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February 8, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Health news to keep in mind as a particularly cold winter wends on: Crackling logs in a fireplace might warm the heart and the toes. A toasty fire might even be good for the soul. But a new study in Chemical Research in Toxicology , a journal of the American Chemical Society, reminds readers that wood smoke is not particularly good for human bodies. Danish researchers showed that tiny particles from wood smoke damaged the DNA in human cells in culture.   Another study, published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine , found that smoke from burning heating coal has negative health effects as well.
March 21, 2010
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March 21, 1985 | MINNIE BERNARDINO, Times Staff Writer
Pity the old toaster . . . stuck in a corner, abused, smeared with finger marks all over . . . crumbs here and there. Remember when you first bought it and proudly displayed it in its shining glory? There's hardly any time for cleaning up when one is gulping down a quick breakfast and rushing for the day's chores. Aren't there times when you want to hide the bulk in the closet? But what will we do without this convenient appliance . . .
November 27, 2005
Re "Bush Adversary Venezuela Gives Heating Aid to U.S. Poor," Nov. 23 Looks like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had the last laugh in regard to selling discounted heating oil to needy, cash-strapped Americans. Thanks to Rep. William D. Delahunt (D-Mass.), New Englanders and others won't freeze this winter. President Bush could learn a lesson or two from this. I understand it's business, but at least Chavez clearly sees what's lacking in the United States: shrewd business and negotiating skills among its leadership.
November 28, 1997
On the subject of Easterners' yearly haranguing about our obviously unnecessary summertime water use, a proposal. We in Los Angeles should generously take the high road and promise never to mention their obviously unnecessary wintertime heating use. LAURA GLENDINNING-NAGLE Los Angeles
August 10, 1985 | DAVE PALERMO, Times Staff Writer
Air samples taken from older Orange County homes built with heating ducts lined with potentially dangerous asbestos show no health hazard to occupants, an environmental health specialist at New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine said Friday. "The test results were basically negative," said Dr. William Nicholson, an asbestos expert who directed the study. "Where the monitoring devices picked up signs (of asbestos), the amounts were very slight . . .
November 13, 2005
American home heating expenses are expected to rise during the 2005-06 winter season. The U.S. Department of Energy predicts a 48% increase in natural-gas costs, 32% in heating oil, 30% in propane and 5% in electricity. A free 10-minute home energy audit is available through the American Homeowners Foundation to help identify practical steps to reduce energy costs. To receive the audit, write via e-mail to ahf@americanhome owners.
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