Six Sex-Based Reasons Why Aging Women Get More Mouth Wrinkles Than Aging Men

Day 199 - Mirror Me
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“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Aging men are the fairest in comparison to aging women! Have a look at the aging skin around the mouth. A sure tell-tale, mainly reserved for women, that aging is taking its toll on skin beauty is the appearance of wrinkles in the mouth area. Medical doctors have recently shed some light on this gender inequity. A significant study in the 2009 November/December issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal discovered the following six sex-based (or gender-based) reasons why aging women get deeper and more wrinkles around their mouths as they age than aging men do.

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Strangulation Hazard to Children: Recall of Roll-Up Blinds and Roman Shades

Roman Shade

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The U.S.  Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and Health Canada announced a voluntary recall to repair all roll-up blinds and Roman shades. which pose a potential strangulation hazard to young children.


  • Canadians may obtain a free retrofit kit for Roman style fabric looped and flat panel shades and roll up blinds online from the WCSC at (English only) or
  • by calling WCSC  toll-free phone line at 1-800-506-4636.
  • Health Canada:  (613) 957-2991 or 1-866 225-070 or by visiting the Health Canada Web site

United States:

  • contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or
  • visit
  • CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

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Chaotic Beverages: Keep Out of Reach of Children

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Health Canada reports that your children may be at risk of adverse health consequences if they consume the unapproved or unauthorized Chaotic Beverages. Four products were pulled off the shelves in the stores across Canada. These drinks are connected to a trading card game, animated TV series and Web site.

Company: Canadian importer, U&ME Marketing

Products: The four brand names are Mind Strike, Fearocity, Elixir of Tenacity and Power Pulse; all four products were sold individually and in packages of 4 in various retailers across Canada

Reason for Recall: Canadians should not consume these unapproved products, as they have not been assessed for safety, quality and efficacy by Health Canada

Adverse Reactions: potential to cause temporary adverse reactions in children; specific info about the problems of the ingredients of each product is found at

Health Canada advises that you should speak to your health care professional if you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child from drinking these products.

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Natural/Herbal Weight-Loss Pills May Be Hazardous to Your Health

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed us that at least 69 natural/herbal weight-loss pills may be hazardous to your health because they are tainted with prescription drugs or mixtures of drugs, including laxatives, diuretics, and anti-seizure medications.

FDA does not approve or regulate these dietary supplements. Not all of the makers of the 69 have complied to the voluntary recall issued by FDA.

One very serious concern is the supplements containing more than one drug, and in doses three to four times what a medical doctor would prescribe to you. Furthermore, the info about these extraneous drugs is not disclosed on the products’ labels.

The FDA warns the consumer that “if a product seems too good to be true, it typically is.” Also, the FDA recommends the following solutions:

  • checking its list for all of the tainted weight-loss supplements
  • people who want to lose weight should discuss their goals with their medical doctor and take only an FDA-approved weight-loss drug as directed by your doctor. There are three FDA-approved drugs on the market: sibutramine (Meridia), orlistat (Xenical), and a low-dose version of orlistat that is sold over the counter (Alli).

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Unilever Recalls Possibly Contaminated Cans of Slim-Fast

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On December 2, Unilever reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that there may be possible bacterial contamination of the weight loss drink, Slim-Fast, due to a production problem in Covington, Tennesee. Ten million cans of these ready-to-drink products are being recalled by Unilever.

Other Slim-Fast branded products, such as powdered shakes, meal bars or snack bars are not affected by this recall.

Company: Unilever (UL) in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., U.S.

Recalled Products: all Slim-Fast ready-to-drink products in cans

Reason for Recall: possible contamination by Bacillus cereus

Adverse Effects: can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting

Consumers who have purchased the possibly contaminated cans must discard them immediately and contact the company at 1-800-896-9479 for a full refund.

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Foreign Particles Found In Certain Products

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Health Canada reported that foreign particles such as non-latex rubber, stainless steel particles and fiber-like materials were found in some vials of 5 products made by Genzyme.

Company: Genzyme Corporation facility in Boston, U.S.

5 Products: Cerezyme (the brand name for the drug imiglucerase), Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta), Myozyme (alglucosidase alfa), Aldurazyme (laronidase) and Thyrogen® (thyrotropin alfa)

Therapeutic Use: to treat rare, inherited diseases; these products are given by injection into the bloodstream

Potential adverse reactions from using these contaminated products: include damage to blood vessels, blockage of small blood vessels, and anaphylactic, allergic or immune-mediated reactions; these reactions could be serious

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Canadian Asthma Drug for Children Recalled

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Health Canada announced yesterday that Zaditen, a prescription asthma drug for children is being recalled due to an inadequate amount of the active drug, ketotifen, in the drug as compared to the amount stated on the packaging label.

Company:  Paladin Labs Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Asthma Medication Recalled: Zaditen, lot No. 440494. in blister packages of 14 tablets in one-milligram doses.

Potential Health Risks from using this lot include: worsening of asthma symptoms in people with a stable condition.

Consumers requiring more information about this advisory can contact Health Canada’s public enquiries line at (613) 957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

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