Should Men Try Botox?


Im not the kind of guy youd expect to see getting Botox.

Im only 32, and I dont get paid to read the news on cable. Thanks to years of diligently applying sunscreen and moisturizer and keeping my pale Midwestern skin in the shade, I think Ive held up reasonably well.

Yet here I am in a chair in a dermatologists exam room, watching as she marks potential trouble areasthe beginning of crows feet around my eyes and a barely-there crease along my foreheadwith a black pen.

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What Is Botox?

Botox is a synthetic neurotoxin that blocks the release of a chemical signal from nerve to muscle, reducing muscle contraction.

It lasts three to four months and costs $300+, depending on the amount of Botox required.

Beware of bargain prices and steep online discounts, which could mean the doc lacks experience. The results will show.

It works a little like a 401(k) for your skin: The earlier you start, says Dr. Peredo, the better youll look as you age.

Where I Need Botox

Crows feet are common targets for men my age who seek the treatment, I learn.

Every time I smile, laugh, or squint, my facial muscles create small creases that worsen over time, explains Marina Peredo, M.D., the dermatologist who gave me my treatment. Even if I kept a straight face my whole life, those same muscles would still flex unconsciously, creating lines that are impossible to preventwithout a little help.

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For a lot of guys, that promise is suddenly very appealing.

In fact, research shows that over the past 16 years, the use of botulinum toxin type A, which includes Botox, has jumped more than 350 percent among men. In 2015 alone, more than 400,000 men sprang for these treatments.

How I Felt And Looked After Botox

Warding off wrinkles is only one reason that men are lining up for a shot of the neurotoxin. Other benefits are drawing them in. Who knew, for instance, that Botox could be the solution to migraine pain and sweaty armpits?

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In my case, I admit, its about keeping up appearances.

After the doctor finishes dotting my face, she makes a dozen or so small injectionseach one a quick but relatively painless pinch. I take a nervous glance in the mirror. To my relief, theres barely a drop of blood, and only a slight puffiness that the doctor assures me will go away within an hour.

The next morning I can already notice a difference. Its not like I look 18 againmore like Ive just awakened, thoroughly refreshed, from the greatest nap of my life.

After a few weeks, I notice the areas around the injection points dont move as much when I raise my eyebrows, but I still look naturalnot frozen or numb.

Ive seen unexpected benefits, too, like the fact that I sweat less from my forehead.

I cant say for sure if Id do it again. The cost is jarringa year of college tuition for a lifetime of treatments.

But I see why men do it and why more might start. In fact, a friend whod expressed surprise when I told him texted me later that day. Could I, he asked, share the name of my doctor?

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Richard Simmons Is Closing His Iconic Exercise Studio In Los Angeles

Richard Simmons is closing his gym in Los Angeles.  (Reuters)

Richard Simmons’ iconic Beverly Hills, California, exercise studio, Slimmons, is officially closing its doors.

The 68-year-old fitness guru’s longtime manager, Michael Catalano, confirmed the news to ET on Friday.

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“He just hasn’t taught there in over two years,” Catalano said, also telling ET that it was Simmons’ idea to close the studio for good.

Simmons also confirmed the news on Facebook, writing, “Some of you may have heard that Slimmons will close next month. While it is true, it has been an amazing part of my life to teach, meet and support people from all over the world.”

“I want to thank everyone who has come through those studio doors to laugh, cry and sweat with me!” he added. “Remember to keep sweatin’, keep movin’ and most importantly go out and Vote! Love Richard xo.”

The last day of classes will take place on Nov. 19.

The news comes just four months after Simmons — who Catalano says is “doing great” — was hospitalized for bizarre behavior. At the time, the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed to ET that they responded to a call at 11:52 p.m. at Simmons’ home. He was then transported to the hospital via ambulance.

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out with love and concern after hearing I was in the hospital,” Simmons later told ET in a statement. “I was dehydrated and needed some fluids and now I am feeling great! Summer is here — drink plenty of liquids. Big hugs and kisses for caring.”

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Back in March, ET spoke with Simmons over the phone, where he explained why he had not been seen in public in more than two years.

“I am not kidnapped,” he said. “I am just in my house right now.”

