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Turning down tanning’s appeal for young women

Thursday, September 27, 2007
Vivian Macdonald When Virginia Disimino needed a pregnancy test 10 years ago at the age of 30, she casually asked her physician to also check a mark on her arm that seemed to be worse than her usual eczema. The doctor immediately sent her to a dermatologist.… continue reading

Nanoparticles in sunscreens made safe

Thursday, September 27, 2007
Polymer-coating the nanoparticles used in sunscreens would protect DNA against any potential UV damage they might cause. There has been recent controversy over the potentially adverse effects of using nanoparticles such as titania (TiO2) in sunscreens. TiO2 is a major component of photovoltaic cells and it is well-known that it emits a photoelectron when exposed to UV light.… continue reading

Getting the wrap on effective sun protection

Thursday, September 27, 2007
By Joanna Hunkin Most people underestimate the amount of sunscreen they need to properly protect themselves from the sun, says US sunscreen specialist Rick Woodin. Photo / Bay of Plenty Times Slip, slop, slap and wrap. It’s a simple enough method to stay safe in the sun.… continue reading

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Thursday, September 27, 2007
Vitamin D has long been recognized as vital to bone health because the body needs the vitamin to absorb calcium. But research has suggested that it may be good for a lot more than just bones. Ample intake of vitamin D may help fend off a wide range of conditions, including colon cancer, diabetes, and physical weakness in old age.… continue reading

Fish and Vitamin D Intake Linked to Lower Risk of Macular Degeneration

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Two studies published in the May 2007 Archives of Ophthalmology have shown that vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids from fish may help lower the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD, is a progressive eye disease of the retina that affects the light-sensing cells in the central area of vision and dims contrast sensitivity and color perception.… continue reading

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