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PAGE 7 Ii and long-term outdoors participating in changes in the work or recreation activi- skin's structure,ties. in addition to can- cer. Those who To safeguard the skin, have been take these measures: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m so limit exposure during these times. Try to do outdoor activities in the early morn- ing or in early evening when the sun isn't so powerful TheY can also be applied topically to lower the appearance of wrinkles and skin discoloration Retinol: This substance exposed to the is ,pure: vitamin,A. i It is sun long-term Cover up - Search for TREATMENT may experi- shade at every possible important in the structure ence extrinsic occasion. Wear wide- There are many people of healthy skin and stimu- aging, which is brimmed hats and firmlywho now wisely take carelatin 'fhe renewal of ker- an early aging woven, loose-fitting, full- inthesun, but may have pre- atinocytes, which are the caused by repeat-length clothing for addi- vious sun damage from cel!s: that synthesize ker- ed exposure. The tionalprotection. Also, wear their youth or when theyatin.:Keratin is a protein skin may show sunglasses that block 95 to were less informed. There lines, wrinkling 100 percent of UV rays to are a range of treatments thatmakes up hair, skin and and lose its elastic- protect the eyes. for sun damage which nails Retinol can .smooth ity. In addition, age include nonprescriptive,and s fteiiskin. or other forms of dis- Sunblock - Sun protec- prescriptive and cosmetic Despite coloration marks may tion should be applied 20 options. Here's a look at the 2 Prescriptive: These the warnings of appear, minutes prior to leaving the options: experts, millions of people treatments are prescribed house, whether indirect or continue to go about their PREVENTION direct sun exposure is days with little concern expected. The American about sun damage. Taking active steps to Academy of Dermatology :However, too much sun shield oneself from the sun recommends a product that exposure can significantly is key to keeping skin offers an SPY of 15 or high- damage human skin in vary, healthy Some people areer with broad-spectrum degrees. Whether you more susceptible to sun UVA and UVB protection. are walking the dog, head- damage than others, so they Areas to focus on include !ng out to the car, sitting must be extra diligent in the face, ears, lips, neck and mdoors by a window or their protection efforts, the scalp if hair is thinning. 1. Nonprescriptive: These are typically appro- priate if sun damage is very minimal. Such treatments can be purchased at a neigh- borhood pharmacy Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs): AHAs remove dead skin cells from the surface bya dermatologist based on the severity of skin damage. Tretinoin: This gel or cream has been shown to reverse sun damage 'and smooth the skin in a num- ber of weeks. It can also :spendlng time outrode when These individuals include For extended exposure, and increase moisture lev- fade i brown spots and is cloudy, you are being fair-skinned people; those reapply every few hours,els below to create a improve skin texture. xposed to harmful UV who .take certain medica- smoother, more healthy rays. skin tone. Antioxidants, like vita- mins C and E: These sub- stances work from within to stimulate the formation and support of the skin, includ- ing collagen production. Don't substitute - Some people think that indoor tan- ning beds are safer than out- door tanning. This is not the case. Watch the clock - The sun is the strongest between Hydroquinones: These topical treatments reduce the production of melanin, the substance which colors the skin and is responsible for tanning. This treatment helps remove overpigment- tions such as antibiotics, -: which may cause height- The heat of the sun dries ened sensitivity to the sun; : out areas of unprotected people who live close to the i! :iskin and depletes the skin's equator or in higher eleva- i i supply of natural lubricat- tions; those with a family mg oils. In addition, UV history of skin cancer; and radiation can cause burning those who spend a lot of time ed cells while enhancing skin tone and clarity. 3. Cosmetic: Cosmetic procedures involve a trip to the dermatologist or per- haps aplastic surgeon Chemical peels: A chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the outer layer. Redness and irritation may occur, but as the skin regenerates, the results may be smoother and softer skin. Microdermabrasion: The outer layer of skin is gently scraped away to encourage new growth. Fine lines, discoloration and texture can occur after mul- tiple applications. Collagen injections: Injections fill out wrinkles or scarring caused by sun damage Regular injections may be necessary. Laser resurfacing: A laser essentially removes the outer layers of skin to improve appearance. Alcohol and drug addic- across the country. :,tion plagues thousands of According tothe . people because it knows no Department of Health and boundaries of social or eco- Human Services, almost nomic class. Today, sub- one in 10 Americans is : stance abuse is on the rise addicted to alcohol, cocaine or methamphetamines. 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When a violent tornado leveled her home, Sabrina was severe- ly injured and suffered per- manent nerve damage. In an effort to self-medicate, Sabrina turned to alcohol and marijuana to ease her suffering. She eventually moved on to "harder" drugs like methamphetamine (crystal meth), and by age 16 she was hooked on the drug. In the next year, Sabrina temporarily quit meth when she became pregnant, but quickly resumed old habits after her baby was born. Eventually her drug addic- tion and inability to care for her child caused her to lose custody of her son. Soon her determination to get her son back outweighed her desire for meth, further giving Sabrina the motivation she needed to get clean. Sabrina participated in five differ- ent drug-treatment pro- grams, none of which helped her to achieve long- term sobriety. "I just wasn't able to get sober and stay sober," Sabrina admits. The National Institutes of HealtlI and National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that substance dependence is a complex disease, and the best out- comes are believed to be derived from an approach that addresses the physical aspects of dependence as well asthe psychological and social components. Further medical research shows that addiction is a chronic medical disease associated with biochemi- cal changes in the brain These changes in brain chemistry play a significant role in the physical symp- toms of substance depend- ence, including cravings and withdrawal. The treatment of indi- viduals suffering from addiction and substance abuse has long been one of the most significant unmet needs in the healthcare industry. In response to this, Terren S. Peizer founded Hythiam Inc a healthcare services management com- pany devoted to under- standing addiction, devel- oping licensing and com- mercializing innovative treatment protocols to improve the treatment of alcoholism and drug addic- tion. "Addiction is a multi-fac- torial disease with a histor- ical emphasis on the behav- ioral component," said Peizer. "To date, our focus has been on building a national footprint to make our protocols accessible to as many people suffering from alcoholism or sub- stance dependence as pos- sible." my experience, otherwise not even have made it past the acute withdrawal phase, much less into the recovery phase. With Prometa as a tool, a physician can more rapidly address the psycho- logical and physiological comorbidities that underlie this complex disease." The medically super- vised Prometa treatment for alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine depend- ence begins with two to three visits to a physician who administers prescrip- tion medications and nutri- tional supplements. For cocaine and methampheta- mine dependence, a second medically supervised treat- ment requiring two addi- tional out-patient visits takes place three weeks after the initial treatment. The Prometa treatment also includes one month of pre- scription medications and nutritional supplements. In addition, a limited amount of p/'ofessional counseling is offered. Clinical studies are PrometaTM, Hythiam's patent-pending treatmentunderway to evaluate for use in treating addic- Prometa and to confirm tion, is designed to target reports from physicians the adverse changes in who are currently treating brain chemistry that occur patients with Prometa. with alcohol, cocaine or Doctors have witnessed methamphetamine depend- ence. optimistic outcomes that have helped some of their "I have pel:sonally patients begin to take their observed Prometa's effects lives back from the grips of in combating my patients' addiction Sabrinahas expe- cravings. We seek to enable patients to enter recovery rienced positive results without having to battle.with the treatment, and has constant cravings and anx- since returned to college iety," said Dr. Matthew and is working to regain Torrington. "Prometa hascustody of her son. allowed me to treat many individuals who would, in