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Scientists identify protein that plays key role in skin cancer

Tuesday, May 8, 2007
US researchers have identified a protein that allows cancer in skin cells to spread, according to a study published Thursday in the United States. The protein, collagen VII, a molecule normally playing an essential role in keeping skin intact, is also required by cancerous cells to spread, said Standford University researchers whose study appears in the latest edition of Science.… continue reading

With 41 tanning facilities, Jackson has become a hotbed of tanners

Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Kristin Longley — 768-4917 Jackson’s heat wave began 27 years ago. There’s some debate about how and where it started. And people aren’t certain which indoor tanning salon opened its doors first — several of today’s largest facilities started out in back rooms in the city’s residential neighborhoods.… continue reading

Clothes, not sunscreen, offer best sun protection: study

Monday, May 7, 2007
Slapping on most sunscreens and even some clothes offer little protection from skin-damaging UV rays, a new review suggests. Dr. Stephan Lautenschlager, a dermatologist at Triemli Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, and his colleagues concluded most summer fabrics, including cool cotton or linen, offer little or no protection from the sun.… continue reading

Response Letter to G&M article of Apr 28 & 30 from the CDA

Friday, May 4, 2007
Cheryl Rosen Canadian Dermatology Association Sun Awareness Program Toronto As you indicate (Vitamin D Casts Cancer Prevention In New Light – front page, April 28; Five-Point Vitamin D Primer -April 30), vitamin D is known to benefit musculoskeletal health, and emerging research is pointing to a possible protective effect offered against some cancers by maintaining adequate levels of this vitamin.… continue reading

Northern aboriginal people urged to boost vitamin D intake

Friday, May 4, 2007
In light of recent research that suggests vitamin D could reduce incidences of certain cancers and multiple sclerosis, health experts are urging northerners, and aboriginal people in particular, to spend some time in the sun and take in more vitamin D in food or vitamin supplements.… continue reading

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