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December 20, 2009 | By Kim Geiger
Citing concerns over skin cancer, Senate Democrats inserted a last-minute provision into their healthcare overhaul that would tax the use of tanning beds. The 10% sales tax would be imposed on individuals who purchase tanning services, but would not apply to what the bill called "phototherapy by a licensed medical professional." Most tanning salons are not staffed by medical personnel. The tanning tax would help pay for the massive overhaul by raising an estimated $2.7 billion over 10 years.
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June 7, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
Kids these days! They heed your warnings to buckle up and to call for a ride if their lift home has been drinking. But then they go and text their BFF while driving to soccer practice after school. Efforts to keep them safe are indeed reducing injuries and death among American adolescents, a new study says. But there are new risks, some posed by new technologies, that we never thought to warn them about. This is the kind of mixed picture of youth "risk-taking behavior" the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday.
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March 22, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
The rich really are different from the rest of us – at least when it comes to skin cancer. That’s the conclusion of a new study from Archives of Dermatology that examined the incidence of melanoma among younger women of various income levels. Not only were melanoma rates highest among those with the highest incomes, the number of new diagnoses also grew fastest in that group too. A team of California researchers zeroed in on non-Hispanic white women between 15 and 39, a demographic for which the incidence of melanoma has doubled over the last 30 years.
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December 19, 2009 | By Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — With a critical vote looming this weekend, Senate Democrats reached a deal with the lone Democratic holdout -- Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, who will back the party's healthcare bill after settling weeks of negotiating over abortion. That would give Democrats the 60 votes they need to quash a series of Republican-led filibusters and pass a bill by Christmas. Nelson, who was pushing for tougher restrictions on federal funding for abortion, reached the agreement with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office after round-the-clock talks with Reid and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2010
Re: "Salon owners call tanning tax unfair," Jan. 20: It will be a dark day for Americans if Congress enacts a tax on indoor tanning treatments. And this is no pigment of my imagination. They can raise taxes, but can they tax rays? Americans, don't take this lying down! Ken Goldman Beverly Hills Worried about banks' power Re: David Lazarus' consumer column "Chase's grip on data is too loose," Jan. 20: The column on Chase bank inadvertently disclosing confidential customer information was quite worrisome.
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March 30, 1988 | GERALD COUZENS, Health & Fitness News Service
I went to the Slender You Figure Salon in the New York area one morning to try the new toning tables, attracted by the promise of a "no sweat" workout that I could get from simply lying on six different motorized tables that would gently move and stretch my body.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The Food and Drug Administration issued new guidelines Tuesday for sunscreen labeling that will give consumers better information about the products' effectiveness and that will, for the first time, allow the bottles, tubes and sprays to say that sunscreens protect against skin cancer and early skin aging. The agency has been considering such regulations since 1978 and released some proposed rules in 2007, but subsequently concluded that the labeling system under consideration would be too confusing for consumers.
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June 9, 1989 | PADDY CALISTRO
You know things are really changing when George Hamilton, Mr. Tan himself, admits to being cautious about sunbathing. Not that he's swearing off, but having perfected his golden, rotisserie glow, he's teaching himself to play it safer. This new attitude accompanies his first sun product collection, George Hamilton's Sun Care System, which he will introduce Tuesday at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, from 1 till 2:30 p.m. The 49-year-old ray catcher now admits that not even he is immune to the aging effects of his favorite pastime.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Eydie McNeill was fuming about the newly passed healthcare bill, but her rage had nothing to do with socialism, death panels or the deficit. She just likes a good tan, and because of a provision in the bill that puts a 10% additional tax on tanning salon fees, her sessions are probably going to cost her more. "I'm angry. I'm really disappointed by all this," said McNeill, 51, waiting for a tanning bed at the Tanning Club in Westwood. "It just feels like we're being taxed for everything nowadays."
BUSINESS
June 21, 2011 | David Lazarus
Big props to the Los Angeles Unified School District for doing away with chocolate milk and other sweetened drinks. The district is now a full-fledged practitioner of Obamacare. No, not that Obamacare. The other one. President Obama deserves credit for taking a leadership role in promoting healthcare reform. But the complexity of our medical system is such that no one person can solve all our problems. "Obamacare" is thus a misnomer when it comes to making the necessary political, economic and regulatory fixes.
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