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Indoor tanning and cancer risk

Today we will talk about skin tanning.

What is it? How common is it? And if there is any bad effect of tanning?

Tanning is process used to darken skin color. Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure from sun or artificial sources cause skin color to darken. If you see western movies, tanning is shown in different form. Sunbath, which was once very popular was used by many to tan their skin by using the UV light of sun. Another form of tanning is also popular called artificial tanning, in which people get their skin tanned by lying in a tanning bed fixed with fluorescent lamps that emit UV light. Continue reading Indoor tanning and cancer risk

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Alcohol can cause low blood sugar & skin cancer

When we humans consume alcohol, like most other drugs, it goes through certain metabolic processes. Interestingly, our liver produces an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, which converts alcohol to acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde, is further degraded by another enzyme acetaldehyde dehydrogenase.

So let  us see how is this acetaldehyde formation in body is important in various way: Continue reading Alcohol can cause low blood sugar & skin cancer

Why do our foot stink?

In hot and humid days you might have noticed that your feet smelling awfully and may make your presence cumbersome with other people because people tend to look for the origin of that stinky smell. Well, whom to blame? It’s the bacteria that feed on your skin which produce this bad smell. The bacterias eat up the dead cells of your foot and leave a acidic substance which produces the foul smell. The name of the bacteria is Micrococcus sedentarius.

Next question is, how can you get rid of this smell. Although, achieving a complete freedom may not be possible but few steps can decrease it significantly. Washing foot regularly is important. Besides that you may wear cotton socks so that your feet stay dry and try avoiding the use of same socks or shoe everyday. For more insight in this issue you may talk to your skin doctor, who are generally expert in dealing with such problems.

English: Micrococcus luteus bacteria Gram stain
Micrococcus luteus bacteria

Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References-http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/yucky/feet_stink.html#