October 4, 2012

Not Exactly a Healthy Glow

1 Tanning Beds Cause 170,000 Cancers a Year

According to an analysis of twelve different studies of 80,000 people in six countries, indoor tanning causes more than 170,000 cases of skin cancer each year, and persons who have ever used indoor tanning are 29 percent more likely to develop basal-cell carcinomas, and 67 percent more likely to develop more serious squamous-cell carcinomas, than those persons who have never tried indoor tanning. The analysis indicates that those who began tanning younger than age 25 run the highest risk. Based on these numbers, indoor tanning produces some 5 percent of all non-melanoma skin cancers in the US, and previous studies have linked it to malignant melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer. Ultraviolet tanning radiation is now equated with smoking and asbestos as a Class 1 carcinogen.

More at Sci-Tech-Today.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Tanning Beds Triple Melanoma Risk

Tags: Indoor Tanning, Tanning Beds, Tanning Beds and Skin Cancer, Indoor Tanning and Cancer Rates, Causes of Skin Cancer

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2 Teen Drunk Driving Down by 54% Since 1991

The percentage of U.S. high school students who drink and drive has fallen by more than 50 percent since 1991, according to a new CDC study. Twenty years ago, 22.3 percent of high schoolers aged 16 or older reported drinking and driving in the prior 30 days; as of 2011, that figure had dropped to just 10.3 percent. Experts attributed the reduction party due to tougher drunk driving laws and increased restrictions on teen drivers, such as limits on nighttime driving, but they also credited the effect of a tight economy and higher gas prices on driving overall. In the period from 2000 to 2010, for example, the percentage of high school seniors who didn't drive at all during a typical week rose from 15 to 22 percent. Even so, almost 1 million students drove after drinking last year.

More at Reuters.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Teens Who Drink Spend More Time Online

Tags: Teen Drinking, Teen Drinking and Driving, Teen Drunk Driving Rates, High School Students and Alcohol

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Mineral Good for Immune Function

3 Zinc Deficiency Linked to Multiple Diseases

A new study has found a biological pathway by which being deficient in zinc can lead to a decline of the immune system and increase inflammation which can further lead to diseases that include cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease and diabetes. Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University suggest that about 40 percent of elderly Americans and as many as two billion people around the world have diets that are deficient in zinc, which protects against oxidative stress and helps repair DNA damage. The mineral is especially rich in meats and seafood. Although it is present in grains and vegetables, it is harder for the body to absorb from these sources. The Recommended Dietary Allowance for zinc is 11 milligrams a day for men and 8 milligrams a day for women.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Zinc Lozenges May Relieve Common Cold Symptoms

Tags: Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Immune System, Inflammation, Nutrition, Zinc

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