Daily Dose: 10/23/12

No More Health Exams: We’re told to see our doctor for a yearly checkup, but that could be a thing of the past. Danish researchers discovered that healthy people don’t need routine exams. Researchers looked at information from 14 trials in the United States and Europe. Participants received a health check that included screenings, a physical exam, or counseling, or did not receive one. According to the results, patients who received health exams had the same chance at dying over a nine-year period compared to those who didn’t receive a health check. Researchers concluded that there is little value to yearly health exams. Dr. Doug Campos-Outcalt, chairman of Family, Community and preventive Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, said eliminating yearly physicals would save money because it would reduce unnecessary testing.

Flammable Sunscreen: Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling its spray-on products due to reports of people catching on fire after coming in contact with an open flame. UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense and UltraMist Kids are some of the products included in the recall. There have been five reports of burns from the sunscreen this year, including four people in the United States and one in Canada. Energizer Holdings said the problem can be traced to UltraMist’s spray valve, which releases too much lotion. The lotion takes longer to dry as a result, increasing the risk of flammability.

Long Live the Power Nap: Go ahead, take a nap. Researchers have new data explaining the burst of activity that occurs after napping. After monitoring 15 at-rest individuals, they saw that the right side of the brain was better integrated than the left side. Study author Andrei Medvedev believes the right side of the brain organizes memories during napping, which supports the role of sleep as an important part of memory formation. More evidence shows that naps, even if they are short, enhance brain function.