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How to Use Sunscreens the Right Way

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 – Stick or spray-on sunscreens are essential tools against skin cancer, but it's important to use them the right way, a dermatologist says. "Sticks are easy for under the eyes and the backs of the hands, while spray sunscreens are often easier to apply on children," Dr. Debra Wattenberg said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "However, it's important to ...

Health Tip: Have a Fun and Safe Vacation

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can ruin a summer vacation faster than an unexpected trip to the hospital. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers these suggestions for a healthier vacation: Avoid tanning or spending too much time in the sun. Check your medications before you leave to make sure you have enough. Never pack medication in checked luggage. If you wear contacts, always use clean hands when putting ...

Beat the Heat on Your Summer Vacation

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Before you head out for a sunny summer getaway, get familiar with the signs of heat-related illnesses. Once at your destination, build in time for your body to adjust to the climate. If you're lounging by the water and taking only short walks, your risk of a heat illness is low. But if you're not in great shape and aren't used to the heat, beware of strenuous activities ...

Don't Skip Kids' Sun Protection on the Fourth

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, July 1, 2018 – When planning your Fourth of July outing, remember sun protection for youngsters. "It is imperative for parents to protect their children from the harmful effects of extreme sun exposure," said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the Solid Tumor Division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Kids are not immune from cancer just because they're young, Pappo ...

Strategies to Avoid Sunburn

Posted 16 Jun 2018 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 16 Jun 2018 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 14 Jun 2018 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 12 Jun 2018 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 8 Jun 2018 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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