May 12th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Good news for all you sun worshippers: Researchers out of Scotland’s University of Endinburgh have found that sun exposure may also help reduce the risks of high blood pressure and certain heart health issues including strokes and heart attack. It may even extend your life.
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June 23rd, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Tumors of the hair, nails, sweat glands and mammary glands are rare, but rates appear to be rising in the United States, according to a study published in this month’s Archives of Dermatology.
Caucasian men are more susceptible, reports lead author Patrick W. Blake of the National Cancer Institute, and risk increases with age.
Researchers found a 170% increase in cancer diagnoses involving the sweat glands between 1978–1982 and 2002–2005. Cancers of the eyelid glands increased 217% over the same period.
Blake and his colleagues attribute the increase to improved detection and diagnosis, but also point out that sun exposure and weakened immune systems may play a role.
Any further increases, they say, should “prompt new strategies for cancer screening and early intervention.”
To prevent skin cancers:
- Eat a healthful diet, and make necessary lifestyle changes. We, of course, recommend switching to organic foods, whenever possible.
- Avoid pesticides and other chemicals linked to cancer.
- Wear a sunscreen that protects against UV radiation, and don’t stay out in the sun for long periods.
- Wear long sleeves, long pants, sunglasses and sun hats when outdoors.
- Visit a dermatologist once a year for a head-to-toe body check.
Photo: Bill Branson
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March 28th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
The sun has decided to participate in preparations for Earth Day, which is less than a month away. Use your dedication to organic living and the environment, coupled with the wonders of modern technology, to teach your children more about our planet.
NASA and San Francisco’s Exploratorium are teaming up to provide webcast, podcast and broadcast of tomorrow’s total solar eclipse. The coverage is part of this year’s Sun-Earth Day theme, “Eclipse: In a Different Light,” which shows how solar eclipses have inspired people to observe and understand our universe.
This eclipse is special because the total phase lasts more than 4 minutes at the center of the path. (Most last only a minute or two.) The next total solar eclipse is Aug. 1, 2008, and it will be seen in northern Canada, Greenland, Siberia, Mongolia and northern China. The next total solar eclipse visible from the United States won’t happen until Aug. 21, 2017.
If you’re a teacher, share the event with your students. NASA’s Public Service Channel (#101) and Education Channel (#102) will carry the webcast. NASA’s Media Channel (#103) will carry a live feed of the eclipse.
Read More:Here Comes the Sun