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HEALTH
January 31, 2011 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Humans can out-smile, out-smirk and out-glower every other animal on the planet, all thanks to an array of facial muscles lying just below the skin. The muscles flex and twitch throughout out the day whether we think about them or not. Lately, facial muscles have been getting a lot of attention. Many books, DVDs and websites claim that it's possible to lift sags, smooth out wrinkles and generally turn back the clock simply by giving the face a regular, vigorous workout. Carolyn's Facial Fitness, an exercise kit sold online for about $40, includes a DVD demonstrating 28 exercises that contort the face in ways you probably didn't know were possible, a CD to help pace the exercises and an instruction booklet.
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BUSINESS
November 10, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
When potential employers ask Tracy Blakeley about her personal life, she assumes they're not making idle chit chat. They're trying to figure out how old she is. "They ask if I have kids or grandkids," Blakeley, 53, said. "They won't ask you your birth date, but they'll ask when you graduated from high school. " Blakeley has a rock-solid work ethic, good computer skills and an upbeat personality. What she doesn't have is a permanent job, despite trying her hardest to find one. It's a common story for people in their 50s, 60s and even 70s. Nearly 2 million people ages 55 and older are looking for a job these days, twice as many as before the Great Recession.
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NEWS
September 20, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Dermal fillers for facial wrinkles, such as Juvederm and Restylane, are a huge business in the United States. But researchers are already working on the next generation of fillers, which may include a solid, threadlike filler. Stanford doctor Geoffrey C. Gurtner said Tuesday that a solid state hyaluronic acid filler was less painful and worked well in a study of 31 people. The research, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Denver, was conducted in South America on patients seeking treatment for a variety of reasons, such as filling crows feet or forehead wrinkles or for lip volumizing and contouring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
I'm sorry I missed testimony today about the city of Bell paying for ex-mayor Oscar Hernandez to get hair plugs and forking over $10,000 more for former Councilman George Cole to attend weight-loss camp. On the other hand, I did get to L.A. County court in time to hear former city official Angela Spaccia say her pay was grossly bloated. "Were you being overpaid?" asked her attorney. Spaccia was hauling away more than $500,000 a year at one point, so she must have known that if she answered "no," the entire jury and two dozen more courtroom witnesses would have choked at the same time.
HEALTH
August 21, 2006 | Hilary E. MacGregor, Times Staff Writer
BOTOX may do more than relax wrinkles and eliminate laugh lines among beauty junkies at high-end spas. Injecting Botox around a serious facial wound enhances healing and makes scarring less severe, a new study has found. When repairing a serious facial laceration, surgeons seek to make scars as slight as possible. To do so, they try to reduce tension of the skin around the cut while the wound is healing.
NEWS
June 8, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
As if wrinkles weren't enough to worry about: Deepening smile lines and crow's feet just might indicate weak bones, a risk for future fractures, new research suggests. The study that led to such a conclusion hasn't been published yet, and an association is far from proven, but that's the early supposition from Yale University researchers. They peered at wrinkles on the faces and necks of 114 post-menopausal women and compared them to bone mass and density from X-ray and ultrasound measurements.
NEWS
December 6, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that makes no attempt to hide her wrinkles, furrowed brow and gray hair went on display today, and its creator said the monarch likes it a lot. The painter, Richard Stone, said he realized that some people might be shocked by the life-size picture, which shows the queen in profile wearing a crown, jewelry and robes for the annual state opening of Parliament.
IMAGE
May 3, 2009 | Alexandra Drosu
Maybe we can blame snakes for our wrinkles. After all, as the story goes, it was a snake that tempted Eve, getting her expelled from Eden and doomed to a mortal life filled with fine lines and wrinkles. So isn't it about time that the slithering serpent made amends? More than a half-dozen skin-care companies think so, incorporating a synthetic venom into their formulations to help diminish signs of aging. The products sprang from an "aha!"
HEALTH
January 24, 2005 | Hilary E. MacGregor, Times Staff Writer
All over this youth-obsessed city, beauty junkies in search of the next miracle skin-care product are rushing to their dermatologists' offices on a quest: Find Prevage. Launched just this month by Allergan Inc., the Irvine-based pharmaceutical company best known for its blockbuster Botox product, Prevage contains idebenone, an antioxidant that the company claims reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At $115 an ounce, the cream is expensive.
