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Women with Adult Acne Face Harmful Misperceptions, New Study Finds

Women with adult acne are often perceived as less attractive, less successful and less happy, a new study finds.

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Tooth Whitening: Expert Help on Getting a Brighter Smile

People want whiter teeth, surveys show, and the American Dental Association (ADA) has some advice on how to accomplish that.

Over time, teeth can become less white due to a number of causes, including food and drink, tobacco use, age, trauma and medications.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, when people were asked what they most wanted to improve about their s...

It's Back-to-School, and Who's Popular or Not Remains Key

"She's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers,"Taylor Swift laments to her popular crush in the song "You Belong With Me."

The lyrics of longing to fit in at school reflect an old trope re-confirmed by a new study that compared teens in the United States and Lithuania: Kids...

Thinner Cheeks, Lots of Tweaks: America's Plastic Surgeons List Trends

From sculpting faces to show off cheek bones to removing excess skin above the eyelid, interest in a nip and tuck is up, an online survey of plastic surgeons reveals.

The findings are based on responses from a selected group of members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). In releasing the results, the academy said it wanted to showcase trends and ...

Avoiding 'Wine Teeth' This Holiday Season

Red may be a traditional holiday color, but no one wants to wear it on their teeth.

An expert offers some tips for keeping "wine teeth"at bay during your holiday parties.

"When you drink red wine, you're encountering a triple threat to your teeth's whiteness: anthocyanins, which are the pigments in grapes that give red wine its rich color; tannins, which help bind the pigment to you...

Minor Facial Scars Don't Affect Others' First Impressions, Study Finds

A facial scar may make a person self-conscious, but it doesn't change another person's first impressions of their attractiveness or confidence, a new survey shows.

The results found that a single, well-healed facial scar may even increase perceived friendliness, according to the researchers, who had predicted different results and said the findings might be "surprising and perhaps welcome...

Measuring Up: Scientists Spot Genes Linked to Height

The answer to how tall a child will be is typically an estimate based on an average of the parents' heights.

But an Australian study that included more than 5 million people has found that more than 12,000 genetic variants influence height.

"Eighty percent of height differences between people are determ...

Pregnancy Undermines Body Image in Half of Women

Many women are unhappy with how their bodies look both during and after pregnancy, and it's an issue that can trigger postpartum depression and eating disorders, a new study suggests.

Researchers from...

As Pandemic Eases, It's Boom Times for Cosmetic Surgeons

Even after dropping 25 pounds, Megan Gilbert still had some insecurities when she looked in the mirror.

"After breastfeeding two kids and losing weight, my breasts no longer looked how I wanted them to," she said. "And I thought, 'Why be unhappy with this one part of my body after working so hard to make all these other improvements in my life?'"

So Gilbert, 35, did something about ...

Unrelated Folks Who Look Alike Share Similar DNA

A person's unrelated lookalike, commonly known as a doppelganger, may actually share genes that affect not only how they appear, but also their behavior.

In a new study, scientists did DNA analysis on 32 sets of virtual twins -- people with strong facial similarities -- and found they possessed similar genetic variants.

"Our study provides a rare insight into human likeness by sho...

Feminizing Facial Surgery Gives Mental Boost to Transgender People

Transgender patients who get gender-affirming surgery to create more feminine facial features say it's a big boost to their mental health, a new study reports.

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), compared the mental health of 107 patients awaiting surgery to that of 62 individuals who had completed it roughly six months earlier. People who had received the pro...

Do You Really Need That Nose Job? Selfies Distort Facial Features, Study Shows

With the advent of smartphones came the rise of selfies, shared daily by "like"-seeking millions across social media.

But a small new study suggests that, unlike photos taken with regular cameras, smartphone selfies distort facial features in a not-so-flattering way. And those unappealing - if inaccurate - results may be fueling a hankering for

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  • Science Reveals Secrets of 'Puppy Dog Eyes'

    If you've ever wondered how your pooch flashes those "puppy dog eyes" that melt your heart, a new study may provide some answers.

    The researchers identified certain muscle features that help dogs look so cute, and it suggests that thousands of years of selective breeding have contributed to their ability to use expressions to their advantage.

    "Dogs are unique from other mammals in t...

    People With Scars Are Their Own Toughest Critics: Study

    Scars from facial surgery look worse to skin cancer patients themselves than to others, so it's important for surgeons to prepare patients beforehand, researchers say.

    Doctors can help by outlining the healing process and explaining what their scars will look like in the weeks after surgery, the study authors suggested.

    "Our research seems to support the saying 'we are our own worst...

    Kardashian's Figure a Tough Ideal for Women at Risk of Eating Disorders

    The images are never-ending: Celebrities like Kim Kardashian posting one sultry shot after another on social media. But new research warns this constant barrage of "perfect" bodies can undermine the self-esteem of young women.

