JUL 2019

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July 2019 • 61 The eighth annual Global Wellness Day (GWD) took place on June 8, with thousands of spas, fi tness centers and other health and wellness groups around the world organizing free activities. Included in the celebrations were outdoor massages and workplace wellness seminars in the Netherlands; 5K races and healthy cooking workshops in Mexico; yoga and meditation classes in communities throughout the U.K.; and an Éminence-hosted rooftop workout session in Canada. In an effort to promote good deeds while decreasing worldwide depression, this year's GWD theme was "Community and Kids' Wellness," along with the motto "One day can change your whole life!" GWD founder Belgin Aksoy explains that her idea from the beginning was to demonstrate that wellness is not a luxury but the inherent right of every individual. "We go to school from the age of two, hoping that the education system is going to help prepare us for our future, but nobody is teaching us how to live, how to breathe, how to be mindful and how to love ourselves," she says. "We want to encourage children to integrate wellness practices into their lives on a daily basis and to carry on those practices throughout their lives." u SUNSCREEN SCRUTINY A small pilot study conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that after just one day of use, four chemicals commonly used in commercially available sunscreens enter the bloodstream at signifi cant levels and continue to rise daily. During the trial, 24 volunteers were randomly assigned to apply either one of two sprays, a lotion, or a cream to 75 percent of the body, four times a day for four days. Blood tests were conducted over the course of a week to determine how much avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule was absorbed into the bloodstream, and results showed plasma levels exceeding the FDA established threshold of 0.5 ng/ ml. "These results do not indicate that individuals should refrain from the use of sunscreen," wrote the authors, who concluded that their fi ndings warrant further investigation. SKIN DEEP Skin diseases are ranked as the four th most common cause of human illness—however, a study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology repor ts that because many people don't consult a physician for such affl ictions, they're more common than previously believed. To include people who never or rarely seek medical aid, researchers did not rely on health insurance data, but rather on data collected at the Munich Oktober fest in Germany, with screening examinations per formed randomly on 2,701 par ticipating visitors. At least one skin abnormality was obser ved in 64.5 percent (1,662) of the par ticipants. The most common diagnoses were actinic keratosis (26.6 percent), rosacea (25.5 percent) and eczema (11.7 percent). Skin diseases increased with age and were more frequent in men (72.3 percent) than in women (58.0 percent). Nearly two-thirds of the affected par ticipants were unaware of their abnormal skin fi ndings. "Considering their signifi cant impact on individual, family and social life, as well as the heavy economic burden caused by inadequate self- or non-physician treatment, the public health impor tance of skin diseases is underappreciated," says senior author Alexander Zink, MD, MPH, PhD, of the Technical University of Munich. "Information and awareness campaigns are needed to better address this neglected issue and to reduce the global burden of skin diseases." © GETTY IMAGES SEIZE THE DAY

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