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Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Posted 1 day 2 hours ago 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, Deeptan, Coppertone

A Baby's Skin No Match for the Sun

Posted 1 day 3 hours ago 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, History - Skin Cancer, Prevention of Sunburn, Deeptan, Coppertone

Many Americans May Be Taking Too Much Vitamin D

Posted 4 days ago 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, Calcium 600 D, Calcarb with D, Oyster Shell Calcium, Citracal Creamy Bites, Calcet, Citracal 250 mg + D, Oystercal-D, Os-Cal with D, Oyster Shell Calcium with Vitamin D

Time for Some Summer Sun Safety Tips

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 18, 2017 – Summer sun and warmer temps may provide plenty of play opportunities for kids, but they also mean parents need to be extra vigilant about preventing sunburns and other mishaps. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this advice: Sun safety through the ages Avoid sun exposure when possible for babies under 6 months old. Look for shade and dress your child in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats with brims if you can. Sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 can be applied to limited areas of the baby's body, such as the face and back of the hands. Cool compresses can be helpful if a baby develops a sunburn. For older children, the best way to prevent sun damage is also to avoid exposure. Shade is helpful, and so is limiting exposure during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the likelihood of sunburn is especially high. ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Applying Sunscreen on Children

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Sunscreen can help protect kids from the sun's harmful rays, but only if it's applied correctly. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises: Choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and up to 50. Use a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreen for the face, shoulders, ears and other sensitive areas. Applying sunscreen liberally, making sure to completely cover the body, including backs of the knees, hands, feet, ears, face and nose. Applying sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside so it has time to absorb. Applying sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days. Applying sunscreen at least every two hours, and possibly more often after swimming or sweating. Read more

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

Have Scientists Created a Safe, Sun-Free Tan?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Many people would love to have a natural-looking golden tan, but know that soaking up the sun raises their risk of skin cancer. Now scientists say they've developed a way to tan without exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In laboratory tests, the researchers used the technique to increase pigmentation in human skin samples. And while science done at this early stage sometimes doesn't pan out in humans, the researchers remain hopeful. "The activation of the tanning/pigmentation pathway by this new class of small molecules is physiologically identical to UV-induced pigmentation without the DNA-damaging effects of UV," study leader Dr. David Fisher said in a Massachusetts General Hospital news release. Fisher is chief of dermatology at the hospital in Boston. "We need to conduct safety studies, which are always essential with potential new treatment ... Read more

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Stay Safe as Summer Temps Soar

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 – As the first major heat wave of the season has much of the eastern United States sizzling, people need to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, an emergency doctor says. Hot temperatures and high humidity are likely from the shores of New England through the Great Plains. Temperatures could reach into the 90s for days, according to The Weather Channel. In some areas, record high temperatures set in the 1800s could be broken, USA Today reported. "It's vital to drink plenty of cool fluids, and stay out of the sun during the mid-part of the day [10 a.m. to 2 p.m.] when the sun is typically the strongest," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Try to reduce exertion when the heat index climbs – conserve your energy," he recommended. "If you will be exercising in the heat for under one hour, make sure you ... Read more

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

With Summer Sun Comes Heightened Skin Cancer Risk

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 11, 2017 – Summer beckons, and with those sunny skies comes a warning to protect yourself from skin cancer. "Skin cancer, like all types of cancer, is capable of destroying healthy tissue and spreading to distant body sites," said Dr. C. Blake Phillips, a fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham department of dermatology. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's important to take steps to prevent it and to recognize the early signs. "If undetected or untreated, skin cancers lead to loss of vital functions or death. It is important to keep an eye on your skin and watch for changes that could be a sign of skin cancer," Phillips added. Most skin cancers occur due to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or other sources, such as tanning beds, said Phillips. To ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Stay Safe During Summer

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A few basic summer safety tips can help protect your family all summer long. Here's advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: When on or near water, everyone should wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Wear a hat with a wide brim, and use sunscreen any time you are outside. Even if you're not thirsty, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Apply insect repellent before you go outdoors. Wash your hands frequently. Read more

