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2 Out of 3 Tanning Bed Users Have Never Had a Skin Cancer Check

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 – Even though it's widely known that tanning bed use greatly increases the odds for skin cancer, 70 percent of Americans who've used the devices have never had a doctor check them for the disease. That's the finding from a new study of data on more than 30,000 U.S. adults. The researchers also found that people who frequent tanning salons are more likely to use a low-SPF ...

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 ...

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 ...

Packing The Right Medications for a Healthy Trip

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 22, 2017 – Buying new clothes for an upcoming holiday trip may top your to-do list, but packing the right medications can mean addressing health needs with ease rather than scrambling to find an all-night drugstore in a strange city. Prescription medications are the top priority, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bring enough for a few extra days in ...

Woman's Selfie of Skin Cancer Went Viral, Sparked Awareness

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – You don't have to be famous for your public health message to reach millions. A new case study describes how Tawny Dzierzek, a young nurse from Kentucky, posted a startling selfie on social media in April 2015, shortly after she had a skin cancer treatment. Dzierzek was a regular user of tanning beds in her youth. She was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 21. By the ...

U.S. May Still Benefit From Climate Accord

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Despite the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris Accord on climate change, the United States will benefit from international efforts to slow the global environmental threat, researchers say. Improvements in air quality and health are likely as a result of domestic and global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study led by scientists ...

Some Guys Can't Stay Away From Tanning Beds

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Indoor tanning appears to be more addictive for men than women, even though they use tanning beds less than females, a new study finds. The stereotypical tanning salon client is a young woman, so they are the focus of most research and health warnings about tanning. But the authors behind the new study concluded that anti-tanning efforts should also target men. The ...

Health Tip: Avoid UV Radiation

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation coming from the sun is a major cause of skin cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests how to minimize the effects of UV rays: UV rays are strongest between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. If you must be outside during this time, stay in the shade as much as possible. Always wear sunscreen when you're outside. Cover most parts of your skin with clothing. Wear a hat ...

Almost 4 in 10 Tanning Salons Flout State Laws

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – Nearly 40 percent of indoor tanning facilities ignore state laws that curb teen tanning, a new survey finds. To protect teens, most states have laws that prevent or create obstacles to using tanning salons, but nearly 2 million high school kids still get indoor tans, said the researchers who conducted the survey. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified ...

Timely Tips for First-Degree Burns

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – First-degree burns are common and many can be treated at home, a dermatologist says. Unlike second- or third-degree burns, first-degree burns involve only the top layer of skin and often occur after contact with hot surfaces, like a curling iron or a stove. Sunburn can also be a first-degree burn. A first-degree burn may cause red and painful skin and mild swelling. ...

1 in 5 Young Women Who Tan Indoors Get Addicted

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – More than 20 percent of young white women who've been to a tanning salon become addicted to tanning – even though doing so raises their risk of deadly skin cancer and premature skin aging, a new study reports. These women seem to depend on tanning to feel attractive and often show symptoms of depression, the researchers said. "Indoor tanning remains a public health ...

Start Skin Cancer Prevention Early, Health Experts Say

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – How to keep from developing skin cancer should be something all doctors discuss with the parents of their young, fair-skinned patients, suggests the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Those conversations should begin much earlier than previously recommended – starting when a child is just 6 months old, according to new recommendations from the task force. "Providing ...

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