Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hair dyes used by millions of women are linked to chemicals that can cause cancer

Secondary amines can be found in hair dyes used by millions of Britons
Both home colouring kits and salon dye can contain chemicals
Could react with smoke and fumes and form highly poisonous chemicals

Hair dyes used by millions of women contain chemicals linked to cancer, British scientists have warned.

They say that both home hair colouring kits and the dyes used at expensive salons pose a potential risk to health.

Writing in a respected scientific journal, they say chemicals in permanent hair dyes can react with tobacco smoke and other pollutants in the air to form one of the most powerful cancer-causing compounds known to man.

With more than a third of women and one in ten men regularly colouring their hair, the researchers say it is ‘imperative’ that the risk to health is quantified.

However, the cosmetics industry has strongly disputed the claim.

The warning comes from scientists at Leeds-based company Green Chemicals who conducted a review of the chemistry surrounding hair dye. They said that all the information was already available and they simply ‘joined the dots’ to make the link with cancer.

They warn that chemicals called secondary amines, which are either found in all permanent hair dyes or are formed in them, can penetrate the skin and stay on the hair for weeks, months or even years after the dye is applied.

Over time, they could react with tobacco smoke and exhaust fumes, to form highly poisonous chemicals called N-nitrosamines.

Unsafe: Even dyes used at expensive salons can contain the dangerous chemicals
Known to cause cancer, these are banned from use in cosmetics.

But the Leeds researchers argue that they can still be generated via a simple chemical reaction.

Hair dye has previously been linked to a range of cancers, including tumours of the breast, bladder, ovaries and brain and leukaemia. 

There are also concerns that increasing numbers of people are becoming allergic to their contents, sometimes with fatal results.

The sale of home hair dye kits alone is worth an estimated £321million a year and the figure is expected to rise as the population ages.

Professor David Lewis, one of the authors of the study, and an expert in the chemistry of various dyes, said: ‘At this stage, we can’t be sure of the amount of N-nitrosamines produced or the level of risk these compounds pose but it is clear a potential hazard exists.

‘In the interest of consumer safety, it is imperative that a thorough and independent investigation is conducted to establish the levels of toxicity of these compounds and the potential risks.’

A spokesman for Green Chemicals, which is about to launch its own ‘ultra-safe’ range of hair dyes, said that despite numerous studies of the subject the danger posed by the chemicals in hair dye reacting with the air has been missed or ignored until now.
But manufacturers insisted that the possibility of the chemical reaction has been long known.

Dr Emma Meredith, of the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association, said the law forbids using secondary amines in a form that can react in this way.
George Hammer, the owner of Urban Retreat at Harrods, the world’s largest hair and beauty salon, said: ‘Chemical companies have a huge vested interest in keeping this under wraps.’

The warning is set out in the journal Materials.

In 2009 the Mail revealed that women who use hair dyes more than nine times a year have a 60 per cent greater risk of contracting blood cancer. A year later the European Commission banned 22 hair dyes which put long term users at risk of bladder cancer.

Can Stress Cause Me To Lose My Hair?

Question: Can stress cause me to lose my hair?

Answer: We all lose about a hundred hairs a day. But there are two forms of hair loss which can occur from excessive physical or emotional stress. The first and more common is hair loss which happens when the hair will stop growing, lie dormant, and fall out in about two to three months and then grow back again in about six to nine months.

The second type of hair loss is in reaction to a more extreme stress. That type of hair loss is called alopecia, and the hair can fall out in patches and even cover the entire scalp. If you think that stress is a factor -- because there are other factors, such as hereditary and illness, which can influence hair loss -- but if you think stress is a factor once again you need to return to looking at lifestyle changes, and see if making those changes make a difference.

Can Alcohol Help Me Cope With Stress?

Question: I like to drink alcohol to help me cope with stress, and just about everyone else I know seems to do it, too. Is this a good idea? Can I become an alcoholic?

