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    Zadig & Voltaire

    LWBG | Styling | Friday, 07 March 2014

    Zadig & Voltaire wrangled a variety of industry heavyweights for its show today: models Kirsten Owen, Soo Joo Park, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Jamie Bochert; runway music master Frédéric Sanchez (who spliced U2′s “Numb” with Missy Elliott’s “One Minute Man”); and producer Alexandre de Betak. While designer Cecilia Bönström did not try to pass off her sweaterdresses and embellished parkas as anything more than “clothes with attitude,” it’s clear that the brand understands the importance of perception. For all the spangled jumpsuits and jackets, there were an equal number of well-designed knits. The overarching message came via a military green coat, to which Bönström added trendy detailing and accents of tangerine. She used a vintage dress to inform the final look, and loosely adopted Warhol’s flowers for the collection’s sole print. Styling was crucial here. What happens if, a few months from now, a shopper enters a store and tries on the long embroidered lace skirt; will she figure out that it looks best when worn with an oversize sweater, attaining Bönström’s oppositional ideal? There’s no way to know—and certainly no way to control it. All the more reason to stage a knockout show.
    —Amy Verner
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    Zuhair Murad

    LWBG | Styling | Friday, 07 March 2014

    Zuhair Murad doesn’t much like insects—except for butterflies and dragonflies, beauty muses of the bug world. So for Fall, he expressed their sinuous bodies and wing shapes as custom guipure lace patterns and strategically placed cutouts. Murad pointed to a special technique that allowed a puzzle of crepe pieces to be superimposed onto jersey, and showed off python-patterned lace embroidered with the same abstracted idea. A digitally rendered print stretched wing veining into a decorative filigree. Even the leather lacing on a grouping of dresses borrowed the insects’ bulbous abdomen shape, tiny as it is, for female body contouring. The most elaborate interpretation of all used openwork and embellishment across the entire torso and down the hip in a way that seemed as delicate and detailed as actual wings. Murad, who says he pored over books and examined some specimens back home in Lebanon, has become so synonymous with eveningwear that you easily forget he does daywear, too, and batwing sleeves supplied the most notable, tangentially thematic update. This luxe Lepidoptera collection allowed Murad to stretch his wings, but the OTT ornamentation was far less persuasive than a solid black crepe mermaid dress with lace godet pleats. Such relative simplicity made it a rare beauty.
    —Amy Verner
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    Why Can’t I Sleep?

    LWBG | Beauty,Health | Wednesday, 05 March 2014

    By Stephanie Schorow, Special to Lifescript

    Get eight hours of shut-eye a night. Drink milk before bedtime to fall asleep faster. Mom’s advice not working for you? If you’re still wondering why you can’t sleep, separate fact from fiction with these 10 common sleep myths…

    Spending another night tossing and turning in bed? So are 40 million Americans.

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that 30% of adults have insomnia, most of them women. It’s no wonder that sleeping aids are a $20-billion industry and that Ambien is one of the top five prescriptions written in the U.S.

    Sleep is as important to your health as eating right and exercising. It helps repair, refuel and refresh the body and mind.

    But before you lose precious sleep over not getting enough shut-eye, find out how much you really need or if a scotch or sleeping pill is better to get you to Snoozeville. Here’s the truth behind 10 common sleep myths:

    1. Everyone needs at least eight hours of sleep a night.

    False! Eight is not the magic number. Some women thrive on only seven hours; others need more to feel refreshed, according the National Sleep Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes better sleep.

    In fact, studies show that those who sleep seven hours may live longer than those getting eight or more hours, says Gregg D. Jacobs, M.D., an insomnia specialist at the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Massachusetts and author of Say Goodnight to Insomnia (Holt Paperbacks).
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    New Diet to Cut Acid Reflux

    LWBG | Beauty,Health | Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    By Linda Childers, Special to Lifescript

    Think heartburn and indigestion are the only signs of acid reflux? Turns out that nagging cough or hoarse throat could signal the condition too. In this exclusive interview, we ask a leading medical expert to share symptoms, treatments and recipes for relief….

    About 100 million Americans have acid reflux, a condition in which contents of the stomach back up to the esophagus or higher. But more than half don’t realize it, says Jamie Koufman, M.D., F.A.C.S., founder and director of the Voice Institute of New York, a treatment center for reflux and other conditions that affect the voice.

    One reason, says Koufman – an authority on acid reflux, as well as a sufferer – is that some experience atypical, “silent” symptoms, such as coughing or postnasal drip. As a result, they and their doctors assume they’re suffering from allergies or sinus problems.

    Diet changes, as well as medication, are effective treatments for the condition.

    In her new book, Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure, Koufman teams with ear, nose and throat surgeon Jordan Stern, M.D., and French chef Marc Bauer to introduce a healthy eating plan for people with acid reflux.

    In this exclusive interview, Koufman shares clues you might miss, how to get help and low-acid recipes to get symptoms under control.

    Why do so many people have acid reflux?
    One reason is higher levels of acid in most foods we eat, especially those that are bottled or canned.

    In the 1970s, the Food and Drug Administration raised the levels of acid in prepackaged foods to discourage bacterial growth and prolong shelf life. But they failed to anticipate the adverse health consequences [on people].

    Today, some prepared foods and beverages are as acidic as stomach acid itself.

    Who’s likely to develop it?
    Research suggests a link between being overweight and developing acid reflux, but I’ve seen many patients at a normal weight or even very thin who also suffer from it.

    And while we once thought this was a disease that only struck older people, we’re seeing more in their 20s and 30s with the condition.

    Can you explain the “silent” symptoms people can get?
    Silent, or atypical, acid reflux can cause symptoms such as coughing (including a dry cough), chronic throat clearing, and the sensation of having something stuck in your throat.

    Many sufferers also have postnasal drip and have been told their symptoms are abnormal nasal drainage, infections or sinus problems.
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    Scientists Use Fishing Line, Thread to Make Artificial Muscles

    LWBG | Beauty,Health | Thursday, 20 February 2014

    THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fishing line and sewing thread can create powerful artificial muscles that could be used to help disabled people or to build incredibly strong robots, a new study says. Compared to human muscle of the sa…
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    Could Thyroid Activity Raise Depression Risk in Seniors?

    LWBG | Beauty,Health | Thursday, 20 February 2014

    THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults with slightly elevated thyroid activity may be at increased risk for depression, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,500 people, average age 70, who were depres…
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    FDA finds fraudulent Botox in the U.S.

    LWBG | Beauty,Health | Friday, 26 April 2013

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that fraudulent versions of the wrinkle treatment Botox, which is made by Allergan Inc and also used to treat headaches, underarm sweating and overactive bladder, are being sold in the United States.
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    People who don’t stink still wear deodorant, study finds

    LWBG | Beauty,Health | Thursday, 17 January 2013

    For most people, putting on deodorant is a necessary ritual on par with brushing teeth or washing hands. But for those who produce no armpit stench, it is totally unnecessary. Despite that, more than three-quarters of them still do, a study finds.
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