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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

Let’s all steal some sunshine (it’s good for us)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Rosie Schwartz, National Post Canadians have long been in the dark about a powerful disease fighter. But lately, thanks to a slew of new studies, vitamin D is a nutrient whose importance is finally coming to light. For many years, it seemed to simply piggyback with calcium as a partner in promoting bone health, and usually a much lesser partner at that.… continue reading

Adequate sun exposure no guard against low vitamin D

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In many people, vitamin D levels can remain low despite abundant exposure to sunlight, research shows. Inadequate sun exposure is often blamed for the high prevalence of low vitamin D status, the authors explain, but the truth of this has been unclear.… continue reading

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