Utilising shade to optimize UV exposure for vitamin D

Turnbull, David J. and Parisi, Alfio (2007) Utilising shade to optimize UV exposure for vitamin D. In: One Century of UV Radiation Research, 18-20 Sep 2007, Davos, Switzerland.


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Numerous studies have stated that humans need to utilise full sun radiation, at certain times of the day, to assist the body in synthesising the required levels of vitamin D3. Current Australian guidelines suggest exposure to approximately 1/6 to 1/3 of a minimum erythemal dose (MED), depending on age, would be appropriate to provide adequate vitamin D levels. In the light of the considerable body of evidence regarding the harm done by excessive UV exposure and the public awareness of skin cancer, new public health programs are needed in order to optimize human solar UV exposure. Utilizing scattered solar UV radiation to obtain beneficial amounts of UV, while at the same time reducing personal overexposure to harmful UV radiation may prove to be absolutely necessary for an improvement in public health.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2007 10:17
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: shade, vitamin D, ultraviolet radiation
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3313

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