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Reassessing Impacts of Extended Daily Exposure to Low Level Solar UV Radiation

McKenzie, Richard; Lucas, Robyn

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Currently, health agencies recommend that no sun-protection is required when the UV Index (UVI) is less than 3. We use high-quality data from spectroradiometers and model calculations to demonstrate that this simplification is seriously flawed, particularly for mid-latitude conditions. For days when the peak UVI is below the threshold for advising protection, the daily dose of sun-burning UV available frequently far exceeds the threshold for damage to fair skin. This may have important health...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMcKenzie, Richard
dc.contributor.authorLucas, Robyn
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-17T00:04:46Z
dc.date.available2019-07-17T00:04:46Z
dc.identifier.issn0028-0836
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/164628
dc.description.abstractCurrently, health agencies recommend that no sun-protection is required when the UV Index (UVI) is less than 3. We use high-quality data from spectroradiometers and model calculations to demonstrate that this simplification is seriously flawed, particularly for mid-latitude conditions. For days when the peak UVI is below the threshold for advising protection, the daily dose of sun-burning UV available frequently far exceeds the threshold for damage to fair skin. This may have important health consequences, as populations at mid latitudes include a significant proportion with fair skin that is susceptible to damage.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherMacmillan Publishers Ltd
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2018
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceNature
dc.subjectEnvironmental impact
dc.subjectPhysics
dc.subjectRisk factors
dc.subjectOptical spectroscopy
dc.titleReassessing Impacts of Extended Daily Exposure to Low Level Solar UV Radiation
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume8
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-08-31
dc.date.issued2018-09-14
local.identifier.absfor111706 - Epidemiology
local.identifier.absfor111711 - Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1067127xPUB13
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.nature.com
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMcKenzie, Richard, National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research
local.contributor.affiliationLucas, Robyn, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue13805
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage5
local.identifier.doi10.1038/s41598-018-32056-3
local.identifier.absseo920405 - Environmental Health
local.identifier.absseo920208 - Health Policy Evaluation
dc.date.updated2019-03-31T07:20:15Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85053299637
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