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5 Different Ways People Use Botox Injections

Botox is an injection that is typically used in the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. In 2017 alone, more than 7.23 million Botox procedures were performed in the United States. But these injections have more benefits than people realize. Here are just a few of the different ways people use Botox.

Facelift

Botox can be used to shape the jaw, lift the tip of the nose, and relax the wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and mouth. This gives your face a look that mimics a facelift. When only 5% of women are naturally shaped like the predominant American media portrayal, it makes sense that women (and men) want to change the shape of their face using Botox injections.

Stop Sweating

Many individuals with hyperhidrosis also get Botox injections in hopes that it will help them stop sweating. More than eight million Americans with hyperhidrosis sweat four to five times as much as the average person. The Botox injections are placed in the sweat glands in the armpits or wherever you’re experiencing the excessive sweating. The Botox blocks the sweat nerve glands from sending the signals that it’s time to sweat, and it reduces the amount of sweat created significantly.

Chronic Migraines

Dating all the way back to 1992, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon name Dr. William Binder observed that when he gave people Botox injections for wrinkles, they reported fewer headaches. Allergan later tested Botox on people with chronic migraines, and it was approved for the disorder in 2010. Today, people who get Botox injections for migraine prevention receive 31 injections in different spots on their head and neck, and the effects last around three months.

Managing Acne

That’s right, people use Botox to help manage acne too. Botox can curb oil production, reducing breakouts. Botox does not completely treat acne, but it helps manage rough breakouts. Tiny amounts of Botox are injected into the face. Acne prevention and treatment works best when you pair the Botox injections with other treatment options like birth control pills and spironolactone.

Hair Growth

Many people don’t know this, but Botox can be used for hair growth too. Whether you’re losing your hair from stress or natural balding, Botox injections can help you get your hair back. This effect was actually found when a dermatologist was administering Botox for a migraine treatment, and they noticed hair growth in those areas. Studies then follow the occurrence and found that Botox can stimulate hair growth. They also found that putting Botox in areas of scaring on the scalp can help hair grow back in those places, plus it reduces the redness of the scars.

Botox can be used for a variety of different conditions. Before you run to the dermatologist or plastic surgeon, make sure you talk to your doctor and ensure that you’re getting Botox injections that are legitimate and safe.

Black Folks and Mental Health: How to End the Stigma

The African American community is no different from other communities when it comes to mental health. Yet, it faces disparity when it comes to access to quality care. This disparity can be attributed to three reasons; lack of resources, lack in quality of care and a stigma surrounding mental health in the community.

The stigma exists from lack of trust in the medical system, lack of services that are culturally aware and the need for privacy. All of these concerns coming from the community are legitimate. Black folks are more likely to be misdiagnosed with schizophrenia due to the lack of understanding on part of the physician about how distress is expressed in the community.

Rather than being offered psychotherapy or medication, African American folks suffering from mental health have to rely on emergency treatments. They are not provided complete information about available options for care. Those whose mental health continues to worsen face incarceration in their future.

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Older Adults Are Being Left Behind In The Opioid Epidemic Despite Increasing Misuse

Older Americans are being overlooked in the opioid epidemic. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of Americans over the age of 50 suffering from opioid addiction has doubled between 2002 and 2014.

“Older Americans are among those unseen in this epidemic,” said Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA) during the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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Premature Baby Accidentally Decapitated During Delivery By ‘Top’ NHS Doc

*Omg. This has got to be the saddest story ever.

A premature baby in Scotland was decapitated while still in his mother’s womb during a botched delivery at Ninewells Hospital, in Dundee.

Dr. Vaishnavy Laxman, a 41-year-old consultant gynecologist, who quite frankly doesn’t even appear to know how to deliver a child, was expected to perform an emergency C-section on a 30-year-old first time mother if the baby was breech (which it was), but instead allegedly went against given advice and attempted to deliver the baby naturally — telling the mom to push while the baby’s legs were being pulled.

This caused the child’s legs, arms and torso to become detached, leaving its head inside the mother’s womb, according to what was relayed at the tribunal hearing.

The mother, only identified as Patient A, was then forced to undergo a C-section so that the baby’s head could be removed. Continue reading

Unprecedented Ruling in Ohio Court, Allows Woman Set on Fire by boyfriend to Testify from the Grave

*The testimony of an Ohio woman and mother of two who was set on fire by her boyfriend before  she succumbed to her injuries will be used in the man’s murder trial.

Judy Malinowski, 33 died in June 2017 after her boyfriend doused her body in petrol and threw a match on her. His defense was that he accidentally burned her as he lit a cigarette.

A judge ruled recently that the taped testimony Malinowski allowed authorities to record as she lay dying in the hospital, identifying her boyfriend over a two-hour period would be permitted. Because of injuries to her trachea, she was barely audible, and struggled to communicate, but used nods for “yes” or “no.” 

Michael Slager, 42, committed the gruesome act at a petrol station forecourt in Gahanna, near Columbus. He was convicted of aggravated arson and felony assault in December 2016, but after doctors informed prosecutors the victim would not survive her injuries, they began preparing a murder case against him.

In the attack, Malinowski suffered burns covering 80 per cent of her body. She also lost both her ears, two fingers and much of her hair.  Continue reading

Dad Fears He May Lose His Penis Due to Rare Form of Cancer, But Says He Plans to Marry Anyway

*This has got to be one of the saddest stories I have ever heard. After Dale Clarke initially found a lump the size of a piece of rice on his penis — and then it grew to the size of a grape within three weeks, forcing doctors to remove a part of it, he fears the worst. 

He may lose his entire penis,

Stricken with a rare form of terminal cancer, Clarke, the father of a 6-year-old boy, and another child on the way, has already lost all sensation in his manhood and during the past seven months has had five operations, nine rounds of radiotherapy and two rounds of chemo.

Still, the tumors keep coming back.

Fox News reports he has been left with a gaping wound at the top of his groin, and has had skin taken from his thigh grafted on to his penis. 

Clarke, who lives in the UK, says the situation has “absolutely destroyed me,” and warns other men to see a doctor right away if they sense something is wrong down there.

He is certainly being extremely brave, speaking so openly about his situation. I believe we would all agree that many men would not. Continue reading

Men Be Gone? Scientists Say Babies Can Be Created Without You!

*OK, let me be the first to say: This is some scary stuff. All of that aside though, scientist say they have found a way for women to have babies — wait! — for babies to be created without men.

According to them, a particular “cocktail of chemicals” acting as artificial sperm can “trick a human egg into forming an embryo.”

Reports say medical ethics campaigners are beyond themselves; saying this new development turns nature of its head.

But researchers look at it differently. They say the groundbreaking technology could be used to help women whose husbands are infertile but who do not want to use donor sperm.

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