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 What's the Latest?

Spa-ing 411 for brown skin facials
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Linda Harding-Bond received several requests for interviews from various magazines specializing in beauty for brown women. The recurring theme in all of her conversations with these women of color was the desire to find skin care specialists who understood their skin. They were willing to pay whatever it cost for the freedom to relax and know that they would leave their facial treatment physically unscathed. As I delved deeper into this issue I continued to be amazed by the knee-jerk reactions of some members of the spa industry. More

Fall fashion: Translating trends to reality
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As we line up fall wardrobes for our clients, most of whom are in their 50s, we always figure out a way to infuse the trends while still keeping their looks real and appropriate, meaning wearable and translatable to everyday life. This fall the lines are clean, sleek and tailored, with sharp shoulders; on the other side of the spectrum, there are romantic details, such as burnout velvet and lace. Here are some of the key trends and our recommendations on how to make them wearable. More

Miracle toddler Pippie Kruger's skin has healed so well that it has 'astonished' her doctors
Times Live    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The 3-year-old girl is undergoing intensive therapy at a rehabilitation clinic in South Africa after she was severely burnt in an accident on New Year's Eve. But though she has learnt to smile again she is more likely to smile at strangers than at her therapists. The toddler, called "a fighter" by her plastic surgeon, made international news when she became the first South African to have replacement skin grown for her in a laboratory in Boston. More

Is Facebook too big to survive?
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Back in 2007, Jeff Stibel wrote a prediction for my book 'Wired for Thought' that MySpace would soon be overtaken by a little known network called Facebook. Most people, including his Harvard editors, thought he was delusional. MySpace was all the rage and experts were predicting it would overtake Google, Yahoo!, the written word, even communication itself. But just like every social network before it, MySpace flamed out. More

Dubious testosterone treatments are more popular than ever
Gawker    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Getting old is terrifying. That's probably why many men — concerned about gaining weight, losing their sex drives, and generally being schlubbier than they once were — are now turning to testosterone treatments. Whether testosterone actually slows down the aging process, however, is unclear. Just ask Dr. Sergei Romashkan from the National Institute on Aging. More

 Tuesday 'Toon

 Business Briefs

iPhone 5: Worth it for your business?
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While CEO Tim Cook has said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is doubling down on its legendary secrecy, Apple's factories abroad have doubled as rumor mills, feeding the media a buffet of classified details. Will the new iPhone change how you do business? Let the alleged new features help you decide. More

Secret sources of cash for your business
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Important election years are notoriously difficult times for financial institutions and investors to make long-term decisions. There is simply too much uncertainty associated with a potential change in the Administration or a shift in party control of Congress. Investors like certainty. But there is one thing that investors like more than certainty — returns. Right now investors are sitting on one of the largest stockpiles of cash in history and they are waiting to deploy that cash if the right investments are presented to them. For some investors — your company may be the perfect opportunity. More

 Marketing 101

What is a Facebook 'like' worth to a brand?
Upstart Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's great to have a consumer "like" your brand on Facebook, but what is it really worth in dollars and cents? Diamond Candles, which makes all-natural soy candles, actually found out. Diamond Candles includes a ring worth anywhere from $10 to $5,000 in every candle, and its Facebook site is full of images posted by women wearing rings that came with the candle. For the brand, which boasts more than 143,000 Facebook likes, each engagement on the social network was worth 1 cent, and every "advocacy," in which someone actually recommended the product, was valued at $1.07. More

Pinning with Pinterest
GCI Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly everyone is busy commenting, liking, following or tweeting these days. But how about pinning? One of the latest and hottest social media trends is Pinterest, a social media venue all about exploring and discovering new things. It allows its users to share and curate ideas by "pinning" images or videos to various themed pinboards using a "Pin It" button, and users and fellow pinners can then choose to follow none, a few or all of some else's boards. More

 Teaching Tips

How accurately do students track their participation?
Faculty Focus    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Grading participation presents a number of challenges. If instructors rely on their sense of who participated, how often, and in what ways, that can be a pretty subjective measure. After all, besides noting who's contributing, the instructor needs to listen to what the student is saying, and frame a response while keeping the larger discussion context in mind. More

From management to engagement
Edutopia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As educators, we are always looking for management strategies to try in the classroom. Note I said "strategies" — not "solutions." Many Edutopia bloggers have written about strategies and ideas for classroom management. I've also written a blog on PBL management strategies, but many of those same strategies can be used in non-PBL contexts. When picking strategies, we have to know that because they are strategies, some may not work. But we can still build our toolkit so that we have something to try in any context. More

 Spa Clinicals

Touch therapies for pain relief in adults
Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Group via The Cochrane Library    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
BACKGROUND: Pain is a global public health problem affecting the lives of large numbers of patients and their families. Touch therapies (Healing Touch (HT), Therapeutic Touch (TT) and Reiki) have been found to relieve pain, but some reviews have suggested there is insufficient evidence to support their use.

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of touch therapies (including HT, TT, and Reiki) on relieving both acute and chronic pain; to determine any adverse effect of touch therapies.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) or Controlled Clinical Trials (CCTs) evaluating the effect of touch on any type of pain were included. Similarly, only studies using a sham placebo or a 'no treatment' control was included.

RESULTS: Twenty four studies involving 1153 participants met the inclusion criteria. There were five, sixteen and three studies on HT, TT and Reiki respectively. Participants exposed to touch had on average of 0.83 units (on a 0 to ten scale) lower pain intensity than unexposed participants (95% Confidence Interval: -1.16 to -0.50). Results of trials conducted by more experienced practitioners appeared to yield greater effects in pain reduction. It is also apparent that these trials yielding greater effects were from the Reiki studies. Whether more experienced practitioners or certain types of touch therapy brought better pain reduction should be further investigated. Two of the five studies evaluating analgesic usage supported the claim that touch therapies minimized analgesic usage. The placebo effect was also explored. No statistically significant (P = 0.29) placebo effect was identified.

CONCLUSIONS: Touch therapies may have a modest effect in pain relief. More studies on HT and Reiki in relieving pain are needed. More studies including children are also required to evaluate the effect of touch on children.

 COA-Approved Continuing Education

Cell journey to the top — A biological adventure
Presented by Alexandra Zani    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No single cell gets to the top alone. This includes the keratinocytes that form a strong skin barrier and stratum corneum. This presentation will review skin layers, purpose and function. In a multi-cultural world, traditional skin typing and describing skin conditions are no longer acceptable. Understanding the complex cellular journey brings new understanding to the dermal frontier.

At the conclusion of the presentation the teacher will be able to:

  • Recognize a new perspective on cell function
  • Define each layer's role and purpose
  • Illustrate oxidative stress and lifestyle choices
  • Evaluate the role of skin types/condition, appearance and treatments

    To begin the webinar, click here.

    Download the registration form right here.

    View other COA-approved CE webinars.

  •  Political Advocacy Position

    Ultrasound Position
    NCEA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is the position of the NCEA that:

  • Low frequency, low power, ultrasound and sonic devices intended for skin cleansing, exfoliation and product application, should be used by a "licensed professionals"
  • There shall be a minimum level of education for the use of low frequency, low power ultrasound and sonic devices
  • If licensed professionals wish to use low frequency, low power ultrasound and sonic devices, they should take the necessary licensing education to include theoretical and practical application as part of their core curriculum or as continuing education modules

    Disclaimer: The NCEA recommends that "licensed professionals" abide by federal, state and local regulations.

    Download complimentary powerpoint entitled, "Advocating for your Profession."

  •  Quotable Quote

    Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.

    — Mark Twain


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