Scaled-back pandemic beauty habits are better for your skin, hair and nails, experts say |

When the novel coronavirus pandemic left Americans cut off from their beloved hair and nail salons, barbershops, waxers and aestheticians, many took one look at their increasingly unkempt appearances and sprang into action.

“Quaran-cuts” and at-home dye jobs were attempted en masse to varying degrees of success. Manicure kits and press-on nails became hot-ticket items. With the bottom half of faces often obscured by masks, bold eye makeup looks started trending among beauty influencers.

But some have approached pandemic-era grooming and self-care with a “less is more” mind-set — embracing life sans makeup, dyes and polishes. And experts say their skin, hair and nails may be better off.

Dermatologists are reporting fewer cosmetics-related acne flare-ups. Hair and scalp specialists say their clients who have stopped chemical treatments are seeing healthier, shinier locks. And those who once couldn’t imagine their fingers and toes without a coat of polish are now realizing

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Global trial to test whether MMR vaccine protects front-line health-care workers against COVID-19

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Vaccine may strengthen immune response to viral infections; trial to enroll up to 30,000 health-care workers

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An international research network of physicians and scientists is launching a clinical trial to evaluate whether the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) can protect front-line health-care workers against infection from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The trial aims to enroll up to 30,000 health-care workers globally.

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is the clinical coordinating center for this ambitious, international trial, which is the first to evaluate on a large scale whether the MMR vaccine can protect against COVID-19. The trial is co-led by Washington University, University College London

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Apple Fitness Plus: Why the Peloton rival is critical for Apple Watch

  • Apple unveiled a new fitness service called Apple Fitness Plus on Tuesday.
  • The service, like Peloton, offers digital fitness classes led by charismatic trainers that can be viewed on your phone, iPad, or Apple TV.
  • It’s unclear if Apple will be able to challenge Peloton’s appeal, considering Peloton has built a fervent, cult-like following and community.
  • Regardless, Apple Fitness Plus is an important part of Apple’s long-term plan for the Apple Watch, enabling it to keep users hooked and expand the watch’s appeal beyond hardware updates.
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Health has been one of Apple’s major priorities for years, ever since the original Apple Watch debuted in 2015. But the company took a major leap forward in its health ambitions with the introduction of two new Apple Watches and a digital fitness service on Tuesday.

Taken together, the announcements show that Apple has its sights set

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Kami Hoss: I’m a dentist. Even in this pandemic, oral health care is essential, especially for children.

I am a parent and dentist whose personal and professional life has been upended by this pandemic. If you’re reading this, and haven’t gone through similar turmoil, I would like to meet you. While most of the country is trying to get a grip on what to do about the upcoming school year, those of us in the dental field are dealing with a debate of our own.

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released interim guidance advising routine, non-essential oral health care be postponed because of the coronavirus and transmission risks. Less than two weeks later, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a statement saying that it “respectfully yet strongly disagrees.” The inconsistent recommendations are adding confusion in an already-bewildering time. If there was ever a critical moment for unity among health organizations, it is now.

Let me be clear: The WHO is wrong about postponing oral health

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