Acne Comes of Age Earlier

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Newswise — For many teenagers, acne has become an all-too-familiar rite of passage. While many teens and their parents brace themselves for this common skin condition, a growing number of preadolescents also are experiencing acne. The reason? Dermatologists believe an earlier onset of puberty may be to blame, causing hormones to trigger the start of acne sooner.

Now, a leading group of dermatologists considered experts in pediatric acne has developed new recommendations for treating acne in children of all age groups, which recently have been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Age and Acne Severity Dictate Treatment

Acne occurring in preadolescents (defined as 7 to 12 year olds) is not typically severe and usually includes comedones (whiteheads and blackheads) on the “T-zone” area of the forehead, nose and chin. Larger, inflammatory lesions are uncommon in this age group, noted Andrea L. Zaenglein, MD, FAAD, a board-certified pediatric dermatologist and professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Penn State/Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. She presented her findings at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting

When determining the most appropriate acne treatments for preadolescents, dermatologists consider the child’s age and type of acne.

—For mild acne, dermatologists recommend an over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide product. If the acne does not respond to this treatment, dermatologists may offer topical therapy consisting of a combination of benzoyl peroxide, an antibiotic and/or a retinoid.

—Preadolescents with larger areas of comedonal acne with or without inflammatory lesions, which may include pimples or nodules, may require combination topical therapy and the addition of an age-appropriate oral antibiotic. Dr. Zaenglein notes that more frequent monitoring by the dermatologist is needed in these cases to determine improvement or progression of acne.

—Although rare in younger age groups, inflammatory acne with pimples and nodules has the potential for scarring. Dermatologists may order a blood work-up to rule out a hormonal imbalance.

Combination topical therapy along with an oral antibiotic will be prescribed initially. If acne does not respond to initial treatment, isotretinoin can be used safely in this age group with close and continual monitoring by a dermatologist for any adverse side effects.

While therapy can control acne for several years, Dr. Zaenglein advised that the condition needs to be monitored by a dermatologist throughout puberty for signs that acne may be worsening, as early onset of comedonal acne can be a predictor of more severe acne in teens or adults.


Dr. Zaenglein’s Tips for Parents

—Don’t panic – start with over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide products to see if acne improves.

—Encourage good cleansing habits – twice a day with a gentle, non-irritating, pH balanced cleanser.

—If acne is worsening, see a board-certified dermatologist to start combination therapy without delay.

—Stay involved in the child’s treatment routine to increase compliance, as it is unrealistic to expect young children to apply topical medications or take oral medications every day without parental guidance.

—Daily skin care and acne treatment need to become a habit, similar to brushing teeth.

—Parents and kids need to remember that improvement will not occur overnight; rather, it may take up to three months to see improvement in acne.

“Acne at any age can be frustrating, but it can be especially distressing for kids and parents when it develops sooner than expected,” said Dr. Zaenglein. “It is important for parents not to put off treatment thinking acne will go away on its own, especially if a child has severe acne or any scarring. Puberty lasts several years, as does acne, so proper treatment is essential.”


Fire Destroys Glassell Park-area Market

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An investigation was under way this week into a fire that destroyed a 5,000-square-foot market in Glassell Park.

The fire at the Verdugo Ranch Market at 3344 North Verdugo Rd. was reported at 8:58 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, and a knockdown was declared at 11:05 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main, who said 125 firefighters responded.

Arriving firefighters reported flames showing through the roof of the market, which was closed at the time, and soon had to assume a strictly defensive stance, battling the blaze from the exterior, Main said.

“The structure is a total loss with a total roof collapse and the collapse of two walls,” Main said. “The cause and dollar loss are being tabulated.”

One firefighter suffered an eye injury but was treated at the scene and quickly returned to work, Main said.

Councilman Cedillo: It’s Time to Work On Cleaning Up the Streets

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One of the reasons we endorsed Gil Cedillo for 1st City Council District was his statement that there is no excuse for the districts sidewalks to be littered by discarded mattresses and other bulky items for days on end.

