How to Fight Acne and Dry Skin in Winter

If you have naturally dry skin, winter can feel like a curse. Sure, summertime humidity can feel like you’re swimming through the air, but have you ever felt like your chapped, raw skin was fighting a losing battle against cold temperatures and biting wind? I thought so. See? Winter is the w-o-r-s-t. And if you’re anything like me, your skin likely responds in a myriad of ways: dry, flaky patches; inexplicable acne clusters; and generally just angry. Can you blame it?

Unfortunately, things are only going to get tougher before they get better. So how do you combat Mother Nature and all of her tricks? By stocking up your medicine cabinet and asking the pros, of course.

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“Cold temperatures, low humidity, and wind all put a stress on the outer skin layer,” Joshua Zeichner, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, tells Teen Vogue. That combination, he explains, “can strip the skin of essential oils, cause tiny cracks in the outer skin layer, and ultimately lead to dryness and inflammation.” Basically, your skin is fighting an uphill battle, and something will eventually give way.


Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 likely to get Android 9 Pie based One UI update soonNote 8 likely to get Android 9 Pie based One UI update soon

Samsung announced the existence of its foldable phone at its Developers Conference last week. Alongside the foldable phone, which is rumours are to be trusted will be called Galaxy X, Samsung also announced its new One UI skin based Android 9 Pie. Samsung has reportedly confirmed that this year’s S series including the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9 will be upgraded to Android 9 Pie with One UI on top. A new leak now reveals that in addition to the Galaxy S9 series, all the three phones under the Galaxy S8 series will also get the new update.

This means that the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 will get updated to Google latest OS aka Android 9 Pie and also get all the features it comes packed with. It is worth noting that the South Korean smartphone manufacturer is yet to reveal details regarding the same. But with growing evidence, we expect all the three Samsung phones — Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 to get upgraded from Android Ore to Pie very soon.

Three Samsung phones with model numbers SM-G9500, SM-G9550 and SM-N9500 made their way to the WiFi Alliance certification site. The SM-G9500, SM-G9550 and SM-N9500 are the Chinese variants of the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8 respectively. This report makes the coming of Android 9 Pie to the Galaxy S8 series of phones more evident. The WiFi Alliance site doesn’t reveal any details about the software rollout timely. It just reveals that the three smartphones are running Android 9.0 Pie and are WiFi-certified.

Meanwhile, a report coming from AllAboutSamsung reveals that the Open Beta update of One UI based on Android 9 Pie will be rolled out to Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9 starting November 15. This could possibly also means that the S8 might also get the Open Beta update of the software on the same day. The report further reveals that One UI based on Android 9 Pie Open Beta will be first available in only select markets including Germany, US, and South Korea. These markets will be then followed by India, China, France, Spain, and UK.

All the three phones under the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 series are currently running on Android Oreo-based Experience UI out-of-the-box. By bringing Android 9 Pie and One UI to these phones, Samsung will be looking to improve the overall user experience. With the Android 9 Pie update, the Samsung phones will get updated with all the features that Google’s latest operation system packs. The features include — new navigation gestures, adaptive battery and brightness options, app actions, slices, improved security features, Digital Wellbeing, new accessibility menu, new screenshot shortcut, among others.


Yoga studio shooter arrived in Tallahassee 2 days before violent attack

The yoga studio gunman arrived in Tallahassee on Halloween, two days before he would randomly open fire and kill two women and injure five other people.

But why the 40-year-old military veteran came to Tallahassee armed with a legally purchased 9mm handgun, bought in July, why he targeted this specific studio or anyone in the class is something that Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo knows will take months to decipher.

As investigators wade through a growing number of personal and professional documents found in his car and his home in Deltona, they have narrowed in on Scott Beierle’s troubled past. That includes his stated hatred of women and his history of bizarre behavior and groping women.

But they have yet to pin down a motive or a connection to the Hot Yoga studio on Bradford Road or anyone who was in the 5:30 p.m. class, said DeLeo.

Beierle arrived in Tallahassee and checked into the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel on Silver Slipper Lane on Wednesday, Oct. 31. What he did between then and the Friday night shooting is a focus for TPD.

“We’re all very painfully aware of his action on Nov. 2,” DeLeo said during a briefing on Friday. “So we’re really trying to identify what he did especially on the first when he had a full day to himself and identify what his activities were.

“The big question for everybody is determining what is his link to the studio, or some of the people who were there. That’s a pretty comprehensive list of steps to make sure that we don’t leave any stone unturned.”

Beierle entered the yoga studio posing as a customer and was one of the last people to sign into the class. He began shooting almost immediately after the class began.

