Nation's First Facial Transplant Recipient Makes Public Debut
Dallas Wiens, the man who received the nation's first facial transplant, made his public debut on Monday—two months after undergoing the 15-hour procedure. Weins, 25, of Fort Worth, Texas, received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle, and nerves from an anonymous donor, after most of his facial features were burned off during an electrical accident in 2008. Prior to the transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, he could not smell and had trouble breathing. The first scent he experienced in two years, he said, was hospital lasagna. As he continues to improve, Weins—who is expected to remain blind and never regain full sensation in his face—can again feel his preschool daughter's kiss. "She was amazed. She actually said, 'Daddy, you're so handsome,'" he said at a press conference Monday. "To me the face feels natural. It feels as if it has become my own."
Wrinkle Creams: Worth It or Not?
You don't have to venture far into your corner drugstore or local department store to find shelves full of creams and serums promising to add to your store of collagen. Is there any science behind the claims that they'll give you a tighter, more youthful look? Yes, with caveats.
Many cosmetic creams have been shown to stimulate production of collagen, a key protein in the skin vital to its firmness and elasticity. And though they may not be as powerful against wrinkles as collagen injections, Botox, and plastic surgery, the creams can be worthy alternatives to more invasive procedures, says Maria Tsoukas, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Chicago. They're gentler on the pocketbook, too.
One ingredient to look for: amino acids called "pentapeptides." Early research on these substances showed that they helped heal wounds; because they also stimulate the skin to make more collagen, they can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, too.
Some pentapeptide products, including Olay Regenerist, also contain hyaluronic acid, another ingredient that has been shown to restore structure and volume to the skin. And many dermatologists swear by retinol, a derivative of vitamin A. At prescription strengths, it's used to fight acne, but the retinol in over-the-counter creams such as Neutrogena Healthy Skin and RoC Retinol Correxion seems to revive skin by building collagen, shrinking pores, and lightening age spots. Tsoukas recommends using retinol products at night, and slathering on a moisturizer with sunscreen during the day, both to prevent future damage and because retinol can make skin extra sensitive to the sun. "These regimens are fantastic, but it's important to use some sun protection," she says. [Read more: Wrinkle Creams: Worth It or Not?]
7 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Training for a Race
There's a lot to know when preparing for a marathon, bike race or other athletic event, and it's not all common sense—especially if you're a beginner. But amateurs aren't doomed to bungle the first go, fitness blogger Chelsea Bush writes for U.S. News. Here, fitness experts share seven novice training missteps to avoid.
1. Training too much, too soon. "Most people get excited about their goal and go all out," says Bellingham, WA-based personal trainer and former Penn State running coach Carol Frazey. But overdoing it can quickly lead to injury and burnout. One way to prevent covering too much ground in the first weeks of training: follow the 10 percent rule. Increase your mileage or minutes each week by no more than 10 percent. That means if you currently run a total of 20 miles per week, you can step it up to 22 miles the next week. Follow this rule of thumb until you reach your maximum pre-race goal mileage, Frazey says. And as a general rule, don't increase distance and intensity in the same week.
2. Specializing without foundational skills. "The biggest mistake I see in any sport preparation is getting specialized [in a particular athletic activity] too early," says New York City-based sports performance coach Chris Matsui. "People try to jump into training for a swimming, biking or running event right off the bat." But it's more effective to train from general to specific, Matsui says. First building a foundation of total body strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as working on healing any preexisting injuries, will vastly improve your training for any specific event or activity. [Read more: 7 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Training for a Race.]
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