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Posted - Jul. 30, 2004 at 8:20 a.m.



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There are many causes of hair loss, Jul 30, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- including diseases and genetics -- but mainly people lose hair due to poor grooming, a U.S. dermatologist said. Hair damage is a result of trauma to the physical structure of the hair that occurs every day," Dr. Zoe Draelos of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, told the American Academy of Dermatology's summer scientific session.

Draelos recommends all chemicals used on mature hair should be weaker than those used on younger hair. "Hair degrades with age and the less done to it the better, including less combing of wet hair, avoiding ponytails and tight hair clips," Draelos said.

CONDOMS RECOMMENDED FOR PID

Women who suffer from pelvic inflammatory disease should consider having their sexual partner use a condom, concludes a University of Pittsburgh study. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, finds consistent condom users were half as likely to have an episode of recurrent PID as those women whose partners never used condoms. Women who reported regular use of condoms were 60 percent less likely to become infertile. "Bacteria that cause cervical infection can travel into the upper genital tract and trigger PID," said the study's leader, Dr. Roberta Ness. PID is linked to chronic pelvic pain, tubal pregnancies and infertility.

PERMANENT WEIGHT LOSS EXAMINED

Permanent weight loss needs exercise, behavior change and perhaps a weight-loss support program, a Connecticut study has found. "The women who maintained their weight loss were more aware of their trigger foods and portion sizes, and they all exercised regularly," said study leader Diane Berry, a postdoctoral fellow at Yale School of Nursing. "They also recognized it is something they will have to work at for the rest of their lives." The study, published in Nursing Science Quarterly, tracked 20 women who had maintained a weight loss of 15 to 144 pounds for more than one year to 27 years. Of the eighteen women who maintained the weight loss, only one had not been enrolled in a weight-loss support program.

DEPRESSION LINKED TO UNHEALTHY BEHAVIORS

U.S. adults spent an average of three days a month feeling "sad, blue, or depressed" during 1995-2000, a government study has found. "People who reported a higher number of sad, blue or depressed days also reported engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as cigarette smoking and physical inactivity," said the study, which was published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta analyzed 166,000 survey responses and found that women reported more days with depressive symptoms than men -- 3.5 days compared to 2.4 days. More education or a higher household income -- more than $50,000 -- tended to reduce depressive symptoms.

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(EDITORS: For more information on HAIR, contact the American Academy of Dermatology at 1-888-462-3376 or aad.org. For PID, Michele Baum at (412) 647-3555 or baummd@upmc.edu. For WEIGHT, Jacqueline Weaver at (203) 432-8555 or mjacqueline.weaver@yale.edu. For DEPRESSION, Rosemarie Kobau at (770) 488-5464 or rmk4@cdc.gov)

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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