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Study: Bald Men ARE Sexy

A recent study reports bald men are found to be more attractive, confident and dominant.

For years I’ve been urging listeners and patients to embrace their receding their hairline and shave their heads rather than struggling to maintain their precious locks.  So many men who’ve donned the clean-shaven look have overshadowed their hairy competitors. Just look at Bruce Willis (image above).

Now a study out of the University of Pennsylvania confirms that people find bald men more attractive.

Researchers asked male and female college students to rate attractiveness, confidence and dominance after viewing pictures of men with hair and then their hair digitally removed.  Although shaving one’s head made the subject appear 4 years older, they were found to be at an advantage in all categories.

Maybe it’s because we grew up seeing Mr. Clean with his bald head and ripping muscles make our mom’s giggle when she cleaned the house.  Maybe its because of the myth that balding could signify high testosterone.

What causes baldness?

Hair is made in follicles within the skin and grows for about three years until it sheds and new hair grows.  Hair loss (alopecia) occurs when hair follicles shrink and smaller, thinner hairs grow, lasting shorter and shorter times.

Genetics play a huge factor, with the most influential genes coming from mother’s X chromosome, which came from her father.  So maternal and paternal genes can both be responsible for baldness.

Sex hormones, androgens, can cause male pattern baldness.  Medications (such as anabolic steroids), illness such as low thyroid and diabetes, and cancer can cause hair loss as well.   A recent study found Prostaglandin D2 protein may block hair growth in those who suffer male pattern baldness. Its believed 80% of men under 70 will have some receding hairline.

Although hair offers many protective elements, especially from the sun, male pattern hair loss is not considered dangerous.  And study authors suggest rather than spending time, money and energy on hair loss treatment, embrace the scalp.  Its sexy….

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Yul Brynner, The King and I

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Selena Gomez Undergoes Kidney Transplant: What is Lupus?

25-year-old Selena Gomez received a new kidney this summer, donated by her best friend, Francia Raisa, pictured with her above.

The singer, and former Disney child star, was diagnosed with lupus in 2015.  The autoimmune condition destroyed her kidney such that the organ failed.  Her best friend, 29-year-old actress, Francia Raisa, donated her kidney reportedly this June at Cedars of Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

On Instagram, Gomez posted the following:

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What is Lupus?

Lupus, or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body produces antibodies that fights its own organs.  The immune system is responsible for keeping the body healthy by finding, isolating and attacking foreign invaders such as bacteria, infection or toxins.  In SLE, the body mistakenly believes certain tissues are foreign and antibodies become mobilized and attack the said tissues and organs.  Skin, heart, joints, lungs, brain and kidneys can become involved.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, 1.5 million Americans have been officially diagnosed with lupus, which implies that millions more with mild symptoms could be undiagnosed.

Celebrities who have battled lupus include Nick Cannon, Seal, Toni Braxton, and reportedly, Michael Jackson.

What are the Symptoms of Lupus?

Symptoms could include weakness, fatigue, joint pain, rash, and with progression of the disease, one could have anemia, blood clotting issues, heart problems, seizures, stroke, loss of visual acuity, cognitive defects, organ failure and premature death.

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What causes Lupus?

Although the exact cause of SLE is unknown, a variety of factors could trigger lupus including genetics, medications, trauma, stress, UV light, and infection.

How is Lupus Treated?

Since the immune system is the culprit, medications that calm down or interfere with the immune system provide relief, but not a cure.  These include steroid medications, immunosuppresives, monoclonal antibodies, antimalarial drugs, and antiinflammatories.

For more information on lupus, visit National Resource Center on Lupus.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Larry King Admits to Battling Early Stage Lung Cancer

Media giant, Larry King, reveals he underwent surgery this summer to treat lung cancer.

The 83-year-old veteran broadcaster and TV host said, in an interview with US Weekly, that a routine check up revealed an abnormal chest x-ray that was followed up with a CT scan and later PET scan.  The result was early stage lung cancer.

In July, King had a stage I cancerous mass removed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was back to work within a week.

King suffered a heart attack in 1987 and hadn’t smoked since.  Prior to quitting he had been smoking three packs a day.  Since then, he’s been diligent with his annual check-ups stating, “I’ve gone through a lot in life – I’ve had a heart attack and heart surgery. Part of my checkup is the chest X-ray, and that is the protocol.”  King referred to his bypass surgery after his heart attack, managing diabetes, and undergoing radiation treatment for prostate cancer over the years.

King suggests the cancer was not a metastasis to the lung but rather a primary lung cancer.  In the US interview, he stated, “the doctor said that tobacco from 30 years ago is still related to this lung cancer.”

It’s true. Although lung cancer risk drops dramatically the longer one avoids tobacco products, the resulting tissue damage, injury to one’s immune response, and genetic mutations may persist.  Moreover, lung cancer can occur even in non-smokers.

Early lung cancer can be silent.  As it progresses, however, symptoms such as chronic cough, wheeze, blood in sputum, lethargy and weight loss can ensue.

But Larry King won’t let this hold him back. He’s currently working on the sixth season of Larry King Now.

 

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Larry King and Dr. Daliah Talkers Los Angeles 2011

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

 

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Jerry Lewis, Comedian and Actor, Dies at age 91

Clark County Coroner, John Fudenberg, revealed Jerry Lewis’ cause of death was “end- stage cardiac disease and peripheral vascular disease”.

