© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
KTXI 90.1 FM is currently on low power after equipment at our transmitter site suffered winter storm damage.

Young Doctor Becomes Crusader To Keep Teens Out Of Tanning Beds

The FDA has just put in a place some new guidelines for indoor tanning beds and booths, but the state of Missouri is going even further.

A bill signed into law today by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon requires anyone under 17 to get parental consent before using a tanning bed or booth.

The person behind the law is Dr. Brundha Balaraman, a dermatology resident at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She pushed for seven years to get the bill approved by state lawmakers.

“We have a social responsibility to educate people and protect children,” Balaraman told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. “I truly hope and want to push the FDA to seriously consider banning the tan and I hope it doesn’t take another 20 years.”


  • Dr. Brundha Balaraman, dermatology resident at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Dr. Brundha Balaraman (Courtesy)
Dr. Brundha Balaraman (Courtesy)