Daily Dose: 11/29/12

Take Care of Your Face: Experts say acne in adult women can sometimes signal a hormonal disorder. Identifying these cases is key to correcting hormone imbalances that can cause other health problems. Doctors often prescribe women acne treatments like antibiotics that don’t work for acne stemming from hormone imbalances. In order for dermatologists to properly treat their patients, they must go through the patient’s medical history to determine which hormone disorders manifest as acne. Acne in adult women can stem from normal hormonal changes occurring during the menstrual cycle or an actual hormonal disorder. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of a hormonal change. Treating hormonal problems will help with acne. If left untreated, hormone imbalances may lead to higher risks of cancer, as well as diabetes and obesity.

Beware of the Pork: According to a Consumer Reports investigation of pork sold in grocery stores, most of the tested meat contained one or more harmful bacteria. Some of the bacteria were resistant to antibiotics. 69 percent of the pork samples tested contained Yersinia enterocolitica bacteria, infecting approximately 100,000 people each year. 11 percent  of the samples were infected with Enterococcus bacteria and seven percent contained Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The ground pork samples were more likely to be infected than chop samples. Most of the bacteria discovered in the samples was resistant to at least one antibiotic. Experts believe the popular use of non-theraputic antibiotics in livestock contributes to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Consumer Reports recommends cooking all pork to 160 degrees to ensure the bacteria is killed.