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

Sunscreen 101

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Many people make mistakes when using sunscreen that could increase their risk of skin cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers set up free sunscreen dispensers at the Minnesota State Fair and watched as nearly 2,200 people used them. The researchers found that only 33 percent of people applied sunscreen to all exposed skin. Only 38 percent were wearing sun-protective clothing, hats or sunglasses. Also, use of the free sunscreen dispensers fell sharply on cloudy days, the researchers reported. The study was published online May 16 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. "These results highlight some of the ways people use sunscreen incorrectly," study author Dr. Ingrid Polcari said in a journal news release. She is an assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. "To get the best possible sun ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Teach Teens About Sun Safety

Posted 8 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Teens enjoying carefree fun in the sun may not worry about wrinkles, sun damage or skin cancer – but they should. It's a conversation that parents should have with teens to prevent problems later. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends talking to teens about: Staying out of the sun when its rays are strongest, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wearing light clothing with tightly-woven fabric, which helps to reflect the sun's rays. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses also offer protection. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day before going outdoors, and reapplying throughout the day. Make sure it's applied to the entire body, including the tops of the ears and feet. Regularly checking skin for moles that look suspicious, and pointing any out to a parent or doctor. Read more

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

Kids' Sun Safety Means 'Slip, Slap, Slop'

Posted 28 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 – Children spend a lot of time outside in the summer, so parents need to stay on top of their sun protection, a skin cancer expert advises. Much of a person's risk for melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – comes from their sun exposure as a child. "Healthy sun-protection habits come in three forms – sometimes referred to as slip, slap, slop," said Dr. Vernon Sondak. He is head of the skin cancer department at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. "Slip on protective clothing, like long-sleeve shirts and long pants with an adequate UV (ultraviolet radiation) protection factor," Sondak said in a center news release. UV protection factor (UPF) is the clothing equivalent of sun protection factor (SPF) for sunscreen. Next, slap on a hat – not just a baseball cap – to protect your face, head, ears and neck. And don't forget to protect your eyes with ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Treat Skin Well

Posted 14 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Achieving and maintaining healthy, glowing skin involve more than just keeping it clean. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Dermatology: Apply sunscreen every day before you head outdoors. Look for one that's water resistant with an SPF of at least 30. Avoid smoking, which can age your skin and slow wound healing. Find ways to manage stress. Perform regular self-exams to look for signs of skin cancer. Wash your face when you wake, before bed and any time you sweat. Choose products designed for your skin type, such as sensitive, oily or dry. Never scrub your skin, which can be irritating. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Dry Skin, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, History - Skin Cancer, Deeptan, Minor Skin Conditions, Coppertone, Minor Skin Irritation

More Teens Turning Their Backs on Tanning Beds: CDC

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – The number of U.S. teens who use indoor tanning has dropped by half in recent years, a new government study reveals. Only about 7 percent of high school students said they used indoor tanning in 2015, down from almost 16 percent of students in 2009, according to results from a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. But that still leaves more than 1 million teens putting themselves at increased risk of skin cancer, including the most severe form, melanoma, by going to a tanning salon, said study lead author Gery Guy Jr. Worse, their use of indoor tanning appears to give them a false sense of security when they step outdoors into real sunlight, said Guy, a health economist with the CDC's division of cancer prevention and control. "We also found that among the 1.2 million high school students who are continuing to indoor tan, 82 percent of them ... Read more

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

Daffodils, Margaritas and Other Surprise Skin Dangers

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – You probably know to steer clear of poison ivy. But did you know that sipping a Margarita or eating an orange in the sunshine can cause a similar skin rash? That's just one hazard the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) wants you to guard against as winter turns to spring and you spend more time outside. In addition, common flowers and plants, such as chrysanthemums, Peruvian lilies, tulips and daffodil bulbs, contain chemicals that can trigger allergic skin reactions, according to an AAD news release "Your skin can be affected by a wide variety of things you might find in your backyard, or even inside your home. While there are simple precautions that you can take, you have to be aware of what you might run into so you can protect yourself," said Dr. Amy Chen. She is an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. ... Read more

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