OPINION
April 21, 2007 | MEGHAN DAUM
I'M AS SHOCKED as anyone by this, but apparently Botox and other cosmetic procedures designed to "refresh" the face are now a liability in Hollywood. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that many well-known actresses are possessed of such an improbable age-to-smooth-skin ratio that television studios are actually looking to other countries, such as Britain and Canada, when casting for roles that don't necessarily require a 16-year-old look.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
A genial "Hangover" for the AARP set, "Last Vegas" is roughly what you'd expect, or fear, but a little better. The four stars of the thing, born between 1937 and 1947, are Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. The set-up: Lifelong Flatbush-born pals reunite for the bachelor party of the Douglas character, a Malibu slicko marrying a much younger woman. Old grudges reignite; new hijinks (bikini-contest judging, fistfights with twerps one-third their age) ensue; a tax attorney turned Vegas lounge singer (?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Her name graces no labels, but millions wear Ruth Benerito creations daily. A government chemist, Benerito led a team that helped create wrinkle-resistant cotton - an innovation that spared homemakers hours of ironing and breathed new life into an industry smothered in rayon, polyester and other synthetics. Benerito, who was credited with 55 patents and more than 200 professional publications, died Oct. 5 at her home in Metairie, La., family members said. She was 97. Until Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, she had lived in the same house for 56 years, sharing it in her later years with an older sister.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
It's getting easier for Baby Boomers to hide their years. Federal regulators for the first time have approved Botox injections to temporarily ease the appearance of crow's feet. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the drug, made by Irvine-based Allergan Inc., to treat wrinkles that form on the outside edge of the eyes. The decision comes 11 years after the FDA approved Botox for the temporary improvement of wrinkles between the eyebrows, known as frown lines.
NEWS
August 6, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Sarah Jessica Parker says she is not as into fashion as people expect her to be, but at age 48, she believes in "buying as many anti-aging creams as possible. " [Express] Still, she is on the cover of September's Harper's Bazaar wearing a Marc Jacobs dress, and inside she models looks by Oscar de la Renta, Gucci and Chanel. [Harper's Bazaar] Supermodel Elle McPherson married hotelier Jeffrey Soffer in Fiji. [Los Angeles Times] Susan Koger, founder of online vintage purveyor Modcloth , has launched a plus-size line.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Jamie Jamison still has the 1996 copy of Spin-Off magazine dedicated to cotton and color, the issue that inspired her to plant her own cotton. A member of the Southern California Handweavers' Guild , she already knew how to dye her own fabric for weaving. The logical next step was to plant some cotton seeds near the clothesline in her West L.A. backyard. She tried brown and green varieties but had her best luck with the white. The cotton took over its first location and had to be moved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
KERMAN, Calif. - "Look, look," said Marvin Horne, squinting in the sun as he showed his wife a small bunch of Thompson seedless grapes just plucked from his lush green vines. He took the tiniest bite out of one and made a face. "We're about two months away. " In late August, when the grapes ripen, Marvin and Laura Horne will pick the fruit, lay it to dry on 2-by-3-foot sheets of white paper and like a thousand other farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, pray against rain as the crop slowly shrivels into raisins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1986 | ADAM GORFAIN, Times Staff Writer
The beauty of Chinese Shar-Pei dogs runs more than skin deep, although their wrinkled coats are among their main attractions, lovers of the rare breed say. The puppies look like their coats need pressing. But people who think the dogs are as mournful or awkward as their skin might suggest are barking up the wrong tree, says Shar-Pei breeder Scott White of North Hollywood.
IMAGE
July 11, 2010 | By Alexandra Drosu, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As women begin to notice changes to the face — fine wrinkles across the forehead, laugh lines, thinner lips and darker circles underneath the eyes — they often look for help to combat these first signs of aging. Over-the-counter creams are limited in their effectiveness, and plastic surgery may be too extreme a response, but dermal fillers offer an attractive solution: immediate, subtle results that can last from several months to a year or more. "A very animated, expressive individual will develop lines much sooner," says Beverly Hills dermatologist, Dr. Nathan Newman.
TRAVEL
March 9, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Take a night light (and extra bulbs), and plug it into the hotel or cruise ship bathroom. Great when getting up during the night in different surroundings. I write a big note to myself to be sure I pack it. Been doing this for at least 25 years and have never forgotten to remove it. Judy Carter-Johnson Seal Beach Take a small (3-ounce) empty spray bottle to combat clothing wrinkles. When I get to my destination, I unpack and hang the clothes I will be wearing (or you can also lay them flat on the bed)
BUSINESS
March 3, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The company: Allergan Inc. Headquarters: Irvine Ticker: AGN Employees: 10,800 Leadership: David E.I. Pyott, chief executive since 1998 Revenue: $5.8 billion in 2012 Net income: $1.1 billion in 2012 Stock price: $108.60 at Friday's close 52-week range: $81.28 to $109.31 P/E ratio: 22.8 based on 2013 estimated earnings Annual dividend: 5 cents, a current yield of about...
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