    They're apt to feel their own figures come up short by comparison --- whether th...

    Could Face Masks Make You Better-Looking?

    Want to look more alluring? Wear a mask.


    That's the takeaway from Welsh researchers who found that masking up may make men look more attractive to the opposite sex and that some kinds of masks do a better job of this than others.

    "Research carried out b...

    Highly Inbred, French Bulldogs Face Higher Odds for 20 Health Issues

    French Bulldogs are incredibly cute, sporting adorable snub snouts, big round heads, bright wide eyes and large bat ears.

    Unfortunately, the physical traits that make them one of the most popular breeds in the United States and United Kingdom also saddle them with a host of health problems, a new study shows.

    Frenchies have significantly higher odds than other dog breeds of being di...

    Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

    Gender-affirming breast removal (mastectomy) can greatly enhance a patients' mental well-being, a new study finds.

    Gender-affirming mastectomy is the most common type of gender-confirming surgery, but there's "not a lot of information out there about how exactly these types of surgeries help people," said study co-author Dr. Megan Lane. She is a plastic surgery resident at Michigan Medic...

    Lyme Disease Often Spotted at Later Stage in Black Patients

    The tell-tale sign of Lyme disease is its bulls-eye rash, but that might be harder to spot in Black people, who are often diagnosed with more advanced disease than white people are, new research suggests.

    The first sign of Lyme disease looks different on darker skin, and these differences are not usually reflected in images found in medical textbooks, explained study author Dr. Dan Ly. He...

    Fur Find: Genes Uncovered Behind Cats' Spots & Stripes

    Your favorite tabby cat may seem to have little similarity to her relatives in the wild, but all share a key gene that gives them their distinctive look.

    Why cats' coats are decorated with stripes, spots and blotches has long been a mystery. Now, researchers have identified a specific gene that all domestic cats, wild big cat species and possibly even other mammals have that regulates dev...

    Is the Demise of the Doctor's White Coat Near?

    Your doctor walks into the exam room wearing a white coat. Or perhaps your physician has on a fleece or softshell jacket.

    Does it make a difference?

    Yes, according to a survey that sought public perceptions on doctor attire and professionalism in the United States.

    The lay public still appears to associate the traditional white coat with experience and professionalism, said st...

    Fat Loss in Face Does Make Folks Look Older: Study

    It's not just sagging that ages a face, but loss of fat under the skin as well, according to a new study.

    The findings could help plastic surgeons give their patients a more natural look, the study authors said.

    For the study, researchers analyzed CT scans of the faces of 19 people, taken at least a decade apart.

    The study participants were an average age of 46 at the time of ...

    Kiss Chapped Lips Goodbye This Winter

    Dry and chapped lips are common during the winter, but there are a number of things you can do to protect them, an expert says.

    "Cold, dry weather; sun damage; and frequently licking your lips are just some of the reasons your lips might feel dry and chapped this winter," dermatologist Dr. Noëlle Sherber said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "Understanding these causes...

    Doorway Study Reveals How Anorexia Changes 'Body Awareness'

    A study that examined how people walked through doorways provides new insight into anorexia's effect on a person's body image.

    It's long been known that people with anorexia overestimate their body size, but this study examined unconscious body awareness -- formally called "body schema." It's the innate ability a person has to orient themselves in a room and stop from bumping into objects...

    'Body Issues' Raise Depression Risks for Teens

    Body dissatisfaction significantly increases teens' risk of depression, researchers say.

    The degree of heightened risk ranged from 50% to 285%, according to the report published online Dec. 8 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

    "These findings demonstrate that body dissatisfaction should be considered as a public health issue of pressing concern," concluded a...

    Obesity Might Be 'Contagious' Among Teens

    Teens who live around lots of obese or overweight kids come to see their body types as ideal, a new study suggests.

    As a result, these teens tend to be obese or overweight themselves, researchers say.

    "Higher obesity rates may normalize unhealthy weight in teens and make obesity prevention harder," said lead researcher Ashlesha Datar. She's a senior economist at the Center...

    2 in 3 Women Unhappy With Their Breast Size. Could That Harm Their Health?

    Most women won't be surprised by this finding: Less than one-third of women worldwide are satisfied with the size of their breasts.

    But a new study suggests that what many women may not realize is their dissatisfaction could have implications for their health.

    Surveys of more than 18,500 women in 40 countries, average age 34, found that 48% wanted larger breasts, 23%...

    New Clues Show How Stress May Turn Your Hair Gray

    The next time you tell your rebellious teenagers that their antics are giving you gray hair, know that the latest animal research seems to confirm your claim.

