In the News: Tanning Still Shows Signs of Melanoma Risk, FDA Approves Drug to Treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy, U.S. Salmon May Have Tapeworm

Tanning is still a “hot-bed” issue. New study underscores tanning bed–skin cancer connection. The World Health Organization deemed UV light–emitting tanning devices to be carcinogenic back in 2009, yet people continue to use tanning beds to this day. To add to the already king-size bed of literature, a recent Norwegian study followed 141,000 women for 14 years and found that women who use tanning beds as little as 30 times increase their risk of developing melanoma by 32 percent. Furthermore, women who started using tanning beds before the age of 30 were diagnosed with melanoma about two years earlier than women who never used tanning beds. If tanning beds increase the number of patients with melanoma and decreases the age of onset, it is definitely time to move toward safer options like spray tans. Just don’t overdo it like Ross from Friends. Learn more about tanning products here. (SCIENCEDAILY)

FDA approves new drug for the leading genetic cause of death in infants. The Federal Drug Administration has just approved the first medication to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), currently the number one genetic cause of death for infants. Children who survive past infancy with this unfortunate diagnosis are often wheelchair-bound at a young age and at risk of developing issues holding up their head, swallowing, and even breathing. The FDA passed the new drug Spinraza, after a clinical trial of 82 infants diagnosed with SMA found that nearly 40 percent of the children experienced improvements in their motor abilities. This drug is hopefully the first of many future therapies for a disorder that affects many families in the U.S. (BOSTONGLOBE)

U.S. salmon may be infected with Japanese tapeworm. A recent study has found traces of Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, a broad tapeworm, in wild Alaskan salmon. Researchers have stated that consuming salmon that has originated from the American and Asian Pacific coasts can be dangerous when eaten raw. Tapeworm was first identified as a human parasite 31 years ago, when it was initially thought to only affect fish, and has been in the spotlight recently because of an increasing interest in raw fish, leading to more reported cases of infection. If you want to buy the healthiest fish, here’s what you need to know. (TIME)