Review Category : Health

Beauty Site Devoted to Redheads Is Catching Fire

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Growing up, sisters Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti say they were always searching for hair and makeup products that would suit their cinnamon tresses and alabaster complexions. But despite redheads making up 6 percent of the U.S. population, the women felt mostly ignored by mainstream beauty magazines and websites.

So, after years of toying around with the idea, they decided to start their own.

How To Be A Redhead is a beauty blog devoted entirely to the needs of those with cardinal locks. In three years, it has not only gotten the attention of redheaded celebrities such as Debra Messing, but a legion of nearly 25,000 followers on social media who respond to its fiery editorial voice.

“If you talk to any redhead, they were all bullied as kids for their looks and then often, once they get older, they feel more empowered and want to really own their red hair,” said Adrienne Vendetti Hodges, now 27 and married. “So we just knew that this was what redheads needed because we wanted this as little kids.”

All products recommended on the site undergo a 10-day vetting process during which one of the sisters or a colleague tests out its functionality.

“Because [redheads] have such sensitive skin, finding the right makeup and skincare products can be difficult,” Hodges told ABC News. “We also get a lot of e-mails from readers asking about eyebrows and eyelashes. On redheads, they are typically coarser and blonder. So how do you enhance them and make them complement your red hair?”

In some instances, when the right beauty product hasn’t existed, the women have teamed up with a partner brand to create it. To wit, most drugstores and chain stores fail to offer bobby pins in a color spectrum that compliments redheads, favoring brunette and blonde shades instead. So How To Be a Redhead began selling proprietary packs of redhead pins in three hues, and it has since become the most popular product on the site.

While the sisters say the majority of their audience are females between the ages of 21 and 35, more mature readers have also reached out with age-related beauty queries.

“We get a lot of inquiries from older redhead women whose hair has faded but who do not want to dye it,” said Hodges. “So we’ve been sharing a lot of information about color-depositing shampoos and conditioners for redheads of late.”

But the most rewarding e-mails are sent from a younger demographic, who feel encouraged by the site to embrace their individual beauty.

“Giving out makeup and hair advice is great, but I think the most powerful thing is that young girls write in saying ‘If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t even go to school’ because bullying is so intense,” said Hodges. “That’s really the power behind How To Be A Redhead. It’s empowering other women.”

To grow that sense of community in 2015, the sisters plan to host a series of live events in five cities across the United States as part of a “Rock It Like A Redhead” beauty tour that will feature how-tos, fashion shows, concerts and more. The first stop in Austin, Texas was announced on the site Monday, with future dates to come.

“Adrienne and I go to a lot of events, so we wanted to make sure that it is not tradeshow-y at all,” said Vendetti, 25. “These are going to be really engaging makeup artists doing lots of demonstrations and other hands-on activities, so women will gain a lot in beauty knowledge and, hopefully, in confidence.”

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Some Children’s Toys Often Bring Trauma

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When parents are thinking about which toys to put under the tree this year, they should also be thinking about safety and the risk of injury that comes with some toys.

In a new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, researchers reviewed emergency room statistics from the past 21 years and found nearly 150,000 toy-related injuries occur annually among children.

Researchers say there has been a 60-percent increase in toy-related injuries since 1990. The number of injuries soared in the early 2000s with the advent of non-motorized scooters, but dropped shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, they are now trending up again.

Injuries from so-called “ride-on toys” have jumped by nearly 75 percent and were more likely to require hospital admission compared to other injuries.

Medical observers note that the study only involved toy-related injuries reported to ERs and does not include injuries treated at a clinic or those that went unreported.

The study’s researchers say additional public health efforts are needed to bolster toy safety awareness, and they also suggest that an examination into the effectiveness of recalls is needed.

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Unsafe Bedding Continues to Be Used in Cribs

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Despite frequent warnings from health officials about the dangers of soft blankets, quilts and comforters in infant cribs, more than half of today’s parents still put their babies to bed with the materials.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, Yale, and Boston University examined survey data from approximately 19,000 parents over some 17 years and found 54.7 percent still put their babies to bed with blankets, quilts and comforters. Experts say the use of those materials may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by suffocation.

The researchers acknowledge that the percentage has dropped dramatically from 85.9 percent in 1993, but say 54.7 percent is still too high.

The researchers say moms under the age of 20 and African-American mothers were twice as likely to use the potentially harmful bedding materials. The researchers note that the data was obtained via self-reporting participants, and as a result the information on the prevalence of using harmful bedding may be over- or underestimated.

The study is published in the latest issue of Pediatrics.

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The Doctor Will See You Now…but Not After Office Hours

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Most people want a doctor with a good bedside manner, but a new study indicates that care may be compromised if the patient-doctor relationship turns into a friendship.

A survey of 338 oncologists published in The Lancet Oncology shows 59 percent of doctors who have grown up in a “cyberworld” where formal distinctions are removed are more likely to let their relationship with patients expand beyond a professional connection.

Nearly half the respondents reported giving patients their personal numbers, while 20 percent said they accepted social invitations. About 14 percent of the MDs were connected to their patients on Facebook.

The study found that many of the doctors had difficulty revealing the truth to patients they liked.

