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By 2015 Americans are expected to spend nearly $300 billion on anti-aging products. Consumers’ willingness to shell out vast sums of money on skin care products proliferated even in the depths of the Great Recession, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down.

A closer look at the wording associated with anti-aging advertising claims reveals something many consumers miss. The best a manufacturer can claim of a wrinkle cream or serum without running afoul of the FDA is to “minimize the appearance of wrinkles” — a subjective, not objective claim. Essentially, any product to effectively treat dry skin — whether it claims to combat wrinkles or not — can temporarily minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

 

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The Washington Post asks, “Was it ‘crazy’ for this scientist to re-create a bird flu virus that killed 50 million people?

Let me cut to the chase.

Yes.

Just about anyone paying heed the past five to 10 years might have noticed a near-constant drumbeat on the possibility of pandemic: SARS, bird flu, swine flu — the so-called Zombie Apocalypse, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control! Inundated by pandemic warnings, one could be forgiven for wondering what the powers that be know that we apparently do not. If Mother Nature won’t cull the herd fast enough might a self-fulfilling prophecy of the pandemic kind do?

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