UVR in the home is associated with premature aging of the skin and some skin cancers.
With summer fast approaching, I keep thinking about the need for shade. While trees are not the most effective shade available, they are certainly a desired method for achieving shade. They help improve the environment, are beautiful to look at, and can last for generations.
If you are selecting trees for shade, be sure to do [...]
A fascinating and important study just published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology finds similarities in the way cigarettes and tanning beds are marketed.
Dermatologist David A. Jones, MD, PhD, FAAD, of Newton, Mass., writes that both industries employ advertising strategies to counteract health concerns of their products in order to positively influence [...]
Skin cancers are often found on the left forearm. Why? One reason may be that while a car provides substantial shading, the glass areas do not sufficiently block UVR exposure. And since it is not uncommon for people to send several hours a day in a car, the implications for skin problems are considerable.
In the [...]
A- Avoid unprotected exposure to UVR of any kind, including tanning beds, and seek shade.
I was delighted to read that San Francisco is funding a study about how much shade is needed in the city’s parks. I’m unclear whether this study has been proposed because people simply want more trees, or because having shade is [...]
We came across this photo and couldn’t resist posting it, not because we consider it humorous, but because it illustrates the all too-common perception that tans are attractive. This is one reason we are so delighted to see the fashion industry begin to publicly speak out in support of pale skin.
Tanning beds dangers are as inextricably linked to skin cancer as cigarettes are to lung cancer. But there are many reasons to give up tanning beds. Here are the top ten reasons to give up tanning beds.
We are seeing more evidence of grassroots initiatives aimed at protecting children against the dangers of tanning beds.
Yesterday, the Delaware Country Health Department (Muncie, Indiana) announced steps it would take to protect minors in its jurisdiction. The Department passed a resolution authorizing its staff to inspect tanning salons. The move came after Delaware County Commissioners [...]
The UV Index Forecast is one of the easiest and most accessible methods of protecting yourself and your family from dangerous exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
The index was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Weather Service. The color coded map, published daily, shows predicted UV values at solar noon, [...]
Higher SPF Labels Reflect Diminishing Safety Returns
A recent article in The Australian outlined the current debate in that country about SPF labels on sunscreens. Since
1998, products with a sun protection factor of 30+ have been the highest level sunscreens allowed to be sold in Australia. Now, however, after intense lobbying by the sunscreen manufacturers, experts [...]
Brown spots, the so-called age spot, is no longer the province of older women. Excessive UVR exposure is causing them to be seen on much younger women.
Prohibits Minors from using Tanning Beds
Effective today, Thursday, November 12, 2009 – minors are banned from using indoor tanning beds in Howard County, Maryland.
This is a huge breakthrough. At least thirty one states regulate the use of tanning by minors, including including Texas, Illinois, and Wisconsin. However, banning use (except for medical reasons) is [...]