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Health Tip: Getting Too Much Sun?

Posted 5 days ago by

-- Applying sunscreen liberally and often helps protect you from a nasty burn and damage to your skin. The American Academy of Family Physicians says failure to use sunscreen can lead to: Changes in your skin, including moles and freckles that may turn into skin cancer. Premature aging of your skin, including emergence of dark spots, a leathery appearance and wrinkles. A weaker immune system caused by your body's response to burned skin. Damage to the eyes. Increased risk of skin cancer. Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes During Summer

Posted 6 days ago by

-- To prevent skin damage, you apply sunscreen. But how can you protect your eyes from the summer sun's glaring rays? The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises: Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) light. Look for glasses labeled as "100% UV protection." Styles that wrap around your head may offer added protection. Wear a hat with a wide-brim. Keep yourself and your kids out of direct sunlight during peak local hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your eyes always need dalight protection – even on cloudy days and during winter. Read more

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Some Medicines Boost Sensitivity to Sun

Posted 7 days ago by

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – It's well-known that too much time in the sun puts your skin at risk. But it's extra important to limit sun exposure when you're taking certain prescription medications, a pharmaceutical expert warns. Drug-induced photosensitivity is similar to intense sunburns. It causes severe pain, skin peeling and blistering. People taking certain antibiotics and antidepressants are most at risk, said Cesar Munoz, clinical pharmacy manager in ambulatory care services at Harris Health System in the Houston area. Even some over-the-counter medications can cause photosensitivity, so be sure to read the label of any medication you take. The Skin Cancer Foundation warns that pain-relievers – such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) – can cause photosensitivity. The degree of skin reaction depends on several factors, such as drug strength and amount of sun ... Read more

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Smart Steps for Sun Protection

Posted 7 days ago by

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – You know you're supposed to slather on a high-SPF sunscreen before going out in the sun, but these five steps will help you double up on that protection. First, it's important to know that there are two types of harmful ultraviolet rays. UVA rays cause lasting skin damage and aging. UVB rays cause sunburn along with skin damage. Both can lead to skin cancer, so your sunscreen should protect against both. Look for the word "broad-spectrum" on the label. Next, you want to check out the ingredients. Sun protection products may contain chemical and/or physical sunscreens. Most products use chemical sunscreens, like oxybenzone, that absorb damaging UV rays. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical sunscreens. They sit on the skin and reflect and diffuse UV rays. They also work right away, unlike chemical sunscreens – it can take 30 minutes before they're ... Read more

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4 Ways to Look Younger Longer

Posted 10 days ago by

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – There's no escaping the fact that there'll be another birthday candle on your cake this year, but that doesn't mean your skin has to give away your age. These four steps can help stop the wrinkles – and you're never too young to start. The main culprit behind aging skin is the sun's ultraviolet rays, including UVAs that penetrate your skin and damage collagen fibers. That sets off a chain reaction that leads to wrinkles. The best way to prevent this damage, called photoaging, is by using at least SPF 15 sunscreen every day, even when you're just going to work or running errands. Many daywear cosmetics contain SPF, but if yours don't, apply sunscreen, wait 15 minutes, and then put on your makeup. But keep in mind that wearing sunscreen doesn't give you license to bake in the sun. The skin around your eyes is particularly fragile, so be sure to wear sunglasses, ... Read more

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Cancer Deaths Higher in Rural America, CDC Reports

Posted 18 days ago by

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Cancer death rates are declining overall in the United States, but they are higher and falling more slowly in rural America, a new federal government report shows. "While geography alone can't predict your risk of cancer, it can impact prevention, diagnosis and treatment opportunities – and that's a significant public health problem in the U.S.," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, published July 6, is the first to detail cancer differences and death rates in urban and rural America. Part of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, it found: Cancer death rates were higher in rural areas – 180 deaths for every 100,000 people, compared to 158 per 100,000 in urban areas. Cancer death rates fell 1 percent a year in rural America, compared with 1.6 percent in urban areas. Overall ... Read more

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Can You Recognize the Signs of Skin Cancer?

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by

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 28 Jun 2017 by

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 27 Jun 2017 by

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 26 Jun 2017 by

-- 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 25 Jun 2017 by

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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Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by

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

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A Baby's Skin No Match for the Sun

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by

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 21 Jun 2017 by

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 19 Jun 2017 by

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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