STAT (2/28, Thielking) reports that research published in the Journal of Cancer Policy indicates “tanning beds can ring up a steep bill – a whopping $343 million each year in medical costs in the US alone.” HealthDay (2/28) reports that investigators “estimate there were 263,000 U.S. cases of tanning device-related skin cancers in 2015.” Altogether, “the...medical costs for those cases reached an estimated $343 million.” Additionally, the investigators “said those skin cancers will lead to a total economic loss of $127 billion over the lifetime of those patients.”
HealthDay (2/23, Preidt) reported many parents are unaware or do not believe that indoor tanning can be harmful to their children, according to the preliminary results of a study that were scheduled to be presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meeting in San Diego. Dr. Maryam Asgari, the study’s author, said, “Parents who have never seen their children get sunburned or discussed skin cancer prevention with a doctor may not be aware of the dangers of unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light.” The article notes that indoor tanning before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 59%, “and the risk rises with continued” indoor tanning, “according to the AAD.”
ABC World News Tonight (2/23, story 9, 0:25, Muir) reported the flu season has led to “a disturbing number” of child deaths – 13 more have died, bringing the national season total to 97 – as infections remain at high levels in 39 states. However, “visits to doctors and” emergency departments “did tick down” according to recent reports. NBC Nightly News (2/23, story 6, 1:40, Holt) reported data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the “season may have finally peaked.” Medical correspondent Dr. John Torres explained the CDC says “doctor visits and hospitalizations for flu are down,” a sign “that the worst is over.”
mHealth Intelligence (2/22, Wicklund) reports researchers found that “a telehealth program enabling people to access dermatologists through a virtual visit works just as well as an in-person visit to the doctor’s office.” The findings were “presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s recent annual meeting.”
Finalist in the Rockford Register Star's 'What Rocks in Rockford' 2017.
In today’s world, you no longer need to visit a library to find information, take film to a drugstore to view your photos or go to the video store to select a movie. And now you don’t always have to make a visit to my office for a concerning condition.