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Sunscreen 101

Posted 9 days ago 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

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Health Tip: Create a Spring Weather Kit

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- From tornadoes to thunderstorms to floods, spring weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared with a kit of essential emergency supplies. Here are items to include, suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A flashlight, weather radio and batteries, as well as an emergency evacuation plan for your family. Contact information for your family and neighbors, insurance information and medical information. A first aid kit, including bandages and antibiotic ointment. A supply of non-perishable food and bottled water to last up to five days. Sleeping bags, blankets and personal hygiene items. An emergency kit for your car. Read more

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Health Tip: Teach Teens About Sun Safety

Posted 17 days ago 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

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Global Warming Could Raise Temps to Levels Not Seen for 420M Years: Study

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 – In a century or two, Earth's climate could warm to a level that last occurred hundreds of millions of years ago, some researchers predict. After studying evidence of ancient atmospheric conditions, investigators concluded that if people burn all available fossil fuels, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere would be similar to 200 million years ago. The result: By the 23rd century, Earth's climate could be its hottest in 420 million years, the researchers warned. CO2 levels in the atmosphere have varied over millions of years. But fossil fuel use in the last 150 years has boosted levels from 280 parts per million (ppm) before industrialization to nearly 405 ppm in 2016, according to the researchers. If people don't halt rising CO2 levels and burn all available fossil fuels, CO2 levels could reach 2,000 ppm by the year 2250, the researchers said. CO2 and ... Read more

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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

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Health Tip: Keep Tattooed Skin Moisturized

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Proper care can keep a tattoo from fading, and monitoring the skin can help identify reactions and disease. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends: Moisturize tattooed skin with a water-based cream or lotion. Avoid products containing petroleum jelly, which can lead to fading. Apply a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before going outdoors, and every two hours that you are outside. Avoid tanning beds or sun lamps, which may lead to fading and skin irritation. Visit a dermatologist about any irritation, reaction or changes in your skin after getting a tattoo, even years later. Read more

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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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Hispanics Should Be Wary of the Sun's Rays, Too

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Many Latinos think they're safe from sun damage, even though advanced skin cancer is increasingly common in this group, a New York skin specialist warns. "The belief that Hispanic people don't have to worry about skin cancer has existed among Latinos for generations. They hear it from their parents and grandparents, and then they pass this belief on to their children," Dr. Maritza Perez said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation (from the sun and indoor tanning beds) is a controllable risk factor for skin cancer. Many Latinos, however, mistakenly believe their darker skin protects them against cancer and fail to guard against UV exposure, Perez explained. Many also think spending more time in the sun and getting a "base" tan will protect them, which is untrue, she added. Perez is a clinical professor of ... Read more

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Some Melanoma Survivors Still Seek Out the Sun

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Even after surviving the potentially deadly skin cancer melanoma, some people continue to go out in the summer sun without protection. That's the stunning finding of a study of more than 700 melanoma survivors that revealed that 20 percent of them had suffered a sunburn in the past year. And only 62 percent said they "often" or "always" wore sunscreen when they were outside on a summer day. But many melanoma survivors are more vigilant about sun protection than other people their age, the study also found. "They're doing OK, but there's room for improvement," said study lead researcher Rachel Vogel. She's an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota's department of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health. Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS), agreed. "Survivors are doing better than other people, but ... Read more

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Health Tip: Soothing a Minor Burn

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- While severe burns require a doctor's care, most minor burns can be carefully treated at home. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: Hold the burned area under cold running water for about five minutes to ease pain and swelling. Never ice or rub a burn, and never pop a blister that forms from a burn. Cover the area with a clean bandage that won't stick to the burn. Gently wash the area regularly with water and soap. Skip ointments unless recommended by your doctor. Avoid butter, grease and other home remedies. Read more

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Self-Checks Help Spot Melanoma's Return

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Self-checks by melanoma skin cancer patients play an important role in detecting a return of the most deadly form of skin cancer, new research suggests. In the study, which covered the years from 1996 to 2015, investigators from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and the University of North Carolina analyzed data from a multi-institution database on 581 stage 2 melanoma patients who were followed for at least one year. Of those, 171 (29 percent) had a recurrence of their cancer. Patient-detected symptoms such as changes on their skin, coughing blood, or seizures were the most common ways that recurrence was detected, accounting for 40 percent of cases. Thirty percent were detected by scheduled doctor exams and 26 percent were spotted in routine imaging tests, according to the study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. ... Read more

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For a Fun and Safe Tropical Getaway, Plan Ahead

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – If you're planning a tropical getaway, be sure to pack old standbys like bug spray and sunscreen – and maybe a lot more, a doctor advises. "In places like the Caribbean and South and Central America, where it is already summertime, people can potentially be exposed to health risks that they may not have at home," said infectious disease specialist Dr. Christopher Ohl. He is head of the International Travel Clinic at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. In the Caribbean and Central America, you can get sunburned in as little as 10 minutes. Wear sunscreen and a T-shirt or cover-up during the middle of the day when the sun is strongest, Ohl advised in a center news release. Be especially careful on the beach or at poolside where the water reflects sunlight. Also, be careful about what you eat and drink to reduce the risk of diarrhea. Safest ... Read more

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What You Don't Know About Cancer Can Kill You

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Cancer isn't inevitable, but many Americans don't know that several lifestyle factors affect their risk of developing the disease, a new survey finds. Only one in two Americans is aware that obesity can raise the risk of cancer. And fewer than half understand that alcohol, inactivity, processed meat, eating lots of red meat and low consumption of fruits and vegetables are linked to cancer risk, the researchers said. "There is a clear crisis in cancer prevention awareness," said Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at the American Institute for Cancer Research. A larger percentage of Americans mistakenly believe that stress, fatty diets and other unproven factors are linked with cancer, according to the institute's 2017 Cancer Risk Awareness Survey. "It's troubling that people don't recognize alcohol and processed meats increase cancer risk," Bender said in ... Read more

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Many College Women Ignore Indoor Tanning's Risks

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – Despite the known dangers, many white female college students continue to tan indoors, a new study finds. Indoor tanning can lead to premature skin aging and skin cancers, including potentially deadly melanoma. It's particularly risky for younger people and frequent users, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For this study, researchers at Indiana University surveyed 629 white female undergraduate and graduate students. Just about all of the young women knew that tanning can cause premature skin aging and skin cancer. Moreover, almost 80 percent did not believe that indoor tanning is safe or any safer than outdoor tanning. Still, about seven out of 10 said they like to get a tan even though they know tanning may harm their skin. Nearly 84 percent said tanning makes them feel more attractive. Those more likely to use tanning booths or ... Read more

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Navigating Ski Slopes Safely

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – Many people head for the slopes at the first sign of snow, but it's important to get into shape and take other safety precautions to ensure winter sports are fun and injury-free, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) cautions. First, skiing or snowboarding equipment should be properly maintained and adjusted before you hit the mountain, the group advises. Local ski shops offer these services as well as providing rental equipment. It's also important to wear water- and wind-resistant clothes while skiing and snowboarding. Look for snow-friendly features such as wind flaps that cover zippers, cuffs that cinch at the wrists and ankles, collars that hug the chin and adjustable drawstrings. Don't cut corners when choosing skiing and snowboarding equipment and clothing, the NSAA recommends. High-quality products will help you stay safe and warm. The NSAA provides ... Read more

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