Melanotan - which stimulates the body's production of...

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Page last updated at  00:01 GMT, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 E-mail this to a friend  Printable version  Risky tan jab warnings 'ignored' 
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Repeated warnings about so-called  tan jabs appear to be going  unheeded in the UK, experts  believe.   Health experts have warned that using  melanotan I and II could damage the  immune and cardiovascular systems  as well as triggering other problems.  But Liverpool John Moores University's  Michael Evans-Brown said it seemed  the problem was worsening, not  improving.  His team has received reports from  needle exchange programmes of  people continuing to use the illegal  jabs.  Melanotan is a synthetic hormone 
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Unformatted text preview: which stimulates the body's production of melanin, the substance which gives the skin its colour. Use of the drugs have been linked to problems such as vomiting, high blood pressure and facial flushing. Last year a BBC investigation reported that experts were becoming concerned about websites and even tanning shops selling the unlicensed treatment. The jab boosts levels of the body's natural pigment W e w o u l d s a y t o c o n s u m e r s d o n o t b e f o o l e d i n o t h i n k i n g t h a t m e l a n o t a n o f f e r s a s h o r t c u...
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