Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Balding linked to lower risk of prostate cancer

Being bald may soon be the look for healthy men as a new study finds a link with lower risk of cancer.
It might dent the male ego but men whose hairline starts to recede at a young age are 45 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer, according to a study from University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

Researchers studied hair loss in 2,000 men aged between 40 and 47, half of whom had suffered prostate cancer. The theory is that premature balding is linked to higher levels of testosterone – and this might explain the lower risk of tumours.

Professor Malcolm Mason, Cancer Research UK’s expert on prostate cancer says: “Overall, there is conflicting evidence linking testosterone to hair loss.

Unfortunately, we see prostate cancer all too often in bald men as well as men with a full head of hair.”
Although the risk is lower, men still need to be vigilant and go for regular check-ups with their doctors.

Those who want to embrace the short cropped look on their bald heads can have HIS hair’s MHT® treatment - MHT®, short for Micro Hair Technique, is a specialist scalp pigmentation treatment that creates a natural looking simulation of micro hairs on the scalp, creating the appearance of a short cropped hair style.

Surgery – placebo or justified? Surgery – placebo or justified? Shoulder surgery for pain - placebo or justified?

Researchers in Oxford are hoping to find out if a commonly-performed operation used to treat shoulder pain actually works – or whether its success can be attributed to the placebo effect.

The use of a surgical technique called arthroscopic sub-acromial decompression has increased by more than 700 per cent in the past ten years but there is no hard evidence to show how effective it is. There is a growing concern that the vast increase in the frequency of the operation being performed needs to be justified.

Now a team at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre are comparing the effectiveness of the operation with a placebo operation as there are a number of conflicting views about the effectiveness of surgery for shoulder pain.

While some reports show that arthroscopic or keyhole surgery is no more effective than physiotherapy to relieve pain, others show that it can be helpful and provide a useful treatment option. Other results suggest that removing a piece of bony spur from the shoulder - a procedure known as decompression – during surgery may be unnecessary, and that actual process of undergoing investigative arthroscopy can in itself produce benefit.

“The fact that a period of no treatment can also be beneficial for patients completes a rather confused picture,” added Ms Cooper. “It’s quite clear that we need to perform some definitive studies to show what really helps people with this type of shoulder pain. Pressures in the NHS are such that surgeons are being encouraged to prove the benefits of their practice, so that’s what we hope to do in this study.”

Surgery should be the last choice for sufferers of shoulder pain with many effective treatments available. The Bowen Technique helps the body remember how to heal itself. The gentle yet powerful Bowen moves send neurological impulses to the brain resulting in immediate responses of muscle relaxation and pain reduction. The moves create energy surges.  Electrical impulses sent to the nervous system remind the body to regain normal movement in joints, muscles and tendons. This helps relieve muscle spasms and increase blood and lymph flow.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Massage to be rolled out into primary schools

Schools across the country have begun to introduce massage as a daily subject along-side science, English and maths.

The new initiative aims to help the children de-stress after lunch by performing light massage movements on each other through their clothes.

Research has shown that the treatment can aid concentration and contribute to a calmer working environment. It is thought the massage will help the children learn to respect each other and themselves.

The parents must give permission for their child to be involved and the schools that have been part of the scheme so far have had pleased with the feedback from the children and parents. 

One parent who supported the scheme said: 'Apparently it is doing really well in other schools so it is worth a try. It might calm them down a bit. My daughter enjoys it and she even does it to me.'

Head of the 550-pupil school, Mrs Hobson, said: 'It makes such a difference to the way the children calm down and get focused on their work.

'Actually, they end up getting far more done in the afternoon than if they are still all a bit jittery from having been out playing football or running around with their friends or whatever.

'I first saw peer massage in one of the local schools in Sheffield and I noticed how calming it was for the children and how well they managed to get on with their work in the afternoons.”

Eyebrow raising news

More people are turning to surgery to enhance their eyelashes and eyebrows according to new statistics from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).

Hair transplant surgery for the face has increased 14.2% from 2008-2010 with the emphasis on thickening the appearance of the hairs around the eyes and brows.

Men and women often find with age, or from an accident they can often be left with scarring or thinning of the hairs in their face. There are cosmetic treatments available at salons, but most only work for a few weeks and are ineffective on a long-term basis.

