Posts Tagged ‘The Daily Mail’

WHERE DID THE HUMAN NOSE SHAPE COME FROM?

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Petite, bulbous, hooked, up-turned, sharp, wide, or prominent, people attribute the shapes and distinctive characteristics of their noses to a parent or grandparent through the study of genetics.  But did you know that the unique shape actually formed as a result of evolutionary adaptation? According to an article published in the Journals of PLOS Genetics, nose shape among populations are not simply the result of genetic drift, but may be adaptations to climate.

Rather than focusing on the variations in height, skin color or hair color throughout the world, global researchers led by a team at the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University, took into consideration a variety of nasal differences, such as nasal, height, ridge length and tip protrusion of 476 subjects who have ancestry in Africa, Asia, and Europe.   According to Dr. Mark D. Shriver, Professor of Biological Anthropology, “We focused on nose traits that differ across populations and looked at geographical variation with respect to temperature and humidity.”  His team concluded that the width of the nostrils and the base of the nose measurements differed across populations more than could be accounted for by “genetic drift” — indicating an act of natural selection in the evolution of human nose shapes.

Analyzed, it appears that wider noses are more common in warm and humid climates than narrower one, which are typically found in cold and dry environments.  “Out of all the aspects of nose shape that we studied, only the width of the nose stands out as being more different across populations than expected by chance,” shares Arslan Zaidi, the study’s co-author, with The Daily Mail.  “Most of the genetic and phenotypic variation among humans exists within populations, not between them.”

THE SEXAGENARIAN SUPER MODEL!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Maye Musk, 68, may be one of the most in-demand models for New York Fashion Week next month.  The glamma grandma, registered dietician nutritionist, and mother of billionaire, Elon Musk, has been working in fashion for more than fifty years; however, it was not until she started letting her hair go gray that she found true success.  “When I was approaching 60, I got sick of being blonde, so I decided to stop coloring my hair. I grew out the gray and I cut it short. People said, ‘You’ll never work again with short gray hair,’ but it came out white and everybody loved it,” she shared with Harper’s Bazaar.  “I got a billboard in Times Square for Target and a billboard in Madison Square Garden for Verizon and my career took off. I started getting a lot of high fashion work then, too,” she continued.  The brand ambassador for Atelier Swarovski has signed with top modeling agency, IMG, worked for beauty brands, Clinique and Revlon, shot spreads for Elle and Italian Vogue, and has even appeared in a Beyoncé video.  “Looking back, letting my hair go natural was an amazing decision because I started getting major ad campaigns. I also signed with agencies in Europe and travelled to many different cities, which I loved. People would stop me in the street and say they loved my hair.”  Musk has become the poster girl of the Greynaissance movement, which has emerged from  a new generation of fashion and beauty consumers  who respond better to products advertised by women their own age.

AGE-PROOFING YOUR SMILE

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

dental-aging

Did you know that aging affects your smile?  Most oral alterations occur during peri-menopause and are attributed to hormonal changes as well as the aging of oral tissues.  Symptoms may include Burning Mouth Syndrome (an extreme pain and burning in the  tongue, lips, palate, and gums), Hyposialia (dryness of the mouth), mucosal changes (ranging from bleeding gums and ulcers to fungal infections), and Osteoporosis and Periodontitis (bone loss and gum recession).  So what is an Undercover Agent to do?  Recently The Daily Mail shared some insights.

Because salivary production is the first line of defence against acid attack from plaque bacteria and acidic food and drink, peri-menopausal women need to be diligent about their teeth cleaning.  According to London dentist, Dr. Uchenna Okoye, “The night-time clean is the most important as it’s when our saliva production drops naturally.”  Okove recommends using a fluoride toothpaste for its anti-bacterial benefits.

Boosting hydration is also key.  According to holistic dentist, Dr. David Cook, “often people with dry mouths drink more sodas and juices, which cause acid erosion.”  The good doctor recommends non-fruit herbal teas and water, which reduce acidity in the mouth.  A natural way to improve salivary flow is by chewing, but be careful about your food choices.  “The only safe snacks are raw nuts, cheese, plain yogurt and raw crunchy vegetables such as celery and carrots or a boiled egg,” explains Dr. Cook, “as these foods don’t cause plaque bacteria and are not acidic.” (more…)