mg/dL in 1999-2000 to an average of 97 mg/dL in 2013-2014, according to the study. A healthy triglyceride level is less than 150 mg/dL, the CDC says.

For LDL cholesterol, there was a decrease from an average of 126 mg/dL in 1999-2000 to an average of 111 mg/dL in 2013-2014, according to the study. A healthy LDL cholesterol level is less than 100 mg/dL, according to the CDC.

The researchers noted that the decreases in cholesterol levels were similar in people who were taking cholesterol-lowering medications and those who were not.

The declines in cholesterol levels over the study period may be due to efforts to remove trans fats from foods, the researchers, led by Asher Rosinger, an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC, wrote in the research letter.

Trans-fat consumption has been shown to increase people’s levels of bad cholesterol and decrease their levels of good cholesterol — two changes that can increase a person’s risk for heart disease .

Although the Food and Drug Administration did not officially ban trans fats until 2013, by that point, many food companies and fast-food restaurants had already begun to reduce or remove trans fats from their products. Indeed, the FDA estimates that between 2003 and 2012, trans-fat consumption in the U.S. declined by 78 percent.

People got stuck in themselves

Americans just can’t stop sticking things in themselves and each other.

Renewing an inward-looking annual tradition, Deadspin has released an inventory of items that people stuffed, shoehorned or otherwise deposited into human orifices across the nation.

Culling emergency-room data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the site organized the list by cavity — ranging from the nostrils to the nether regions. The website did not always specify just why these items ended up where they did.

But American ears, for example, attracted all sorts of odds and ends, from an unspecified chess piece to a deceased beetle.

One person opted for a flammable liquid and filled his ear canal with gasoline.

American noses were subjected to a startling array of insertions, including a plastic snake and miniature hockey sticks.

The commission offered a detailed description of one wayward nasal project involving a raisin:

“STUCK A RAISIN UP HIS RIGHT NOSTRIL, BROTHER TRIED TO REMOVE WITH TWEEZERS BUT PATIENT MOVED,” one emergency-room report read.

Toughest mudder eats bugs

At 2 a.m., Stefanie Bishop had to slow down. She had been running laps through a grueling 5-mile obstacle course for 14 hours beneath the searing Las Vegas sun. She was severely dehydrated, suffering from heat exhaustion, and so nauseated she couldn’t keep anything down. And, she still had 10 more hours to go.

Somehow Bishop, a 34-year-old Long Island native, managed to keep going — and win the title of World’s Toughest Mudder, considered the championship event in the rugged sport of extreme obstacle racing. She completed the course 17 times in a 24-hour period, more than any other woman competing and placing her 15th overall in the 1,500-person field.

he event, which took place in Nevada in November, airs Sunday on CBS, showcasing Bishop’s journey from exhaustion to exaltation as she faces a terrifying 35-foot jump off a ledge into a lake and battles obstacles such as the “Augustus Gloop,” where participants must wade through a chest-high pit of water and then scramble up a vertical tube, while a cascade of water gushes down.

“I came back from feeling like I was going to puke,” she said. “I did a cartwheel down the finish line.”

Her victory this year came after a difficult 2015. She intended to compete in the World’s Toughest Mudder that year, but had to sideline her plans after injuring her ankle and getting diagnosed with Lyme disease.