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Simple guide for suncreams will help users
Studies have shown that consumers apply much less sunscreen than is required to achieve the sun protection factor (SPF) stated on the product. In this week's BMJ, researchers suggest a simple guide to ensure that people are protected according to their expectations. (2002-06-20)

Patients with hyperpigmentation more likely to use sunscreen, few use other sun-protection measures
Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found patients with hyperpigmentation, a medical disorder that leads to darkening or increase in the natural color of the skin, are more likely to use sunscreen but do not use other protection measures. (2017-04-21)

King's to develop unique sunscreen with Aethic
King's College London has entered into an agreement with skincare company Aethic to develop the first sunscreen based on MAA's (mycosporine-like amino acids), produced by coral. (2012-09-11)

Sunscreen reduces melanoma risk by 40 per cent in young people
A world-first study led by University of Sydney has found that Australians aged 18-40 years who were regular users of sunscreen in childhood reduced their risk of developing melanoma by 40 percent, compared to those who rarely used sunscreen. (2018-07-18)

Does sunscreen compromise vitamin D levels?
Sunscreen can reduce the sun's adverse effects, but there are concerns that it might inhibit the body's production of vitamin D. In a new British Journal of Dermatology study, however, investigators recorded an increase of vitamin D in participants during a week of cloudless weather, with very high UV index, even when sunscreens were used properly and prevented sunburn. (2019-05-09)

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)

Sun Safety Low Priority At Day-Care Centers.
University of Illinois at Chicago researchers found sun protection wasn't a high priority at most of the 16 day-care centers where they made observations. At most centers, no children had sunscreen put on them. Among children observed, 95 percent didn't wear hats and 26 percent were allowed outside without shirts on. (1996-07-19)

Barrier reef corals deliver world first for sunscreen
CSIRO, in partnership with skincare company Larissa Bright Australia, has created the world's first UVA/UVB sunscreen filters which mimic the natural sun protection used by corals on the Great Barrier Reef. (2013-08-01)

Everything you want to know about sunscreen
From safety and effectiveness to who should use sunscreen and how to apply it, Canadian dermatologists review the latest evidence and guidelines on use of sunscreen. The review, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), recommends that everyone older than six months of age should use sunscreen to protect against skin cancer (2020-12-14)

Researchers develop concept for new sunscreen that allows body to produce vitamin D
For the first time researchers have developed a process for altering the ingredients in a sunscreen that does not impact its sun protection factor (SPF), but does allow the body to produce vitamin D. (2016-02-01)

National poll: Some parents may not properly protect children from the sun
While the majority of parents recognize the importance of sunscreen, they may not always use best practices to protect children from getting burned, a new national poll suggests. (2020-07-20)

#BeatEngland, beat sunburn
UV detection stickers trialled by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers at the November 2017 Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, Australia, prompted 80% of cricket goers who used the stickers to reapply protective sunscreen. However, some in this group still reported receiving a mild or moderate sunburn at the game, indicating they may not have properly applied and reapplied sunscreen or not used enough to provide full protection. (2019-07-12)

Comparing beach umbrella vs. SPF 100 sunscreen to protect beachgoers from sun
How did sun protection compare for people who spent 3.5 hours on a sunny beach with some under an umbrella and others wearing SPF 100 sunscreen? A new article published online by JAMA Dermatology reports neither method used alone completely prevented sunburn, although the SPF 100 sunscreen was more efficacious in the randomized clinical trial. (2017-01-18)

Sunscreen saves superhero gene
Next time your kids complain about putting on sunscreen, tell them this: Sunscreen shields a superhero gene that protects them from getting cancer. QUT has found sunscreen provides 100 percent protection against all three forms of skin cancer. (2013-10-08)

Study reveals new findings on nature's UV sunscreens
Swansea University research has provided a new insight into the behaviour of nature's own UV sunscreens when they are exposed to other parts of the light spectrum. (2020-11-30)

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 application has better face coverage than SPF moisturizers
Application of sun protection factor (SPF) moisturizers tends to miss more of the face, especially around the eyelid regions, compared with sunscreen application, according to a study published April 3 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Kevin Hamill of the University of Liverpool, and colleagues. Moreover, people applying these products are unaware that they are failing to cover regions vulnerable to skin cancer. (2019-04-03)

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)

Researchers develop DNA sunscreen that gets better the longer you wear it
Why use regular sunscreen when you can apply a DNA film to your skin? Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a coating made out of DNA that gets better at protecting skin from ultraviolet light the more you expose it to the sun, and it also keeps your skin hydrated. (2017-07-26)

Should sun protection factors on sunscreens be abandoned?
Numerical indicators of sun protection on sunscreen packaging can cause more confusion than clarity in users and this system should be abandoned in favour of other terms, suggests Professor Brian Diffey from Newcastle General Hospital in this week's BMJ. (2000-01-13)

