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Sunday, October 12, 2008

NurseTips: Health Headlines - October 11


Energy-Saving Light Bulbs Can Redden Skin: Report

Ultraviolet emissions from some energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs can cause reddening of the skin if people get too close for long periods of time, says the U.K.'s Health Protection Agency.

The agency is advising people to stay at least one foot away from CFL bulbs with exposed light coils, which emit UV light that's equivalent to being outside on a sunny day, BBC News reported. There is no danger of skin cancer, the agency emphasized.

It added that there are no UV concerns with enclosed CFL lights, where the coil is covered like a traditional light bulb.

The Health Protection Agency investigated the safety of CFL bulbs at the urging of groups that represent people with light sensitivity issues, BBC News reported. The research, believed to be the first to identify the problem, is due to be published in an academic journal.

NurseTips: Health Headlines - October 11

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