Health & Fitness

Skin Deep

Study: Tanning beds are addictive

There’s absolutely no upside to basking in the sun. Not only does it make you look years older than you really are, you’re putting yourself at increased risk for skin cancer. Indoor tanning (i.e. tanning beds) are even worse, since the bulbs in tanning beds emit mostly UVA light, while natural sunlight is a combination of UVA and UVB rays. UVA light penetrates deeper than UVB light and causes more of the DNA damage that contributes to skin cancer. You do not turn red from UVA rays, so you do not realize the damage that you are causing.

Chew on This

A green drink isn’t always great

Smart people can be fooled. This was recently brought home to me during a small group discussion with third-year medical students at UM’s Miller School of Medicine. And although I wish it was more, our medical students do receive nutrition content through a variety of sources. I meet with them during wellness week, where they are immersed in nutrition, physical activity and wellness content.


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