The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The end of tanning parlors

    In the ‘70s, commercial tanning beds were introduced. In less than 3 decades, over half of adults in northern Europe reported using them.

    Now, growing evidence of health risks is leading to restricted access to indoor tanning, worldwide.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Countries with nationwide indoor tanning legislation restricting access by people less than 19 years of age:
      • 2 countries in 2003
      • 11 countries in 2011
    • 6 states or territories in Australia restrict indoor tanning for all minors.
    • A province and a region in Canada have implemented youth tanning laws.
    • 8 states, in addition to 3 preexisting state laws, in the US have implemented indoor tanning legislation since 2003.

    The bottom line?

    • Long-term health risks of indoor tanning
      • Premature aging
      • Immune suppression
      • Cataract and other eye injuries
      • Skin cancers
    • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.
      • ~20% of Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
    • Evidence points to an association between tanning bed use and squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas.
    • Data increasingly demonstrate an association between tanning bed use and melanoma.

    7/24/12 22:42 JR

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