• Fede Montagud, editor

    Facial wrinkles may predict bone fracture risk

    25 Feb

    Yale School of Medicine researchers link wrinkles on the face with the likelihood of bone fractures. The study suggests that the deeper the wrinkles and the softer the skin around the mouth, eyes, forehead and neck in post-menopausal women, the greater the risk of bone fractures.


    The Yale researchers believe that the link between wrinkles and fractures may be collagen, a type of protein found in both the skeleton and the skin. Collagen is lost during menopause and this results in both wrinkles and a weakening in bone density. However, since other factors have a bearing on the development of wrinkles (genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle and diet), for the moment the scientists prefer to be cautious about their results.




    ABC News

  • Núria Estapé, science journalist

    Stress affects the health of our skin

    19 Feb


    Can stress cause skin diseases? Psychodermatology shows that it can. From before birth, the brain and skin are closely associated. Dermatitis, psoriasis and acne are often the result of emotional situations beyond the control of our mind. We need to try and manage stress to keep our skin healthy and looking good.


    Psychological stress is a state of excessive physiological stimulation of the body caused by intensely lived emotional experiences. Like a car travelling at too many revolutions, the body strives to adapt. But if it is overwhelmed by a situation for a lengthy period of time, the stressed body will succumb to disease just as a car will break down. This phenomenon is called somatization. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    Men sweat twice as much as women

    17 Feb


    When doing intense physical exercise, men begin to sweat earlier than women.  What’s more, after the same amount of time on a stationary bike, men perspire almost twice as much as women in control areas of the skin (forehead, chest, back, forearms and thighs).


    These are the experimental findings of a team of Japanese scientists at Osaka International University and the University of Kobe. Previous studies have indicated that testosterone may affect perspiration patterns. However, the Japanese scientists think that evolution may provide the answer: women avoid perspiration as a strategy to avoid dehydration in hot environments, whereas men’s sweating is a strategy to quickly achieve a better physical performance.  



    BBC News Health




  • Laura Chaparro, science journalist

    Beware of piercings!

    15 Feb


    Piercings are fashionable with young people. Nowadays, holes pierce the skin anywhere on the body—the mouth, ears, navel, nipples, genitals—because that’s what fashion dictates. But the medical statistics demonstrate that invading the body’s protective layer often leads to health complications.


    Currently, piercings are yet another element in the image we project. Whether as a sign of rebellion, to mark a difference or for aesthetic reasons, piercings are popular among young people in Western countries and are often combined with tattoos on the body. However, people are often not aware of certain short- to medium-term risks of piercing the skin. Read More