According to Local expert Robert Leonard, MD “An accident, injury, or simple genetics can lead to hair loss in very visible areas of the body other than the scalp,”
"This can make someone self-conscious in both their personal and professional life. But, thanks to continued advancements in hair restoration surgery, hair loss can be corrected on almost any spot on the body.”

Overall, 92.8% of hair transplant procedures performed worldwide in 2010 were on the scalp, while the remaining 7.2% targeted non-scalp areas of the body, including the eyebrows (4.4%), face/moustache/beard (1.5%) and eyelash (0.6%) areas. 0.7% of procedures were performed on other areas.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

George Clooney; one of the many to suffer from back pain...

George Clooney has opened up about the pain he suffered after cracking his head open during a torture scene in his movie, Syriana in 2005, revealing it took doctors weeks to figure out exactly what was wrong with him.

George Clooney in Syriana

It was only when pal Lisa Kudrow's neurologist brother discovered fluid leaking from his spine that medics realised just how serious his condition was.

In a candid new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney tells the publication he struggled with the strong pain medication he was prescribed after doctors fixed the problem during a marathon surgery session on Christmas Day 2005.

He adds: "They'll hand you a giant tub of Vicodin, which is not a good drug for me; I had a lot of stomach pain and I really didn't like the high it gave me.
"Then there were other drugs. I was on morphine for a while, which created this horrible anxiety where I really thought I was in trouble."

Clooney reveals he finally turned to therapy: "I went to a pain-management guy whose idea was, 'You can't mourn for how you used to feel, because you're never going to feel that way again'."

A national study, carried out by The Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) in the summer of 2006, showed that 95 per cent of back pain sufferers experienced either complete relief or a marked improvement, after a series of no more than three Bowen treatments. As it prides itself on being able to trigger the body’s own healing systems, Clooney wouldn’t have to suffer any of the side effects that he was experiencing with the drugs he was prescribed.

Rather than 'making' the body change, Bowen 'asks' the body to recognise and make the changes it requires. With primarily fingers and thumbs, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual. No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used. Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process.

If you suffer from chronic back pain like George Clooney and want to try Bowen therapy from a credible therapist visit

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Jessica Alba's pains could be rolled away with Bowen therapy...

Jessica Alba was recently spotted enjoying a quick massage in between partaking in some retail therapy in New York.

The Hollywood star appeared to have quite a lot of tension in her back as the pictures show, but carried on shopping after with friends in the Big Apple.

Although the actress obviously enjoyed the benefits of the massage, we would suggest having a few Bowen treatments to ensure that her back issues are dealt with!

The Bowen Technique differs to the conventional massage Alba was receiving, as it involves gentle rolling movements rather than manipulation and asks the body to heal itself. The gentle yet powerful Bowen moves send neurological impulses to the brain resulting in immediate responses of muscle relaxation and pain reduction.

 For further information on where to get a Bowen treatment visit

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Big Brother star fears going bald

Big Brother star Imogen Thomas has admitted to suffering from alopecia as a child.

The 29-year-old talked about how her hair had fallen out during an interview with Closer Magazine.

'When I was 10, I developed alopecia and big clumps of my hair fell out,'

'I had a lot of stress – my mum was a single parent and raised me and my sister on her own. My sister used to take over a lot and was very demanding. Then my mum got a new boyfriend who she’s still with now. We had to adapt.’

The reality star was afraid she would ‘go bald’ following the stress of her affair with footballer Ryan Giggs last year.

'The alopecia went on for a few years and, whenever I’m stressed like recently, it starts falling out again. I’m terrified I’ll go bald.'

Alopecia, which has been linked to stress, can affect both men and women and appears as bald patches on the scalp. The hair will often grow back, but those who suffer may always find it flairs up during stressful times. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

London Fashion Week: Jane Winkworth's French Sole

4weeks till March – Lets release the colour of the rainbow!
Jane Winkworth born in England was the founder of French sole in 1989. The designer’s signature style is ballerina ballet flats. With 2012 London fashion week just around the corner, we had a deeper look into the gorgeous range perfect for spring/summer!

