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Weaves, braids may speed hair loss in black women

first_imgHealthLifestyle Weaves, braids may speed hair loss in black women by: – April 14, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Health.com — Weaves and braids may contribute to a type of permanent hair loss that appears to be common among black women, a new study has found.More than one-quarter of the 326 black women who participated in the study had hair loss on the top of their scalp, and of those women, 59 percent had signs of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or CCCA, a poorly understood form of baldness that begins at the crown of the head and leads to scarring.For many years, CCCA was known as “hot comb alopecia” because it was attributed to the use of hot combs to straighten curly hair. That appears to be a misnomer. Neither hot comb treatments nor chemical relaxers, which were used by more than 90 percent of the study participants, were linked with CCCA in the study, but braids, weaves, and other so-called traction hairstyles that tug at the scalp were.Health.com: Naturally gorgeous hair makeoversBlack women often maintain these styles for long periods of time, and the stress they exert on the scalp can lead to the development of pus-filled bumps, says the lead researcher, Angela Kyei, M.D., a dermatologist and chief resident at the Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute. “Over time, these bumps can develop bacteria” that can lead to scarring, she explains.Making matters worse, women who are already losing their hair are more likely to favor these hairstyles because they help disguise thinning hair, the study notes.Black women should consider refraining from using these hairstyles on young children, and they need to think about the consequences for themselves, Kyei says. “If you start to notice this type of hair loss, get evaluated early,” she urges.Health.com: 15 ways to be a natural beautyThe average age of the women with CCCA was 58. The condition often presents itself when women are in their 40s, but it’s sometimes seen in women as young as their 20s and 30s.It’s not clear from the study that these hairstyles are solely responsible for CCCA, however. Women with the condition tended to have balding maternal grandfathers, and they were also more likely to have diabetes. While only 8 percent of the women overall had type 2 diabetes, 18 percent of those with CCCA did?a “surprising finding,” Kyei says.Dermatologist Andrew F. Alexis, M.D., the director of the Skin of Color Center at St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital, in New York City, says that more research is needed to confirm a link between CCCA and diabetes. “However, it does suggest that it may be useful for dermatologists to ask their CCCA patients about diabetes and refer them to their primary care physicians for annual screening,” he says.Health.com: Could you have type 2? 10 diabetes symptomsIn the study, which was published Monday on the website of the Archives of Dermatology, researchers asked women from two African-American churches and a health fair in Cleveland about their medical history, family history of hair loss, and hair grooming practices. Dermatologists trained in hair loss examined the women’s scalps and graded them on the degree of hair loss and scarring they exhibited.Raechele Cochran Gathers, M.D., a senior staff physician at the Henry Ford Hospital’s Multicultural Dermatology Center, in Detroit, says that the findings, though preliminary, provide good information about a little-understood condition. “I think that the study’s excellent because it not only gives environmental factor data, which a few other studies have reported on, but also it’s unique in that it’s looking at these medical risk factors,” she says.In light of the findings, Gathers adds, it’s incumbent upon doctors and hairdressers to make women aware of CCCA and the potential link with traction hairstyles. 33 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Allardyce warning over FFP

first_img Press Association The on-loan Liverpool striker netted his fourth goal in the last five appearances for the Irons in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton but Allardyce revealed committing to such one marquee signing could just prove too costly. “The hardest thing is the overall package, the overall negotiation which needs to go on to make sure it can be sustainable in terms of what we can do,” said Allardyce. “I will still point towards financial restrictions being implemented next season – they could blow the whole deal in one go.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce feels new Financial Fair Play rules in the Barclays Premier League next season could “blow the whole deal” for signing Andy Carroll.center_img Premier League clubs last week voted through new regulations which will limit how much of the new television income can be spent on wage bills and there could even be points penalties for severe breaches of the guidelines. Allardyce added: “So in one fell swoop the financial restrictions mean Andy Carroll can’t sign for us from Liverpool because it’s too expensive, even if he wanted to. “Somebody will have a bigger budget than us somewhere, but I tell you that is what’s going to happen, I might not be able to afford Andy Carroll, full stop, even if I wanted him, even if the chairmen wanted him, even if we all wanted him, which we do, it will not be allowed to happen.” Allardyce believes it will take some time before the true impact of the new regulations, which have been brought in to try to level the playing field in the top flight, can be felt. “I suppose across the board when you first introduce something new the fair/unfair scenario has to get sorted out somewhere along the line to find out how you have to tweak it to make it better,” he said. “But if we want Andy Carroll, or any player, and you look at the whole thing, you are going to have to move very quickly now because your budget is going to say that (figure) and you are not allowed to go over that apparently, and because you are not allowed to go over that. “You have to say (to the player) ‘sorry and off you go’, so then it is very difficult to improve your side from last season.” last_img read more

