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Monday, May 6th, 2013
I have a confession to make: I haven’t always been good about putting on sunscreen. I remember a few summers in particular—two when I was a lifeguard, the third when I was a canoeing counselor—when I’d hastily slather on a bit of block in the beginning of the summer (never reapplying, of course), then by the end of August, I’d head off to work with perhaps a few dabs on my shoulders and nose. I’ve since reformed my ways, but knowing that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime makes me wish I had become sunscreen savvy a little sooner.
In my effort to take better care of my skin now, I asked Latanya Benjamin, M.D., a dermatologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Menlo Park, California, to give me (and you!) a quick reminder of sun-safe practices:
- Look for broad-spectrum sunscreens, which block both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF between 30 and 50.
- Check the active ingredients list for titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are especially good for kids’ sensitive skin.
- Put it on before you leave your house and reapply every two hours. A golf ball’s worth of sunscreen will cover the entire body.
- Whenever possible, stay inside or seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- In addition to sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and loose fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants when you’re in the sun.
Finally, I also plan to take part in one of the free skin cancer screenings happening in New York in May. It’s sobering to think that just one blistering sunburn in childhood can double your risk of developing melanoma, but since I can’t change my past, it helps to know that, when caught early, skin cancer is very treatable. Find a screening in your area by clicking here.
Image: Mom putting sunscreen on her child via Shutterstock.
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Friday, September 7th, 2012
Children of Older Mothers Are Healthier Later in Life, Research Reports
While older mothers are at a higher risk for miscarriage, a new study shows that children of older mothers are healthier in their adult life. (via NBC News)
Pediatric Melanoma Increasing 1 to 4% Each Year
Doctors urge parents to be aware of the signs of pediatric melanoma which manifests differently in children than in adults.(via Science Daily)
Researchers Find Possible Treatment for a Unique Form of Autism
A team of researchers may have found a treatment for a certain form of autism with epilepsy in a common nutritional supplement. (via Science Daily)
Embarrassment Keeps Children from Reading, Research Says
A new study showed that children are reading less because many say they would be embarrassed to be seen reading a book. (via Huffington Post)
Florida Officials Being Investigated for Housing Disabled Children in Nursing Homes
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Investigators say Florida officials are violating state law by housing hundreds of disabled children in isolated nursing homes unnecessarily. (via Washington Post)
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
‘Pink Slime’ in Your Meat? Labels to Tell You, USDA Says
As consumers clamor for more transparency about the beef product dubbed “pink slime,” federal agriculture officials have agreed to allow several meat producers to list the stuff on package labels.
For Young Women, Melanoma Rates on the Rise
In the past four decades, the incidence of melanoma has increased eight-fold among women ages 18 – 39.
Texas Granny Won Tug-of-War With Tornado Over Grandson
A Texas grandmother explained today how she piled three children into a bathtub to survive a rampaging tornado and hung on to a toddler’s feet as the twister tried to suck the boy into its vortex.
Child Abuse Pediatricians Recommend Basic Parenting Classes to Reduce Maltreatment and Neglect
A new sub-specialty of doctors — child abuse pediatricians — are certified as experts in determining whether a broken bone or a bruise is accidental or intentional.
Gay Student Sues Ohio school District Over T-Shirt
A gay student whose southwest Ohio high school prohibited him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance of gays is suing the school, saying it’s violating his freedom of expression rights.
Film Inspired by ‘Abortion Survivor’ Is Quiet Hit
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“October Baby,” inspired by a woman who claims to be an “abortion survivor,” is doing well in movie theaters.