How Much Do You Know About Sunscreen?

Millions of consumers are shopping for sunscreen without knowing exactly what they’re buying.

A new study shows that just 43 percent of consumers surveyed know what sun factor protection (SPF) means, and only seven percent knew what to look for on a label if they wanted a sunscreen that offers protection against early skin aging.

The study, by researchers from Northwestern University, was published in the journal JAMA Dermatology.

Nutrition and Younger-Looking Skin


While it’s commonly known that healthy eating can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, the right food may also help reduce the signs of aging and even improve some skin conditions.

According to the American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD), the use of nutricosmetics – nutrition or nutritional supplements for skin health and beauty – may become more common in the fugure.

Potential Danger of “Domestic Surgical Tourism”

Some of the nation's largest businesses encourage employees to travel to large U.S. medical centers for complex elective surgical procedures. As part of these medical travel programs, companies negotiate lower prices for patients to receive high-quality surgical care at some of the nation's premier hospitals. However, up to 22 percent of surgical patients experience unexpected complications and must be readmitted for post-operative care.

What You Should Know About Anesthesia

If you’ve ever had a tooth filled without Novocaine, you know the difference anesthesia can make. Anesthesia—whether it numbs your mouth or puts you into a full sleep—is designed to keep you comfortable during a procedure that otherwise might be hard to tolerate physically, emotionally, or both. “We have four goals: to see that you have no pain, that you’re drowsy or unconscious, that your body is still so that the surgeon can work on it, and that you aren’t left with bad memories of the procedure,” says Dr.

Working Your Way Through Retirement

Many people who waited eagerly for the day they could stop working and enjoy a leisurely retirement find that the reality doesn’t match their dreams.

“Some people are not prepared financially or mentally to retire,” says Michael Bivona, a retired CPA and author of the book “Retiring? Beware!! Don’t Run Out of Money and Don’t Become Bored” (


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