Ever wish there was a shot to cure sadness? Ever guess that shot was Botox? A new study suggests that freezing the muscles that create frowns (like the infamous jolt of Botulism) can actually stop the sad emotions that accompany the expression. A study of 40 people showed that Botox-injected plastic surgery patients took longer to process sad and unhappy situations than people without frozen foreheads, but could still process happy emotions just as quickly. Weird, huh? [Newsweek] Keep reading »
Not to reinforce stereotypes, but this one is fairly common—a lot of women are scared s**tless of snakes. (Well, except maybe for Britney, but there’s something a bit crazy going on upstairs there in the first place.) Despite this phenomenon, the one way females might feel totally OK about snakes is if their powerful juices were packaged in a pretty, expensive ampoule, and somehow presented as miracle products. That’s what Rodical’s new Glamoxy Snake Serum aims to do. Valued at almost $200 per bottle, the formula claims to be “Botox in a bottle,” and actually doesn’t contain any real snake spit but rather “Syn-Ake, a neuropeptide that copies the effect the South-East Asian Temple Viper’s venom has on its victims.” What does this stuff do? It freezes your muscles for several hours after application, similar to a perma-grin post-Botox. (Lovely.)
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So apparently, some terrorist groups around the globe are getting into the Botox biz. No, they aren’t concerned with laugh lines or crow’s feet. Only eight companies in the world are licensed to make Botox, which contains a trace amount of clostridium botulinum, a serious toxin—but now, labs are making black market versions and working with much more concentrated forms of the stuff. They can make lots of money selling their concoctions for cheap to salons. But of much more concern is that the more powerful toxin could be used as a weapon. Researchers say that any master’s degree-holding biologist with $2,000 worth of equipment could be making the stuff. No need to panic, but just one more reason to avoid cheap Botox at all costs. The bigger the market, the more chance of something nasty happening. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
You thought health care reform was all about boring stuff like health insurance, didn’t you? Well, it’s far more fabulous than that: Washington, D.C.’s finest are fretting over several medical procedures of interest to the casts of “Jersey Shore” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” including Botax and fake baking.
The latest news? A tax on plastic surgery is out, while a tax on indoor tanning is in.
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As the Senate attempts to suck the fat out of the 2,000-plus-page health care reform bill, there is one provision that donkeys are fighting to keep intact. Democrats have proposed a way to nip and tuck a few Benjamins to help pay for the health care reform plan. I’ll give you a hint—it doesn’t have to do with abortions, mammograms, or pap smears—or any procedures women actually need. They plan to raise $5 billion over the next 10 years by taxing 5 percent on all cosmetic surgery procedures. Want a tummy tuck, silicon bubbies, or some warm botulism injected into your face? Under this provision, you’ll have to pay a tax. Reconstructive surgeries due to cancer or injury would not be subject to the tax. Naturally the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is against this “Botax.” So what do you think? Is the “Botax” a good idea? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »