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Welcome to the LocateADoc Blog, an exciting journal, designed to share more information with you about elective procedures and treatments. As an enhancement to LocateADoc.com - a premier physician directory for patients - we have gathered interesting celebrity news, stories and observations that fascinate us. We hope they fascinate you too.


How Can Brow Lifts Lighten the Weight of Aging?

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Have you looked in the mirror lately and noticed that time seems to be creeping up on you, though you can’t pinpoint where? Many of the most common and evident signs of aging can be traced to target areas in the forehead and brow region. Thus, many plastic surgeons may recommend brow lifts as one of the cosmetic facial procedures most likely to rejuvenate the main signs of aging in a patient. What does this procedure entail, and how can it lift some of the years off your face?


Can a Robot Help Regrow Your Hair?

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Sufferers of male-pattern baldness have long been limited in their options for hair loss treatment, often relegated to cumbersome manual transfer procedures with irregular success rates and inconvenient recovery times. But pioneers in the field are seeking to change that, using technological innovation to help more effectively and efficiently counteract the process of hair loss.


Cosmetic Procedures That Offer the Gain without the Pain

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Who wants to undergo full surgery, complete with bandages and potentially painful recovery, when these days a quick visit to the doctor’s office can leave you with fuller lips, less wrinkles, or more supple skin? The popularity of minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures has been steadily increasing in recent years and is poised only to soar higher. Advances in technology have made these procedures more efficient and effective than ever while decreasing side effects and downtime, virtually guaranteeing that their demand will continue to rise.


Does Early Exposure Reduce a Newborn's Risk of Allergies?

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Of course we all want to protect our babies from anything that might do them harm, down to the inconvenience and irritation of allergies. But what if one of the ways to reduce the risk of allergies was to expose your newborn to the allergens that cause them? A recent study conducted by pediatrician researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center suggests that this may be the case.


Three Important Facts to Know About Liquid Detox Diets

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Every now and then, trendy weight loss plans, promising to help shed 10, 20, or more pounds in a short amount of time, pop up and make a big splash. Covered extensively by the media at the time, fat-free, Atkins, and even the Raw Food trend all had their moment in the spotlight.


The Popularity of Cosmetic Surgery is Growing with the Economy

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According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2013 increased 12% over the previous year. This is a positive sign for an industry that, like most others, took a hit as a result of the recent economic recession, which started in 2008.


Facts about Getting Approved for Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric surgery has given many individuals the feeling that they have a second chance at life. After years, even decades, of struggling with obesity, many find relief by turning to this tested and proven weight loss procedure.


Replacing Breast Implants with Fat Transfer: Important Facts to Consider

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Fat transfers are a new option in the world of plastic surgery that has gained the attention of both industry experts and potential patients. There are success stories of transferring a patients own fat cells from the thigh or another area where there are an abundance of these cells to the face, breast, buttocks, or other remote area.


How to Choose the Type of Sedation During a Trip to the Dentist’s Office

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Many people find that something as simple as a visit to the dentist can be a stressful experience. It can elevate their blood pressure and bring on a bout of anxiety. Some people even go so far as to skip important dental appointments, which can aggravate areas of concern and lead to even greater health issues.


Study Finds that Some Anti-Anxiety Drugs are Tied to Higher Mortality

Many people turn to medications each year to find relief for their depression or anxiety issues. However, a new study published in the online journal BMJ has found that some of those medications may be tied to a higher risk of death. The study, which was published in March, followed 34,727 people who took the anti-anxiety medications Valium or Xanax or the sleeping aids Ambien, Sonata or Lunesta to discover what long-term effects the medications might have. After adjusting for age, the use of other medications, and other lifestyle factors such as smoking or alcohol use, the researchers found that those taking Valium or Xanax had more than double the risk of death than those who did not take the drugs. The study included 69,418 control subjects who did not take these anti-anxiety medications or sleeping aids. Researchers also tried to account for sleep disorders, anxiety disorders and other psychiatric illnesses when determining the risk of death. However, study authors noted that it was not possible to account for all variables. Therefore, while the data pointed to an increased risk of death from these drugs, the results are not conclusive. The lead author encouraged patients to spend as little time on these medications as possible. Ultimately, if you suffer from a sleep or anxiety disorder, it is important for you to work with a doctor and a psychologist to assess your symptoms and to determine the right treatment plan. The risks presented by these drugs may be outweighed by their benefits. The only way to know for certain is to work with a qualified healthcare professional and to explore the full range of treatment options. Your doctor may have other possibilities for medication, and your psychologist may be able to work with you through talk therapy or behavioral therapy to minimize symptoms. Check out our additional resource section for additional information on anxiety medications and psychological questions.

Many people turn to medications each year to find relief for their depression or anxiety issues. However, a new study published in the online journal BMJ has found that some of those medications may be tied to a higher risk of death.