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Buyer Beware: Non-Invasive Fat Loss Procedures Don’t Work Well

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on February 17th, 2016 Tags: ,

Many of us would love a quick fix for losing extra fat. Noninvasive fat-removal procedures are particularly tempting because they target areas that many people consider problems — thighs, belly, hips — without cutting the skin.

In these non-surgical procedures, a technician uses a tool to target fat cells with cold or heat to try to destroy them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

Study Finds Unhealthy Chemicals in “Green” Home and Personal Products

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on April 22nd, 2015 Tags: , ,

When it comes to keeping breast cancer risk as low as it can be, our best bet is to avoid using cleaning and personal products that contain chemicals linked to cancer. Some of us may be drawn to products labeled “green,” or “natural” because these words suggest that the manufacturer has carefully checked the safety of the product’s ingredients. And on this Earth Day 2015,…

Regular Talk About Irregularity: What to Do When You Can’t Go

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on May 21st, 2014 Tags: , , , ,

Referred to politely as “irregularity,” constipation happens to all of us once in a while. If you’re being treated for breast cancer, you might have it more often. Chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, some targeted therapies, and many pain medicines are known to cause constipation. You also may have constipation alternating with diarrhea. But whether you’re constipated a couple times a year or once a week, struggling…

Alternatives to the Pill

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on April 23rd, 2014 Tags: ,

The need for safe, effective birth control is shared by many women around the world. More than 10 million American women use birth control pills — and many use this method of contraception for long periods of time. If you’re one of them, you know why: the tiny pills are easy to take and extremely effective if you take them as directed. Plus, they help…

Are Antiperspirants Safe?

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on December 5th, 2013 Tags: ,

Patients often ask me about things they’re exposed to every day that might increase cancer risk. Sometimes, the answers are straightforward: No, microwave ovens aren’t linked to cancer; yes, smoking is. Far more often, though, the answer is cloudier. In many cases, it’s hard for science to find a firm link between things we suspect are making us sick and a specific disease. That’s because…

Straight Talk About Straight Hair

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on August 28th, 2013 Tags: ,

When it comes to our hair, we often want what we haven’t got. This seems particularly true when it comes to glossy, straight hair. Practically no one is born with it, so we end up forcing our hair into the style we want.

As someone who’s always had curly hair, I’m married to my anti-frizz cream. But I use curling irons and blow dryers to…

Let’s Talk Toothpaste

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on July 31st, 2013 Tags: , ,

Like washing our hands and moisturizing our skin, brushing our teeth is an everyday habit that’s 100% routine. We do it without thinking about it at all.

Once in a while, though, we should. In the past, we’ve talked about making safe soap and moisturizer choices. Now it’s time to give toothpaste some attention, too. Any product you use every day is worth…

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