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Cosmetic Surgery For People Who Are Just Plain Old

Silicone breasts at 80? No problem! In Europe and the U.S., the cosmetic industry is actively courting a new clientele: the bona fide 'elderly,' who have plenty of time and money to spend on face lifts and tummy tucks and a final pursui

Marie Dové

Normally, when plastic surgery gets media attention it's when a 12-year-old has a nose job, or a teenager gets breast implants. But the idea that the cosmetic industry is targeting a younger population is misleading. On the contrary: the industry's fight for new clients is taking place at the other end of the age spectrum. And not only that -- according to the latest figures, those opting for surgery are getting older and older, in the U.S. but also in Europe.

Meet 83-year-old Marie Kolstad of Orange County, California. This grandmother of 12, and great-grandmother of 13, made headlines recently for being possibly the oldest woman to receive breast implants. She certainly isn't shy when it comes to showing off her new cleavage to the tabloid press.

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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