Stress and Skin

Published on August 15, 2011 by in Dermatology, Neurology

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Many of us have long suspected that there is a connection between stress and our skin. I mean there has to be a reason why that pimple appears on your forehead the day of your big date, right? Well there is a growing body of evidence to linking your skin health to your state of mind. It seems that stress can have an effect on conditions such as rosacea, acne and psoriasis.

This topic was discussed by Dr. Richard G. Fried, MD of Yardley, PA at the American Academy of Dermatology’s summer meeting earlier this month. Dr. Fried, who has a somewhat unique combination of specialties being a board certified dermatologist as well as a clinical psychologist, said the following:

“It is important to consider the biological response that happens when a person experiences stress. Neuropeptides, the chemicals released by skin’s nerve endings, are the skin’s first line of defense from infection and trauma. When responding to protect the skin, neuropeptides can create inflammation and an uncomfortable skin sensation, such as numbness, itching, sensitivity or tingling. However, stressful situations can cause neuropeptides to be inappropriately released, which can lead to a flare of skin conditions.”

The real kicker is that these same neuropeptides can disrupt the chemical balance regulating our emotions and thus can actually cause more stress. It seems this is all just a vicious cycle.

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Cell Phones Cause Brain Activity

Published on February 24, 2011 by in Neurology, Public Health

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ABC News February 22nd, 2011

ABC news that covers the correlation between cell phone use and cancer. While it can’t be proven either way the simple fact remains that with every passing study that researchers can’t find proof, the danger still remains. Here is a key segment from the article:

“There have been several studies since the late 1990s trying to address whether the human brain is affected by the electromagnetic radiation from cell phones because it’s very, very weak,” said the lead author on the study, Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “The studies were very inconsistent, but we designed this study so it would be powered to detect small activity.”

“This shows that the human brain is sensitive to these weak magnetic impulses.”

Now after reading this I’m not suggesting that we all go back to pagers, I just wanted to bring this to your attention so that you can plan accordingly. I’ve started using a headset anytime I take a call when I’m at home. This at the very least cuts my exposure in half. I hope that this article helps in some way.

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