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Canada moves to be first to regulate nanomaterials

Friday, January 30, 2009
MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT Environment Canada is asking companies and institutions that used nanomaterials in their products last year to divulge any amounts above one kilogram as a prelude to developing regulations on the use of these extremely small manufactured chemicals. The measure is believed to be the first time a government has applied mandatory disclosure requirements to substances developed using nanotechnology, a new scientific field that is receiving increased scrutiny from governments and public health advocates.… continue reading

Supplements of vitamin D could cut Alzheimer’s risk

Thursday, January 29, 2009
By Chris IrvineĀ  A new study has shown a close association between mental function in older people and levels of vitamin D in the body. The vitamin, made in the skin by the action of sunlight, is already credited with keeping the immune system and bones strong, especially in older age.… continue reading

New Laws in Place for Solarium Use

Thursday, January 29, 2009
By Amit Pathania Under the release of new standards by the State Government, Victorians under the age of 18 years will be banned from using solariums. Standards Australia on Sunday announced the voluntary recommendations which are designed to reduce the number of people contracting skin cancer at tanning salons and a spokeswoman said some states were making new laws based on the guidelines to ensure operators of tanning salons adhered to the rules.… continue reading

Top cancer doctor says you SHOULD have a sunbed session

Thursday, January 29, 2009
By Professor Tim Oliver The message from doctors has long been unequivocal – there is no such thing as a safe suntan because sun exposure causes skin cancer. However, despite being a cancer expert myself, I have just spent the past four weeks on holiday in South Africa, where I made sure I got out into the sun every day.… continue reading

Not just skin deep

Thursday, January 29, 2009
Dr. Bernard Ackerman is at the centre of a battle about whether UV rays are actually a major cause of melanoma By Sharon Kirkey, Canwest News Service Dermatologist Bernard Ackerman has many sun splotches — but he isn’t worried that they place him at higher risk for cancer.… continue reading

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