    Scientists report they have pinpointed how stress causes gray hair in mice, and they said that their findings improve knowledge of how stress can affect the human body.

    "Everyone has an anecdote to share about how stre...

    Victoria's Secret Models Are Skinnier Now, as Average Woman's Waistline Widens

    For the average American woman, it's now tougher than ever before to match the "ideal" beauty set by supermodels, new research shows.

    Even as the average dress size for a U.S. woman rises, the measurements of the average Victoria's Secret model have shrunk, according to researchers at Boston University School of Medicine.

    For the study, the researchers tracked the measuremen...

    What Is Your Cat Trying to Tell You? 'Cat Whisperers' Know

    Only a few people seem able to decipher what most people consider unreadable expressions on cats' faces, researchers find.

    These "cat whisperers" can discern subtle differences on feline faces that reveal their mood. Women and people in the veterinary field, but not necessarily cat lovers, are most likely to have this ability.

    "The ability to read animals' facial expressions...

    More Teen Time on Social Media, More Eating Disorders?

    The more often young teens turn to social media, the more prone they are to eating disorders, new research suggests.

    While the study does not prove social media use causes eating disorders, it raises a red flag, said study author Simon Wilksch. He's a senior research fellow in psychology at Flinders University, in South Australia.

    The study looked at close to 1,000 middle sc...

    Plastic Surgery Pays Off for Men

    Plastic surgery is no longer the sole domain of women, and men now have even more incentive to try a little nip-and-tuck on their faces: New research suggests they look more attractive and trustworthy to others.

    The study included 24 men, average age 49 years, who had one or more of the following procedures: upper eyelid lift, reduction of lower eyelids, face-lift, brow-lift, neck-lif...

    Selfie Craze Has Young Americans Viewing Plastic Surgery More Favorably: Study

    You might be more apt to seek out a face-lift, a new nose, hair implants or a boob job if you're a fan of posting selfies on social media, a new study reports.

    Adults who regularly use social media are more likely to consider getting plastic surgery to improve their online appearance, particularly if they prefer photo-heavy sites and apps, the researchers found.


    Did 'Puppy Dog Eyes' Evolve to Please Humans?

    Pooches look up at people with quizzical, pleading eyes that are tough to resist. Now, research suggests evolution played a role in that irresistible gaze.

    Dogs were domesticated more than 33,000 years ago and have changed over time to communicate with people, the study authors noted.

    Dogs' eyebrows are particularly expressive. Dogs can raise them, which makes their eyes lo...

    'Daddy-Do-Overs': Men Increasingly Getting Plastic Surgery

    A face-lift for Father's Day, anyone?

    It could happen: A new report finds many more men are taking advantage of the same plastic surgeries that have long been associated with women.

    The midlife decision by men to try a face-lift or other procedure has been nicknamed the "Daddy-Do-Over" -- referencing the "Mommy Makeover" for women.

    Whatever it's called, "men are em...

    Bones Help Black People Keep Facial Aging at Bay

    Why do so many black adults continue to look youthful as they age?

    A new study says it's in their bones.

    Researchers found that the facial bones of black adults retain a higher mineral content than those other races, which makes their faces less likely to reflect their advancing years.

    The new study is the first to document how facial bones change as black adults ...

    Celebrity 'Fat-Shaming' Affects All Women, Study Finds

    You've probably seen headlines screaming that a favorite star is packing on the pounds. Tyra Banks, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lawrence -- no matter how thin, no celebrity seems immune from "fat-shaming."

    Now, research shows the trend could have a ripple effect, making the non-famous feel bad about their bodies, too.

    "Fat-shaming is socially acceptable and it's so common we d...

    Is Beauty In Your DNA?

    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but it might also be tucked away in a handful of genes.

    Using genetic information on nearly 4,400 white adults, researchers found that certain genetic mutations were tied to people's beauty ratings from their peers.

    Genes were linked to both women's and men's ratings -- but there were differences between the sexes.

    In women, c...

    'Apple-Shaped' Body? 'Pear-Shaped'? Your Genes May Tell

    A large, new study has uncovered 24 genetic variations that help separate the apple-shaped people from the pear-shaped ones.

    Researchers said the findings help explain why some people are prone to carrying any excess weight around the belly. But more importantly, they could eventually shed light on the biology of diseases linked to obesity -- particularly abdominal obesity.


    Hair Styles That Can Lead to Hair Loss

    Hairstyles are a defining feature for many people, but some 'dos can also damage hair follicles.

    A Johns Hopkins review of 19 studies has found that many hairstyles can lead to a condition known as traction alopecia. That's the gradual loss of hair from damage to the follicle due to prolonged or repeated tension on the roots. It's especially common among black women, but can affect a...

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