“No one should be worried about me,” he added. “The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me.”

As ET previously reported, the conversation took place one day after the New York Daily News published a “very hurtful” article about the Sweatin’ to the Oldies creator, claiming he was “being held against his will inside his Hollywood Hills mansion” and that his former friends had become concerned. His last public appearance was on Dec. 13, 2013, at SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert at L.A.’s ACME Comedy.

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Simmons explained that this is how he wants to live his life right now, urging people not to worry about him. “If I was in any trouble, if I was hurting in any way, I would reach out,” he assured ET. “It is time right now for Richard Simmons to take care of Richard Simmons.”

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Calais migrants: ‘Several hundred’ more child refugees to arrive in UK – BBC News

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“Several hundred” more children will arrive in Britain from Calais’s “Jungle” camp in the next three weeks, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said.

She told MPs they would be in addition to the 200 children who had already arrived – which included 60 girls, many at risk of sexual exploitation.

Mrs Rudd blamed delays in processing vulnerable children on French officials not granting access to the camp sooner.

Labour’s Diane Abbott accused the Home Office of “hiding behind the French”.

It comes as nearly 2,000 migrants have been bussed away from the Jungle and about a third of the camp cleared, as French authorities have begun to move into the area.

France begins to clear migrant camp

Child migrants arrive at ‘respite centre’

Live reports of the Jungle clearance

What next after the Jungle?

Addressing MPs, Mrs Rudd said the children chosen to come to the UK would be selected on the basis of three factors – how likely they were to be granted refugee status, whether they were aged 12 years or under, and whether they were at high risk of sexual exploitation.

Britain will not consider any children who arrive in the Jungle after the process of clearance began, she added, to discourage more from travelling to Calais.

She told the Commons, 800 children had already been interviewed by UK officials in the camp – saying some interviews with children had to be “paused” for staff safety reasons.

Between “200 to 300 more” would be interviewed in the coming weeks, she said, but added that not all of them would come to the UK.

Almost 200 children had been brought to the UK so far, including those with family connections in the UK – under the EU-wide Dublin arrangement – as well as vulnerable children – under the Dubs amendment.

She indicated that unaccompanied refugee children will not be allowed to sponsor their parents to come and join them in the UK.

‘National interest’

Clearing the Jungle would be a ” huge challenge”, Mrs Rudd said, saying the UK government would be contributing 36m towards efforts to permanently close the jungle and maintain security in Calais in the long term.

She said it was in the UK’s “national interests” to close the Jungle, saying it would secure the UK’s agreement to carry out immigrations checks in Calais, rather than in the UK – under the Le Tourquet agreement.

She told MPs: “The rise in the number of people has led some in France to question the Le Touquet agreement.

“This agreement has helped us better protect our borders, and ensured strong trade links between Britain and France. By clearing the camp, we can help secure the future of the juxtaposed controls, as well as playing our part to help those most in need in Calais.”

However, Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the UK had refused for “far too long” to assess children in the camp, saying people in the camps had been used as “pawns”.

It comes as the charity Help Refugees said it knew of 49 children under the age of 13 who were eligible to come to the UK, but remained in the camp.

The charity said amid the “confusion and chaos” inside the camp, some accompanied minors were still there – including unaccompanied girls eligible and waiting to be registered.

Up to 1,000 children were expected to be housed in shipping containers at the camp, but some had in fact been evicted from the containers, Help Refugees added.

Others had been told to queue to register with officials, while some had been told registration had closed for the day, it said.

“This chaotic set-up is extremely distressing and confusing for the lone minors, the youngest of which is eight years old”, the charity said.

“The younger children are struggling to understand where they are supposed to go, and how they are supposed to get there.”

‘No future’

Lord Dubs – who first proposed an amendment to immigration legislation to allow vulnerable young children entry to the UK – told the BBC he hoped the Home Office will move “very quickly” to remove those still in the Jungle.

“It is a terrible thought that these are young children who have got no future as far as they can tell unless they come here,” the Labour peer said.

He said Britain should not have to do everything, but “should play our part” in helping children in Calais, as well as those in Greece.

Lord Dubs hailed the fact that dozens of youngsters had arrived in Britain last week under a fast-track scheme designed to bring unaccompanied minors from the French shanty town.

Devon County Council has confirmed 23 child migrants have arrived at a “respite centre” in the county

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Image caption The Road Haulage Association said there needed to be more security in approach roads to Calais

Meanwhile, the closure of the “Jungle” camp has been welcomed by the Road Haulage Association.

However, Kate Gibbs, from the organisation, told BBC Radio 5 live that a longer term solution to the problem was required.

She said “thousands and thousands” of migrants were still making their way to Calais, saying it was a “beacon” because it “is on our doorstep”.

Ms Gibbs said drivers passing through Calais had been attacked, including with scaffolding poles. One female driver had been threatened with rape, she added.

In its travel advice, the UK Foreign Office says it is aware of recent incidents of “obstacles” being placed on main roads and items being thrown at vehicles in Calais.

It advises drivers to “keep moving where it’s safe to do so”, to keep vehicle doors locked in slow moving traffic in and around Calais, and to secure all unattended vehicles.

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Miscarriage and its effects on a grieving father – BBC News

Image caption Jack believed keeping quiet would help his partner Leanne cope with the loss

When Jack Davis and his partner Leanne McGregor lost their two baby sons through miscarriage, he received messages asking how the mother was coping. He understood, but was upset, thinking: “What about me?”

It has been a year since the couple lost their first child, Joey, who was born prematurely at 22 weeks.

The pain of what happened has not subsided, but for the first time he has begun to open up, having previously worried that discussing the subject might cause his partner further anguish.

“I was so focused on looking after Leanne, I didn’t want to show her I was weak or as down as she was,” he explained to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

“I thought that might have affected her as well, so I kept it inside and bottled it all up.”

A 22-year-old soldier, Jack admits that the “military mindset” may have contributed to his initial decision to “man up” and remain silent.

But, after being encouraged by Leanne, he has now written a blog about the emotional impact the loss of his two sons has had on him. It has since become widely shared, with goodwill messages and other people’s stories flooding back.

He hopes other men will benefit from hearing his story.

Image caption Jack’s partner Leanne says he isolated himself by keeping silent

Jack had been at work when he first received a call from Leanne – crying in pain – on 17 October 2015. He rushed home to find an ambulance outside.

The couple were taken to hospital and – as time progressed – he began to understand “the inevitable”, that Leanne was having a miscarriage.

“As a young man, 21 years old at the time – Leanne was also 21 – and this being our first child, we had no idea what to do. I wasn’t sure how to react in that moment.

“It had such an impact on us. We were so ready to be parents, even at a young age,” he says.

Jack says that once they had discovered they were to become parents, he and Leanne had prepared themselves mentally for the occasion – making the miscarriage all the more heartbreaking.

“We suddenly grew up, we matured,” he explains. “And then to be told you’re not going to be parents – I’m not sure how anyone’s supposed to deal with that.

“To go from being so happy and elated about having your own child, doing all the things you’re meant to do as a child – and then finding out that’s been taken away from you.”

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The Victoria Derbyshire programme is broadcast on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News channel.

After the funeral, Jack went back to work in an attempt to restore some normality. But, as he did so, he also kept his emotions to himself.

“When I asked him how he was he would just say ‘I’m fine’, when I knew that he really wasn’t,” Leanne says. “He just wouldn’t open up to me, at all.”

By trying to stay strong, Leanne says he began to isolate himself and act out of character.

“He’s normally quite an open person. So seeing him not talking wasn’t nice to watch.”

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A few months later, Leanne fell pregnant again.

The couple had been for scans that suggested “everything was fine”, Jack says. But at 24 weeks pregnant – just a week after they had been on holiday together – Leanne went into labour.

“With it being 24 weeks, we had a bit of hope,” Jack explains. “There was a minimal chance [of baby Tommy surviving]- something to hold on to and hope for.” But the couple experienced a second trauma, when Tommy passed away days later.

Jack refers to Leanne as “Wonder Woman” and says he can’t imagine how she coped with the loss, but had hoped others would realise he was hurting too.

“The main focus stereotypically is the woman, but people forget in the background there’s a man there supporting that woman.