We understand Councilman Cedillo may still be getting settled into his new offices and his new role as a councilman, which above all else calls for close attention to the day-to-day street level issues that have the most direct impact on his constituents’ quality of life. Those issues should never take second place when it comes to representing his district, and that means Cedillo must ramp up his learning curve, so be it.

Traveling up and down North Figueroa and many of the side streets in Highland Park, we have been disappointed to see that junk littering the areas sidewalks and parkways continues to be ignored by our trash collection department for days on end.

It’s piling up in other areas as well, but from our view, much faster in the northeast corner of the first district.

It’s true people dump trash on our streets and don’t bother to call 311 for pick up, and that’s a big part of the problem. However, we believe city workers and the councilman’s staff need to keep an eye on the problem and quickly take action to mitigate the situation. It’s what Cedillo said he would do when running for office and it’s what Mayor Eric Garcetti has said city staff will do about the large number of potholes in L.A., and other issues that make living in the city unpleasant.

It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to report the blight and arrange to have it picked up, so there’s just is no reason for anyone looking the other way.

One of the best and easiest way to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood is to get rid of the eyesores, especially trash and graffiti, so we urge Councilman Cedillo to get to work on keeping his word by not allowing trash to pile up in our neighborhoods.

Blowing the Whistle on Philanthropy

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Inequality has a silver lining. At least the awesomely affluent think so.

If we didn’t have grand fortunes, their claim goes, we wouldn’t have grand philanthropy. No foundations and handsome bequests for underwriting good causes. No gifts and grants by the tens and hundreds of millions.

Philanthropy, proclaims a new study from the global bank Barclays, has become “near-universal among the wealthy.” Most rich, says Barclays, share “a desire to use” their wealth for “the good of others.”

But this “desire” doesn’t appear to be driving all that much sharing, as the researchers from Barclays themselves acknowledge. Some 97 percent of the world’s “high-net-worth individuals,” they note, do give annually to charity. Yet only one-third of these extremely wealthy folks give away over 1 percent of their net worth.

The rich, in other words, could afford to give away far more than they actually do. Over recent years, some public-spirited wealthy Americans — like the late multimillionaire San Francisco money manager Claude Rosenberg — have tried unsuccessfully to get this message across.

But now a new challenge to the philanthropic conventional wisdom has emerged, and this one figures to be tougher to ignore. The reason? The challenger just happens to be the son of the world’s fourth-richest billionaire.

This new challenger, Peter Buffett, isn’t arguing that the rich don’t give enough. He’s challenging the core of the philanthropic mindset, the notion that the rich, with their giving, are making the world a significantly better place. Buffett, in effect, is blowing the whistle on what he calls our “charitable-industrial complex.”

Peter Buffett knows this complex — from the inside. He runs a foundation his father Warren Buffett created. In a recent New York Times op-ed, son Buffett began peeling off the halo that tops the “massive business” that American philanthropy has become.

In elite philanthropic gatherings, notes the 55-year-old Buffett, you’ll see “heads of state meeting with investment managers and corporate leaders,” all of them “searching for answers with their right hand to problems that others in the room have created with their left.”

And the answers that do eventually emerge seldom discomfort the problem-creators. These answers almost always keep, Buffett charges, “the existing structure of inequality in place.”

Peter Buffett dubs this comforting charade “conscience laundering.” Philanthropy helps the wealthy feel less torn “about accumulating more than any one person could possibly need to live on.” They “sleep better at night while others get just enough to keep the pot from boiling over.”

That “just enough,” Buffett adds, can do long-term damage. Today’s philanthropists are imposing a stark corporate vision and vocabulary on the charitable world, pushing “free-market” principles, constantly demanding proof of “R.O.I.,” or return on investment.

Meanwhile, the global “perpetual poverty machine” rolls on — and philanthropists appear too busy patting themselves on the back to notice. Observes Buffett: “As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to ‘give back.’”

Peter Buffett’s whistle-blowing is already having an impact. Those getting crushed by the “philanthropic colonialism” Buffett decries are circulating his critique to combat the “solutions” philanthropists are imposing upon them.

