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Sunscreen is proven toxic to coral reefs
Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered that a chemical found in most sunscreen lotions poses an existential threat to young corals, posing a major danger to the marine environment. (2015-10-20)

Lathering up with sunscreen may protect against cancer -- killing coral reefs worldwide
Lathering up with sunscreen may prevent sunburn and protect against cancer, but it is also killing coral reefs around the world. That's the conclusion of a team of international scientists, led by researcher Craig Downs of the non-profit scientific organization Haereticus Environmental Laboratory and which includes University of Central Florida professor and diving enthusiast John Fauth. (2015-10-20)

$4.15 million grant explores how diet and sunscreen may increase breast cancer risk
Two Michigan State University researchers have been awarded a five-year, $4.15 million grant to examine how a high-fat diet interacts with a common chemical found in sunscreen and what effect it has on breast cancer risk. (2015-10-09)

Canadian magazines miss the mark on skin cancer messages
Canadian magazines are sending women mixed messages about skin cancer and tanning, according to new University of Waterloo research. The study, published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, found that magazines promote a tanned look and provide women with limited information on risk factors and early detection for skin cancer. (2015-09-30)

Research demonstrates millions of plastic particles exist in cosmetic products
Everyday cosmetic and cleaning products contain huge quantities of plastic particles, which are released to the environment and could be harmful to marine life, according to a new study by Plymouth University. (2015-08-26)

Sediment dwelling creatures at risk from nanoparticles in common household products
The review, published today in the journal Environmental Chemistry, highlights the risks posed to aquatic organisms when nanoparticles 'transform' on contact with water and as they pass from water to sediment and then into sediment dwelling organisms. (2015-08-13)

NASA's Webb sunshield gives an 'open wide' for inspection
The sunshield on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is the largest part of the observatory -- five layers of thin, silvery membrane that must unfurl reliably in space. Earlier this year, the first flight layer of the sunshield was delivered to Northrop Grumman. (2015-08-12)

Helping preschoolers deploy 'superpowers' against sunburn
Five globe-trotting, sun-blocking superheroes teach preschoolers about lifelong sun safety in a new curriculum available this summer based on research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. (2015-08-12)

Further evidence of genetic key to deadliest form of skin cancer
Scientists from the University of Leeds have uncovered further evidence that the protective buffers at the ends of chromosomes -- known as telomeres -- are fundamental to the understanding of the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma. (2015-08-03)

Veterans returning from Middle East face higher skin cancer risk
Soldiers who served in the glaring desert sunlight of Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with an increased risk of skin cancer, due not only to the desert climate, but also a lack of sun protection, Vanderbilt dermatologist Jennifer Powers, M.D., reports in a study published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. (2015-08-03)

Findings in research on photoaging could reverse negative impact of ultraviolet radiation
Photoaging is a process that occurs when human skin is exposed to UV radiation from the sun that causes it to age at a faster rate than it would under normal circumstances. Though the process is known to occur how it works is not fully understood. InSilico Medicine's GeroscopeTM software provided insights into this process that could help to combat it. The research will be presented at Basel Life Science Week 2015. (2015-07-31)

An all-natural sunscreen derived from algae
For consumers searching for just the right sunblock this summer, the options can be overwhelming. But scientists are now turning to the natural sunscreen of algae -- which is also found in fish slime -- to make a novel kind of shield against the sun's rays that could protect not only people, but also textiles and outdoor materials. They report on their development in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. (2015-07-29)

Action spectrum of sun skin damage documented
Scientists at Newcastle University have documented for the first time the DNA damage which can occur to skin across the full range of ultraviolet radiation from the sun providing an invaluable tool for sun-protection and the manufacturers of sunscreen. (2015-06-26)

How much do consumers know about new sunscreen labels?
Sunscreen labels may still be confusing to consumers, with only 43 percent of those surveyed understanding the definition of the sun protection factor value, according to the results of a small study published in a research letter online by JAMA Dermatology. (2015-06-17)

Sunscreen confusion may burn shoppers
Consumers may need more help navigating the sunscreen aisle. A new Northwestern Medicine study found that many people seem to be confused by sunscreen terminology. Only 43 percent of people surveyed understood the definition of sun protection factor (SPF) and only seven percent knew what to look for on a label if they wanted a sunscreen that offers protection against early skin aging. (2015-06-17)

Why Americans can't buy some of the best sunscreens
With summer nearly here, US consumers might think they have an abundance of sunscreen products to choose from. But across the Atlantic, Europeans will be slathering on formulations that manufacturers say provide better protection against the sun's damaging rays -- and skin cancer -- than what's available stateside, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. (2015-05-27)

Study examines occupational sun-safety policies for local government workers in Colorado
Few local government organizations in Colorado had policies on environmental controls, such as the provision of outdoor shade, or administrative procedures, including training and resource allocation, to improve sun protection for their workers and most policies addressed employees' use of personal protection practices, according to an article published online by JAMA Dermatology. (2015-05-20)

Nothing fishy about new way to produce sunscreen pill and lotion
Scientists from Oregon State University have discovered that fish can produce their own sunscreen. They have copied the method used by fish for potential use in humans. (2015-05-12)

No lotions needed: Many animal species produce their own sunscreen
Researchers have discovered why many animal species can spend their whole lives outdoors with no apparent concern about high levels of solar exposure: they make their own sunscreen. And someday, it's conceptually possible that with a compound called gadusol, humans might be able to do the same thing. (2015-05-12)

A downward trend for new cases of pediatric melanoma
Melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer that has been increasing in incidence in adults over the past 40 years. Although pediatric melanoma is rare (5-6 children per million), most studies indicate that incidence has been increasing. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that the incidence of pediatric melanoma in the United States actually has decreased from 2004-2010. (2015-04-09)

