Banana Boat Sunscreen Recall announced for Fire Hazard

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration announced the voluntary recall of several Banana Boat sunscreen products with the continuous spray mist. Before the sunscreen is completely dry, the person wearing the product could potentially catch on fire if exposed to an ignition source.

Energizer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ENR) based out of St. Louis, MO are the distributors of the Banana Boat branded products. They have voluntarily recalled 23 different products (see recall list below) that spray or mist the sunscreen on the skin. The company distributed the recalled products nationwide between January of 2010 and September 30, 2012.

Over 3,000 cases of Melanoma Skin Cancer in Europe associated with Sunbed Use

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(Best Syndication News) - A European study estimates that 5.4 percent of all new cases of cutaneous melanoma skin cancer are related to the use of sunbed tanners. People who use sunbeds to get a golden tan are at a 20 percent increased risk of getting skin cancer compared to those that never used one. The skin cancer risk more than doubles if they used sunbeds before age 35.

Researchers from the International Prevention Research Institute in France, along with the European Institute of Oncology of Italy, wanted to learn more about the relationship between sunbed use and melanoma skin cancer in the Western European region. The researchers investigated and analyzed information gathered in 27 different studies on skin cancer and sunbed use between 1981 and 2012. The participants included people from the UK, France, and Germany.

Prescription Acne Medicine might Increase Risk of Pink Eye Infections

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Tel Aviv Universtiy found that commonly used acne prescription - Isotretinoin medications - such as Accutane or Roaccutane could increase the chances of eye infections including conjunctivitis (pink eye) or sties. The study results was published in the Archives of Dermatology.

Dr. Gabriel Chodick of TAU's School of Public Health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine to investigate to see if there was an increased risk for eye infection from taking Isotretinoin medication that is used for acne. Dr. Chodick worked with Drs. Meira Neudorfer, Orna Shamai-Lubovitz and Varda Shalev from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Inbal Goldshtein from Maccabi Health Care Services on this research.

Thyme Herbal Remedy used for Acne Treatment has Antibacterial Benefits

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University found that a tincture of thyme was more effective as an antibacterial acne treatment than concentrations of benzoyl peroxide. The researchers presented their findings at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin that is going on this week.

The study involved testing tinctures of thyme, marigold, and myrrh on bacterium that is known to cause acne. The bacteria engaging the skin pores cause the development of white heads to puss-filled cysts. Out of the three tinctures, the thyme was the most effective anti-bacterial effect than marigold, or myrrh. All three had anti-bacterial properties. However, the thyme tincture was more potent than standard concentrations of benzol peroxide for antibacterial properties.

FDA releases Test Results of Lead Levels in 400 Lipsticks

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(Best Syndication News) - Four hundred lipsticks were tested by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and all contained trace levels of lead; however, the government agency considers it safe because it is not consumed. The testing results showed as low as 0.026 ppm, while other lipsticks tested much higher at 7.19 ppm.

The highest level was found in L’Oreal’s Maybelline Color Sensational Pink Petal color lipstick with the 7.19 ppm. Another L’Oreal Colour Riche Volcanic color lipstick tested at 7 ppm. Then NARS Semi Matte Red Lizard lipstick test in at the third highest level at 4.93 ppm. The Cover Girl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues Color Ruby Remix tested at 4.92 ppm.

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