The Foods That Can Fight Aging

Aging populations have spent lifetimes searching for the fountain of youth. Unfortunately, no such fountain seems to exist. There are, however, droplets of youth. By combining enough of these droplets together, you may not find the fountain you’ve been seeking, but you can still refresh yourself with a splash of youthful vigor. Continue reading

Cosmetic Surgery Increases in the US

Study Shows Americans Had Nearly 9.5 Million Cosmetic Surgeries and Procedures in 2010

Led by breast enlargement operations, plastic surgery procedures jumped 9% in 2010 compared to the previous year, according to a study from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

ASAPS, which has collected statistics on plastic surgery procedures since 1997, says the total number of procedures done for cosmetic reasons has increased 155% since then.

In 2010, nearly 9.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the U.S. Breast augmentation was the most frequently performed operation. Continue reading

New Approach to Wrinkles Could Replace Botox

LONDON – A new approach to treating wrinkles could emerge as an alternative to Botox and cosmetic surgery.

The non-invasive technique combines high-intensity light from light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a lotion made of green tea extract. It works 10 times faster than a similar anti-wrinkle treatment that uses LEDs alone, the researchers say.

Andrei P. Sommer and Dan Zhu point out that researchers have used light-therapy, or phototherapy, for more than 40 years to help heal wounds.


Recently, scientists showed that use of high-intensity LEDs, similar to those used in automotive tail lights and computers, could help reduce skin wrinkles when applied daily for several months.

But exposure to intense LED light is also involved in generating high levels of reactive oxygen species as byproducts that can potentially damage cells.

To combat that effect, the researchers combined the LED with a potent antioxidant in green tea extract called epigallocatechin gallate.

The combination treatment resulted in smoother skin, including “less pronounced wrinkle levels, shorter wrinkle valleys, and juvenile complexion”, the scientists say.

The treatment showed promising results in only a tenth of the time it took for LED therapy alone to reduce wrinkles.

The study could form the basis of “an effective facial rejuvenation programme”, and lead to a new understanding of the effect of reactive oxygen species on cellular ageing, they note.

Their study was published in the Oct 7 issue of ACS’ Crystal Growth & Design, a bi-monthly journal.