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So, if manicures are your go-to pay day treat, you'll know just how good a fresh set of gel nails can make you feel.

Not only do they look great, but they last for ages and the application process is incredibly simple.

However, it seems this little act of self-care doesn't come without some minor health risks.

Of course, at this stage we're all aware of the dangers of stepping outside sans suncream on a sweltering hot day, yet few of us realise that we are being exposed to those same UV rays when getting our nails done.

The Skin Cancer Foundation are speaking out in an effort to make people aware of the potential risks.

“Some nail lamps are called “UV” lamps, and some are called LED lamps, but both emit UV radiation. They predominantly produce UVA rays, which have been linked to both premature skin ageing and skin cancer,” says Elizabeth K Hale, Skin Cancer Foundation Senior Vice President.

However, she did note that the risks are far lower than those presented by the prolonged use of tanning beds.

“Even the most intense of these devices presents only a moderate UV risk – a far lower risk than that presented by UV tanning devices.”

But, if you do want to keep your hands looking young and fresh, simply smother your hands in factor 30+ at least 20 minutes before your manicure.

 

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While people who are overweight might enjoy active lifestyles and high levels of fitness, it seems those extra pounds could increase the risk of heart attack, no matter how healthy the person may seem.

A recent study of over half a million people across Europe has debunked the 'fat but fit' myth, after results showed that overweight and obese people had up to a 28 per cent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease, even if their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels were normal.

Head researcher, Camille Lassale, of University College London, concluded that "there is no such thing as being healthy obese."

"You are at an increased risk of heart disease," she added.

For the study, scientists examined data on 520,000 people in 10 countries from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).

During a follow-up period of 12 years, 7,637 people were found to have encountered issues with heart health.

After comparing this group to 10,000 others in the study, researchers found that people who were overweight but healthy had a 26 per cent increased risk of developing heart disease.

This risk rose to 28 per cent for those with a BMI over 30.

"Even if you are classified as metabolically healthy, (excess weight) was associated with an increased risk of heart disease," Camille said.

"It's another brick in the wall of evidence that being healthy overweight is not true."

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