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Scientists Reveal Why It Is Impossible To Get That Perfect All-Over Tan
From spending hours in the park to holidaying in exotic climes, every year thousands pursue an elusive all-over sun-kissed glow. Now scientists say their attempts may have been in vain because an even tan is impossible to achieve. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found some body areas are much more resistant to tanning than others. The findings show that your bottom is much more resistant to sunshine and when it does go red it tans less well than other areas. It also found that people with no freckles tanned more easily than those with freckling. The study - funded by the Medical Research Council - represents the first time that the depth of a person’s tan, and not just skin redness, has been quantified. Scientists carried out the study to try and solve the puzzle of why different types of skin cancer tend to be found in different parts of the body, given that they are all caused by exposure
to sunshine. The team aimed to identify whether this is linked to variations in the way different parts of the body develop a tan. The team analysed the skin of 100 volunteers, who were exposed to six dose of UVB on two areas of their body - their back and their buttocks. The volunteers were given an injection to minimise the rush of blood that naturally occurs after the skin is exposed to sunlight within the first 24 hours. Researchers say this redness is often confused with the start of tanning, but in fact is the skin’s signal that it has been damaged. After seven days, the volunteers’
skin was analysed to find what colour remained after the redness had died down. This colour - recognised as a suntan - comes from the skin’s production of melanin, a defence that blocks the skin absorbing too much harmful UVB radiation. Study leader Professor Jonathan Reessor said: ‘One of the real puzzles about melanoma is why the numbers of tumours differ so much depending on body site. Our work shows that in one sense we are all made up of different units of skin, which respond differently to sunshine, and which all may afford different degrees of protection against the harmful effects of sunshine.’
Paramedic saves premature baby’s life using RUBBISH BAG as make-shift incubator A paramedic was praised for his quick-thinking after he saved the life of a baby girl born 14 weeks premature. Emily Thomlinson, 29, gave birth to tiny Sophie who weighed just 1Ib 15oz as she was being raced to hospital during freezing blizzards earlier this year. The youngster desperately needed an incubator to stabilise her condition and save her life, but ambulances do not carry the bulky equipment as standard. So quick-thinking paramedic Rob Dalziel, 37, wrapped her in a yellow clinical waste bag - normally used for binning hazardous medical supplies - to keep her moist He then used towels to cocoon the youngster to stave off the icy cold and create a make-shift incubator and keep her body temperature at a safe level. As the ambulance continued on to Royal Berkshire Hospital, in Reading, he carefully forced air into her lungs to keep the premature tot breathing. She spent two weeks in the hospital’s ITU ‘Hot Room’ before being transferred to the High Dependency Unit at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Four months later Sophie has now been allowed home with mum Emily, a travel agent, and proud father Peter Hazzard, 27, in Wheatley, Oxfordshire. Emily said: ‘I was in a lot of pain and quite stressed not knowing what was going to happen. Rob was very good at calming me down and at reassuring me as much as possible. ‘Giving birth 14 weeks premature is not ideal, especially on the side of the road. This is the last thing I expected when I got pregnant. I’ve massive respect for the ambulance crew and the NHS. They were really incredible. After Sophie was born she gave a little cry, but it was another 10 minutes before we reached the hospital. ‘I was really worried and I did not know if Sophie would still be alive when we reached the hospital. ‘She is settling in really well at home , although she does have some scar tissue on her lungs from when she was ventilated. We had a glass of Champagne to celebrate and the last few weeks have been brilliant.’
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