“There’s a man there that’s got to go through all of this as well. The father’s lost his children too.”

Jack says people would message him asking “how’s Leanne?”.

“I’d get a bit upset, and say ‘What about me? I’m hurting too'” he adds. “Men hurt, men have feelings.”

He hopes, however, that the blog will enable others to understand the affects a miscarriage can have on a male partner, and – through the response it has generated – believes it has already started to have the desired affect.

“I think there’s a different outlook now the blog’s out there,” he says.

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The Best Small Towns In America

Do you live in one of the best small towns in America?  (iStock)

While theres nothing quite like the energy of the big city, the hectic pace isnt for everyone, and urbanites themselves often need a respite.

But the U.S. is home to thousands of perfectly charming small towns that are great places for weekend escapesor to settle down in. Weve swept the country to find some of the best, whether youre looking for a ski lovers paradise, a historic spot that’s still near a major metropolis, or a remote waterfront retreat.

Here are a few of our favorite small towns in America.

  • 1. Traverse City, Michigan

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    Though the biggest town in Northern Michigan, Traverse City has a population of only about 15,000. It’s famous for being the largest producer of tart cherries in the U.S.each July, it hosts a National Cherry Festival that brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors.

  • 2. Jacksonville, Oregon

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    Founded in the 1850s when gold deposits were discovered in the Jackson Creek, this town fell on hard times when the treasure ran out. But in the 1960s, Jacksonville was designated a National Historic District, and today it’s the heart of the Southern Oregon wine region.

  • 3. Dahlonega, Georgia

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    Though on the opposite side of the country, Dahlonega has a lot in common with Jacksonville, Oregon. It was the site of the first gold rush in the U.S. and is also known today for its many wineries.

  • 4. Taos, New Mexico

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    Known for its pueblo houses, Taos has long drawn artistic types to its rugged setting, including influential abstract painter Agnes Martin. Today there are three art museums, more than 80 galleries, and several performing arts venues.

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  • 5. Stowe, Vermont

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    Skiing might be the most popular tourist pastime in Stowe, but the town has much more to offer. In addition to the myriad outdoor activities (like zip-lining and rock climbing), there are more than 70 shops and nearly 40 restaurants. It’s also home to the Trapp Family Lodge, the resort owned by the Von Trapp family made famous in The Sound of Music.

  • 6. Clinton, New Jersey


    An hour’s drive from New York City will get you to the quaint town of Clinton, whose most famous landmark is the Red Mill Museum on the banks of the Raritan River. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy cafs, shops, and art galleries.

  • 7. Sitka, Alaska


    For a truly remote destination, head to Sitka, which is accessible only by plane or ferry. The town is a wildlife lover’s dream, as sightings of bald eagles, brown bears, humpback whales, and sea otters are common.

  • 8. Camden, Maine


    Situated between Portland and Bar Harbor, this seaside town is surrounded by stunning landscapes perfect for adventure seekers, but it also has its fair share of cultural attractions, like the Camden Opera House. Its population surges each summer when the beach lovers arrive, but the off-season is still a prime time to visit.

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Ntsb To Investigate Cause Of California Tour Bus Crash That Killed 13

A maintenance crew had slowed down traffic on a California highway through the night, and the work had gone on for hours without problems. Then a tour bus returning to Los Angeles from a casino trip slammed into the back of a semi-truck. Passengers who were asleep on the bus woke up to loud screams and the sound of crushing metal.

The gambling jaunt ended in one of the deadliest wrecks in California history with 13 people killed and 31 others injured.


Authorities said the bus was going much faster than the truck, causing it to plow about 15 feet into the truck on Interstate 10 just north of the desert resort town of Palm Springs.

“You can see it was a substantial impact,” California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele said.

It was not known if alcohol, drugs or fatigue played a role in the crash, but the bus was inspected in April and had no mechanical issues, Abele said. The bus driver was killed, and the truck driver received minor injuries.


The bus was coming from Red Earth Casino in the desert town of Thermal and was about 35 miles into its 135-mile trip back to Los Angeles.

CHP officers had been slowing traffic to allow utility workers to string wires across the freeway, Abele said.

