Every week we like to bring you a roundup of some of the beauty, health and wellness issues, articles or trends that we found on the web. As of late, we’ve come across a couple of interesting articles on animal testing for cosmetics, skin cancer and alcohol, the benefits of love, and the new concept of teledermatology.
Jessica Ramos writes a great summary piece on the latest study addressing the United States’ Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013. This article was published on January 24th in the peer-reviewed journal, ALTEX, and stated that passage of the SCPCPA will result in a minimum of one million animals being used in new required testing and will cost companies between $1.7-$9 billion to perform these tests, a dramatic increase over current testing costs and numbers of animals used. Read on to learn more.
Thinking of that end-of-season sun escape you’ve got planned? Well perhaps you should think twice about that afternoon on-the-beach bevie. Science corespondent, Sarah Knapton, reports on a new study that claims that in the presence of UV radiation, drinking alcohol can alter our body’s ability to produce a normal immune response.
From boosting our immune systems to calming our heart rate these five studies show that love is — scientifically speaking — good for us.
It’s called teledermatology and it’s becoming increasingly popular due to the ubiquity of smartphones, says Danielle Krol, M.D.. It involves snapping a photo of that questionable mole and sending it to a doctor for a quick evaluation. He or she will then inform you whether it’s harmless or requires further examination. If you think this might be a questionable way to diagnose skin lesions, think again. In cases where the in-person dermatologist recommended a biopsy of a suspicious lesion, the teledermatologists had agreed with this opinion an average of 95 percent of the time.