Health Buzz: FDA Approves Botox for Crow's Feet

How and why to rid sugar from your diet; the senior's guide to eating healthfully

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Botox Injections Approved for Improving Wrinkles Near the Eyes

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Botox Cosmetic to temporarily improve the appearance of adults' moderate to severe crow's feet. Back in 2002, the FDA approved Botox for frown lines between the eyebrows, and now it's the only drug treatment approved for treating those wrinkles at the corners of the eyes, also known as lateral canthal lines, or crow's feet. An FDA news release states that the efficiency and safety of Botox were established via two studies of adults, and it also notes that the most common side effect is a condition in which the eye lids become swollen and accumulate excess fluid.

Botox treatments are given through injections that weaken or paralyze certain muscles or block certain nerves, according to the National Institute of Health's Medline Plus website. Read more about Botox here.

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  • How and Why to Rid Sugar From Your Diet

    Ask most people how they feel about grocery shopping, and they may talk about the supermarket they'll never set foot into, where it smells bad and the produce looks pitiful, or the sunny one with nice cuts of meat and good prices on children's cereal. But to Robert Lustig, a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, the supermarket is something else entirely. It's ground zero in the fight for your life, where decisions between plain or flavored Greek yogurt, oranges or orange juice, and red kidney beans or Bush's Grillin' Beans mean the difference between sickness and health.

    The last 30 years have seen an onslaught of sugar and dwindling of fiber in the food environment, a deadly combination for consumers who have been duped by the food industry, Lustig argues. He sounded this battle cry in his 2009 lecture, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," which became a viral hit with nearly 4 million views on YouTube, and in his 2012 book, "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease."

    Now, he's putting his message in more practical terms, offering consumers a handbook for the supermarket with "Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide." An e-book that's meant to travel with shoppers on their smartphones or tablets, the guide, released this month, provides consumers with a new nutrition label for hundreds of processed foods that puts the spotlight on where it should be, he argues: sugar. [Read more: How and Why to Rid Sugar From Your Diet]

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    • The Senior's Guide to Eating Healthfully

      Every day I visit my mom in a nursing home, writes U.S. News blogger Bonnie Taub-Dix. Most times I'm able to focus on her kind smile and warm welcome, while tuning out the unpleasant sounds and scenes around us. But there are other days, especially at mealtime, when the reality of being old and helpless feels overwhelming to me. The inability to cut food, chew properly, address preferences and decide which foods are best are difficult to address when dealing with a health-related facility – but what's even harder to believe is that many seniors living on their own are facing challenging food issues. Too many are either overweight due to inappropriate choices and inactivity or, sadly, they are starving.

      New research from The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger found that more than 10 percent of seniors are hungry, and the incidence of senior starvation is on the rise. Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama rank the highest numbers of hungry seniors, while Virginia, Minnesota and North Dakota have the lowest rates.

      If you're over 55 (yes, hard to believe that's a senior), or if you know a senior who makes any of the following statements, here's some assistance:

      "I don't feel like cooking." The thought of cooking is daunting to some seniors, especially those who live alone and may be frightened by turning on a flame. [Read more: The Senior's Guide to Eating Healthfully]