Tue07222014

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New Propel method speeds up orthodontic treatments


courtesy of Dr. David R. Boschken
The Propel technique accelerates a patient’s orthodontic treatment with no recovery time required.

There are myriad reasons why people choose not to straighten their teeth, including financial considerations, fear of painful treatments and their age.

However, with all the new advances in orthodontic technology – impression-free scanning, invisible braces and self-ligating braces – there are now more options for teens and adults alike.

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Are e-cigarettes the answer to quitting?

Some say that quitting smoking is one of the hardest things a person can do. A recent trend and apparent beacon of hope for smoking cessation is the e-cigarette, but there are many unanswered questions about these products. Can they really help you quit smoking? Are they safe? Are they addictive?

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Schizophrenia: Coping with symptoms, social stigma


Sometimes they hear voices and have hallucinations. They say things that don’t make sense. They can be delusional, antisocial or show no emotion. Their experiences and behavior seem strange to most of us, but to those with schizophrenia, it is all very real.

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About face: Former model-turned-esthetician aims to make others look, feel younger


When cystic acne wreaked havoc on his self-esteem – not to mention his skin – Richard Haxton didn’t run and hide. He hit the books and studied.

Haxton, a Los Altos-based medical esthetician, said the embarrassment he felt as a former model with “very severe” disfiguring and discoloring acne in his late teens and early 20s led him to seek advice and various treatments – none of which appeared ideal. He said his self-esteem hit an all-time low when he found himself waiting until 3 a.m. to venture out to shop for groceries one day.

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