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Archive for the 'Tanning' Category

Use of tanning beds by Caucasian women

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

tanning-bedThe tanning industry is a thriving, largely unregulated $2 billion industry.

Researchers on The New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch Dermatology Board reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Tanning beds to treat psoriasis?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

ailmentPsoriasis-100x100In a recent post on the National Psoriasis Foundation discussion board, a patient stated that the dermatologist recommended “that I use a tanning bed as this is far more convenient and less costly than using light box therapy.”

This lead to divergent views on the role of tanning beds in psoriasis treatment.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

The end of tanning parlors

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

In the ‘70s, commercial tanning beds were introduced. In less than 3 decades, over half of adults in northern Europe reported using them.

Now, growing evidence of health risks is leading to restricted access to indoor tanning, worldwide. (more…)

Sunless tanning products: Beliefs and practice

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia, studied the effects of sunless tanning products on tanning behaviors. (more…)

Increasing the legal age for tanning

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Medical New Today reports that the youngest legal age for using tanning beds has gone up from 14 to 18 years in California now that Governor Jerry Brown signed a new bill into law. (more…)

Risky business: Tanning salons

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Everyone knows, or should know, that exposure to UV radiation — from the sun or artificial sources such as sunlamps in tanning beds — increases the risk of developing skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Here are other risks to consider. (more…)

Why do some people insist on tanning?

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

People who say they’re addicted to tanning act like alcoholics and drug addicts.

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas, think they know why. (more…)

Tanorexic: Signs and symptoms of addiction to indoor tanning

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Researchers at the University at Albany, State University of New York report the prevalence of addiction to indoor tanning among college students and its association with substance use and symptoms of anxiety and depression. (more…)

Indoor tanning and the risk of melanoma

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Researchers at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, report the risk.

And the tanning industry disputes the findings. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Tanning beds

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

According to this article on, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has elevated sunbeds for tanning to its highest cancer risk category. (more…)

Biggest winner in CAM for 2008

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Vitamin D, of course.

A PubMed search revealed 146 studies in humans during 2008 for a dizzying list of conditions. (more…)

Better to get vitamin D from food and supplements

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

That’s the latest recommendation from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

But what about natural sources like sunlight or indoor tanning devices? (more…)

FDA wants to rate UVA protection in sunscreen products

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Using a scale of 1 to 4 stars, the proposed regulation will help consumers identify the level of UVA protection offered by a product. (more…)

Tanning for the holidays?

Monday, December 4th, 2006

The American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association have called for a ban on the sale and use of tanning equipment for nonmedical purposes. And the FDA and Centers for Disease Control encourage people to avoid the use of tanning beds and sun lamps.

The tanning industry say that dermatologists have a “political agenda,” and that indoor tanning is actually good for you.

What’s the truth?


New view on the risk of skin cancer from UVA

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Now that new UVA blockers are being marketed, it’s not surprising to see more research in this area. The UVA sunscreen issue has been discussed here and here.

Now, results from new research.