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Dueling Docs - Does the Sun Really Cause Melanoma?

Dueling Docs - Does the Sun Really Cause Melanoma?

Commented May 17, 2009 at 14:19:57 in Healthy Living

“Going back to sunscreen itself:

What is a sunscreen? I read the ingredients of three popular-brand sunscreens I have in my cabinet (all with an SPF of 30). There's no replication of any active chemical and two products don't list chemical concentration levels. Inactive ingredients cover a wide spectrum including but not limited to Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Oat Beta Glucan, Propylaparaben etc. etc. etc.

To the best of my knowledge, study findings haven't been reproducible; science has yet to identify and standardize a specific or group of active chemicals that do in fact offer UV light protection/buffering.

Meanwhile the " Sunscreen and Skin Protection" aisle at the Duane Reade store near me keeps growing and growing...”

hp blogger Janice Horowitz on May 17, 2009 at 16:40:14

“thanks for those insights!”
Dueling Docs: Is Drinking Linked to Breast Cancer?

Dueling Docs: Is Drinking Linked to Breast Cancer?

Commented Apr 15, 2009 at 23:19:09 in Healthy Living

“Did the research cite any subsets within the female population? Any additional profiles /percentages given? Recent studies designed with ethnically-diverse subjects consistently demonstrated quantitative metabolic differences, rates of absorption, inherent biological variances, etc.

Personally, I'll go for the chocolate-covered Dunkin Donut over a daiquiri any day but it would be interesting to know more about the design of this study.”
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Dueling Docs: Do Older Fathers Have Kids with Lower IQs?

Commented Mar 20, 2009 at 20:50:02 in Healthy Living

“Re: the design of the study, what was the exclusionary criteria? A direct correlation between age and I/Q or are we seeing medical conditions, medications, lifestyle habits (i.e., smoking, drinking) factored in? I can't imagine those variables weren't screened out but I'm curious. No mention of this in your article. Great writing as always!”

hp blogger Janice Horowitz on Mar 22, 2009 at 10:27:55

“thanks for commenting.

the study had two separate cohorts and in one environmental factors such as education, smoking, drinking, eco status etc.were factored in. There was still an IQ difference, but not as great.”