Health: Tanning Addicts

We've all seen extreme tanners--those overly bronzed folks who have baked themselves to an otherworldly color. Such sun worshipping may not be just a love affair with Helios; it may be an addiction, according to a study published in this month's Archives of Dermatology.

Hooked on light? That's right, say researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. They canvassed 145 beachgoers, using two standardized substance-abuse surveys adapted to sunbathing. After asking the tanners a range of questions from the first survey--including whether they wake up in the morning thinking about tanning and whether they get annoyed when others tell...

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