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How Social networking Can Boost Your Workout

February 26, 2012

I’ve moved my health@work blog over to Foxnews, and here’s my most recent piece on how social media can help you reach your fitness and weight goals. Having peers cheer you on virtually can really keep your motivation levels high.

Aging Eye is Blamed for Health Woes

February 26, 2012

My story on the aging eyes and they’re effect on the circadian rhythm for the New York Times hit #1 on the most emailed list. I found the topic of aging eyes and health fascinating.  Please read it here!

New Sunscreen Labeling Changes Finally Out

June 14, 2011

The long-awaiting FDA sunscreen labeling changes were presented today at  a press conference, and represent sweeping changes in the way sunscreens can be marketed.   The new regulations are being phased in by the summer of 2012.  “For now, I would follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Dermatology,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the Center for Drug Evaluation at the FDA.   The ADA recommends using an SPF of 30 or higher. Here are the major changes:

  • Sunscreens will have to put the SPF number and whether the product is broad spectrum on the front of the bottle if it does protect against both ultra violet A and ultra violet B.
  • If the SPF is 15 or higher and is broad spectrum, the sunscreen can claim that it can reduce skin cancer and skin aging. If the SPF is lower or there is no broad spectrum coverage, the sunscreen cannot make these claims.
  • There will have to be a warning statement on sunscreens that don’t offer this protection.
  • There will be a drug facts box, similar to those on over-the-counter drugs, which includes active ingredients, uses, warnings, directions and inactive ingredients.
  • Directions state:
    • apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.
    • Reapply after 40 minutes of swimming or seating
    • Immediately after towel drying
    • At least every two hours.
  • Sunscreens will not be able to make claims of long-lasting protection for more than two hours.
  • Sunscreens will not be able to claim they are waterproof of sweatproof because they promise more protection that is supported by the data.
  • Sunscreens can only claim water resistance for up to 80 minutes and need to indicate how long its resistant on the front of the bottle.
In addition, the FDA is researching the safety of spray sunscreens. For now, it’s prudent to hold your breath while spraying it on, because of concerns about inhaling the aerosols.

Check out my new BNET blog

March 4, 2011

I’m now blogging about health for BNET, CBS’s interactive business network. Here are a few of my posts.

20 Minute Workouts that Really Work

Getting a Cold? Finally, Something that Works

Cell Phone Radiation Study: 9 Ways To Be Safer

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an honorable mention for my article

November 10, 2010

I’m so proud to announce that one of my articles received honorable mention in the category of feature articles for the min Editorial & Design awards. The article, for ViV magazine, focused on inflammation’s role in many chronic illnesses.

Inflammation

Should pregnant moms avoid peanuts?

November 9, 2010

It’s tough being a pregnant mom who happens to like peanut butter. It seems like every other month, there’s a new study that shows that eating peanuts either increases or decreases your baby’s risk of developing peanut allergies.  Here’s my latest on the topic.

Advil cream? That’s new!

September 7, 2010

I couldn’t believe that there was an Advil like cream you could rub on your skin when you had a muscle ache–and that it was available in Europe, over-the-counter no less, for decades. But it was not available here in the U.S. until recently. Read about the non steroidal anti inflammatory creams in my New York Times article. After it ran, I received emails from my baby boomer friends, telling me that they’ve been using other types of creams that weren’t effective. Maybe this will help.

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