Answer: The consumption of alcohol to deal with stress is never a good idea. There's several reasons for this. First of all, the use of alcohol like any other drug, could lead to problems with dependence or abuse. With dependence we mean if you continually use alcohol there's a risk that you'll require more and more alcohol to get the benefits of the stress relief.

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Second of all, it doesn't really help you think clearly or problem solve effectively, and so it doesn't' really teach you to create solutions to the problem that's creating the stress.

There is a risk you can become addicted and it leads to also potentially further symptoms that are part of the stress reaction that you're trying to reduce such as stomach upset, dry mouth and other physical symptoms that people associate with stress.

Ugh—Smoking Is Worse for Women

We've been bombarded with the "smoking is bad for you" message since we were in elementary school. But, new research shows that, for women, the risk is even greater: We've now surpassed men when it comes to smoking-related death rates. (Um, super scary.)

It used to be that men had a five-times higher risk of dying of lung cancer than women did. But recent cancer research by the University of California, San Francisco, shows that women who smoke are now actually even more likely than men who smoke to die of lung cancer. Not only that, but female smokers are nearly 18 times more likely to die of lung cancer than women who don't have a cigarette habit.

While many of us listened to the anti-smoking ads we constantly saw as kids (and aren't dealing with a two-pack-a-day habit like a lot of people from our parents' generation), social smoking—as in having a cigarette when you're out drinking—is pretty prevalent among young women. And, not to get all preachy on you, but, yes, it still "counts" as smoking. According to the University of Montana, this sorta-sporatic habit can even lead to a full-on addiction. Not good.

So, next time you're thinking about bumming a cigarette after last call as you wait to catch a cab, you may want to reach for your pack of gum instead. It's just not worth the risk.

Read more: More Women Die of Lung Cancer Than Men — Smoking Risks for Women - Cosmopolitan

Vanessa Hudgens Recalls ‘Worst Moment’ of Her Career

Vanessa Hudgens is one of the stars of the buzzed-about film “Spring Breakers,” but in an interview with Paper magazine, she reflects on what she describes as a low point in her career.

At the height of her Disney fame, in 2007, nude photos of the “High School Musical” actress leaked onto the Internet.

“That was just a really s***ty situation that sucked,” the 24-year-old said. “That was by far the worst moment of my career.”

Hudgens bounced back from the scandal, and she now appears in “Spring Breakers” alongside James Franco, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson. She plays one of four college students who get mixed up with a drug dealer while on spring break.

PHOTOS: Stars Caught in the Act on Set

To simulate cocaine use in the R-rated film, the actresses snorted crushed vitamin B.
“We would run around the set like mad men, and people would wonder, ‘Did you switch that out with anything?’” Hudgens said.

“Spring Breakers” hits theaters next month.

You Only Die Once — Let’s Talk About It

Dying is not the most comfortable topic of conversation, which is probably why most Americans avoid it. According to a 2012 survey by the California Healthcare Foundation, although 60 percent of people say they feel it’s “extremely important” that their family not be burdened by tough decisions about their end of life care, more than half don’t communicate their end-of -life wishes.

To help people get this difficult yet vital discussion started Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News chief health and medical correspondent, hosted a tweet chat on the subject yesterday. Experts from The Conversation Project, AARP and as well as hospice representatives, caregivers and patients from all over the country tweeted out excellent advice and resources during the one hour chat.

The chat transcript is here. And below, four main points our experts and chatters felt were essential for a frank, honest and productive discussion.

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Our experts stressed that the time to talk seriously about the type of care you want — or don’t want — is not in the intensive care unit. It’s at the kitchen table while you’re still healthy. Taking about death can be a depressing but tweet chatters pointed out that it becomes even more depressing when you’re no longer able to express your thoughts clearly — or participate in the conversation at all.

“Just remember to talk as a family. Honor the people who will live with your decisions after you’re gone,” the experts from AARP tweeted.

And Kathy Brandt, founder of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s initiative, Caring Connections tweeted, “I never heard of a family who when faced with decisions wished they hadn’t had the conversation.”

