Sunlight continues to damage skin hours after exposure

Sunlight continues to damage people's skin and increase the risk of cancer for hours after they leave the beach and head indoors, a study shows.

Scientists at Yale University, in the US, discovered it was the supposedly protective pigment melanin that was causing the damage.

Medical Uses of Aromatic Plants

(ST) - The use of medicinal aromatic plants has spread lately in the coastal villages because of its health benefits. The druggist, Ahmad Salloum, who learned the uses and benefits of these herbs and plants from his father, said that many people use them as part of their daily lives.

The herbs are found in nature and mountains and enjoy wide medical properties away from harmful chemicals. These plants are collected in spring and summer seasons. They dried and kept in a dry place away from moisture to protect them from harmful insects.

Winter weather depriving city dwellers of vitamin D

During winter months, nearly 50 percent of people have insufficient amounts of vitamin D and 25 percent may be considered deficient, says nutrition researcher Peter Horvath of the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Those most at risk: the elderly, pregnant and nursing women, and people of color, whose skin acts as a natural sunscreen.

The Power of the Pepper

Packed With Vitamins

Bell peppers are packed with a variety of vitamins including vitamin A, most of the B vitamins and vitamins C, E and K. All of these nutrients support your body in a variety of functions from normal blood clotting to cellular respiration.

Full of Minerals

Bell peppers can boost your mineral levels by adding calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium to your meal. These minerals keep your brain functioning properly, help regulate your heart and participate in a variety of other essential functions.

Maintaining Your Overall Health with Annual Eye Exams

Vision is such a core part of our daily experience that we tend to take our eyes for granted. Unless your vision begins to blur or degrade, you may not stop to think about the health of your eyes. As a result, many go years without an eye exam. But yearly eye exams are an easy and essential way to protect your eyes and your overall health.