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How Safe and Effective Is Your Sunscreen?

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – It may be easier than ever to find sunscreen with all the right stuff, but be sure to read the label or you could still get burned. Most sunscreens sold at major U.S. retailers and their websites now offer broad-spectrum protection, are water-resistant and have an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher as the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends, a new study found. But more than a third of sunscreens sold by several of the nation's largest retailers fell short. Forty-one percent of sunscreens did not meet all three recommendations, researchers from the University of Miami and University of Michigan reported. Tanning and bronzing products, in particular, tended to be lacking, the researchers said. In a follow-up to a 2014 study, the researchers checked more than 470 sunscreens available at big pharmacy websites to see if they met the AAD ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Coppertone, Deeptan

Health Tip: Don't Use Sunscreen on Newborns

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Applying sunscreen on infants aged 6 months and younger isn't a good idea, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Chemicals used in sunscreen can harm newborns, who should avoid the sun altogether. Young babies can't regulate body temperature properly, making them especially prone to overheating and dehydration, the agency says. The FDA recommends: Keep infants out of the sun as much as possible. If infants do go outside, avoid the sun when ultraviolet rays are strongest, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Create a canopy over baby's carrier or stroller. Dress baby in lightweight, tight-weave long pants; a long-sleeve shirt and wide-brimmed hat. Watch baby carefully for signs of overheating and dehydration. Give baby breast milk or formula regularly. If baby develops a sunburn, get out of the sun immediately and apply a cold compress as soon as possible. Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Dehydration, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Heat Stress, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Coppertone, Deeptan

Melanoma Isn't the Only Serious Skin Cancer

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – A type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is increasingly common in the United States, so people need to be alert for signs of the disease, an expert says. About 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. "While other skin cancers may be more lethal, they're less common than squamous cell carcinoma," said Dr. M. Laurin Council, an assistant professor of dermatology at Washington University in St. Louis. This type of cancer is highly treatable when detected early, "so it's important for people to know the signs of this disease and keep a close eye on their skin," Council added in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. Possible signs of squamous cell carcinoma include a pink or white bump; a rough, scaly patch; or a sore that won't heal, ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Deeptan, Coppertone

Health Tip: Getting Too Much Sun?

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Applying sunscreen liberally and often helps protect you from a nasty burn and damage to your skin. The American Academy of Family Physicians says failure to use sunscreen can lead to: Changes in your skin, including moles and freckles that may turn into skin cancer. Premature aging of your skin, including emergence of dark spots, a leathery appearance and wrinkles. A weaker immune system caused by your body's response to burned skin. Damage to the eyes. Increased risk of skin cancer. Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Deeptan, Coppertone

Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes During Summer

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- To prevent skin damage, you apply sunscreen. But how can you protect your eyes from the summer sun's glaring rays? The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises: Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) light. Look for glasses labeled as "100% UV protection." Styles that wrap around your head may offer added protection. Wear a hat with a wide-brim. Keep yourself and your kids out of direct sunlight during peak local hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your eyes always need dalight protection – even on cloudy days and during winter. Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, History - Skin Cancer, Deeptan, Coppertone

Smart Steps for Sun Protection

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – You know you're supposed to slather on a high-SPF sunscreen before going out in the sun, but these five steps will help you double up on that protection. First, it's important to know that there are two types of harmful ultraviolet rays. UVA rays cause lasting skin damage and aging. UVB rays cause sunburn along with skin damage. Both can lead to skin cancer, so your sunscreen should protect against both. Look for the word "broad-spectrum" on the label. Next, you want to check out the ingredients. Sun protection products may contain chemical and/or physical sunscreens. Most products use chemical sunscreens, like oxybenzone, that absorb damaging UV rays. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical sunscreens. They sit on the skin and reflect and diffuse UV rays. They also work right away, unlike chemical sunscreens – it can take 30 minutes before they're ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Coppertone, Deeptan

4 Ways to Look Younger Longer

Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – There's no escaping the fact that there'll be another birthday candle on your cake this year, but that doesn't mean your skin has to give away your age. These four steps can help stop the wrinkles – and you're never too young to start. The main culprit behind aging skin is the sun's ultraviolet rays, including UVAs that penetrate your skin and damage collagen fibers. That sets off a chain reaction that leads to wrinkles. The best way to prevent this damage, called photoaging, is by using at least SPF 15 sunscreen every day, even when you're just going to work or running errands. Many daywear cosmetics contain SPF, but if yours don't, apply sunscreen, wait 15 minutes, and then put on your makeup. But keep in mind that wearing sunscreen doesn't give you license to bake in the sun. The skin around your eyes is particularly fragile, so be sure to wear sunglasses, ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Sunburn, Facial Wrinkles, Alcoholism, Hangover, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Facial Lipoatrophy, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Deeptan, Coppertone

Can You Recognize the Signs of Skin Cancer?

