Special Issue "UV Radiation and Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 June 2018).
Interests: (solar) ultraviolet radiation; UV radiation effects; vitamin D; radiative transfer in the atmosphere; ozone; UV index; health risks; benefits
Solar ultraviolet radiation has been described as a complete carcinogen, and yet is a part of our natural environment, more so in some parts of the world than others. Many people will have experienced UV damage to their skin in the form of erythema (sunburn), while protection against UV radiation, and hence sunburn and skin cancer, has formed a strong public health message for several decades. The protective message gained additional traction in the late 20th century with concerns about depletion of the ozone layer that protects life on earth from damaging UV radiation. More recent concerns have identified a lack of exposure to UV radiation as a health risk, through loss of vitamin D status. It is widely accepted that skin synthesis after exposure to sunlight is a major source of vitamin D, although there also exists an oral route to maintaining vitamin D status, either from food (natural content or fortified), or via supplementation. Vitamin D is widely recognised as necessary for a healthy musculoskeletal system, but has also been linked to a wide range of other health benefits including immunomodulation and chemoprevention. At the same time, exposure to UV radiation has other effects upon the immune system. Both positive and negative effects of UV exposure can also be induced by artificial radiation (e.g., sunbeds) although these usually have a spectrum different to that of the sun, and optimised for tanning. The complexities associated with quantifying the various health responses associated with exposure to UV radiation leads to difficulties in formulating public health messages that are both simple and widely applicable.
This Special Issue on “UV Radiation and Health” invites submissions that help to elucidate one or more of the health outcomes associated with exposure to UV radiation, be that the natural solar source, or artificial UV radiation. Articles addressing both the underpinning science, and the translation of that knowledge into the public health arena, are welcome.Prof. Dr. Ann Webb
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Ultraviolet radiation
- Skin cancer
- Vitamin D
- Immune response
- Public health