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Scented candles - a whiff of danger

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Scented candles are a favourite at this time of year and chances are you've either been given one for Christmas or been in a home where their flickering glow has been accompanied by an aromatic whiff. But be warned. In March, a team of experts tested six scented candles and identified they gave off a host of potentially dangerous industrial chemicals including formaldehyde and VOCs known to raise the risk of respiratory problems and cancer. The study also warned that you don't even need to light them as simple evaporation enables the candles to pollute your home. Other studies have...

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Light Therapy for The Midnight Munchies

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Did you know that people with Night Eating Syndrome (NES) consume 25per cent or more of their daily calories after the evening meal and may also wake in the middle of the night for food? Sound like you? Help is at hand. Night Eating Syndrome is linked to body clock disturbances and light therapy, using the daylight simulating lamps used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), have been found to reduce the urge of those with NES to binge eat after dark. In a trial, patients had an hour of early morning light therapy for 13 days. After the therapy,...

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Eye Lash Glue Allergy

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Eyelash extensions give great, longlasting glamour. But about one in twenty clients will develop an allergy to the adhesives used to apply them. Symptoms of allergic reaction to lash adhesives are mainly swollen, red, sore lids, sometimes with crusting. In some instances, the allergy may only develop after repeated exposure over a period of time. It is important to return to your beauty salon to have the lashes removed if these symptoms occur and if they persist longer than a few days, then go and see your doctor. Single eyelash extension adhesives are made from a chemical agent called cyanoacrylate,...

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Tattoo Allergy – think before you ink

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In a study published recently in “Contact Dermatitis”, researchers found that 4% of those with tattoos had experienced a rash immediately after being “inked” and an additional 6% reported skin problems including severe itching and swelling lasting longer than six months. Study co-author Dr. Marie Leger, a dermatologist and assistant professor at the New York University, described the reactions as quite striking. “The coloured portion can sometimes raise up as much as a centimetre above the skin and can affect the texture of the skin and the way the tattoo looks,” she explained. Leger suspects that allergies could be at...

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How to tackle ‘Lip-licking eczema’

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I’m often asked for advice from mothers of children who have a persistently sore, dry and cracked ‘clown’s mouth’ – chapped lips and a ring of scaly red soreness around the mouth. Very cold or very hot weather or particularly dry winds can make lips dry and flaky or chapped. Licking to ease the dryness leads to a vicious circle of lip licking, dryness, redness, and chapping since the moisture from the saliva dries out the lips even further – which one thinks is a moistening act. So you can get further dryness, chapping, and scaling which can extend beyond...

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