Texas Health Kaufman

Spring 2012

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Busting Beauty Myths Your mother always said eating too much chocolate would make you break out. is it true? Jeri Beth Foshee, M.D., dermatologist on the medical staff at texas health Presbyterian hospital Dallas, tackles tough beauty questions. 2 Does what I eat affect my skin? Dr. Foshee: Research has shown that a diet high in simple sugars rather than complex carbohydrates can be associated with acne breakouts. Consuming enough vitamin C — the nutrient that helps your body grow and repair tissue — is an important part of dietary health. In addition to helping wounds heal, vitamin C is an antioxidant and can also reduce the risk of sunburn. Does "beauty sleep" exist? Dr. Foshee: Beauty sleep does exist! Sleep deprivation can increase the production of inflammatory cytokines and glucocorticoids, which can cause breakouts and the degeneration of collagen, which protects your skin from wrinkles. Can makeup and other beauty products transmit germs? Dr. Foshee: Absolutely. Sharing makeup can expose you to cold sores, staph infections and other health concerns. Remember to throw out your old makeup after it has reached the end of its shelf life and clean your brushes and applicators regularly to reduce the chance of bacterial buildup. To find a dermatologist at a Texas Health hospital near you, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) or visit TexasHealth.org/FindaPhysician. Solving the Science of Headaches according to the american College of Physicians, more than 45 million people in the united states experience chronic headaches. what causes this pain, and how can you fi nd relief? h eadaches occur when muscles, blood vessels and nerves in your head and neck change by either swelling or becoming tighter. This change in pressure creates painful sensations in the head and neck, causing a headache. Headaches can be triggered by a number of factors. For the most common type of headaches, muscle contraction or tension headaches, stress is often the cause. For migraine headaches — a type of debilitating pain — a major catalyst may be genetic. Migraine sufferers can also experience reactions to bright lights, certain foods and smells, and hormonal changes in the body. Easing thE Pain Relaxation techniques, such as yoga and acupuncture, have proven to be helpful treatments for many people suffering from tension headaches. If you suffer from migraines, take note of what the possible triggers include. With an accurate record, neurological specialists can help diagnose the problem and potentially offer solutions to prevent migraines. "If your headaches change character or location, there may be something more serious happening, such as acute brain bleeding or pressure in the brain or spinal cord," says Easwar Sundaram, Jr., M.D., neurologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ. "Anyone with recurrent headaches should see a specialist to make sure there are no serious complications." For more information about neurological services at Texas Health, visit TexasHealth.org/Neurosciences. TexasHealth.org

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