Health: Regulation of sunscreen labels, Effects of ambulance rides on patients, Music Relaxation

Sunscreen Testing
Summer calls for heavy sunscreen use, but can you really believe what you read on the label?

The FDA is proposing a plan to test and regulate what a label says, especially when it comes to protection from dangerous UVA rays.

Lathering on the highest sun protection factor (SPF) in sunscreens may protect you against UVB rays that burn.

Many sunscreens, however, do not protect against UVA rays that tan and cause premature aging.

The FDA is recommending that manufacturers run two tests to assess how well their product protects against those rays.

Moreover, they are proposing a star rating system that will show the level of UVA protection.

One star, for example, would mean low and four stars high.

“Sunburning causes the most rapid damage to the skin and that's what we want to prevent at all costs,” said Northwestern Memorial Hospital Dermatologist Mary Martini.

The American Cancer Society said more than 1 million new skin cancer cases are diagnosed each year.

90% of which are caused by sun exposure.

Effects of ambulance rides on patients
You would probably assume that the longer you are exposed to an ambulance ride the greater the risk, however, a study from Britain shows exactly what the ride can do to critical patients.

British researchers looked at ambulance records in parts of England from 1997 to 2000.

They found the risk of death went up 1% for every six miles traveled to get to a hospital, which is representative of patients who were unconscious or suffering chest pains.

Moreover, patients with respiratory problems were also at the greatest risk. Their chances of dying jumped to 20% if the distance to go was more than 12 miles.

Music Relaxation
Not many people look forward to a trip to the doctor or hospital, but new research shows music could be the key to relaxation.

Women are particularly nervous when it comes to trips to the gynecologist.

However, researchers found that women who listened to music were significantly less anxious.

on the other hand, pre-test counseling, informational pamphlets and videos were found to have no effect on anxiety levels.

Researchers said making a trip to the doctor more pleasant will help increase the number of women who get screenings, which can potentially saving their lives.


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