Last week, for instance, Chicago public school activist Timothy Meegan cited Buffett’s analysis in his push-back against the “venture philanthropists” now forcing “mass privatization” on Chicago’s school system.

Mega “charitable” millions, Meegan shows, are distorting policy decisions in Chicago, bankrolling a strategy that’s proliferating charter schools run by private operators while simultaneously defunding neighborhood schools, declaring them “failing,” and then shutting them down.

Concludes Meegan: “If allowed to continue,” this philanthropic onslaught will leave Chicago without real public schools, only tax-subsidized charters “whose investors will profit handsomely off of our kids.”

We don’t need, Peter Buffett contends, a philanthropy that’s turning “the world into one vast market.” We need systemic change “built from the ground up.”

Top-down change simply isn’t working. Not in Chicago. Not anywhere. columnist Sam Pizzigati is an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow. His latest book is The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class.



Intentional Dementia

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During Mother’s last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another. Isaac Singer writes, “Sometimes she’d tangle one story with another and couldn’t find her way out” (In My Father’s Court). Within one statement, she would toggle between viewing me as a teenager in the 1970’s and as an adult in the 21st century. “I didn’t know you were driving. You didn’t tell me you got your license. What classes did you teach today? Did you know that Johnny bought another acre of ground behind his house?”

Mother always remembered who I was, only because I visited her every few days. Family members who skipped a week or two would fade from her memory. “Which one are you?” she would ask. It rips you up when your mother or grandmother doesn’t know you anymore.

When my son returned from his educational trip to northern Africa, having been away less than a month, his grandmother no longer remembered his existence. She asked me, “Why did you wait until now to introduce me to your son? Why did you never tell me about him until he was grown?”

Salmon Rushdie writes, “It is hard for the old ones; their brains go raw and remember upside down” (“Midnight’s Children”). Of course, it is hard for the young ones as well, being forgotten. Nevertheless, mother and grandmother in her last year was always quick to embrace us and to thank us. Our visits did not always make new memories for her and rarely cleared the fog, nevertheless, love was present.

Thornton Wilder writes, “We ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning” (“The Bridge of San Luis Rey”).

We knew that Mother’s days were short; we knew where this would end. We took the approach of “No Regrets.” Visit her every day. When she’s in the hospital, visit her and feed her at every meal. Mother had four children, so there were lots of us to share the load. We did not want to look back on these months with regrets for the choices we had made.

Every day Mother would tell us the news. Some of it was fifty years old (“Did you know that Johnny bought another acre of ground behind his house?”); some of it, though, was new and accurate. When I told her that dad’s last brother had died, she told me she had no idea who I was talking about. But the next day, after having some time to organize the details in her mind, she correctly informed me about my uncle’s death, though having no idea that I was the one who had told her the news. Sometimes the details made sense to her, but other times not.

There are some things from my childhood and teen years that I would like to forget. Some of the things I did to other people are shocking. Yet, they are part of my history and my memory. My parents had forgiven me for those bad choices, but they had not forgotten them. Sometimes the memories were close to the surface; too close. But during the last months of Mother’s dementia, I was protected from those bad memories. Mother had lost those details. For some of the elderly dealing with dementia, it is only the failures that are remembered. Amy Tan writes, “Dementia was like a truth serum” (“The Bonesetter’s Daughter”). For Mother, however, my failures had disappeared from her memory. John Grisham writes, “You’re allowed to forget the past. God certainly has” (“The Testament”).

Richard Llewellyn claims, “There is no fence or hedge round Time that has gone. You can go back and have what you like if you remember it well enough” (“How Green Was My Valley”). But Mother did not remember it well enough; the memories had become tangled. There was a fence, and it was tightening around her. “Did you know that Johnny bought another acre of ground behind his house?”

Dementia is a horrible disease, for both young and old. Our experience with Mother was one in which she usually remembered the positive and forgot the negative. God has promised to view His children through the righteousness of Christ. God’s forgetfulness is not tangled or accidental, it’s intentional. God’s forgetfulness is purposeful and loving. When it comes to human failures in our lives, remember, “You’re allowed to forget the past. God certainly has.”