Pinterest homemade sunscreens: A recipe for sunburn
A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Brooks College of Health at University of North Florida examined how homemade sunscreens were portrayed on Pinterest. (2019-05-20)

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)

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)

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet December 16, 2003
Highlights of this issue include: Two largest primary care medical organizations release joint clinical guidelines to manage common heart condition and sunscreen not linked to melanoma risk. (2003-12-15)

For college students, skin cancer risk remains high in winter months
New research finds college students could be just as at risk for developing skin cancer in the dead of winter as they are in the middle of summer. (2020-12-17)

Repelling the rays: New American Chemical Society video on sunscreens
Just in time for the first day of summer, the American Chemical Society explores the science behind sunscreen in the latest episode of its award-winning Bytesize Science series. The video is available at (2012-06-19)

Many top selling sunscreens don't offer adequate protection
About 40 percent of top selling sunscreens on don't meet AAD guidelines, largely due to a lack of water resistance. The study also found consumers spend up to 3,000 percent more for products that provide the same sunscreen protection as lower-cost sunscreens. Dermatologists wanted to identify high performing products that are affordable and popular to know what to recommend to their patients and increase the likelihood of their using it. (2016-07-06)

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)

UK advice on sun creams 'not in the interests of public health,' warns DTB
The strength of sun cream recently recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to stave off sunburn is far too low and (2011-05-31)

Illinois researcher receives award for developing a better sunscreen
Craig A. Bonda of the C.P. Hall Company in Bedford Park, Ill., will be honored June 11 by the American Chemical Society for developing a better, longer-lasting sunscreen. He will receive one of four 2001 Industrial Innovation Awards at the Society's Central/Great Lakes joint regional meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich. (2001-06-07)

Young athletes ignore skin cancer risk
Thousands of young athletes are at such high risk for developing skin cancer, a University of Cincinnati (UC) dermatologist says, he dreams of the day (2005-08-15)

Research finds that sunscreen users receive less than half the sun protection they think
Researchers from King's College London have assessed just how much sun protection people actually receive, based on typical use. It is well known that people don't receive the full ultraviolet radiation blocking benefit of sunscreen, because they are applying it more thinly than manufacturers recommend. (2018-07-24)

Clinical and environmental factors impact absorption of common sunscreen ingredient
New research, Evaluation of Reapplication and Controlled Heat Exposure on Oxybenzone Permeation from Commercial Sunscreen Using Excised Human Abdominal Skin, presented today at the 2018 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) PharmSci 360 Meeting demonstrates that heat and reapplication influences different sunscreen products containing the same amount of a key ingredient, oxybenzone, potentially affecting safety and toxicity of the UV filters included in sunscreens. (2018-11-07)

Nature-based sunscreens
The ideal sunscreen should block UVB and UVA radiation while being safe and stable. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Spanish scientists have introduced a new family of UVA and UVB filters based on natural sunscreen substances found in algae and cyanobacteria. They are highly stable and enhance the effectivity of commercial sunscreens. (2017-01-30)

Some sunscreens highly rated by consumers don't adhere to AAD guidelines
While consumers give high marks to some sunscreens, many of those products do not meet American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) guidelines, according to an article published online by JAMA Dermatology. (2016-07-06)

Getting ready for the summer sun with 'green' sunscreens
Although it's been a tough winter for many people in the US, summer is coming. And that means backyard barbecues, fun on the beach and, of course, slathering on sunscreen. But one particular environmentally friendly sunscreen ingredient has been difficult to obtain -- that ingredient, shinorine, could only be harvested from nature. Scientists now report in ACS Synthetic Biology the laboratory production of that compound. (2018-01-31)

Less sun better than using sunscreen
Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing clothes which stop harmful UV rays from reaching the skin, rather than sunscreen, are the best ways of avoiding skin cancer and the aging effects of the sun. This timely advice forms part of a review published early online and in an upcoming edition of the Lancet. (2007-05-02)

Keep slapping on that sunscreen
When out in the sun, make sure you apply the sunscreen regularly, or you might be better off not using it at all. Experiments at the University of California found that sunscreen sinks into the skin after about an hour, reaffirming the need to reapply regularly to keep a protective effect. But more startling was the finding that skin samples with sunscreen contained more damaging free radicals, than skin exposed to UV with no sunscreen. (2006-09-06)

Millennials aren't getting the message about sun safety and the dangers of tanning
Many millennials lack knowledge about the importance of sunscreen and continue to tan outdoors in part because of low self-esteem and high rates of narcissism that fuel addictive tanning behavior, a new study from Oregon State University-Cascades has found. (2018-04-24)

Text message reminders can encourage healthy action
People who received daily text messages reminding them to apply sunscreen were nearly twice as likely to use it as those who did not receive such messages, a new study led by a UC Davis Health System dermatologist has found. Researchers hope their findings, which appear in the November issue of the Archives of Dermatology, will inspire other health-care providers to use text messaging to encourage healthy habits in their patients, such as taking prescribed medications properly. (2009-11-16)

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