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Dr. Timothy Lietz, a Charlotte emergency medicine specialist, and Dr. Debra Bolick, a Hickory psychiatrist, have been named to the North Carolina Medical Board, the state agency that licenses doctors and regulates the practice of medicine.
Lietz works at Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates in Charlotte and is chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine for Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Ohio State University and completed internship and residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Bolick is acting section chief of outpatient mental health for the Hickory and Winston-Salem Community-Based Outpatient Clinics and is on the medical staff of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salisbury. She earned her medical degree with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and completed internship and residency training in psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Two other new board members are Dr. Barbara Walker, a retired family physician from Kure Beach, and Wayne Holloman of Greenville, who owns Holloman Properties and Investments and formerly owned Holloman Apparel. He is one of three non-physician and non-nurse board members.
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New research shows that young women who use tanning beds are generally aware of -- but choose to ignore -- the health risks.
Two UNC Chapel Hill researchers surveyed sorority women to find out what motivates young people to use tanning beds and how to develop messages that could discourage their uses.
The study, published in JAMA Dermatology, was co-authored by Seth Noar, of the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Dr. Nancy Thomas, of the UNC School of Medicine.
They found that most women start using tanning beds in their teens, often accompanied by a parent or friend.
As a next step, the researchers plan to work with UNC graduate students to develop messages about the dangers of tanning beds that target young audiences.
Changing behavior will require "very strategic" messages that don't focus solely on the health risks, Noar said. The messages might suggest alternatives, such as self-tanning products that do not rely on UV rays, he said.
Of the women surveyed, 45 percent said they had used tanning beds, 30 percent in the past year. Nationally, more than 28 million people use tanning beds each year, and the population most at risk from developing skin cancer as a result are users younger than 35.
Since the introduction of tanning beds in the late 1970s, indoor tanning has grown to a $2.6 billion a year industry. The number of tanning parlors in most U.S. cities is greater than the number of Starbucks or McDonalds.
The growing awareness of the dangers has led to major efforts to curtail tanning bed use, especially among teens. Five states ban the use of tanning beds for minors under 18, and 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed regulations limiting minors’ access to indoor tanning.
In North Carolina, a tanning bed bill targeting minors was introduced in 2012 but did not reach a final vote.