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Health Tip: Protect Kids During Summer

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The longer days of summer make it a great time for your children. But parents should take steps to help keep them safe. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Protect your kids when they're near water. Make sure kids know how to swim, and adults know CPR. Protect children from heat-related illness. Don't let children overheat, encourage drinking lots of water and protect against sunburn. Use insect repellent on children any time they play outdoors. Make sure playground equipment is safe before kids use it. Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Insect Bites, Prevention of Sunburn, Prevention of Fractures, Coppertone, Deeptan

Health Tip: If You Have a Lot of Moles

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Having lots of moles may mean you're worried about skin cancer. Checking your skin often for changes and certain warning signs can help alleviate those fears. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends: Regularly inspect your skin, evaluating all of your moles. Look for any changes or unusual looking moles. See your dermatologist if any of your moles bleed, itch or change. Don't lie in the sun or use a tanning bed. Use sunscreen whenever outdoors to help prevent sunburn. See a dermatologist if you have 100 or more moles, or a significant portion of your body is covered with darker patches. Read more

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

'Heat Dome' Contines to Scorch Much of U.S.

Posted 25 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 – The massive "heat dome" that sent temperatures in the United States soaring over the weekend continued to suffocate the central and eastern parts of the country on Monday, as experts offered tips on how to stay cool in the sweltering weather. With a heat dome, a massive ridge of high pressure essentially traps hot air underneath it, and miserably hot weather is the inevitable result, according to The Weather Channel. Over the past two days, roughly 110 million Americans saw heat indexes rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Fox News reported Sunday. Washington was the only state in the lower 48 that did not see temperatures in at least the 90s, and the network said that the oppressive dome will not release its grip on the country until mid-week or later. Meanwhile, experts say the risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death, remains. "Although preventable, ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Dehydration, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Heat Stress, Deeptan, Coppertone

'Heat Dome' Heats Up United States

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – As a massive "heat dome" stretches across the United States this week, sending temperatures and humidity levels soaring, experts offer advice on how to keep cool as the mercury rises to possibly record levels. The Midwest bore the brunt of the dome's oppressive influence Thursday, but the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will be under its scorching effect by the weekend. With a heat dome, a massive ridge of high pressure essentially traps hot air underneath it, and miserably hot weather is the inevitable result, according to The Weather Channel. The risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death, is high when such blistering temperatures arrive, experts noted. Twelve states, from Louisiana to the Great Lakes region, had already issued heat alerts by Thursday, and possibly more than 21 states will be under the dome at its peak, according to NBC News. With the ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Dehydration, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Heat Stress, Deeptan, Coppertone

4 in 10 Popular Sunscreens Don't Meet Sun Safety Standards: Study

Posted 6 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 – Nearly half of the most popular sunscreen products sold in the United States fail to meet basic sun safety guidelines, new research shows. The finding stems from a look at the sun protection labels of 65 products that accounted for the top 1 percent of all sunscreens sold by Amazon.com. Forty percent of those sunscreens lacked the minimal resistance to water and sweat that the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends. Also, the cost of top sunscreens was found to vary wildly, with some products priced 3,000 percent more than others, despite offering no greater sun protection, the researchers said. "The results were surprising in some ways," said study author Dr. Steve Xu, a resident in the department of dermatology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, in Chicago. "But, there are some important caveats," he added. "The definition of a ... Read more

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

Baby Your Baby With Sunscreen

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Be sure your summer plans include a big dose of sun protection for your baby's thinner and more delicate skin, a pediatrician recommends. The best way to protect babies is to avoid direct sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., said Dr. Jay Joo, a pediatrician at UCLA Health. If that's not possible, then make sure the baby has a wide-brimmed hat and long pants and long-sleeved shirts made of lightweight materials. Sunglasses are a good idea, too, if the baby will wear them, Joo added in a news release from the University of California, Los Angeles. A small amount of sunscreen can be applied to the hands and other exposed areas of skin on babies up to 6 months of age. Apply a tiny bit first to make sure the sunscreen doesn't irritate their skin, he suggested. Liberal amounts of sunscreen can be used on babies over 6 months of age and older ... Read more

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Don't Get Caught Without Your Sunscreen

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 12, 2016 – Heading out on a warm, sunny day? Don't forget to cover up – with sunscreen. "Everybody – and I mean everybody – needs sunscreen," Dr. Jennifer Caudle a family medicine physician at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stanford, N.J., said in a university news release. "Your ethnicity doesn't matter; how easily you tan doesn't matter. If you go out in the sun without sunscreen you are putting yourself at risk for melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of cancer," she warned. Sunscreens carry sun protection factor (SPF) numbers, which indicate how much protection they offer against the sun's ultraviolet radiation. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection. A broad spectrum sunscreen protects against both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B, both of which can damage the skin and contribute to skin cancer, Caudle explained. "And a lot of factors can ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Women, Don't Neglect Your Health

Posted 30 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Being a wife and mother are important, but women need to take care of themselves, too. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: See your doctor for regular screenings and checkups. Get plenty of exercise, including aerobic and strengthening exercises. Eat a nutritious, balanced diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Get enough folic acid, and limit alcohol use. Stay mentally healthy by finding ways to cope with stress, and getting plenty of sleep each night. Don't smoke, use caution with prescription drugs, and protect your skin daily with sunscreen. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Dependence, Folic Acid, Alcoholism, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Sunscreen, Folic Acid Deficiency, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Ethinyl Estradiol/folic Acid/levonorgestrel, Folacin-800, B-Nexa, Hemocyte-F, Cholecalciferol/folic Acid, Zingiber, Nephro-Fer RX, Ferrous Fumarate/Folic Acid/Iron Polysaccharide, Restora Rx

