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Sun damage can affect drivers who don’t protect left arms, dermatologist says

Department of transportation
Driving toward a sunburn
Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, 2011

One more thing to worry about: being blasted by ultraviolet rays during your morning commute. In “Sun Hazards in Your Car,” an article in this year’s issue of the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, dermatologist Susan Butler cautions readers who, through excessive time spent behind the wheel, are working up a left-arm tan. “For years, dermatologists have observed that patients in the US often have more sun damage (which can lead to wrinkles, leathering, sagging, brown ‘age’ spots and even skin cancers) on the left side of their faces than on their right,” she writes. “Research increasingly points to Ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation penetrating through car windows.” Windshields are specially treated to block UV rays, but side and rear windows are not sunshine-proof. Eventually, the exposure adds up. Solutions are fairly easy to come by, though. For one, Butler suggests wearing sunscreen. She also recommends gangsteresque wardrobe and vehicle modifications: wear big sunglasses, don a hat with a wide brim and tint your windows.

Mellowing out
Rock-star yoga tips
Yoga Journal, September Issue

Hey, some musicians aren’t afraid to be labeled posers. In the latest issue of Yoga Journal, platinum-selling rockers dish on how holding the lotus position has brought them peace of mind, physical fitness and creative inspiration. Blues singer Bonnie Raitt finds it difficult to pencil in time for practice, so she crams “yoga bits” between walks and household chores. Other performers go a little further out. “It gives me a microcosmic snapshot, a clear picture of what’s going on in my life,” reveals Alanis Morissette. Electro-blues guru Moby uses his five-days-a-week exercise program to moderate rock-star excess. “Before I had a yoga or meditation practice, I’d want to stay out until six o’clock in the morning and desperately grab every last bit of fun I could,” he says. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley claims the opposite: “I have to say, it gives me a high.”

Aaron Leitko



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