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More Research Links Sunscreens to Marine-life Damage

Posted 1 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – Sunscreen washing off swimmers may pose a threat to fish and other aquatic life, a new study suggests. Ultraviolet (UV) filters have been added to many personal care products, including sunscreens, moisturizers and makeup. And swimmers, in particular, are advised to reapply sunscreen often or risk a painful and potentially harmful sunburn. But scientists have now begun ...

Health Tip: Have a Safer Summer

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Summer typically is a whirlwind of long days, summer barbeques, pool parties and camping trips. With all of that activity, it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the American Cancer Society says. The society suggests: Get plenty of exercise during the cooler part of the day, such as in the early morning or evening. Drink plenty of water. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and ...

Sun's Harms Rise After Organ Transplant

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for skin cancer and need to protect themselves, a dermatologist warns. "Individuals who receive organ transplants need to take immunosuppressive medications for the rest of their lives, and this makes it more difficult for their bodies to fight disease, including skin cancer," said Dr. Christina Lee Chung. She is former ...

Shield Yourself From the Summer Sun

Posted 29 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, July 28, 2018 – When you're out having fun in the sun this summer, remember to take steps to prevent sunburn. Along with being painful, sunburns can cause lasting damage that can lead to a number of skin problems, including skin cancer, warned Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, chief of dermatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "The sun's UV rays damage the DNA in the cells of ...

It's Hot Outside: How to Stay Safe When Thermometers Rise

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 – As much of the United States continues to swelter through 90-plus temperatures and high humidity, one emergency physician is offering advice on keeping safe. First, Dr. Robert Glatter said, it's important to know that anyone can be a victim of heat stroke, but some people are at particular risk. "Heat stroke develops when the body is unable to effectively sweat to cool ...

How to Use Sunscreens the Right Way

Posted 10 Jul 2018 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 2 Jul 2018 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 2 Jul 2018 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 1 Jul 2018 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 ...

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