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Labeling changes reflect sunscreen effectiveness

The Food and Drug Administration is adopting new testing and labeling requirements for sunscreens to shed more light on their effectiveness in protecting against skin cancer and early skin aging and to dispel myths that give a false sense of security to those who spend long hours in the sun.
The new rules, which become effective next summer, address in particular the confusion about what kinds of ultraviolet radiation a sunscreen protects against. Earlier rules dealt almost exclusively with protection against sunburn, which is primarily caused by ultraviolet B, or UVB, radiation and did not address ultraviolet A, or UVA, radiation. UVB and UVA can cause sunburn, skin cancer, skin aging and eye injuries, the FDA says, but UVA penetrates deeper, to where new skin cells grow.



NTSB cites speed in fatal Coast Guard crash

A patrol boat similar to this one was invloved in the San Diego Bay accident that killed an 8-year-old boy.A National Transportation Safety Board accident report that was to be released in late July blames the Coast Guard for the San Diego Bay boating accident that killed an 8-year-old boy in 2009.

The probable cause of the Dec. 20 nighttime collision between a 33-foot Coast Guard patrol boat and a 26-foot bowrider was the excessive speed of the patrol boat on a crowded bay at night, according to the NTSB, which issued a synopsis of the report in mid-July.



The findings

Six NTSB investigators spent 19 months on the probe, interviewing 60 people, says public affairs officer Peter C. Knudson. Findings in the synopsis include:





The 289-foot Maltese Falcon sets off from Newport, R.I., to sail nearly 3,000 miles to England in this summer’s Transatlantic Race. The luxury yacht finished second in its class with a time of 13 days, 6 hours, 40 minutes and 52 seconds.

This image originally appeared in the September 2011 issue.


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