Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:37 AM EST2013-12-04 16:37:31 GMT
During a season in which the phrase "hustle and bustle" is perfectly descriptive and people are battling over the last game system/device/toy in the store, it is nice to stop the busy-ness for a few minutesMore >
During a season in which the phrase "hustle and bustle" is perfectly descriptive and people are battling over the last game system/device/toy in the store, it is nice to stop the busy-ness for a few minutes and reflect on the true beauty of the Christmas season.More >
They may just be teenagers, but some Rossford students say they're ready to fight fires. Now they're asking for the community's help to make it happen.More >
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For years, doctors have been warning against too much sun exposure.
"What's happening is now we are paying for our sins of years of sun exposure in the past, so we see the incidents of malignant melanoma increasing at a very rapid rate," said Dr. Michael McPhee, an oncology surgeon with ProMedica.
Because of this, many people are opting for spray tans, believed to be a safer way to get that beach look. But is it?
Over the last year, there have been more and more reports on the risks of a chemical used in spray tans called dihydroxyacetone, or DHA. DHA is a chemical that is sprayed on the skin and, because of the amino acids in the skin, it changes the color to give you that golden glow.
But DHA in tanning booths as an all-over spray is not actually approved by the FDA.
In fact, the FDA's website says:
"The use of DHA in ‘tanning' booths as an all-over spray has not been approved by the FDA, since safety data to support this use has not been submitted to the agency for review and evaluation."
It could be because of potential risks.
According to one study done by a panel of medical experts, DHA has the potential to cause genetic alterations or DNA damage, although the tests were not done on actual humans.
"The FDA hasn't weighed in on that because there isn't enough industry-sponsored data on the harmful effects of inhaled [DHA], or DHA exposed to these sensitive areas," Dr. McPhee said. "We don't have the information data."
And the lack of information can be confusing. The problem is not when DHA hits the skin, but when it's inhaled or ingested. As those who've spray-tanned know, it's virtually impossible not to inhale when in a confined booth.
"When you go to these various tanning booths to get your spray, there is no guarantee that you cannot get exposure to critical areas, vulnerable areas such as the eye, mucus membranes, nose, mouth, or inhale it for that matter," McPhee said.
So how can you protect yourself?
Some tanning salons across the country are now offering masks, nose plugs, even eyewear and lip balm to cover areas of the face, including a salon in Adrian, Michigan.
Megan McLemore, the manager of Malibu Tanning, says it's extremely important that they educate their customers.
"Our customers come here for their image, but we are very concerned for their safety as well, so we train our employees to follow the regulations and recommendations of the FDA to keep our customers safe," she said.
Malibu Tanning makes protecting yourself easy by providing nose plugs, eye protection, and lip balm can be purchased. These are three simple steps to take that Dr. McPhee says are important.
"If you're going to go to these places, you have to make sure you do everything possible to prevent exposure to the eyes, and use whatever means to protect the mucus membranes," he said.
Thursday, December 5 2013 4:48 PM EST2013-12-05 21:48:47 GMT
Ron Burgundy is keeping it classy in Connecticut.Actor Will Ferrell was in Milford on Thursday for an interview on the Dan Patrick Show.He's promoting his new movie, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.TheMore >
Ron Burgundy is keeping it classy in Connecticut.More >
Friday, November 8 2013 12:57 PM EST2013-11-08 17:57:21 GMT
A Lebanon father of three is accused of drugging one of his children in order to have sex with her young friend, according to court documents. Robert Chesters, 42, was arrested after having a relationshipMore >
ALebanonfather of three is accused of drugging one of his children in order to have sex with her young friend, according to court documents.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 4:37 PM EST2013-12-05 21:37:48 GMT
(CNN) -Two million Facebook, G-mail and Twitter passwords were stolen as part of a massive computer hack. Researchers at cyber-security firm Trustwave say the data breach was the result of malware installedMore >
Two million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords were stolen as part of a massive computer hack.More >
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >
Friday, December 6 2013 12:34 AM EST2013-12-06 05:34:32 GMT
Mandela called apartheid a "human tragedy" and spent 27 years in prison for speaking against the practice that was still in place nearly three decades after legal integration in the U.S.More >
Mandela called racist apartheid a "human tragedy" and spent 27 years in prison for speaking against the segregationist practice that was still in place nearly three decades after legal integration in the U.S.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 3:55 PM EST2013-12-05 20:55:18 GMT
A report by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association that was released Thursday details the response by Newtown police officers the day a gunman shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last DecemberMore >
A report by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association that was released Thursday details the response by Newtown police officers the day a gunman shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Dec. 14.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 12:54 PM EST2013-12-05 17:54:08 GMT
The Connecticut State Police barrack for Troop D, which is located in Danielson, will become a substation of Troop C in Tolland. According to the Department of Emergency Services and Public ProtectionMore >
The Connecticut State Police barrack for Troop D, which is located in Danielson, will become a substation of Troop C in Tolland.More >
Thursday, December 5 2013 3:08 PM EST2013-12-05 20:08:21 GMT
Numerous residents reported booming noises near Suillivan's Island, James Island and the Isle of Palms Wednesday evening.Officials from the South Carolina Earthquake Education and Preparedness ProgramMore >
Officials say the loud noises heard by many residents near Sullivan's Island, James Island and the Isle of Palms Wednesday evening were caused by sonic booms. More >