It was reported previously that the actor had “ischemic cardiomyopathy”.  Ischemic cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart muscle begins to lose function due ischemia, or lack of sufficient blood flow.  Ischemia can be caused by narrowing of blood vessels during hypertension and/or atherosclerosis.

The slapstick legend passed away, according to his publicist, on Sunday.

Mark Rozzano, his manager, stated the actor “passed peacefully at home this morning of natural causes at the age of 91 with his loving family by his side.”  He was living in Las Vegas.

In addition to blockbusters such as “The Nutty Professor”, “The Bellboy” and “Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, he was world renowned for his philanthropic golden touch as he hosted the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Marathon over a span of 5 decades.  These telethons helped raise over $2 billion dollars and awareness for muscular dystrophy.

Jerry Lewis had dealt with multiple health problems over the years including multiple heart attacks, back injuries, viral meningitis, diabetes, and prostate cancer.

He is survived by his wife, SanDee Pitnick, and his 6 children.  Lewis lost a son in 2009 to “acute morphine intoxication”.

This is a developing story.

 

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Tiger Woods DUI Tox Report Positive for Benzodiazepines, Narcotics and Sleep Meds

Tiger Woods’ toxicology report in regards to his May arrest suggests his DUI was caused by a mixture of pain, sleep, and anxiety medications.

The report released Monday revealed the 41 year old pro-golfer had the following in his system when he was found asleep in his car on the side of the road while the lights were on and turning signal was flashing:  Ambien, Xanax, Dilaudid, Vicodin and Delta-9 carboxy THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

Woods had undergone spinal fusion surgery weeks prior.

Vicodin is a narcotic made of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.  It is used for pain and most commonly prescribed post-operatively.

Dilaudid is hydromorphone, a stronger narcotic.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine used for sedation, relaxation and to lower anxiety.

Ambien is a hypnotic type of sedative used for sleep and works within 15 minutes of ingestion.

Delta-9 carboxy THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

None of these medications are to be used while driving.  Additionally none should ever be used in combination.  The respiratory depression of one narcotic combined with the sedative effect of the benzodiazepine or hypnotic could cause death.

Woods entered a plea of not guilty to DUI, as alcohol was not involved and a mixture of medications was to blame, but its been reported a deal was made among prosecutors including a lesser charge of reckless driving and a stint in a “diversion program”.

Last month Woods stated he completed a private intensive program on his own.

On Monday he stated, “Recently, I had been trying on my own to treat my back pain and a sleep disorder, including insomnia, but I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance.”

Polypharmacy, or taking multiple medications at the same time, can increase the risk of serious adverse events if the drugs act synergystically or mask side effects of one another.

Many overdoses occuring with pain pills may not always be a quantity issue with the narcotic but rather a mixture of the narcotic with another medication such as those taken by Tiger Woods.  He was lucky to still be alive when found as were those pedestrians or drivers on the street that evening.

 

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Home Alone John Heard’s Death Ruled a Heart Attack

Home Alone actor, John Heard, died of heart attack July 21.  The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office reported his heart attack was the result of “atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease.”

In July Heard was found dead at a hotel in Palo Alto, California days after having minor back surgery.

Atherosclerotic heart disease occurs when cholesterol-forming plaques line the arteries and prevent adequate blood flow to heart muscle.  Hypertensive heart disease occurs when high blood pressure accelerates heart disease by constricting blood flow and by enlarging the heart (thickening the heart muscle),  thereby leading to heart failure.

Born March 7, 1945 in Washington DC, Heard’s acting career started on stage in the off-Broadway play, The Wager, in 1974.  His film career including television and big screen spanned over 4 decades including this year, with IMDb reporting roles in multiple films in their post production stage soon to be released.

John Heard was 72.

 

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Nelsan Ellis, True Blood’s Lafayette, dies at age 39

True Blood’s, Nelsan Ellis, has died from complications of heart failure.  The 39 year old actor had played Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO hit series and was a favorite since the show debuted in 2008.

His manager, Emily Gerson Saines, stated “Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure.”

On Monday the family released a statement through Saines, citing “alcohol withdrawal” as the inciting event that led to sepsis (blood infection) and ultimately kidney and heart failure.

Alcohol abuse has been linked to an increase risk of sepsis which can manifest in severe drops in blood pressure, lack of perfusion to vital organs, organ failure, and ultimately death.

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, the statement from Saines reads:

Nelsan’s father has bravely agreed for me to share the circumstances of Nelsan’s heart failure. Nelsan has suffered with drug and alcohol abuse for years. After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own. According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control.

On the morning of Saturday July 8th, after four days in Woodhull Hospital, Nelsan was pronounced dead. Nelsan was a gentle, generous and kind soul. He was a father, a son, a grandson, a brother, a nephew, and a great friend to those that were lucky enough to know him. Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life. His family, however, believes that in death he would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others.

Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois in 1978 and had also starred in the Soloist, The Help and a recently completed work, True to the Game.

He won multiple awards including Satellite Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Television Ensemble.

Heart failure can be caused by a multitude of factors.  For more information on heart failure, read here: Heart Failure

This is a developing story.