With French Sole you always know what to expect, the key trends to look out for in the world of ballet are filled with coloured crocs, pythons, leopard and the candy store of pumps.  Acid Brights seem like a must, rather than your basic neutral shades. So what does 2012 hold for Jane’s Brand?  Sumptuous textiles, rich earth tones or spring berry shades? Jane will be releasing a limited edition of her ballet flats, as this is the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee! There might be a Design for the London Olympics 2012 to look out for too.

Nearly two decades on from her first designs, Jane the creator and owner was selling her pretty flats to Royal woman last year, with the Duchess of Cambridge ordering new pairs for Kate’s sister and mother who are obviously big fans of Jane too. The shoe-designers other A-list celebrity followers include Madonna, Sarah Jessica parker, and Emma Watson.

Jane’s shoes are available online and are stocked exclusively in Harrods and Topshop with prices starting from £100-£150 the fashion conscious won’t want to be seen in anything else this spring/summer season!

As a lover of shoes I’m definitely Jane’s ideal customer, but I think every woman who appreciates style, comfort, value and attention to detail would love to be seen in a pair. Her shoes have won so many awards and are regarded by all the fashion press, ‘the real deal’ and the only flat worth buying.

I’ve never been able to make up my mind when it comes to shoes, so these shoes will see you through every occasion with style to spare. The ballet beauties are timeless and tick all the boxes, we look forward to the show case at the London fashion week just 3weeks away!

Find Jane:

17-22nd February – Autumn/winter 2012
2012 London fashion week
East Wing Showrooms/East Wing, Ground Floor
(Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA)

The future for hair loss surgery

Between 2006 and 2008 there has been a 12% rise in the number of surgical hair restoration procedures worldwide. Since 2008 that number has grown hugely, especially since the revelations of Wayne Rooney.

There are always new and innovative hair loss techniques and products on the market, but are these safe and how do they work?

The new chairman of the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ASHRS), Dr. Marco Barusco, gives his opinion on some of the latest and upcoming technological advances in this field.

HypoThermosol™ is a saline solution used to preserve the hair once it has been removed from the back of the head. According to Dr. Barusco, once the donor hair is taken from the back of the head the clock starts ticking. "The quicker we re-attach the hair to the scalp the better the chance it will survive", Dr. Barusco said. Traditionally, surgeons have used regular saline solution to preserve the tissue, but HypoThermosol™ has been showing to have a better composition for preservation.

ACell™ is used for wound healing and hair growth. It is rich in growth factors and collagen. This technology significantly benefits the patient but given its high cost very few surgeons use this material. When a doctor uses ACell™ the donor area of the scalp heals better, leaving a smaller and thinner scar, and the transplants grow better.

Although much buzz has been given to robotic hair transplant surgery, Dr. Barusco does not see it as a revolution but rather as another tool. The idea behind the robotic surgery is that a robot harvests hair automatically from the patient's donor area. The doctor and the team still need to perform the rest of the procedure.

Although not yet available, Dr. Barusco believes that the most important technological advance to come is the use of stem cells to "clone" hairs. This is a technology that should be available in the next few years and it is currently on phase II trials. Dr. Barusco believes that this technology will give people who previously weren't candidates for hair transplant because they lacked enough donor hair, the opportunity to have the surgery since less hair needs to be harvested.

Dr. Barusco is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), a member of the Board of Directors & Examiner of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS), and Chief Section Editor for Hair Restoration of The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery (AJCS).  

Now we know what's under this chef's hat...

TV chef Nigella Lawson was spotted sporting a balding patch on top of her head yesterday as she went out to dinner with her husband.

Unusually the attention wasn’t on her cooking, but the lack of her usual thick brunette locks. As the picture shows, her hair looked straggly and lifeless as she arrived at a London restaurant.

The mother-of-two was dressed in a black fur trim coat with pale and make-up free skin as she arrived at the restaurant. In recent months she has lost 3 stone and slimmed from a size 16 to a 12, but thankfully doesn’t appear to have lost her curves all together. Apparently the chef has been exercising healthily with cardio training with Pilates and yoga.

Stress is said to be a cause of hair loss and this could have attributed to her hair loss after battling with her weight. However it maybe her hair just needs washing and brushing, as the 52-year-old has admitted in the past she doesn’t always brush or comb her hair!