From Full Moons to Baldness


Meanwhile, another volunteer, Kelly, would follow a similar regimen including the prescription cream Avage at one-fifth the price. Avage contains retinoids that are approved by the FDA and clinically proven to change the structure of the skin.

Three months later the women returned to a skincare expert for review and as expected, Kelly had good results. But Christine and the high-priced cream showed no visible improvements. Cle de Peau's manufacturer sent us a statement saying that their products are extensively researched and tested for efficacy before being put on the market, but wouldn't share their research with us, citing trade secrets.

Bottom line: Price is no guarantee and the best wrinkle cream may already be in your medicine cabinet — sunscreen.

MYTH #1 — Are SUVs Safer Than CARS?

More than a quarter of all new cars on the road are Sport Utility Vehicles and part of the reason they're so hot is that a lot of people think ordinary cars aren't as safe in a world populated by SUVs.

In an SUV "You feel safe. You've got this sort of Sherman tank around you," said David Champion, Director of Automobile Testing for Consumer Reports which publishes an annual automobile issue rating car safety.

But that sense of security might be misplaced.

ABCNEWS went with Champion to Consumer Reports' test track in East Haddam, Conn., to see how they determine the vehicles' emergency handling scores. We test drove Chevy's Trailblazer SUV and a Chevy Malibu on three different courses for: handling, skidding, and accident avoidance.

The SUV did very well on the straight road, like a freeway, but when maneuvering quick corners or avoiding potential hazards, the SUV was harder to control. Champion says the better handling Sport Utility Vehicles are the new generation of car-based SUVs.

But many of the most popular SUVs on the road are in some ways glorified trucks, because they are built on a truck chassis.

There are three things that make driving an SUV a little less safe:

• First, they may be harder to maneuver. • Second, SUVs are more likely to roll over, and rollover accidents are particularly deadly. • Third, some people feel safer driving the bigger car, and may lose touch with important cues on the road, such as road slickness.

Industry spokespeople have pointed out that SUVs meet all federal safety standards and have good overall safety records.

But are truck-based SUVs safer than cars? University of Michigan physicist Marc Ross co-authored a report analyzing five years of highway fatality data. The numbers show that while these SUVs can be safer than some smaller cars, like sports cars, drivers are just as safe in a large or midsize car as in truck-based SUVs. Indeed, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the vehicles with the best safety records were large four-door sedans, followed by minivans and midsize cars.

While conventional wisdom suggests bigger is better, it's not always true.

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