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Thermage is a non-surgical procedure that uses radio frequency technology, but Roth said evidence was inconclusive on whether skin can be tightened without surgery.

Born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco and raised with her brother by a single mother, she sang in local contests and appeared on TV talent shows in the Philippines and South Korea before she got a big break on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” at age 15.

She later appeared several times on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and credits Winfrey for helping push her career.


Associated Press Medical Writer Maria Cheng in London and Music Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody contributed to this report.