Can sunless bronzers steer tan-seeking teens away from DNA-damaging radiation?
New research published this month explores that question, and the findings make it pretty clear: while many teens do use bronzing agents, these tanners complement – rather than completely replace – outdoor sunbathing and salon tanning.
Sun worshipers: If it seems a little late in the year for dermatologists to be climbing onto their anti-sunning soapbox, think again. As leaves grow fiery, experts like URMC dermatologist Dr. Mary Gail Mercurio caution that packing away sunblock is actually one of the biggest mistakes her patients make in early autumn.
“We recommend an SPF of 30 year-round, applied at least once a day,” she says. “That may seem like overkill, but people don’t apply it as generously as they ought to.”
Mercurio says that early fall and early spring are actually prime time for the worst burns; the cooler temperatures can dupe outdoor enthusiasts into thinking that they’re fine to skip sunblock.
Mercurio, in the clip below, talks about preventing fall sunburns – plus the danger of “getting a base tan” before heading south for a fall or winter vacation.
You can learn more about Dr. Mercurio here. To schedule an appointment, call (585) 275-7546.
It’s no state secret that frequent exercise is an essential part of healthy aging — but what counts as exercise might surprise you, according to geriatrician Dr. Bill Hall.
Hall, who directs the Center for Healthy Aging at URMC’s Highland Hospital, says that walking with a furry friend, even learning an exotic dance like the tango are great options for older adults who are looking for ways to make regular physical activity more enticing.
Dr. Hall gives more insight in the clip below.
Want to learn more about living longer from Dr. Hall? He’ll present the morning plenary session at our annual Men’s Health Day event, a day of information and education geared at men 35 and older. Set for Friday, Sept. 10, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, the day packs discussions on aging, back pain, cardiovascular health and male menopause, plus health screenings, hands-on demonstrations, giveaways, healthy snacks, breakfast and lunch, and deluxe raffle prizes.
Legendary Chicago Bear running back and pro football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers will deliver the keynote address. Now retired from sports and in his 60’s, Sayers – a business owner, internet technology entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist – is a prime example of successful aging.
Tickets for the event are $15 and include free parking at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and all meals. Reservations are required. To make yours, call (585) 275-2838.
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