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Camps ready for heat of summer’s UV rays

Thursday, July 5, 2007
By Joanne Penhale Kids encouraged to “slip, slap and slop” for sun protection Kids going to summer camp in Oak Bay are regularly slathered in sunscreen and encouraged to cover up in the sun. “They’re used to the routine,” said Emily Wilson, the community recreation programmer for Oak Bay Recreation.… continue reading

NZers Chronic Vitamin D Levels A Concern

Wednesday, July 4, 2007
A leading researcher from the University of Auckland says skin cancer campaigns may be causing New Zealanders to get too little Vitamin “D’’, with Maori, Pacific and South Asian peoples the worst off. Robert Scragg told the Public Health Association conference at the university today that 90 percent of Vitamin D comes from sunlight.… continue reading

New state legislation would ban anyone under the age of 18 from using salon tanning beds

Wednesday, July 4, 2007
“The medical evidence is indisputable that UV tanning beds significantly increases the risk of skin cancer,” said Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. “This bill will save lives.” Current California law bans anyone under 14 from using tanning beds and requires parental permission before teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 can legally use them.… continue reading

Rise of rickets cases stuns MDs

Wednesday, July 4, 2007
By Joanna Frketich The Hamilton Spectator Hamilton kids are getting rickets because of a lack of vitamin D. The disorder that causes bones to bend, break and deform is appearing across Canada primarily because parents aren’t giving breastfed babies the recommended vitamin D supplements.… continue reading

Vitamin D levels may affect heart health – study

Wednesday, July 4, 2007
By Stephen Daniells Increasing levels of vitamin D could boost heart health, says a large study from the US that also calls for studies to assess a direct benefit of vitamin supplements. “This is the first study, to our knowledge, to demonstrate a significant association between low vitamin D levels and CVD risk factors in a nationally representative sample,” wrote lead author David Martins from Charles R.… continue reading

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