Investigators have interviewed more than 100 witnesses, close acquaintances and family of the victims and the attacker and are now documenting an extensive catalog of documents and electronic data the disgraced substitute teacher left behind. They have combed through the 4,000 or so electronic invites and schedules of the Hot Yoga studio looking, unsuccessfully, for connections.

Hundreds of pages of documents dating as far back as 10 to 15 years were recovered from his red Chevrolet Sonic that remained at the scene of the shooting. They also recovered documents from his hotel room, which were linked to the shooting, DeLeo said. With the help of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, which served a search warrant at his Deltona house the night of the shooting, more evidentiary documents were recovered.


#LIFEGOALS: How the CEO of this hot, hip hop yoga studio built a multi-million dollar brand

That’s the mantra behind Sarah Larson Levey’s multi-million dollar fitness concept Y7, a fleet of hot, hip hop and candlelit yoga studios she started with just seven yogis in a tiny, 300-square-foot space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn while working full time.

How Y7 Studio’s CEO turned her yoga side hustle into a business

How Y7 Studio's CEO turned her yoga side hustle into a business

“This was never supposed to be a business,” Larson Levey, who quit her day job in 2013 to pursue Y7 full-time, told Moneyish. “This started as a pop-up five years ago. It was just for fun on the weekend. We put up flyers around Williamsburg and it was free, that was it.”

Larson Levey was inspired to start Y7 after being let down by her own yoga experiences in studios with tons of light, mirrors exposing every flaw — and fall — and bad music during class.

“I left feeling bad about myself and my body,” Larson Levey admitted. “I wasn’t happy with the experiences I was getting around me, but I loved the idea of yoga; I love the idea of mind-body connection and using the things you learn in yoga in your everyday life.”

Sarah Larson Levey, CEO of Y7 (Courtesy of Larson Levey).

That’s where the Y7 concept was born. In 2013, Larson Levey decided to start hosting yoga classes in candlelit studios in windowless rooms with 90-degree infrared heat blasting and music from the likes of Drake and Cardi B in the background. The class is taught vinyasa-style, so yogis move in tandem with their breath, inhaling into a plank pose and exhaling into downward facing dog, for example. The class is broken up into three different sequences of vinyasa flows done three times each. Then there’s a “flow on your own” part of the class where yogis can freestyle in extra poses.

“There’s no shame and no holding back,” Larson Levey said. “Everyone is unapologetically being themselves. There’s no front row culture — it’s just you, and your mat, and the music, and the poses; and that’s it. That’s what I want people to understand and really experience.”

Today, classes are $25 each or $179 a month for an All-Access Membership. There are 10 studios throughout New York City and Los Angeles with an 11th studio opening in the East Village of Manhattan later this year, and expansion plans slated for D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago.

Savings plan

Larson Levey said she saved $15,000 of her own money before opening up her first studio in Williamsburg. She paid around $1,000 per month for the 350-square-foot space, including electricity, and charged $20 per class at the time. She ran four classes per day while still working her day job in the fashion industry. She hired yoga instructors she found off of Craigslist, some of whom taught for free at first to get experience, and initially paid them by the amount of people they bought into the studio.

“It was a month-to-month lease and if it didn’t work out it was no big deal,” she said, of being able to afford the added cost.

Getting after it

Larson Levey would wake up every day at 6 a.m. before going to her day job as an executive assistant in fashion to open up the studio and check yogis in at 7am before leaving for work.

After gaining a small following in Williamsburg, she and her husband started hosting Y7 classes at a Monster Cycle studio in Manhattan, renting out a ground floor studio space that cost $10,000 for the month. With little to no equipment costs — just yoga mats, towels and water bottles they sold — they were able to do it for six months.

“We didn’t go on vacation, we ate a lot of mac and cheese $1 pizza and we were able to afford it on our salaries,” Larson Levey, who paid the first and last month’s rent with savings bonds, explained, adding: “We didn’t have to sign a lease so there weren’t huge risks. Everything we made we put back into the company.”

She opened up her first studio in 2015 and quit her day job with a staff of about 15 teachers. Y7 stayed self-funded until its sixth location on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.


Here’s how to figure out your skin type (and it’s not as simple as you might think)

We don’t want to scare you but finding out your skin type is the first step to knowing how to take care of it, so you want to get it right, RIGHT? Getting it wrong could mean increased irritation and breakouts, which no one has time for.

We just wish that working out what the heck it is was a bit simpler. Some days we are convinced we are one type but by the next, we’re just not sure. Anyone else find themselves with this predicament? We thought as much, which is exactly why we recruited the help of Dr Munir Somji, professional dermatologist and expert in all things skin, to help us understand once and for all how to figure out your skin type.