Sun Protection Comes in Many Forms

Posted 29 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 29, 2016 – As folks start baring more skin at the beach, pool or barbecue this Memorial Day weekend, that means it's time to start covering up with sunscreen. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays is always harmful, an expert from Penn State Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center pointed out. The damage from these UV rays may be obvious right away in the form of a tan or sunburn, but they can lead a range of problems, from wrinkles to skin cancer, cautioned Dr. Colette Pameijer, a surgical oncologist and associate director of translational research. "My general sense is that people are much more savvy about sun exposure," Pameijer said in a center news release. However, choosing a sunscreen from the wide array of lotions and sprays with various ingredients may be confusing, she noted. Most sunscreens on the market offer broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays, but SPF values ... Read more

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

Some Smart Yet Easy Ways to Shield Yourself From Skin Cancer

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life, but it can be treated and cured if detected early, a dermatologist says. "Knowing your own skin is the key to discovering skin cancer early on. See a dermatologist for a skin check if you notice a spot, mole or lump on your body that is changing, growing or bleeding," said Dr. Mark Lebwohl. He is chair of the dermatology department at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and May 2 is Melanoma Monday. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Lebwohl described in a school news release how to prevent and detect skin cancer. Apply a sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed skin whenever you're outdoors. Do this throughout the year and even on cloudy days. Reapply about every two hours. Wear long-sleeved ... 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

Check Yourself for Signs of Skin Cancer, Doctors Advise

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Many busy parents take the time to slather sunscreen on their children before heading outdoors, but they may neglect to protect their own skin. Dermatologists caution that skin cancer can affect anyone – even parents. "As a mom, I understand how easily parents' health can take a back seat to the needs of the family," Dr. Doris Day said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Day is a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine/Langone Medical Center in New York City. "However, it's important to value your own health and well-being as well as your children's," she said. "Take a few minutes even if it's right after you shower or while you're putting on your pajamas in the evening to check your skin regularly for the signs of skin cancer. It could save your life." Skin cancer is most treatable when it's detected early. ... Read more

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

Many Consumers Don't Understand Sunscreen Labels, Study Finds

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – SPF? UV-A and B? A new study finds many Americans are baffled by the information on sunscreen labels. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said sunscreen labels must emphasize protection against both ultraviolet-A (UV-A), and UV-B radiation. These products would have what's known as "broad spectrum protection" against the sun's dangerous rays. Both of the UV wavelengths have differing effects on the skin: UV-A is associated with skin aging and UV-B is associated with sunburns, experts note. However, both types are potent risk factors for skin cancer. But how much of all this is understood by the average sunscreen consumer? In the study, a team led by Dr. Roopal Kundu of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, surveyed 114 patients at a dermatology clinic. Most – 93 percent – said they had bought sunscreen in 2013. When ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Deeptan, Coppertone

Many Animals Armed With Built-In Sun Block: Study

Posted 14 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 – Alligators, chickens and other animals don't need sunscreen – they make their own sun protection, a new study says. This finding could point to new ways to protect people from sun damage, Oregon State University researchers believe. They found that many birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish naturally produce a compound called gadusol, which protects them from the sun's ultraviolet rays. "Humans and mammals don't have the ability to make this compound, but we've found that many other animal species do," study lead author Taifo Mahmud, a professor in the OSU College of Pharmacy, said in a university news release. Animals ranging from rainbow trout to the American alligator, green sea turtle and farmyard chicken displayed the genetic pathway that allows gadusol production, the study says. Natural production of gadusol is likely the result of ancient evolution, he ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Deeptan, Coppertone

Fewer U.S. Teens Using Sunscreen, Study Finds

Posted 21 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 – The number of U.S. teens using sunscreen dropped nearly 12 percent in the last decade, a new report shows. During that same time period, the number of teens using indoor tanning beds barely decreased. Both indoor tanning and failure to use sunscreen increase the risk of skin cancers, including deadly melanomas, the researchers noted. "Unfortunately, we found a decrease in the overall percentage of teens who reported wearing sunscreen, from 67.7 percent in 2001 to 56.1 percent in 2011," said lead researcher Corey Basch, an associate professor in the department of public health at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. "Using sun-protective behaviors like applying sunscreen and avoiding intentional exposure to tanning devices will be key [to lowering cancer risk]," she added. Use of indoor tanning devices by white girls decreased only slightly, from 37 ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Deeptan, Coppertone

Shield Yourself From the Sun

Posted 4 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Aug. 2, 2014 – Although sunscreen and clothing provide some protection against the sun's harmful UV rays, sunburns can still happen. It's important to learn how to recognize early warning signs of a sunburn and begin treating it right away, according to Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency room physician at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in New Jersey. The first sign of sunburn is a tingling sensation on the skin, Davis warned. Anyone who notices this symptom should get out of the sun as soon as possible, he advised in a medical center news release. Davis also offered the following tips to soothe sunburned skin: Place a cold, damp towel on the skin for 10 or 15 minutes. Repeat this process a few times throughout the day. Apply a moisturizer that contains aloe vera to the affected skin. Avoid any creams that contain petroleum, which could trap heat in the skin. It's also a ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Deeptan, Coppertone

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