Health stories for Feb. 26, 2013

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Posted: Feb 26, 2013 6:17 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2013 6:17 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: cancer, tanning beds, sunscreen, eye protection, iron, PMS, cafeteria, fruits, vegetables, ear infection, antibiotics, pollen, allergies

UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 26, 2013 -

Doctors are warning about the increased cancer risk from using tanning beds, because a study says tanning parlors are fighting back with false claims.

Researchers surveyed 243 tanning salons and found that 43% of them claimed there are no risks to indoor tanning, and that only 1-in-5 suggested customers use sunscreen.

It also found that just 22% followed the FDA guideline that says clients should have a skin exam before tanning.

The authors call for strong regulations on tanning beds.


A common mineral may bring relief to women suffering from PMS.

A new study shows an iron-rich diet can reduce PMS symptoms by as much as 40%.

Scientists believe iron helps produce serotonin, a brain chemical that helps regulate your mood.


Getting your kids to eat healthier may take just a few small changes.

A new study says school cafeterias should make fruit and vegetables more accessible and attractive.

Placing them in nice bowls or displays is a cheap and effective way to encourage healthy choices.

Researchers say those kind of changes show about a 20% increase in fruit and vegetable consumption.


Doctors urge antibiotics be used less to treat ear infections in kids.

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines.

They want more clear cut diagnosis, and that, along with closer observation will slow the reliance on antibiotics.

Kids with three or more ear infections over a six month period should see a specialist.


Bad news for people with allergies since pollen season may start early.

Pollen usually peaks in March, but places like North Texas and Washington, DC have shown big spikes this month.

Louisiana and the entire southeast region saw extremely high pollen counts in recent years.

Dawn and dusk are the worst time for pollen

Experts say that's when you should stay inside.

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