Dr Somji told us how the biggest misconception is that we all only have one skin type, which would explain our occasional mystification. He says that skin type is determined by a number of factors – environmental, hormonal and lifestyle. So while you could have dry skin for the majority of the month, around your period you may experience oily days and have to adapt your skincare regime accordingly.

“The starting point to determining skin type is working out your sebaceous gland activity and these can vary around the face and at different times of the month. So your skin type can change throughout your cycle. This means you could consider changing your skincare routine to align with your period,” he told us.

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Dr Somji recommends using salicylic acid around your period if things are getting oily.

“Most people have combination skin and a common mistake is treating the whole face the same. People need to tailor their skin regime for the individual needs. No two skins are the same ‘type’.”

He suggests keeping a ‘skin diary’ to get to know your own fluctuations.

“Look at your face – for example, if you go outside and then inside, do you have a flush – you might have sensitive skin. Pore size is normally indicator of a lot of fluctuating sebum production – skin that goes from dry to oily,” Dr Somji says.

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It can be tempting to reach for stronger cleansers but keep things gentle as oily skin can be easily aggravated. Then opt for a mattifying moisturiser to keep sebum at bay.

He also suggests taking lifestyle factors into consideration: “For example, sweating at the gym – this could affect your skin and cleansing regime. You need to figure out a routine for your lifestyle.”

Your skin type can also vary throughout your life and it will evolve as you age. It’s about finding a skincare routine that matches your skin for the stage it’s at.

60% is down to genetics; the rest is down to lifestyle and hormonal factors but Dr Somji reassures us that with the right self-diagnosis, anyone can have glowing skin.


Applying a hyaluronic acid serum on wet skin makes it more moisturizing—here’s why

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You know that feeling after crushing a workout when simple H2O suddenly tastes as irresistible as Willy Wonka’s chocolate river? Well, that’s kind of how your skin feels any time you slather on hyaluronic acid serum, which is pretty much as quenching as a serum can get. But here’s the thing: If you’re applying this elixir, and it’s not working all the moisture magic, a simple application tweak could give you major results.

“After a shower when your face is damp and your pores are open ready to absorb the product is an ideal time to get the most out of [hyaluronic acid],” says Andrea Dinnick, founder and CEO of DeSavery, a brand new beauty brand that crafts their own plant-derived Desavery Smooth  Hyaluronic Acid with Clary Sage & Bergamot.

While it’s still slightly wet, your skin acts like a sponge, according to Jen Kramer, a paramedical esthetician and founder of Corrective Skincare LA.”You’re trapping the moisture on your skin and getting it to sink in rather than letting it evaporate. If you wait until it’s dry, you’ve missed your chance to lock it in,” she explains. And PS: Kramer notes that this moisturizing golden rule applies to the rest of your bod, too. So, go ahead and apply your body oil the second you step out of the shower.

“After a shower when your face is damp and your pores are open ready to absorb the product is an ideal time to get the most out of [hyaluronic acid].” -Andrea Dinnick, founder and CEO of DeSavery

Once you’ve cleansed, skip toweling off and reach straight for your HA (and body oil) of choice. “To hold onto that lovely plumped skin, apply a facial oil to seal in that hydration. It creates a moisture barrier and prevents evaporation as you face the day,” says the founder. After that you’ll just need your moisturizer and SPF, and that’s a wrap on your skin-care routine.

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10 Core Exercises for Lower Back Pain Relief

Lower back pain is a pesky problem that unfortunately, many of us have experienced at one point or another to some degree.

“Lower back pain is the most common musculoskeletal ailment in the U.S., and can often be mitigated by strengthening the core musculature,” Blake Dircksen, D.P.T., C.S.C.S., a physical therapist at Bespoke Treatments New York, tells SELF. “The ‘core’ is a cylinder of abdominal and back muscles that wraps around the body like a corset,” Dircksen explains. (The glutes are also considered a part of the core, since they connect to the pelvis and ultimately the back and abdominal muscles.) As with any muscles, by strengthening them, you will increase the amount of weight your lower back can comfortably move, which means it will be better equipped to handle the same stress from your workouts and everyday life without getting as achey.

“Without a strong core, your body will rely more on your passive structures, such as your ligaments and bones, which places more stress on discs and therefore increases your likelihood of injury,” adds Melanie Strassberg, P.T., D.P.T., clinical director of Professional Physical Therapy in New Rochelle, New York.