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – With skin cancer the most common type of cancer in the United States, you should learn to spot its early signs, a cancer doctor says. "Early detection is key. When detected early, most skin cancers may be effectively treated and are often curable," said Dr. Jeffrey Farma, a surgical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. "Individuals play an important role in early detection," Farma said in a center news release. "By being familiar with your own skin markings, like moles, freckles and blemishes, you're likely to notice any changes." His recommendation: Have your skin checked yearly by a physician or dermatologist, and check your own skin for signs of skin cancer by using a mirror every month. Using the ABCDE rule of skin cancer can help identify potential problems, including the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, he said. A for ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Coppertone, Deeptan

More Summer Sun Equals More Greenland Ice Melt: Study

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Decreasing cloud cover in summertime over the last 20 years is causing the Greenland ice sheet to melt much more rapidly, new research shows. British researchers analyzed data from earth-observing satellites and high-resolution climate models and found a consistent decrease in summer cloud cover since 1995. The resulting increase in summer sunshine allows more solar radiation to reach the Earth's surface and prompt more melting, they said. Since 1995, Greenland has lost about 4,000 gigatons of ice, which is the biggest single contributor to the rise in global sea levels, according to the authors of the study, published June 28 in the journal Science Advances. They said a 1 percent reduction in summer cloud cover is equivalent to 27 gigatons of extra ice melt on the Greenland ice sheet, about the same as the annual domestic water supply of the United States. ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Deeptan, Coppertone

Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – Lots of people like that sun-kissed look on their skin, but experts caution against any tanning at all. "There's no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning is a sign of skin damage," said Dr. Ross Levy, chief of dermatology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. He explained that "sunlight contains ultraviolet rays that trigger changes in the DNA of skin cells. Most of the time the body's immune system tracks down these mutations and repairs them, but occasionally the damage is missed and skin cancer takes hold. The more sun you are exposed to, the greater your risk." To protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays, wear long-sleeve shirts, pants and a wide-brimmed hat. At the pool or beach, wear a swim shirt or rash guard that is rated for sun protection. Limit your time outdoors when the sun is directly overhead and its rays are strongest, ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Coppertone, Deeptan

Health Tip: Basic Beach Safety

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Make sure a day at the beach stays fun by taking precautions to keep the family safe. The American Red Cross advises: Only swim where there is a lifeguard. Never swim after drinking alcohol. Check local weather. Anyone who isn't a strong swimmer should wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. No other type of flotation device should be substituted. Never dive head first. Carefully supervise elderly people and young children, even in shallow water. Pay attention to any ocean animals and plants. Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Alcoholism, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Coppertone, Deeptan

Surf's Up! How to Plan for a Safe Beach Vacation

Posted 25 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 24, 2017 – Heading to the beach this summer? Make safety part of your vacation planning. Sun protection belongs at the top of your packing list. Must-haves include sunscreen, sunglasses, protective clothing and a hat, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Here are some of the agency's other recommendations: Don't use tanning beds to pre-tan before a beach vacation. The lamps emit harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage your skin. Also, be aware that spray tans and bronzers do not protect against UV rays. Make a list of medications you need to take, and get enough to last the trip. Keep your medicines with you when traveling. Also, carry a detailed list of what medicines you take and have your health care provider's contact information in case you need medical care while you're away. If you wear contact lenses, pack enough for the entire vacation. Don't forget to ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Hepatitis C, HIV Infection, Sunburn, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Deeptan, Coppertone

Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – You might think of eye problems like cataracts as signs of old age, but one step you can take now will protect your vision for the future – and you can do it with style. We're talking about sunglasses. Your eyes need to be protected from the dangers of UV light the same way your skin does. And just like your skin, it's protection you need every day, not just when you're at the beach. Eye doctors recommend wearing your shades anytime you're outside, although they are extra important in summer and in winter on snowy terrain and at high altitudes. They're also a must any time you're on medication that increases sun sensitivity. Style aside, the most effective are large wraparound sunglasses that absorb 100 percent of UV rays, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For durability and the best visibility, look for scratch-resistant polycarbonate ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Cataract, Sunburn, Sunscreen, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Coppertone, Deeptan

A Baby's Skin No Match for the Sun

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – Want to help protect your children from skin cancer as they get older? Make sure they never get a serious sunburn in childhood. Just one blistering burn as a child or teen nearly doubles the risk of getting melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. "Sun protection is important at every stage of life, including infancy. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma," said pediatric dermatologist Sheila Fallon Friedlander. She's a professor of pediatrics and dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. "Keep sun-safety items near the front door, in your car and in your diaper bag so that you always have them ready when you're on the go," Fallon Friedlander recommended in an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) news release. Other tips from Fallon Friedlander and the AAD include: Dress your baby ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Coppertone, Deeptan

Many Americans May Be Taking Too Much Vitamin D

Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – When it comes to vitamin D supplements, it's possible that Americans may be getting too much of a good thing, new research suggests. In 2014, just over 3 percent of U.S. adults took more than 4,000 international units (IUs) of the vitamin daily, exceeding the upper limits of what is considered safe, the researchers said. In 2007-2008, only 0.2 percent did that. For perspective, the recommended daily amount of vitamin D is only 600 IUs for adults aged 70 and younger. For those over 70, the recommendation is 800 IUs a day. "More may not always be better with vitamin D," said study author Mary Rooney, a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "There's not much research on longer-term health outcomes on high-dose supplements," she said. But studies have hinted at potential harm, such as excess calcium in the blood, which can cause deposits ... Read more

Related support groups: Dietary Supplementation, Vitamin D Deficiency, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Sunscreen, Caltrate 600 with D, Vitamin D Insufficiency, Calcium/Vitamin D, Citracal + D, Citracal Petites, Oysco 500 with D, Rickets, Oyster Shell Calcium, Citracal Creamy Bites, Calcet, Calcium 600 D, Calcarb with D, Os-Cal Calcium+D3, Os-Cal 500 + D, Posture-D H/P, Osteocit D Plus

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