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Can You Recognize the Signs of Skin Cancer?

Posted 11 hours ago 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

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More Summer Sun Equals More Greenland Ice Melt: Study

Posted 13 hours ago 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

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Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun

Posted 1 day 11 hours ago 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

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Health Tip: Basic Beach Safety

Posted 2 days 13 hours ago 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

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

Posted 4 days ago 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

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A Baby's Skin No Match for the Sun

Posted 6 days 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

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Extreme Heat in Southwest a Deadly Threat

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – With temperatures soaring so high that some planes couldn't take off in Phoenix on Tuesday, the heat wave scorching the Southwest for the next week should be taken very seriously, one emergency doctor warns. Dramatic temperatures have been recorded in Arizona, California and Nevada, reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in some desert cities – Death Valley, Calif., hit 125 and Palm Springs, Calif., reached 121. In Phoenix, the thermometer reached a high of 119 degrees on Tuesday, a temperature that has only been matched or exceeded four other times, according to the Associated Press. That kind of heat can be deadly. "It's important to remember that extreme heat combined with humidity can kill. Extremes of heat are most concerning to public safety, and a large number of heat-related deaths are generally preventable," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency ... Read more

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With Climate Change, More Deadly Heatwaves Will Strike

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – If climate change continues unchecked, three-quarters of the world's population will be exposed to deadly heatwaves by the end of the century, a new study warns. "We are running out of choices for the future," said study author Camilo Mora. He is an associate professor of geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Even with efforts that could lead to a significant reduction in the carbon emissions that are fueling climate change, 48 percent of the world's population will still be at risk by 2100, according to the international team of researchers. Now, about 30 percent of people worldwide are exposed to lethal heatwaves each year, the investigators said. "For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible. Many people around the world are already paying the ultimate price of heatwaves, and while models suggest that this is likely to continue, it ... Read more

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Time for Some Summer Sun Safety Tips

Posted 11 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

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Many Tanning Salons Defy Legal Age Limits on Users

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – Many indoor tanning salons in the United States would let underage customers tan despite government bans, a new study finds. "Enacting well-crafted age restriction laws to maximize compliance through enforcement of penalties on the state level and moving towards a national ban with similar accompanying strong enforcement . . . [is] essential to reduce skin cancer risk in the vulnerable youth population," said study leader Leah Ferrucci. She is an associate research scientist in epidemiology and a lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health. For the study, researchers posing as underage consumers phoned tanning salons in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia. All had banned indoor tanning by anyone under age 17 or 18 at the time of the study. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Applying Sunscreen on Children

Posted 14 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

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Skin Cancer

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

-- To help reduce your risk of skin cancer, it's all about protecting yourself from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation advises: Stay in the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wear a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses with UV protection. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to any exposed skin. If you'll be in the sun all day, choose a water-proof sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply every two hours; more frequently if you're swimming or sweating. Don't allow infants younger than 6 months to be in the sun. It's not advised to use sunscreen on them. Each month, inspect your skin. Each year, see a doctor for a skin check. Read more

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Have Scientists Created a Safe, Sun-Free Tan?

Posted 15 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 17 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

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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

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