Newcastle’s Cabaye in PSG’s thoughts

first_img “We are very happy with this team, but with all the competitions in which we are engaged we must be aware there will be issues, as we have seen with Adrien Rabiot.” From his perspective, Cabaye sees no reason why he could not be playing Champions League football with Newcastle next season. With United seven points adrift of the all-important fourth-place currently occupied by Liverpool, Cabaye said: “We are in good shape.” Speaking to reporters, he added: “Champions League is a bigger level, but we have the capacity to just stay next to the big teams. “If we are still in a similar position (to challenge for the top four) by the end of the season, why not?” Insisting he is happy at Newcastle, Cabaye added: “For me the most important thing, as I said, is to do my best for the team. “If the manager or the staff are happy with my performance and the fans who are supporting me are happy, I am happy. “My mentality hasn’t changed. Even after what happened in the summer – and I will do my best for the team every day.” At present, Newcastle insist no bid has been received. But with Cabaye in form, scoring five goals in his last seven appearances for Newcastle, and available to play in the Champions League knockout stages, he is an attractive proposition to Blanc. The former France manager is in need of a midfielder after losing Adrien Rabiot to injury. Speaking to Canal+ after PSG thrashed Nantes 5-0 on Sunday to retain their five-point lead at the top of the table, Blanc said: “It would be good to have an extra player in midfield. “We need a player who has the same mentality as the others when they are playing or on the bench. He must love to play. “He must be technically good and be tough, and whether this player comes or does not come, there will be competition in all positions. “I’ve been saying for a month and a half – and the injury to Adrien makes it more urgent – that we need an extra player in midfield.” Asked specifically about Cabaye, Blanc added: “I ask myself. I know the man. He has that character, but there are others. Press Association Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc has refused to rule out a move for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye before the January transfer window closes. Speculation previously surfaced around Cabaye in the summer, when he missed the Magpies’ first three games of the season following a bid from Arsenal. Blanc has made no secret of his admiration for the 28-year-old, and reports suggest PSG are preparing to double the Gunners’ offer with a £20million-plus fee. last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Strong final campaign wraps up historic career for Lavelle

first_imgSenior midfielder Rose Lavelle capped off what was already a historic career for the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team when she became the first UW student-athlete selected No. 1 overall in their respective sport’s professional league.The Boston Breakers took Lavelle with the first pick in the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League draft in January after a standout four-year career with the Badgers, marking another accomplishment in her celebrated career at UW.After receiving Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in her first year as a Badger, the Cincinnati, Ohio native just kept reaching new heights with the Badgers.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin’s Lavelle named to US U-23 National TeamThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team’s Rose Lavelle was named to the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team roster Tuesday, and will Read…She became the first UW women’s soccer player ever to collect three All-America honors, earning second team honors in 2014 and 2016 while being named to the first team in 2015 — the first UW women’s soccer player to do so since 1991.She was also a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2015, just the second player in program history to be that closely considered for college soccer’s most prestigious award.Lavelle also became the first Badger to be named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, an honor she earned twice in 2015 and 2016 — the first person to earn the honor in back-to-back years since its inception in 2011.Women’s soccer: Rose Lavelle’s standout season earns her the Badger Herald’s Female Athlete of the SemesterThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team may have suffered an abrupt end to a promising season, but the shortcomings of the Read…The senior collected her fourth-straight First Team All Big Ten selection — the first four-time winner in program history — during a stellar senior campaign, though it’s more than just the individual accolades that sets Lavelle apart from most.On top of leading the Badgers in a slew of categories — points (16), goals (6), shots (74), shots on goal (31) and game-winning goals (2) while ranking second in assists (4) — Lavelle became the program’s first Senior CLASS Award winner, landing on the second team.The Senior CLASS Award, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, focuses on the complete student-athlete. While the award takes competition into account, it also honors the attributes of community, classroom and character.Women’s soccer: UW says goodbye to five seniors from 2016 classAs the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team enters their final two games of the regular season, the team prepares Read…Lavelle started in all 22 matches as she captained Wisconsin back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. The senior even recorded the lone goal in a victory over Marquette that propelled the Badgers into the second round of the tournament, though they would eventually fall to Florida.With her career at UW in the rearview-mirror, Lavelle continues to excel on the field elsewhere. In April, she became the first player in program history to record a goal for the USA, accomplishing the feat in just her fourth appearance. Later in the month, she became the third Badger alum to play in the NWSL, which was created in 2012.After a truly unforgettable career at Wisconsin, Rose Lavelle is just getting started.last_img read more