Tales Nails Tell

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by Beth Howard
Are your nails healthy? Find out; diet and eyesight; more

Tales Nails Tell

When it comes to health, your fingernails tell all, says Joshua L. Fox, M.D., director of Advanced Dermatology in Fresh Meadows, NY, and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology: “Nails often give the first indication of an underlying disease or condition.” Here are some of the hints your nails may be giving you – and what they could mean. (more…)

The Best way to get fuller hair

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The Best way to get fuller hair

More than 75 percent of women say they’d like their hair to appear thicker, according to research from Procter & Gamble. But hormonal fluctuations, free-radical damage from pollution and modern styling methods are standing in our way.” These culprits can shrinks hair follicles, causing strands to grow back thinner and weaker.” Explain Ken Washenik, M.D., Ph.D. professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. Fortunately it’s now possible to prevent and even reverse this thinning. We interviewed the top hair-care scientist, reviewed the medical literature and sampled the latest products to bring you the best ways recapture and maintain full mane. (more…)

Nail Tip

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Nail Tip

by Anthonia A. Oyefesobi

Studies suggest that your manicure or pedicure may be covering more than chipped polish. The color and texture of nails and surrounding tissue can be a warning signs of infection and serious health concerns in other areas of the body. According to Dr. Joshua Fox, founding director of Advance Dermatology, “changes in the appearance of the nails can indicate anything from a mild infection to a possibility of heart disease.”Those changes can also be a warning for lung or liver disease, diabetes or anemia. To avoid infection, Fox suggests keeping the nail area clean and dry and to avoid nail biting. Visit a doctor when changes such as red nail beds or yellowing and thickening occur and persist for more than a day or two.