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Friday, September 08, 2006

Many cancers may be result of reactions between free radicals and DNA

UK scientists say they have developed a sunscreen that will actively repair sunburnt skin and may even help prevent skin cancer.
Like conventional suncreams, the lotion filters the sun's harmful rays.

But an extra ingredient means it also helps mop up the free iron released when skin burns, the Bath University team found.

This reduces inflammation, pain and prevents the build up of cancer-causing free radicals triggered by sunlight.

The new ingredient - called a chelator - is light-responsive, meaning it only becomes active when it is exposed to UV radiation in sunlight.

Full report BBC NEWS - Suncream that can 'heal' sunburn.

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 9/08/2006
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