Chin Implants: The Fastest-Growing Cosmetic Surgery Procedure
Forget breast implants: Chinplants are the fastest-growing plastic surgery trend among men and women. Nationwide, 20,680 people underwent chin implants in 2011, a 71 percent increase since 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. "The chin and jawline are among the first areas to show signs of aging," Malcolm Roth, the group's president, said in a news statement. "We also know that as more people see themselves on video chat technology, they may notice that their jawline is not as sharp as they want it to be." Following chin implants, the fastest-growing procedures were: lip augmentation (49 percent increase); cheek implant (47 percent); laser skin resurfacing (9 percent); soft tissue fillers (7 percent); and facelift (5 percent). Darrick Antell, a New York plastic surgeon, told Fox News that his chin implant clients have included appearance-conscious business leaders: "We know that CEOs tend to be tall, attractive, good-looking people. We now know that these people also tend to have a stronger chin," he said. "As a result, people subconsciously associate a stronger chin with more authority, self-confidence and trustworthiness."
Mistakes That Up Your Risk of Food Poisoning
We take every precaution to avoid food poisoning: We use separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables, we scrub our fresh fruit, and we disinfect just about everything. But when we focus so intensely on the major causes of food poisoning—undercooked food, unclean surfaces—little mistakes can easily slip through the cracks. Yet it's these tiny blunders that can lead to a massive case of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.
Are you unknowingly putting yourself at risk? U.S. News has gathered a list of common ways to give yourself food poisoning.
1. Not washing out your shopping bags. Reusable grocery bags may be good for the environment, but they're not always good for you. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, only one in every six people washes out reusable shopping bags on a regular basis. This can turn your handy totes into a breeding ground for bacteria, with juices from raw meat mixing with ready-to-eat foods like bread and fruit, the academy says. To help keep your food safe in transit, be sure to regularly wash your reusable bags in the washing machine or with hot, soapy water. You should also take care to separate your groceries: Use one bag for meat, poultry, and fish, and another bag for vegetables. When you've finished unloading your bags, store them in a clean, dry location (the trunk of your car doesn't count). [Read more: Mistakes That Up Your Risk of Food Poisoning.]
Do You Really Have Allergies?
Your nose is irritated, you're run down, and you feel awful. About 40 million Americans have indoor and outdoor allergies—but are you actually one of them?
"Hay fever is so seasonal that people usually recognize it," says George Green, a Pennsylvania-based allergist and chief of staff emeritus of the allergy section of Abington Memorial Hospital. "Allergic patients usually talk more about sneezing, itching, and a runny nose." But some symptoms such as congestion and sinus pressure can be harder to pin down. If you've never been professionally evaluated, you may be using over-the-counter remedies inefficiently—or suffering for longer than you have to. Check out these common illnesses that can masquerade as allergies.
1. Sinusitis. Fifty-one percent of adults said they misdiagnosed themselves as suffering from allergies when the cause was really sinusitis, found a 2011 survey from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). That's because congestion and facial pressure can signal an allergy or a sinus infection, says Linda Dahl, an otolaryngologist (a doctor specializing in the ears, nose, and throat) at Dahl Otolaryngology Center in New York City. Feeling consistently run down can also be a symptom of both health issues, says Lisa Liberatore, an otolaryngologist at New York City's Lexington ENT. How to tell the difference? One hint is the color of your mucus—icky but keep reading. Clear, liquid mucus often signals allergies, whereas yellow mucus tends to indicate infection, Liberatore says.
By the way, if you are diagnosed with a sinus infection, talk to your doctor about whether antibiotics are really needed. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012 found that antibiotics aren't always effective in treating sinusitis. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections—not viruses—and the "vast majority" of sinus infections are viral, according to new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. What's more, adds the group, over-treating patients with antibiotics can foster the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Still, Liberatore, who tests her patients for bacteria, notes that antibiotics can be effective in some cases, as long as the correct antibiotic is prescribed. (She notes, for instance, that azithromycin and amoxicillin, the antibiotic used in the JAMA study, aren't the best choices for a sinus infection because bacteria may already be resistant to them.) [Read more: Do You Really Have Allergies?]