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Oklahoman Published: January 26, 2010
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Author lists frugal health tips
Fighting a stomach bug? Stay home and drink Gatorade or make a rehydration solution using one teaspoon of salt, eight teaspoons of sugar, five cups of water and an optional half-cup of fruit juice.

Want a cheap way to banish acne blemishes? Use an over-the-counter product with benzoyl peroxide.

Need a wheelchair? Check with your local Goodwill or Salvation Army stores.

These are a few of the no-nonsense, consumer-friendly tips offered by Akron, Ohio, family medicine specialist Dr. Cynthia Koelker in her new self-published book, "101 Ways to Save Money on Healthcare.”

Research
‘Magical’ makeup was medicine?

There’s more to the eye makeup that gave Queen Nefertiti and other ancient Egyptian royals those stupendous gazes and legendary beauty than meets the eye. Scientists in France are reporting that the alluring eye makeup may have been used to help prevent or treat eye disease by doubling as an infection fighter. Their findings are published in Analytical Chemistry, the American Chemical Society semi-monthly journal.

Christian Amatore, Philippe Walter and colleagues said that thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians used lead-based substances as cosmetics, including an ingredient in black eye makeup. Some Egyptians believed this makeup also had a "magical” role in which the ancient gods Horus and Ra would protect wearers against several illnesses. Until now, modern scientists largely dismissed that possibility, knowing that lead-based substances can be toxic.

Peers sway boys, study shows
Teen boys are more likely to use tanning booths, take diet pills and have their bodies waxed — even if they think those activities are unhealthy — if they are influenced by their peers, according to research by a Baylor University assistant professor of fashion merchandising.