In addition to strengthening the core muscles, it’s also important to address any mobility problems, says Jacque Crockford, M.S., C.S.C.S., exercise physiology content manager at American Council on Exercise, which can sometimes be what’s causing pain. If specific movements like twisting or bending or extending your spine feel uncomfortable, there may be mobility (flexibility) issues at play. Doing some gentle stretching (like these yoga poses) might help. (If it gets worse with those stretches, stop and see a doctor.)

When you’re working to strengthen the core, you’ll want to focus on exercises that don’t exacerbate lower back issues. “It’s important to find out which movements (flexion, extension, rotation) cause pain or discomfort and to avoid those movements, while continuing to work into ranges that are not provoking,” Dircksen says. Crockford suggests focusing on exercises that keep the core stable and avoiding twisting movements to avoid exacerbating pain.

As with any sort of pain, it’s crucial to figure out the source so you can properly treat it. Sharp or stabbing pain that extends beyond your low back or is accompanied by symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting, could be signs of various other conditions and definitely warrant a trip to the doctor. If you have a history of lower back injuries or disc problems, always see your doctor before trying any new exercise.

But if your lower back pain is more of a general achiness or discomfort, the experts here with suggest adding some core exercises into your routine to strengthen the entire area and better support your back.

Demoing the moves is Zach Job, a New-York based artist and producer and up-and-coming drag queen whose dream of joining a circus has prompted him to train in everything from gymnastics to boxing to acro-yoga. He also likes working out with kettlebells, rock climbing, biking, and playing dodgeball.


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November 12, 2018, the US Department of Health and Human Services will announce the updates to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

In addition to the guidelines, new research is being conducted to determine how exercise can protect the heart and its potential role in cardiac regeneration.

MD Magazine® sat down with Anthony Rosenzweig, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Co-Director of Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, at the American Heart Association Scientific Session 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Rosenzweig will present a session titled “High Throughput Profiling Techniques to Identify Pathways Unique to Exercise-Induced Growth and Protection,” on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the meeting.

Interview transcript: (modified slightly for readability) 

MD Magazine®: Can you discuss your presentation on exercise-induced heart growth and protection?

Rosenzweig: A few years ago, we got interested in studying exercise a model for the healthy heart. We had this epiphany that we know a lot more about what goes wrong in disease than what actually keeps the heart healthy. So, we wondered if we could use an exercised heart as a model to help understand what pathways protect the heart. To do that we’ve used a range of different high throughput profiling approaches to categorize every gene and molecule that changes in the exercised heart.

The three takeaway messages from that that we learned are first of all when the heart grows in response to exercise its fundamentally different from when it grows in response to high blood pressure, heart attack, or something else. From a really early stage, the hearts look similar grossly, but the pathways are very different.

The second is that exercise drives a process of birth of new heart muscle cells which is very hard to do in an adult heart. Adult hearts have a very limited capacity to repair or regenerate and exercise is so far the only physiologic modifier that enhances that. So at least in animal models, it increases about five-fold if you exercise animals compared to not.

The final thing is that every pathway that we or other people looked at that we see that’s functionally important in the heart’s response to exercise also prevents against disease. So that means it is potentially a fertile area to identify new pathways that might be targets for drugs or medicines that might treat or prevent heart disease.

MD Magazine®: What are some current areas of research that are being explored in relation to cardiology and exercise?

Rosenzweig: I think one of the things that we’re particularly intrigued by is this idea that exercise enhances the low level of regenerative activity in the heart, meaning exercise enhances the ability of the heart to grow new heart muscle cells and potentially repair itself after an injury. So, if we could understand the pathways involved with that then maybe we could use those to repair a heart after a heart attack or in response to heart failure for example.

So, one of the things that we’ve done is tried to identify what are those cells that are dividing. What’s different about them? What are the particular molecular mechanisms that are involved and how can we exploit those mechanisms to try to enhance the ability of the heart? And we can do that genetically in animal models. So far, we don’t have a pathway that we have a medicine or drug that tweaks, but that’s ultimately the goal.

And then, one of the things that it’s intriguing about that is the heart is not the only organ that responds that way, the brain responds similarly, so exercise seems to be one of the few things that will drive birth of new neurons in the hippocampus, part of the brain that we didn’t think had the capacity to grow new neurons. So, we’ve wondered if are there, in fact, circulating factors that coordinate this. Are these just two different organs that both have the same response?

It’s easy to understand why the heart is involved in exercise, it beats faster, more vigorously in response to exercise. I’m a cardiologist but it’s harder for me to understand why the brain would respond or be integrally involved in the exercise. So, raising the possibility there may be circulating factors that drive the regenerative response, so started looking for those. There are now ways that you can take blood from humans or animal models and catalog all of the molecules that change in response to exercise and try to figure out if any of them, in fact, are driving that process.

