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Children At Risk for Liquid Nicotine Poisoning; FDA Considers Restrictions on Packaging

As authorities for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration consider new regulations on liquid nicotine, children remain at risk for poisoning from “the highly toxic substance” and need protection, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. As little as one teaspoon of liquid nicotine can be lethal to a child, according to the American Association […]

“Sunburn Art” Images on Social Media Prompt Skin Cancer Warning

A developing trend on social media has prompted doctors and health authorities nationwide to speak out about the risk of creating what people are calling “sunburn art.” Images on social media show many young people purposely allowing themselves to be sunburned so they can create images using sunscreen. The result is a sunburn in the shape […]

Prevent Recreational Water Illnesses This Summer

This summer, make sure your children stay safe from norovirus and other germs when they go swimming or playing in creeks and lakes. Although norovirus usually infects children and their families during winter when they stay indoors, the stomach bug can contaminate pools and bodies of freshwater, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Indoor Tanning Still Popular Despite Skin Cancer Risks

Despite widespread media campaigns, many teens and college students will climb into a tanning bed this spring to work on their tan. In fact, millions of college students nationwide have immediate access to indoor tanning salons, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation. “While indoor tanning may seem like an easy way to achieve glowing skin, it […]

Stroke Survivors Benefit From Earlier Cancer Screenings

People who had a stroke may develop cancer at a higher rate than those who do not have a stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015. “If you’ve had a stroke before, especially with another high-risk factor, it’s important that you talk to your doctor and discuss earlier […]

Vaccination Helps Prevent Painful Shingles

Many people had chicken pox when they were kids. Unfortunately, this puts them at risk for shingles – a skin rash and nerve disease – that’s caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Although shingles usually affects adults after they turn 50, it can strike at any age, according to the National Institutes of Health. Once the […]

One in Four Melanoma Survivors Never Wears Sunscreen

Despite being diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer – melanoma – more than one-fourth of these cancer survivors never wear sunscreen. In a presentation at the annual meeting for the American Association for Cancer Research, scientists also said that more than 2 percent of melanoma survivors use tanning beds – a known risk […]

Temporary Tattoos May Pose Health Risks

Federal health authorities are warning the public to be careful when it comes to temporary tattoos, particularly ones made with “black henna.” Although these types of tattoos are popular during spring break, many people have reported serious and long-lasting reactions such as: redness, blisters, weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight and permanent […]

Smartphone Apps Often Misdiagnose Melanoma, Study Finds

Smartphone apps that claim to be able to tell whether a skin lesion may be cancerous often misdiagnose melanoma, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings, published in JAMA Dermatology, suggest that people who rely on these apps may not get the medical treatment they need in a timely […]

Flammable Spray Sunscreens by Banana Boat Pulled From Market

Check your sunscreen. The company that makes Banana Boat sun care products has pulled more than 20 of its “continuous spray” sunscreens. Energizer Holdings Inc. has received five reports that the product has ignited and caused burns. Company officials said in a news release that the problem is associated with the spray valve opening on […]