(Boys and) Girls Just Want to Have Sun

2006_5_health_tanning.jpgThere are few things we enjoy more than seeing those orange people at the gym. You know who we're talking about: those people who clearly hit the tanning booth as often as they can during the week so they can parade those tangerine coats around all weekend. Well, it may be more than vanity that brings such devotees out for some sun worship. Some dermatological studies report that some tanners may actually be addicted to UV rays which is bad news as rates of melanoma, a deadly type of skin cancer that demonstrates early spread, are on the rise. Sunlight helps release endorphins, the same feel-good chemicals the brain lets loose after certain foods, exercise, and sex. And dermatologists are moving to shatter the myth that tanning bed "sunlight" is safer than the stuff one soaks up on the beach. However, all sunshine is not bad and UV light therapy is actually used to treat psoriasis and other skin disorders and light definitely helps chase away the winter blues.

Also, Roosevelt Hospital (425 West 59th Street - Suite 5C) and Beth Israel Medical Center (10 Union Square East - Suite 3C) are holding free skin cancer screenings this Saturday from 10 AM until 2 PM. Call 212.523.3888 for more information. No appointments needed!

And We Thought Only Psychiatrists Charged Hourly Rates

2006_5_health_vacancy.jpgNow Gothamist Health understands that not everyone thoroughly researches the doctors and dentists they go to. We also understand that it may not be obvious that a supposed physician is not all they claim to be or may not have even gone to med school at all. But those dudes usually have a legitimate appearing set-up at least: a white coat, stethoscope, maybe an office! Which is why we find it shocking that some foreign-born female job applicants were duped into submitting to fake gynecological exams performed by a phony doctor in a motel room. The Post reports that Alan Patsy was sentenced to 6 months in prison for conning women into doing just that. The sentence, a little light if you ask us, was handed down in a Queens court this week.

Newsflash:

+ Fat Kids Get Picked on More Often by Bullies.

+ Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed.

+ We're actually fatter than we think?