ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
CANCER
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
CAREGIVING
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Herb Shows Potential for Rheumatoid Arthriti
Vitamin B12 Key to Aging Brain
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons
EYE CARE, VISION
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
FITNESS
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Lowers Diabetics' Liver Fat
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
More Single Women Are Having Babies
Stressed and Exhausted: An Introduction to Adrenal Fatigue
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
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Want Sun Protection? Wear Red or Blue

(HealthDay News) -- Deep blue and red cotton fabrics are better than yellow at protecting skin against damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, according to Spanish scientists.

The researchers said their findings could lead to clothing fabrics that offer improved sun protection.

The color of fabric is one of the most critical factors in determining how well clothing protects people against UV radiation. But there are gaps in knowledge about exactly how color interacts with other factors to influence the degree of UV protection offered by a fabric, explained Ascension Riva of the Universidad Politecnica de Cataluna in Terrassa, Spain, in a news release from the American Chemical Society.

The researchers dyed cotton fabrics in a wide range of red, blue and yellow shades and measured the ability of each to absorb UV light. Deep blue shades had the highest UV absorption, while yellow shades had the least, they found.

The results, scheduled to be published in the Nov. 4 issue of the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, could be used by clothing makers to design more effective anti-sun clothing, Riva and colleagues suggested.

SOURCES: American Chemical Society, news release, Oct. 15, 2009