June 3, 2011

Bronzed Glow Is Dangerous

1 CA Senate Bans Tanning Beds for Teens

The California Senate voted to ban indoor tanning by anyone under age 18, even if they have permission from an adult. The state already bans tanning bed use by those under 14. Sen. Ted Lieu, author of the bill said, “The younger kids are when they start using these tanning beds, the greater the damage to their skin, and the more likely they are to die of skin cancer.” The bill passed in a 24-9 vote. Opponents said they wanted more evidence that tanning beds cause cancer despite Lieu’s presentation of a policy statement by the Am. Acad. of Pediatrics and backing by the CA Medical Assn., the Am. Cancer Society, and the AIM at Melanoma Foundation. The Indoor Tanning Assn. opposed the bill saying the science is inconclusive. The bill next goes to the CA Assembly for a vote.

More at Mercurynews.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Majority of Indoor Tanners Ignore Risks

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, Indoor Tanning, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Tanning Beds, Teens and Tanning, California Senate Bans Indoor Tanning for Teens, Senator Ted Lieu, California Medical Association, AIM at Melanoma Foundation

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Muffins Do the Trick

2 Baked Goods Can Help Kids with Milk Allergies

Kids who are given baked goods, such as muffins, with milk cooked inside may be more likely to overcome milk allergies, reports MSNBC. Study findings are reported in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Participants included 88 milk-allergic kids ages 2 to 17 who ate muffins with milk baked inside. Sixty allergic kids observed a strict avoidance of milk. Just under half of the kids who ate muffins were able to eat dairy products without allergic reactions by study's end, compared with less than 25 percent of the kids who avoided milk. Researchers also found that the kids who were better able to tolerate muffins from the beginning were also much more likely to grow out of their allergies. Allergic kids shouldn't try the muffin treatment without a doctor's supervision.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Healthy Muffins, Overcoming Milk Allergies, Kids with Allergies, Cooked Milk, Coping with Milk Allergies, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

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EGCG Affects Gene Expression

3 Green Tea Increases Regulatory T Cell Numbers

Research has provided a better understanding of why green tea has many benefits attributed to it such as regulating inflammation, improving how the immune system works and fighting cancer. Experiments demonstrated that EGCG, a polyphenol in green tea that provides most of the health benefits, increase the number of regulatory T cells in the spleen and lymph nodes which act to regulate the immune system so it does not attack itself and damage healthy cells. Many diseases such as type 1 diabetes and Lou Gehrig’s are the result of an out of control immune system. It appears that EGCG acts by controlling genes expression. There are drugs currently available that do a better job of increasing the number of T regulatory cells but the risk of toxicity outweighs the benefits.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Red Wine, Green Tea Stop Prostate Cancer Growth

Tags: Autoimmune Diseases, EGCG, Green Tea, Regulatory T Cells, Health Benefits of Green Tea, Polyphenol

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