Professor Lesley Fallowfield, one of the study’s authors, says it can become a problem for both sides. “The difficulty, if you hug and kiss patients, if you allow them to call you by your first name, is that quickly the relationship can become confused as a social one rather than a professional one,” Fallowfield tells The Australian.

Fallowfield says that may lead to patients feeling awkward when it comes to telling their doctor about discomfort they’re feeling during treatment.

Fallowfield also notes that too close of a relationship could prompt a doctor to hold back information because they don’t want to upset a patient. Fallowfield says, for example, a doctor would not have a patient’s best interest in mind if he or she recommended additional but pointless chemotherapy instead of having a truthful conversation about palliative care.

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Study Finds Full-Time Preschool Better Prepares Kids for Kindergarten

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Full-time preschool is better than part-time when it comes to preparing children for kindergarten, according to a study by the University of Minnesota.

Researchers at the university’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs tested one thousand 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in preschool programs affiliated with 11 Chicago schools to compare students who attended preschool seven hours a day to those who attended three-hour programs.

They found 81 percent of the all-day preschoolers were ready socially and academically to enter kindergarten, compared to 59 percent of students enrolled in the half-day program.

The study also found that daily attendance rates for all-day preschool kids were better than those in part-time programs.

Arthur Reynolds, the study’s lead author, suggests that attendance rates are better for full-timers because parents feel more invested in the program.

Reynolds says the overall conclusion is clear — students who spend more time in preschool learn more.

“You can go much farther in not only the math side, but language and literacy, reading and drawing and science,” says Reynolds.

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Man Walks Dog From Washington to Mexico to Raise Canine Cancer Awareness

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A California man is taking a walk with his dog to a new level in order to raise canine cancer awareness.

Luke Robinson and his dog, Indiana, are taking an 1,800 mile trek down the entire U.S. pacific coast, from northern Washington to the Mexico border. They began their trip on May 10 to bring awareness to canine cancer.

While taking a break Friday in Malibu, Robinson said the two clock 10 to 12 miles each day.

“I think the only thing that bothers him is the sun,” Robinson said. “We didn’t have that in central and northern California, but now the further south that we’re getting the sun get’s a little tiring as the day draws on.”

Robinson, who lost two dogs to cancer, says there are about 6 million cases of canine cancer each year.
But he says the long hike is worth the effort.

“Come out and walk with us for a mile, walk with us for a day,” he said. “Find out what we’re all about.”

They are expected to reach their goal on December 14 in San Ysidro.

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Researchers Working on Breath Test for Driving Under Influence of Marijuana

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — Researchers at Washington State University are working on a breath test that would show if drivers are under the influence of marijuana.

Right now, law enforcement officers have a test for alcohol use, but they still need to use blood tests to find out if THC is present in a driver’s system.

A WSU chemistry professor says existing technologies like the ones used to detect explosives at airports can be altered to test breath for THC.

Human tests could come by early next year.

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Former High School Football Player Files Concussion Lawsuit

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A former high school football player is filing a concussion lawsuit.

Daniel Bukal, who was a star quarterback at Notre Dame College Prep outside Chicago ten years ago, has filed a suit, saying the Illinois High School Association didn’t do enough to protect him from concussions. Bukal says he still suffers frequent migraines and has notable memory loss.

Every year around 140,000 high school athletes suffer concussions, most of them football players. Last year eight students died from football injuries, six of which were head injuries.

Bukal’s attorney filed a similar suit against the NCAA and is calling for medical monitoring of all Illinois high school players.

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Former High School Football Player Files Concussion Lawsuit

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A former high school football player is filing a concussion lawsuit.

Daniel Bukal, who was a star quarterback at Notre Dame College Prep outside Chicago ten years ago, has filed a suit, saying the Illinois High School Association didn’t do enough to protect him from concussions. Bukal says he still suffers frequent migraines and has notable memory loss.

Every year around 140,000 high school athletes suffer concussions, most of them football players. Last year eight students died from football injuries, six of which were head injuries.

Bukal’s attorney filed a similar suit against the NCAA and is calling for medical monitoring of all Illinois high school players.

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Stray Cat Helps Boy With Asperger’s

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ) — Andy the stray cat helped a boy with Asperger’s syndrome open up, so when the black cat faced a life-threatening illness, the family got him the help he needed.

Josh Neff, who has Asperger’s syndrome, had trouble communicating, his grandmother Kim Neff told ABC News’ Jacksonville affiliate WJXX-TV. But when Neff brought home Andy, a stray cat who had been roaming the streets of her friend’s neighborhood, she saw an immediate change in Josh.

“Josh opened up,” Neff told WJXX. “He became very attached to Andy and named him himself.”

Josh and Andy were inseparable.

“He would pet Andy and say he loved him and Andy was his friend,” Neff said.

But when Andy got sick, Neff and Josh were devastated.

Doctors discovered that Andy had a urinary blockage that was making him ill, according to WJXX. And the surgery that would save his life was too expensive for Neff.

If Andy were to die, Neff feared that Josh would have “a tremendous setback,” she told WJXX.

Luckily Neff didn’t have to pay. A fund set aside by a Jacksonville animal shelter covered the cost of Andy’s surgery.

Josh and Andy were reunited and are living happily at home.

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