Cancer prevention efforts in the US a mixed bag
While there has been substantial progress in some cancer control efforts in the past several decades, like reductions in smoking and increased utilization of cancer screening, progress in some areas is lagging, according to a new report. (2015-04-01)

3-D human skin maps aid study of relationships between molecules, microbes and environment
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences produced 3-D maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. These maps provide a baseline for studies of the interplay between the molecules that make up our skin, our microbiomes, our personal hygiene routines and other environmental factors. The study, published March 30 by PNAS, may help further our understanding of the skin's role in human health and disease. (2015-03-30)

Sunlight continues to damage skin in the dark
Much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure, a team of Yale-led researchers concluded in a study that was published online Feb. 19 by the journal Science. (2015-02-19)

Sunlight and vitamin D levels higher for coastal populations
Exposure to sunlight is a crucial factor in vitamin D production and the research has also found that English coasts tend to see a greater amount of sunlight across the year when compared with inland areas. Backed by investment from ESF Convergence and conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School in partnership with the Met Office, the study is the first time that data on sunlight and vitamin D levels have been linked to detailed geographical information. (2015-02-09)

Results of sun-safety mobile app featured in 2 studies, 1 editorial
A smartphone mobile app that can provide personalized, real-time sun protection advice improved some sun protection behavior, according to an article published online by JAMA Dermatology. (2015-01-28)

Designing effective health messages
Those who design health messages, such as health care professionals, will be impacted by them differently than the general public. When writing a health message, rather than appealing to the sentiment of the experts, the message will be more effective if it's presented positively. The general public is more likely to adopt the behavior being promoted if they see that there is a potential positive outcome. (2015-01-14)

A gut reaction
Queen's University biologist Virginia Walker and Queen's SARC Awarded Postdoctoral Fellow Pranab Das have shown nanosilver, which is often added to water purification units, can upset your gut. (2014-11-19)

Skin cancer risks higher for soldiers serving abroad
Soldiers deployed to tropical and sunny climates are coming home with increased risk factors for a threat far from the battlefield: skin cancer. (2014-09-15)

Sunblock poses potential hazard to sea life
The sweet and salty aroma of sunscreen and seawater signals a relaxing trip to the shore. But scientists are now reporting that the idyllic beach vacation comes with an environmental hitch. When certain sunblock ingredients wash off skin and into the sea, they can become toxic to some of the ocean's tiniest inhabitants, which are the main course for many other marine animals. Their study appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. (2014-08-20)

New UK study helps scientists understand melanoma development
A new study by University of Kentucky researchers shows how a genetic defect in a specific hormonal pathway may make people more susceptible to developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. (2014-07-15)

With 'biological sunscreen,' mantis shrimp see the reef in a whole different light
In an unexpected discovery, researchers have found that the complex eyes of mantis shrimp are equipped with optics that generate ultraviolet color vision. Mantis shrimp's six UV photoreceptors pick up on different colors within the UV spectrum based on filters made from an ingredient other animals depend on as built-in biological sunscreen, according to research reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 3. (2014-07-03)

Fear, not data, motivates sunscreen users, research shows
We're often told that worrying can be harmful to one's health. But University at Buffalo researchers say that when it comes to preventing skin cancer, a little fear is good for you. (2014-07-01)

Behind a marine creature's bright green fluorescent glow
Probing the mysterious glow of light produced naturally by animals, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have deciphered the structural components related to fluorescence brightness in the primitive sea creature known as amphioxus. The study carries implications for a variety of industries looking to maximize brightness of natural fluorescence, including applications in biotechnology such as adapting fluorescence for biomedical protein tracers and tracking gene expression in the human body. (2014-07-01)

Study offers evidence that sunscreen use in childhood prevents melanoma in adults
Research conducted at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, published in the latest issue of the scientific journal Pigment Cell and Melanoma, has established unequivocally in a natural animal model that the incidence of malignant melanoma in adulthood can be dramatically reduced by the consistent use of sunscreen in infancy and childhood. (2014-06-19)

In the spotlight: The fight over preservatives in personal care products
Rising public concern over the safety of synthetic preservatives in personal care products, such as sunscreens, is pressuring stores and manufacturers to turn to naturally derived alternatives. But an article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, notes that a recent recall of a naturally preserved product that nonetheless became contaminated with microbes shows the issue of synthetic versus natural is not cut-and-dried. (2014-06-11)

Indoor tanning, even without burning, increases the risk of melanoma
People sometimes use indoor tanning in the belief that this will prevent burns when they tan outdoors. However, indoor tanning raises the risk of developing melanoma even if a person has never had burns from either indoor or outdoor tanning, according to a study published May 29 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2014-05-28)

Increased awareness about skin cancer needed for minorities
More awareness about skin cancer is needed for minorities because they believe they are at low risk of developing it, says Henry Ford Hospital dermatologist Diane Jackson-Richards, M.D. (2014-03-24)

P&G Beauty to present advancements in skin care technologies at annual AAD Meeting
Research presented by P&G Beauty scientists at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology offers insights into new ingredient formulations and effective skin care routines. (2014-03-21)

Study finds dramatic rise in skin cancer among middle-aged adults
A new Mayo Clinic study found that among middle-aged men and women, 40 to 60 years old, the overall incidence of skin cancer increased nearly eightfold between 1970 and 2009, according to a study published in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. (2014-02-04)

Shining a light on the damage that daily sun exposure can cause: Study highlights need for better sunscreens
A low level of daily exposure to a common component of sunlight can cause skin damage at the molecular level after just a few days, new research shows. The findings highlight the need for better sunscreens to protect against these damaging rays, and prevent the process that can cause skin to look old, wrinkled and sagging prematurely. (2013-12-04)

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