June 17, 2015 Changes in sunscreen labels designed to make them clearer don't seem to be doing the job, a survey finds. Less than one quarter of people knew that SPF value relates to preventing sunburns.
The lowly zebra fish can make its own sunscreen.
May 13, 2015 Research suggests that genes that make a natural sunscreen jumped from algae to an ancestor of vertebrates hundreds of millions of years ago. Some animals kept the ability. Others didn't.
Don't get near that grill with the spray-on sunscreen.
July 5, 2013 Five people burst into flames last year after spray-on sunscreen ignited on their skin. The manufacturer has recalled those sprays, but the Food and Drug Administration says sprays can still pose a fire risk because they include flammable chemicals. So spray carefully, or opt for a shirt.
Scientists say energy-saving compact fluorescent (left) or light-emitting diode (right) light bulbs can have unsavory health effects.
August 8, 2012 Scientists have learned that compact fluorescent light bulbs could give off ultraviolet radiation if their inner coating cracks. Light-emitting diodes, another eco-friendly lighting option, won't give you a sunburn, but they do have the potential for other mild health effects.
Alivia Parker, 21 months at the time, ran through circles of spraying water on a hot day in Montgomery, Ala., last June. She was wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 100, a rating that won't be allowed much longer.
May 16, 2012 Almost a year ago, the Food and Drug Administration proposed a slew of new rules to make the labels of sunscreens more helpful and realistic. To avert summer shortages, the agency has delayed implementation until December for most companies.
Have you got permission to do that?
July 5, 2011 A flip-flop on rules on sunscreen for campers in Maryland shows it's not so easy to protect kids from sun exposure and the risk of inappropriate touching.
Savannah Stidham gets smeared with sunscreen during a visit to a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2006.
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June 14, 2011 For the first time in more than 30 years, the Food and Drug Administration has revamped its standards for sunscreens. The agency expects the changes will help people find the right sunscreen to protect against sunburn, reduce the risk of skin cancer and prevent premature skin aging.
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