Summer Fun in the Sun
Summer means cookouts, trips to the beach, and, all too often, sunburns. Harvard researchers have published findings and advice on everything from how much sun exposure is optimal to developing safer sunscreens.
- Massachusetts General Hospital Medical Dermatology director Arturo Saavedra answers questions about sun safety.
- Vitamin D and sun exposure: Sunshine may play a role in preventing breast and prostate cancer, but how much is enough?
- Philip Demokritou, associate professor of aerosol physics at the Harvard School of Public Health, is working on developing a safer sunscreen. Currently, sunscreens contain zinc oxide nanoparticles to make them less opaque, but the potential adverse health effects of using nanoparticles have not been fully explored. Demokritou and his colleagues developed a method for generating safer nanoparticles that can be used in sunscreen without diminishing its UV-blocking properties.
- Contrary to what tanning salons may say, there’s no such thing as a safe tan. Dr. David Fisher of the MGH’s Department of Dermatology explains why.
- Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and also the leading cause of death from skin disease. Harvard is fortunate to have cutting-edge melanoma treatment and research centers at two of its teaching hospitals, Dana Farber and the Massachusetts General Hospital.
- A Wyss Institute team has begun a Phase I clinical trial of an implantable vaccine to treat melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer.