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Hope For Burn VictimsPRINTERFRIENDLYBOOKMARKSTORYKOMU Story ToolboxShare on FacebookShare on NewsvinePALM BEACH, FL- Laser treatments that reduce the effects of recent burn scars could help fade old scars as well.For the Berns triplets, Trae, Jordan, and Chandra long sleeved shirts and makeup have been the norm since they were teenagers."We started trying to cover our scars because it was easier and more comforting instead of people always staring at our burns," explained Trae.

Their burns�are painful reminders of the tragedy that took place 20 years ago when a house fire took the life of their mother.

The triplets, then 17 months old, were asleep in their cribs and survived with third degree burns to as much as 30 percent of their bodies."The first part of our lives, right after the fire, we were in the hospital for a long time and then once we got out of the hospital we had to go to physical therapy everyday and we did that for several years,"said Chandra.

"For sure it was tough and dealing with all the cruelty and criticism from you know our peers and others, it was really hard," stated Trae.These three sisters underwent years of surgery, physical therapy, and skin grafts to heal their wounds, but the scars from the burns remained.�And then Trae, the youngest of the triplets, learned of a Florida dermatologist experimenting with laser treatment.

In one case, a burn victim's scars faded with a laser procedure normally used for acne."For there to be some kind of hope for burn victims, I just felt like I needed to call," said Trae.

"Burn patients have been through such horrible things and then they're left with horrible scars.

And the scars can hurt and itch and they're disfiguring so I think we're all kind of in it together," explained Dr.

Jill Waibel of Palm Beach Aesthtic Dermatology and Laser Center.� The sisters reached out to Dr.

Waibel who, with the laser manufacturer, agreed to perform the treatment on all three of them free of charge.

As part of the procedure the laser fires tiny dots of heat deep into the scar tissue vaporizing the scar and allowing a healthy layer of skin collagen to eventually re-grow.

Over the course of eight hours, doctors and technicians worked on the triplets, lasering their faces, arms, and chests.

There was peeling and redness the days following the procedure.

A month later the triplets had a follow up treatment and then time to heal and hope for the best.

"The best, possible scenario would be you know for our burns to be completely healed and we know that might not happen and if it doesn't happen, we're perfectly okay with that," said Jordan.The sisters noticed improvements in the texture and color of their scars within a few weeks of the procedure, but it's expected to take about six months before the scars look their best.�_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________The institute of medicine has released some new guidelines for how much weight pregnant women should gain.

The weight gaining guidelines have been the same since 1990.

Officials say obese women should aim to gain 11 to 20 pounds during pregnancy.

Women should also try to be within a normal weight range when they conceive to lower the number of risk factors they could have during their pregnancy.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________A new report says the average U.S.

household with health care coverage actually pays for other uninsured people.

The Families U.S.A.

Report found that more than $42 billion dollars in health care costs was not paid last year.The report found that insurance companies made up for the loss by raising the premium price on families and employers who already have health insurance.Families U.S.A.

is a group that supports expanded health care coverage for people.

Posted by: Beth�HoagPublished: Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 2:31 PMLast Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 7:41 PM

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