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Dr. Sandy Says: Sunscreen Can Slow Skin Aging

Are sun screens a vanity product? Partly. But they have been proven to be much more. And they can be a life saver.

A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reveals sunscreen can slow skin aging.

Vanity aside – wearing sunscreen has another benefit: it’s an important tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form.

Learn the surprising benefits of wearing sunscreen in Damage Control:

Gluten-Free Labeling

Going gluten free? New FDA labeling standards could make it easier for you to identify products that fit your diet.

The new standards say only foods containing less than 20 parts per million of gluten can be labeled “gluten-free”. The same restrictive standard applies to foods labeled “no gluten”, “free of gluten”, and “without gluten”.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Should I Take Probiotics?

We usually think of bacteria as being bad. The truth is, many bacteria are good, but antibiotics kill them all, which can lead to overgrowth of genuinely bad bacteria.

A new study finds taking probiotics – which are extra doses of good bacteria -- can help prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

Probiotics also have other uses. Watch Gut Reaction to learn about them:

Dr. Sandy Says: Exercise During Pregnancy

Pregnant? Exercise! It’s good for you, and good for your baby.

Don't know which exercises are safe? We've got you covered! Learn what exercises are safe, and which are not for expectant moms.

Watch Mom-ercise for more on how to stay healthy and safe while pregnant:

Diagnosing Diabetes

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 26 million people in the United States have it—that’s more than 8% of the population.

Diabetes occurs when blood sugars are too high. In diabetes, the body either does not make enough insulin or does not properly use the insulin it does make. Insulin is the hormone -made by the pancreas- that enables the body to take glucose into the cells for energy.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Do Fish Oils Help Your Heart?

To prevent a first heart attack, a lot of people take fish oil. But does it actually help? Not according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The 5-year study found patients who took fish oil had better levels of blood fats and good cholesterol. But taking the fish oil didn’t prevent heart attacks. So, for healthy patients – this study says taking fish oil won’t help.

Watch Check Your Oil for all of the details:

Dr. Sandy Says: Snooze to Lose

Can you sleep your way to slender?


But a new study does suggest getting enough sleep may help you avoid gaining too much weight.

Sleep is not the answer to our obesity problem, but it can have an effect. Watch the videos below to learn how.

Watch Snooze to Lose for all of the details:

Melanoma In Men

Wearing Sunscreen is a very good idea. It helps prevents skin aging and wrinkles. More importantly, it blocks harmful UV radiation, and helps prevent skin cancers, including the deadliest: melanoma.

In my family, the females (my daughter and I) are more likely than the males (my husband and son) to wear sunscreen, and use it regularly. I have noticed similar trends in my patients.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Cut Cancer Risk?

A review of 21 studies totaling nearly a million patients found women who ate the most fish had 14% lower risk of breast cancer.

Omega 3 fatty acids in fish can affect cell growth and cell differentiation. “Fatty fish” are highest in omega 3’s and include salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, lake trout, and tuna.

Watch A Fish Tale You Can Trust for all of the details.

Cyclospora On The Prowl

Cyclospora infections are on the rise. Georgia and Florida are two of seventeen states reporting infections.

Cyclospora is a parasite spread by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Infection can also be passed from person to person by exposure to contaminated feces, but infection risk this way is less likely.