— Dr. Gary L. Welton is assistant dean for institutional assessment, professor of psychology at Grove City College, and a contributor to The Center for Vision & Values. He is a recipient of a major research grant from the Templeton Foundation to investigate positive youth development. 

Oaxaca Culture to be Celebrated At Lincoln Park

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Children perform to promote the 26th annual Guelaguetza festival taking place this weekend. (Organización Regional de Oaxaca)

Children perform to promote the 26th annual Guelaguetza festival taking place this weekend. (Organización Regional de Oaxaca)


About 25 U.S.-born children of Oaxaca descent danced on the steps of Los Angeles’ City Hall recently to call attention to the 26th annual Guelaguetza ORO Festival taking place this weekend.

For the first time in many years, juvenile Guelaguetza, featuring over 200 child performers, will take part in the festivities that date back 26 years in Los Angeles.

“With much effort and care we reinitiate the juvenile Guelaguetza to ensure that the future of our traditions continue to live,” explains Mauro Hernandez, president of the Regional Organization of Oaxaca (O.R.O. in Spanish).

The ancient and diverse dances from the Mexican state of Oaxaca represent several indigenous communities, each with its own cultural traditions, but according to Oaxacan activist and festival promoter Martha Ugarte, Guelaguetza is not just a dance, the celebration is much deeper.

The word Guelaguetza comes from the Zapotec word “Guendalizaa,” which means “an attitude or quality with which one is born: a feeling of acceptance, service, cooperation and love for your neighbor; it is the feeling of kinship, brotherhood and solidarity,” according to Ugarte, who says all of those elements will be part of the festival taking place Saturday and Sunday at Lincoln Park from noon to 8:00 p.m.

Ugarte said more than 200 children, ages 1 to 12, and 300 adults will perform at the celebration that will also include artisans demonstrations, food and craft vendors.

Lincoln Park is located at 3501 Valley Blvd., Los Angeles, (Lincoln Heights) 90031. Admission and parking is free.

More information is available at  


Community Calendar: August 8,2013- August 14, 2013

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Today, Thurs., Aug. 8

6pm—Presentation Workshop on USC’s 25 Year Master Plan for its Health Sciences Campus & surrounding area. Location: Hazard Park Gym: 2230 Norfolk St. LA  90033. Translation services will be provided. Co-sponsored by the LA-32 Neighborhood Council & Office of Councilman José Huizar. For more information, contact USC Community Partnerships at (323) 442-3572.

6-9pm—Free Community Forum on the Affordable Care Act in Maywood. Families, young adults & seniors will learn about financial assistance available to purchase health insurance, enrollment process, changes to Medicare and Medi-Cal and more. Open enrollment begins Oct. 1; coverage starts Jan. 1, 2014. U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal Allard & Assemblyman Anthony Rendon will attend. Location: Southeast Rio Vista YMCA, 4801 East 58th St., Maywood, 90270. For more information, visit in English or en Español.

6:30-8:30pm—Montebello Concerts in the Park Presents “TIERRA” at the City Park Amphitheater: 1300 W. Whittier Blvd. Free event includes live entertainment, dancing, food, and more. City presents in partnership with Platinum Sponsor, Cook Hill Properties.

7-9pm—LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Presents “Los Hermanos Herrera” as part of the Free Sones de mi Tierra: The Roots of Mexican Music summer series. Explore these styles even further with dance lessons by professional instructor Rafael Valpuesta and a film screening of “A Mexican Sound,” a documentary film by Roy Germano. LA Plaza is located at 501 N. Main St., LA 90012, across from Olvera Street and Union Station. For more information,  visit .

