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Health line: Facelifts, chemical injections on the rise


Despite increasing consumer demand for less invasive procedures, facelifts are making a comeback, almost equally for men and women. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports this month that lifts had been on the decline since 2000, but nearly 116,200 of the procedures were performed in 2007. That represented an increase of about 14 percent for women and 16 percent for men since 2006. At the same time, procedures in which chemical compounds such as Botox, Restylane and Juvederm are injected into the face continued to rise, to more than 4.7-million procedures. Said society president Richard D'Amico, "Facelifts are critical to lift and reposition skin and underlying tissues, while injectables are vital for plumping and restoring volume."

The alligator, our new medical ally?

Louisiana State University researchers report that alligators have proteins in their blood that may provide antibiotics to fight infections associated with diabetic ulcers, severe burns and "superbugs" resistant to conventional medications. The proteins could also help weakened immune systems of AIDS patients and transplant recipients. In lab tests, the researchers report, tiny amounts of gator protein extracts killed a wide range of bacteria.

By the numbers

3.2 percent of U.S. adults, about 7.3-million people, say they follow a vegetarian-based diet.

0.5 percent, or 1-million, are vegans, eating no animal products.

53 percent say they eat a vegetarian diet to improve their health; more than one reason could be selected.

54 percent cited animal welfare.

Source: survey of 5,050 adults, for Vegetarian Times magazine (

Anxiety disorder is disabling, poll says

A new survey shows the estimated 15-million American adults with social anxiety disorder struggle in their personal lives but delay seeking help for more than a decade. Social anxiety disorder is a persistent, irrational fear of being scrutinized and negatively evaluated by others. Sufferers avoid social functions, intimacy and even work situations, for fear of humiliation. The survey was for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. For more, visit

On the calendar

Today, 7:30 p.m., presentation on "Early Signs of Autism." Neill Broderick, consultant at the University of South Florida's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, will speak. Free, at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd., Tampa.

Compiled from Times staff, wires

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