I guess the other thing I would mention is we are very interested in which of these pathways would be druggable and there are some of the pathways that are related to exercise that are already targets of medicines that are in early clinical trials for other indications, not for heart disease. So, we’re trying to see whether we can use those. In animal models they actually work remarkably well in restoring function to failing hearts, so now we’re trying to talk to the companies that are involved in making those medicines to see if they would be interested in pushing that further to see if it has potential to help people.


Fall water exercise program to begin Tuesday in Fredonia

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Winter is fast approaching and with it comes the nagging aches and pains that worsen as the temperature drops.

Stay loose and limber this season by diving right in and taking a proactive approach through the Fall Water Exercise Program held at the LoGuidice Educational Center, 9520 Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia in “E” building.

The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Workforce Development Division is currently accepting registration for the program held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 or 5-6 p.m., beginning this Tuesday and ending Dec. 20.

“Warm water aerobics is a great way for anyone dealing with arthritis, joint and ligament tension or simple aches and pains that sometimes flare up as the temperature lowers,” said Mary Benson, water exercise instructor. “The benefits of water aerobics branches much further than simply relieving aches and pains, however. Participants can expect to help improve muscle tone, range of movement and motor control. Social interaction can also be a great benefit.”

Each exercise session requires a minimum of 12 students. Sign-up along with a $60 course payment must be made prior to the first class. To register or for more information, please call 805-3159. Checks should be made payable to: Erie 2 BOCES and mailed to E2CCB, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY 14048. Payment can also be made by charge card over the phone.


Doctors are not using summary care records as intended

New research indicates that Norwegian doctors do not use the summary care record in the way that authorities think. This is the conclusion of a new study by researchers at the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research.

By 2017, all residents and health personnel in Norway received access to the summary care record. This is where healthcare professionals can see the same information, regardless of whether they work as a GP, in a hospital, or emergency room.

In the new study, 25 doctors in Trondheim were asked what they think of the summary care record and how they use it. The doctors worked for emergency care, hospital emergency services, or as a general practitioner. Compared with other regions, Trondheim has used the core journal the longest.

“We were a little surprised at how they answered. It was a distinction between what the government wanted it to be used for and what functionality was the doctor’s favorite,” says senior researcher Kari Dyb from the National Center for E-Health Research.

The results were published in the international journal BMC Health Services Research.

Medicine is the favorite

The researchers found that most of the physicians interviewed mainly used only one of six features in the summary care record.

“Most of the doctors we talked to answered that they use the record to get an overview of which medications are registered for the patient. This is what they consider to be important because medication errors are potentially fatal,” says Dyb.

However, the doctors did not care much about what the authorities considered to be one of the most important elements, namely critical information. This may be information about, for example, allergies or implants.

The summary care record contains the following features:

  • Summary
  • About the patient
  • Pharmaceutical summary
  • Critical information
  • Patient history from the specialist health care
  • The patient’s own registration
Three types of patients

The research also showed that the doctors essentially used the summary care record of three patient groups: elderly, unconscious, or those with a history of drug abuse.

Senior researchers Line Lundvoll Warth (left) and Kari Dyb, have studied the use of the Norwegian summary care record. (Photo: Lene Lundberg )

“If you are unconscious, you can not communicate with the doctor of course. For older patients, they more often use many drugs, and chronic diseases are more common. A patient with substance abuse problems could try to get hold of prescription drugs,” says senior researcher Line Lundvoll Warth.

The researchers found that doctors most often used the summary care record in an emergency. Often, the patient is unknown to the healthcare personnel in the emergency room, and usually they do not meet the patient again.

“On the other hand; general practitioners know their patients well. Often they can have patients for years, some from birth until death,” says Warth.

Will not register manually

In the study, many of the doctors reported that they did not have time to manually register information in the summary care record.

“Manual registration is time consuming for health professionals, who have many tasks and a high pace. We found that they almost never registered information in the journal in the emergency room. Since the doctors did not submit information, they also did not trust the GPs to make registrations. The GPs, on their part, were concerned with privacy and protecting the information for “their” patients,” says Dyb.

Lack of trust in national ICT systems was a repeated response from the doctors.

On the other hand, the doctors had more confidence in register data that was automatically registered – such as information about medicines

Still more to investigate

Researchers must continue to do studies as the summary care record develops. The next step in the development is that nurses in the primary health care service will be given access to information in the record.

“We must follow it up. It is likely that the nurses have different views on the use and usefulness of summary records than doctors,” concludes Kari Dyb.