Every week we like to bring you a roundup of some of the latest trends in beauty, health and wellness, and other articles of interest to ZENMED blog readers. Last week, we came across some interesting articles on Vitamin C, cell phone radiation risk, Shakespeare’s perfection obsession and Phil Simms’ cancer diagnosis.

juneweek4Studies show 4 unusual benefits from Vitamin C

Charlotte Libov reports on some surprising new findings of a study on the health benefits of Vitamin C. Among them: the ability to kill ‘superbugs’ such as tuberculosis, a 50% reduction in the number of common colds, fewer lung issues such as shortness of breath, and reduced cholesterol. Vitamin C, which became very popular in terms of its health impact back in the 1970s, lost some of its popularity thanks to newer, hipper supplements. The new research may help boost the vitamin’s popularity once again.

No health risk from cell phone radiation 

There is no risk of radiation damage due to your mobile  phone, reports the Indo-Asian News Service.  Over the years, there have been myths surrounding the potential dangers of the electromagnetic field emissions, but the latest research shows that any danger is minimal. In fact, according to a senior professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, “there is not enough evidence providing mobile phones cause cancer in humans.”  This is good news, considering the World Health Organization estimates that 6 billion people communicate with cellular phones.

Is Shakespeare to blame for skin worries? Insults about sores, boils and moles may be behind lasting stigma, claims study

Ellie Zolfagharifard shares how new research revealed at the British Association of Dermatologists’ annual conference suggests that William Shakespeare’s written works show that he may have been obsessed with flawless, pale skin. The playwright’s writing often stigmatized those with skin conditions. This is now leading some to blame Shakespeare for society’s quest for perfection when it comes to appearance. While some are calling this blame “ridiculous”, others agree. Says Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists , “It is interesting to note that much of the Elizabethan stigma over disfiguring skin disease still persists today.” What do you think? Is there merit to these claims or is the late playwright without blame?

Legendary NFL quarterback Phil Simms tackles skin cancer

Ruchi Shai reports that Hall of Fame retired Giants quarterback Phil Simms has been fighting skin cancer. Simms revealed that he has had multiple precancerous cells across his entire body. Simms, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, has had several Mohs surgeries to remove the cancer cells. To turn the diagnosis and his recovery into something positive, Simms has partnered with the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to launch the Spot Me campaign in an effort to raise awareness for men and skin cancer. We wish him well.