Passengers told officials that most people were asleep when the crash occurred shortly after 5 a.m. Abele said it appeared the 1996 bus didn’t have seat belts and likely didn’t have data recorder that would reveal how fast the bus was traveling and whether the driver braked before impact.

“I was awakened by the sounds of people screaming for help,” passenger Ana Car, 61, told the Los Angeles Times. “I noticed a heavyset woman lying in the center aisle to my right yelling, `My legs! My legs!”‘

Before April, the bus also was inspected in 2014 and 2015, the CHP said. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show it had no crashes in the past two years and had a satisfactory safety rating.

The front of the bus crumpled into the semi-truck’s trailer and debris was scattered across the key route through Southern California. Firefighters used ladders to climb into the bus’ windows to remove bodies, and tow trucks lifted the trailer to make it easier to reach the bus, whose front end was demolished.

Fourteen patients were sent to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, the area’s only trauma center. Four remained in critical condition Sunday evening, two were transferred to other hospitals for continuing treatment and the rest were treated and released, hospital officials said.

Many suffered facial injuries, a telltale sign they were not wearing seat belts, said Dr. Ricard Townsend, a trauma surgeon.

“It seemed as though most of the victims were unrestrained and were therefore flown through the air and ended up sustaining facial trauma,” he said.

Two other hospitals received patients with minor injuries.

The tour bus company, USA Holiday, has one vehicle and one driver, according to federal regulators. A call to the company was not immediately returned.

The company says on social media that it has more than 25 years of experience traveling to casinos in Southern California. It posts about quick turnaround trips leaving the Los Angeles area to casinos in the Southern California desert area and Las Vegas.

The bus owner’s neighbor said she’d often see a tour bus with the sign “USA Holiday” parked on the street in front of his apartment in a working-class neighborhood in Alhambra, about 7 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Sonia Anderson said the family who lived there — a man, woman and their college student son — had lived in the apartment for about 17 years. She said the father generally drove the bus and his wife and son would sometimes travel on the bus with him.

Anderson described them as a kind, close-knit family. “All three of them are hard-working people. Good people. Beautiful family,” she said.

The father was “always working, coming in and out, providing for his family,” Anderson said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to California to investigate.

The crash comes two years after a FedEx truck veered across an interstate median north of Sacramento and slammed into a bus full of high school students, killing 10 people.

In 1963, 32 Mexican farm workers who were in the Central Valley as part of a work visa program were killed when a freight train struck the flatbed truck they were riding on.  In 1976, a bus carrying the Yuba City high school choir plunged off a freeway ramp in Martinez, killing 28 students and one teacher.

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Murder Suspect Gets 30 Years For Kidnapping, Tying Up Woman And Daughters

Dereck James “DJ” Harrison.  (Davis County Sheriff via AP, File)

A Utah man who pleaded guilty to tying up five people in a basement was sentenced Monday to serve at least 30 years up to life in prison, but first he’ll face murder charges in Wyoming connected to the same crime spree.


Dereck James “DJ” Harrison, 23, is charged with killing a Salt Lake City train worker on the way to a remote Wyoming hideout with his father, prosecutors said.

The chain of events in May started when the two suspects invited a woman and her four daughters ages 13 to 18 to a barbeque outside Salt Lake City but then tied them up in the basement, police said.

Father and son had been using methamphetamine for days and wrongly thought the mother had reported them to authorities, according to prosecutors.


The woman and her daughters escaped. Authorities say the Harrisons went on the run and kidnapped Kay Ricks, 63, from a light rail station and forced him into his work truck.

They drove north toward the town where Flint Harrison had been living Wyoming. Ricks was beaten to death at a stop along the way, authorities have said, without disclosing an exact motive.

Both men were arrested in Wyoming after a manhunt, but Flint Harrison killed himself in a Utah jail in July.

Dereck Harrison pleaded guilty last month to five counts of aggravated kidnapping and agreed not to fight extradition to Wyoming.

Prosecutors dropped 11 other charges against him, including drug possession and assault, in exchange.

The Wyoming case could carry the death penalty, and prosecutors are expected to decide whether to pursue it after Dereck Harrison arrives.

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