According to My Fox LA, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have been at the forefront of an emerging medical field that seeks to identify and help treat problems caused by stress. Now, these scientists hope to market their findings to physicians in the form of a test that can act as a personal report card on patients’ health, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
“The science is there, and the time is right to bring it to the public,” said Elizabeth Blackburn, one of the UCSF researchers who co-founded the business, Telome Health Inc. “We see a big market opportunity for this.”
In 2004, the researchers showed that psychological stress harms a key component of human cells, called telomeres. Telomeres, which are pieces of DNA, are attached to and protect the chromosomes of cells. Telomeres allow chromosomes to divide properly when, say, the body needs more white blood cells to fight infection.
Telomeres fray naturally as a person ages but higher levels of psychological stress can degrade telomeres at a faster rate, studies by UCSF and other researchers indicate.
Unfortunately, stress that is experienced inside ,quickly shows on the outside. Dr. O’Toole treats signs of stress on the face, such as a wrinkled brow, droopy tired looking eyelids, and frown lines. The brow can be treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic by paralyzing select muscles in the forehead, then the patient is unable to make the frown that causes the wrinkled brow. Droopy and tired looking eyelids can be treated with an upper and lower blepharoplasty. Last but not least, frown lines can be treated with injectable filler which will smooth out the lines and make them virtually undetectable. It is important that patients learn to manage their stress to maintain their most youthful and attractive look.
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