7pm—Avenue 50 & York Boulevard Park Planning Workshop at Burbank Middle School. The now city-owned empty lot at the corner of Avenue 50 and York Boulevard is slated to become a park. Find out how residents, business owners, and others can help design the park. Burbank Middle School is located at 6460 N. Figueroa St. LA 90042. For more information or to RSVP, contact Councilman Huizar’s Northeast Office at (323) 254-5295 or email Nate Hayward at


Friday, Aug. 9

7pm—Plaza de La Raza in Lincoln Heights Presents Noches de Variedad Cultural, weekly performances of music, culture, poetry, books and more. Presented by LA Educacion. Plaza de la Raza is located at 3540 N. Mission Rd., LA 90031. For more information, call (323) 223-2475.


Saturday, Aug. 10

9am-3pm—Too Toxic to Trash: Free LA County Hazardous & E-Waste Roundup at the Los Angeles County Office of Education in Downey. Safely discard household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles, universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. County of Education is located at12830 Columbia Way, Downey. For more information, call County of LA Dept. of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or go to, contact LA County Sanitation Districts at 1 (800) 238-0172 or

10am—Open House & Back to School & Resource Fair at Newly Renovated Boyle Heights City Hall, hosted by Councilman Jose Huizar. City agencies & organizations at the site include the Housing and Community Investment Department, Bureau of Street Services, Department of Aging, College Track, SCE Credit Union, and others. Address: 2130 E. 1st St. LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 526-3059.

6-10pm—“The Cypress Village Tunnel Art Walk,” one-night-only free monthly art exhibit inside a refurbished pedestrian tunnel under Figueroa St in Cypress Park. Explore music, poetry & dance in a unique location. Sponsored in part by Fine Art Solutions. Location: Figueroa & Loreto St. LA 90065. (across from Nightengale Middle School).

7-9pm—Opening Reception of “Chispas,” a survey exhibition of L.A. women artists at Ave. 50 Studio in Highland Park. Chispas means sparks, and these artists are creating stimulating contemporary art. Runs through Sept. 8. Ave 50 Studio is located at 131 N. Ave 50 LA 90042. For more information, visit

7-10pm—Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Presents Public + Art: Three Ducks in a Row at the East Los Angeles Civic Center. Live Music by Don Preston & Andrea Centazzo, featuring company dancers Teresa Barcelo and Nick Heitzeberg. Civic Center is located at 4801 E. 3rd St, LA. For more information or to RSVP for this free event, go to


Monday, Aug. 12

6:30-7:30pm—“Investing for Beginners” Workshop at the Benjamin Franklin Library in East LA, presented East Los Angeles Community Corporation. CDs? Stock? Bonds? Real Estate? Learn how to invest safely and avoid scams. Library is located at  2200 E. 1st St., LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 263-6901.


Wednesday, Aug. 14

4pm—Weekly Family Story Time at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library. Features engaging story telling & reading for kids and their families. Library is located at 803 Spence St. LA 90023.

7pm— Classical Repertory Theatre Company “A Noise Within” Presents Free Reading of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by Eugene O’Neill. Part of the Resident Artists’ Play Reading Series. A Noise Within Theatre is located at 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 91107. Readings are free, but reservations are appreciated, call (626) 356-3121 or visit for additional dates & titles.



The 52nd Annual Monterey Park All City Swim Meet will take place at Barns Park Pool on Fri., Aug. 16 at 5pm. Competitive swimmers and swim lesson students are invited to show off their swim skills. Free food and refreshments for all participants. Barns Park is located at 350 S. McPherrin Avenue. For more information, call (626) 307-1388.

Latino Comics Expo Makes So Cal Debut Aug. 17-18 at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach. Expo showcases the Latino experience in comic books and related arts. Will include panel discussions with comic creators, specialized workshops for children on cartooning and comic book creation, and screenings of animated short films. Open both days 11am-5pm. General Admission $9; Students & Seniors $6 ; 12 & under & MOLAA members free.  Museum is located at 628 Alamitos Ave Long Beach 90802. For more info, visit

The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) will hold auditions Aug. 21 & 28 for its Young Men’s Ensemble. Open to Middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part of an ensemble, and should be proficient in the fundamentals of music theory and musicianship.  The vocal audition also includes a written music theory test and a sight-singing evaluation. Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church: 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91101.  For more information or audition appointment, call (626) 793-4231 or visit

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