Elsie S. Ott – This U.S. Army Air Corps was a mastermind of military medical care, developing air evacuations for wounded personnel. Elsie S. Ott was the first female recipient in the U.S. Army of a U.S. Air Medal for her role in the first evacuation flight.
President Barack Obama speaks at the Catholic Hospital Association Conference about healthcare reform, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks to the Catholic Hospital Association Conference at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Obama declared that his 5-year-old health care law is firmly established as the "reality" of health care in America, even as he awaits a Supreme Court ruling that could undermine it. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Caviar – If a 24K gold facial mask isn’t classy enough for you, there’s always caviar facials to fall back on. What can fish eggs do for your skin? Advocates claim that the fatty acids in caviar have anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin and that they also trigger hormones that foster collagen production and skin cell regeneration.
Gold Facial Mask – 24K gold facials have experienced a recent surge in popularity among upper class Americans, but gold skin treatments are nothing new—Cleopatra was rumored to indulge in a gold facial mask on a nightly basis. While it may seem unnecessarily gaudy, proponents of the facial treatment believe it helps remove fine lines and wrinkles by fighting free radicals in the skin and boosting elastin, which fights skin’s tendency to sag with age.
Urine – Beauty treatments are typically associated with a relaxing environment and pampering process. Something about the incorporation of one’s own urine into a beauty treatment seems paradoxical if not downright disgusting; however, proponents of urine facial treatments claim it helps treat eczema, psoriasis and acne while boosting the immune via its antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Bee Venom – Recently popularized by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, facial treatments containing bee venom are reported to trick the body into believing it has been stung, stimulating blood flow to the area and boosting the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin.
Cupping therapy – The practice of cupping dates back thousands of years as evidenced by its mention in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical textbooks composed by the ancient Egyptians. A vacuum is formed through either heat or suction that draws skin into the cup, which is left in place for five to fifteen minutes. Practitioners believe that cupping not only has skin-clearing effects but also enhances blood flow for increased vitality.
Micro-Needling – Collagen induction therapy, informally referred to as “micro-needling,” involves the use of a roller containing rows of fine needles on a person’s face to stimulate natural collagen production as the body responds to the multitude of microscopic punctures
Vampire Facelift– During a Vampire Facelift, blood is drawn from the arm and eventually injected back into a patient’s face. While the barebones process seems like something out of the dark ages, the Vampire Facial is only made possible through modern science. After the blood is withdrawn, it is centrifuged to isolate platelets, which are then activated with one of several substances and injected via a very fine needle to induce new growth of collagen, blood vessels and skin tissue for a more youthful appearance. Kim Kardashian underwent the treatment in an episode of “Kim and Kourtney Take Miami.”
Dr. Xiaoping Ren of Harbin Medical University has performed head transplants in mice and kept them alive for up to one day. His team plans to move on to monkeys in the near future. (Image: Xiaoping Ren)
Supporters of Lauren Hill, the freshman Mount St. Joseph University basketball player who died this year of brain cancer, are selling T-shirts that say "The Real MVP" after Caitlyn Jenner was chosen over the teen for ESPY's Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. (Cincy Shirts)
The panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 18-6 in favor of Sprout Pharmaceutical's daily pill, flibanserin, on the condition that the company develops a plan to manage its risks. (Associated Press)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, James Boysen is interviewed in his hospital bed at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston. Texas doctors say he received the world's first skull and scalp transplant from a human donor to help heal a large head wound from cancer treatment. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)