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FDA Proposal: Under 18? No More Tanning Beds

Public has 90 days to comment on proposed tanning rules

(Newser) - Minors hoping to get their tan on will have to choose the kind that comes in a bottle or get their rays from the sun, according to proposed rules from the FDA. Outlined Friday, the rules would bar those under 18 from using a sunlamp or indoor tanning device, reports... More »

Tanning Beds Send Thousands to ER

An average 3,234 per year, CDC study finds

(Newser) - Skin burns, lacerations, and eye injuries so bad they result in trips to the ER: Such are the perils posed by indoor tanning beds, according to a new CDC study released yesterday. The findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine , are described as "the first national estimates of indoor tanning–... More »

Surgeon General: Quit Tanning Now

Country's top doctor says skin cancer is 'major public health problem'

(Newser) - Your doctor, your mom, and your shade-obsessed friends have probably all told you already about the dangers of suntanning—and now the surgeon general is jumping on the anti-bronzing bandwagon for the first time. Boris Lushniak today called skin cancer a “major public health problem,” and pointed a... More »

Nanny Goes Tanning, Leaves Kids in Locked Car

3-year-old, 1-month-old were found screaming and drenched in sweat

(Newser) - It's a beautiful 90-degree day in Portland, Ore. Where does a 23-year-old nanny take a 3-year-old and 1-month-old? To a tanning salon, according to court documents, where the young children were left locked in a van until their screams led the cops to be called. According to those documents,... More »

Tanning Could Be Addictive

Mice show signs of a habit: researchers

(Newser) - Working on your tan may actually be an addictive behavior—if shaved mice tell us anything. A new study published in Cell followed mice with shaved backs who were given the equivalent of half an hour of bright sun daily for six weeks, the BBC reports. In addition to producing... More »

To Avoid Sunburn, Whales Get a Tan

Scientists take first look at how they deal with sun damage

(Newser) - Researchers have found an unusual way in which whales and humans are similar: we both get suntans. Blue whales, especially, tend to tan to protect themselves from the sun's UV rays, reports the Canadian Press . Essentially, they tan during their summer migrations to ward off dangerous sunburns, as a... More »

Swimsuit Maker Apologizes for Tan Model

Sweden's H&M apologizes after taking flak

(Newser) - The tanning wars continue: Swedish retailer H&M has apologized for using a deeply bronzed model to show off a swimsuit, reports AFP . "We are sorry," said the company. "It was not our intention to show off a specific ideal or to encourage dangerous behavior, but was... More »

Third of Young White Women Use Tanning Salons

Plus: Tanning mom banned from 63 salons

(Newser) - Some 32% of white women aged 18 to 21 have hit the tanning salon at least once in the past year, according to the first major federal study in more than 10 years. On average, members of the group tan 28 times per year. The study also found that 30%... More »

Girl, 5, Burned in Mom's Tanning Booth: Cops

But Patricia Krentcil says daughter just sunburned

(Newser) - Parent of the Year Award goes to the New Jersey mom who's in court facing a charge of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a stand-up tanning booth, where authorities say the girl suffered burns. Patricia Krentcil is charged with child endangerment. She calls the accusation "a lie,"... More »

Skin Cancer Soars Among Young Adults

Researchers blame tanning beds

(Newser) - Researchers expected a rise in skin cancer among young women—but they didn't expect this: Between 1970 and 2009, melanoma became eight times more common among women 18 to 39 and four times higher among men in that age group, Time reports. "There is currently a melanoma epidemic... More »

5 Habits That Are Really Addictions

Pop tunes, salty snacks, and tanning? All addictive

(Newser) - Drugs, sex, alcohol—such addictions belong to other people, right? Not so, says Cracked , which lists five everyday addictions:
  • Pop music. Scientists have predicted pop hits by performing MRI scans on people listening to unreleased tunes. Future hits lit up pleasure centers in the brain; dopamine was released when melodies
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Anderson Gets Spray Tanned With Snooki

Yes, viewers at home, he does take off his shirt

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper, who has braved angry mobs in Egypt, faced potential radiation poisoning in Japan, and rescued a bloodied child in Haiti, shows a decidedly less hard-hitting side on his new daytime show . Case in point: On the second episode of Anderson yesterday, Coop went for a spray tan with—... More »

Meghan McCain Interviews Snooki

'Jersey Shore' star talks tanning tax

(Newser) - Meghan McCain is a Jersey Shore fan, and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is a McCain voter. Sort of. In a truly surreal interview for the Daily Beast , Snooki reveals her big political stance: She's against the Obama administration's tax on tanning booths. "So many people go tanning even though... More »

McCain, Snooki Trade Tweets

The senator is so down with the lingo

(Newser) - Yesterday’s Awkward Tweet of the Day Award goes to John McCain, who made the world cringe when he started up a Twitter conversation with none other than Jersey Shore’s Snooki…about tanning. “u r right, I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama's tax/spend policy is... More »

Tanning Salon Tax Is Racist— to Whites

Fake-baking 'light-skinned Americans' unfairly targeted

(Newser) - The new tax on tanning salons may appear to be a measure to fight skin cancer, but according to yesterday's guest host on Glenn Beck's radio show, it's actually a racist attack on white people. "Who uses tanning?" Doc Thompson railed. "Is it dark-skinned people? I don't think... More »

12 Steps LiLo Must Take to Save Her Career

Lose the fake tan, the blond dye job, and the leggings for a start

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan’s bad publicity parade marches on, but all hope is not lost: Tracey Harrington McCoy fully backs a LiLo career comeback, and she outlines a 12-step program on PopEater :
  1. No more fake tanning: It’s one thing to promote your line of spray tanner. It’s another to
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Senate Kills Botox Tax, Adds Tanning Tax

It could soon cost more to get that bronzed look indoors

(Newser) - The Senate bill on health care reform has good news and bad for those who use artificial means to look better in the mirror. The legislation scraps a proposed 5% tax on cosmetic surgery but adds a 10% tax on indoor tanning beds that deliver UV rays. "The only... More »

The Spray-Tanned World of Reality TV

No, those perfectly toned abs on Dancing With the Stars aren't all real

(Newser) - Ever wonder how every contestant on Dancing With the Stars looks so toned? It’s not all due to the workouts: Spray tanning experts are on call for DWTS and other reality shows, and they don’t just make contestants look darker—they add enhancements from six-pack abs to toned... More »

Tanning Beds Branded a Top Cancer Risk

(Newser) - Tanning beds have been upgraded from a probable carcinogen to a definite cause of cancer by World Health Organization experts, Newsday reports. The scientists analyzed over 20 studies and promptly moved the beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into their top category of cancer risks. They concluded that using... More »

LiLo Sued Over Fake Tanner

Chemist says formula is stolen

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan’s latest career venture has hit a speed bump, the St. Petersburg Times reports: A Florida chemist is suing Lohan for allegedly stealing her formula to create the actress’ sunless tanner. Jennifer Sunday says she was working on a deal with Lohan’s partner, Lorit Simon, that fell... More »

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