Researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CNAG-CRG) may have the answers as to why the skin changes as we get older: an identity crisis.
To be more specific, the Spanish researchers found that fibroblasts, cells that make and maintain the body's connective tissues, lose their identity as they get older. They also discovered that not only do these cells forget how to function, but they also adopt the characteristics of other cells.
Pregnancy is a time of many changes -- fluctuating hormones, physical changes to the body as the baby grows, swelling feet and stretchmarks. It also can bring about a harmless but itchy and uncomfortable rash! The rash, known as PUPPS, happens to less than 1 percent of pregnant women, but Dr. Alquali regularly advises her pregnant patients about their risk of contracting PUPPPS, what it means and how to manage it.