Reuters finds questionable motives in anti-aging claims

July 12, 2011

Reuters finds questionable motives in anti-aging claims
Reuters finds questionable motives in anti-aging claims

Reuters Health recently investigated a November report in the British Journal of Dermatology about a hormone known as DHEA. The report argued that the chemical was an effective anti-aging treatment for wrinkles, but the news organization reveals that the doctor behind the study, Dr. Fernand Labrie, may have questionable ties to the market for DHEA treatments.

Labrie, who was the senior researcher in the report, holds patents for DHEA and is the owner of companies who are slated to market it for "certain medical problems," Reuters states. The news source likens this to the studies on second-hand smoke conducted by tobacco companies.

"At its worst, it can allow patients to have unrealistic hopes about a treatment for their conditions," Dr. Virginia Barbour, chief editor of the medical journal PLoS Medicine, told the news source about the report. "And it can distort the prescribing practice of physicians."

Leading a healthy lifestyle and consulting with physicians who are board certified in their specialty is a crucial step in developing a good anti-aging regimen. Plastic surgery procedures such as facelifts and necklifts have been known to leave lasting results, while other less invasive treatments, such as Botox injections, have increased significantly in popularity over the past few years, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery


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