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Health Tip: Choose Protective Sunglasses

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- It is important to protect your eyes from sun-related ultraviolet damage. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests how: Choose sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays. Wear sunglasses every day, even when it's cloudy. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to block UV rays from affecting your eyes from the sides and above the glasses. Some contact lenses also have UV ...

Strategies to Avoid Sunburn

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – If you could protect yourself from cancer, you'd do it, right? Yet most Americans still aren't taking the easiest step to prevent the most commonly diagnosed type – skin cancer, which will affect one in five people at some point in their lives. Only 14 percent of American men and 30 percent of women regularly use sunscreen when outside for more than an hour, according to ...

Does Salt Water Help Your Cut? And Other Health Myths of Summer

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – It's often said salt water is good for cuts. Or that sunscreen isn't needed on cloudy days. But both are incorrect, says Isabel Valdez, a physician assistant and instructor of family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. When you head outdoors this summer, you should be aware of some common health myths, she noted. "Salt water from the beach can actually ...

Health Tip: Protect Your Skin

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Healthy skin habits can make you look younger and reduce your risk of skin cancer. While ointments, creams and eye serums can mask the effects of aging, nothing beats a good skin-care routine, the American Academy of Dermatology says. The academy suggests: Protect your skin from the sun by seeking shade, wearing a hat and applying sunscreen daily. Wear sunglasses to limit fine lines around ...

Health Tips for Summer Fun

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 – Summertime means fun time, but you still need to follow some basic health and safety precautions. Dehydration is a common summer problem and often results in dizziness, dry mouth and lightheadedness. But it also can be more severe, according to Dr. Ravi Rao, a family medicine physician at Penn State's medical center. Mild dehydration can be corrected by drinking water or ...

Health Tip: Understanding Sunscreen Lingo

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Which sunscreen is right for you? There may be no easy answer unless you understand sunscreen lingo, the American Academy of Dermatology says. A recent study in JAMA Dermatology found that fewer than half of people asked at a dermatology clinic understood the meaning of "broad spectrum" or "SPF." The academy offers this primer about sunscreen lingo: "Broad spectrum" sunscreen means it can ...

'Face-Aging' Photos Convince Tanners to Shun the Sun

Posted 31 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 – Where fear of skin cancer has little effect, vanity may succeed. In a new study, sun worshippers who were shown computer images of how their face would age after years of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure often decided to quit the tanning habit. In fact, "a single, 10-minute exposure to one's own face, digitally aged, with and without excessive UV exposure, reduced indoor ...

Here Comes the Sun, and Kid Sun Safety

Posted 25 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – Summer sun brings childhood fun, but experts warn it also brings skin cancer dangers, even for kids. "Don't assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age," said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the solid tumor division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. "Unlike other cancers, the conventional melanoma that we see mostly in adolescents ...

A Pill to Protect You From the Sun? Don't Believe It, FDA Says

Posted 22 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – If you think popping a pill will somehow keep your skin safe while you tan, think again. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to companies marketing supplements that they claim will counter the effects of the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. "We've found products purporting to provide protection from the sun that aren't delivering ...

Shield Your Kids From the Sun's Damaging Rays

Posted 13 May 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 13, 2018 – Sun damage puts children and teens at risk for deadly melanoma, so parents need to protect their youngsters from the sun and teach them about sun safety, oncologists say. "Don't assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age," said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the solid tumor division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. "Unlike other ...

What Drives Millennials to Tan, Knowing the Risks?

Posted 2 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 – Many millennials and young people continue to tan, despite warnings about the link between excess sun exposure and skin cancer, new research warns. Some are poorly informed about the potential harms of bronzed or burned skin. Others overlook safety concerns, often driven by low self-esteem or narcissism, said study lead author Amy Watson. Many young people make tanning ...

7 Household Items That May Fight Age Spots

Posted 23 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Age spots are small brown patches that can develop on your hands and face as you grow older. They can be caused by sun damage or changes in hormone levels. While there are more sophisticated and expensive ways to diminish age spots, you can also dim them using things that may lurk in your kitchen. The AARP mentions these possible examples: Lemon juice. Potato. Cucumber. Buttermilk. Honey. ...

Why Some Are Still Skeptical of Tanning Bed Risks

Posted 25 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – The health risks are high for young people who use tanning beds, but not all parents seem to see it that way. To figure out why that is, researchers polled more than 1,200 parents of U.S. kids aged 11 to 17 years. The investigators found that parents who are less likely to believe that indoor tanning is harmful for teens include: Fathers. Parents who'd used indoor ...

It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

Posted 11 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 10, 2018 – Just because it's not summer doesn't mean you're safe from sun-related skin damage. "The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days," said dermatologist Dr. Sarah Taylor, an assistant professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "In fact, many people don't ...

Ozone Hole Smaller Thanks to Decades-Old Chemical Ban: Study

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – NASA scientists say they have satellite evidence that the international ban on chlorine-containing chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has helped heal the massive hole that was chewed in the Earth's protective ozone layer. There now is roughly 20 percent less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than in 2005, a new study reports. "We see very clearly that ...

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