There are many ways to get the conversation started Many tweeters advocated for doing your homework first; identify areas of concern, talk with other family members and make sure the right people are involved from the get go.
To get others talking about their own end of life wishes, the experts from The Conversation Project suggested asking them to tell you a story or share a letter about the death of a loved one such as a parent or a grandparent. From there you can ask questions and gently lead them into a discussion about their own life and death. This conversation starter kit can help get the ball rolling.
Medical advocate Regina Holliday had a creative suggestion for starting the conversation – greeting cards. She’s been lobbying Hallmark to create a line of “hospice” themed cards because, she said, no one who is terminally ill should have an empty mailbox.

Have an “advanced care directive.” It’s a gift to your loved ones.

An advance health care directive, also known as living will, personal directive, advance directive, or advance decision, is a set of written instructions that legally specifies what actions you want taken if you are too ill or incapacitated to make decisions.

Without a directive, any medical care you receive will be up to family members or, if no relative is available, at the discretion of your medical team. Directives are especially helpful if there is a disagreement about care between family members or between family members and doctors.

As many of the tweet chatters expressed, it’s one thing to have a directive in place and another to make sure it’s honored. They talked about the importance of letting loved ones know where you keep your document in case of emergency. Some even go so far as to carry theirs with them at all times.

“I keep a copy of my advance directives in my bike bag since that is my most likely cause of death at this moment,” Dr. Carolyn McClanahan, founding partner of Life Planning Services tweeted.

Laws covering advanced directives vary. The AARP provided this useful state-by-state map of advanced care directive regulations.

Understand the benefits of hospice.

“The word “hospice” comes from the Latin “hospitium” meaning guesthouse,” Dr. Nick Wasson tweeted.

In our culture we use the term hospice to describe a place and plan for making a dying person’s last bit of life as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The palliative care offered during this time shouldn’t be mistaken for a cure yet it can ease a dying person’s physical and emotional burden.

Because death is often looked at as “failure,” regardless of age or condition, many tweeters say families avoid the discussion of hospice care until the very later stages of a loved one’s illness but wish they’d discussed it sooner. Aging Care experts offered a link to a list of ideas for talking for weaving the idea of hospice into an end of life discussion.</div>

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Briana Evigan

Actress: Briana Evigan 

Personal Details:- 
Full Name: Briana Barbara - Jane Evigan
Born on: October 23, 1986
Place of Birth: Los Angeles,California,U.S
Profession: Actress,Dancer, Singer,Song-Writer,Choreographer

Briana Evigan Biography:

Briana Barbara-Jane Evigan was born on Oct 23, 1986 she is an America superstar and an experienced professional dancer.She was designed in Los Angeles at California, and her mom Pamela Serpe, an experienced professional dancer, style, and superstar, and performing expert Greg Evigan.Her dad is of a Improve roots, and her mom of an France awesome. She is the latest of three buddies, with brother Jerr and sis Vanessa Lee.She has examined dance at the age of 9.She is one of the artists and functions pc key pad in the group Moorish Idol.She also did her discussion and connections stage at Los Angeles Place College. She currently way of life in Los Angeles, California.

She is best known for her tasks as Andie Western in Phase Up 2: The Roads and Cassidy Tappan in Sorority Row. She began dance at the age of 9 and is still dance as aspect of her profession these days. Evigan has been mentioned as a Yell King for featuring in many scary, and thriller movies such as Sorority Row, Losing Shiny, Mom's Day, The Devil's Circus, Store Home, and future thriller My own Activities.

An experienced expert dancer, Briana Evigan has showed up in songs video clips for Linkin Recreation area, T-Pain, Flo Rida and Enrique Iglesias. She did small tasks in tv sequence and movies such as Bottom's Up, Something Lovely and  Worry Itself.

Awards won by Briana Evigan,

 Awards and Nominations
MTV Movie Awards
Best kiss for Step Up:2
ShoWest Awards
Female Star of Tomorrow for Sorority Row