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HEALTH
May 28, 2007 | Elena Conis, Special to The Times
Suntanned skin may be in vogue today, but for thousands of years it was a thing to be avoided. From ancient Greece right up to about 1900, the wealthy in many northern countries went to great lengths to keep their complexions fair -- tanned skin being a sign of poverty. Tans started to become fashionable when doctors began advocating sunlight therapy around the turn of the last century, but the medical trend was fairly short-lived.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1995 | From Times staff and wire reports
Elderly people stuck at home and deprived of sunlight may suffer a previously unrecognized vitamin D deficiency, causing bone loss, pain and weakness, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Sitting by a sunny window won't help, said the report from Union Memorial Hospital's division of geriatrics in Baltimore, because glass filters out a part of ultraviolet light needed to produce the vitamin on the skin.
NEWS
December 1, 1988
Regular exposure to heavy doses of sunlight makes a person three times as likely to develop cataracts, a study of Chesapeake Bay watermen showed Wednesday. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eyes, and among older people they can progress from a light fogging to blindness. About 20 million people in the world are blinded by cataracts, and more than a million people a year in the United States have operations to remove them.
BOOKS
November 6, 1994
Talking with my beloved in New York I stood at the outdoor public telephone in Mexican sunlight, in my purple shirt. Someone had called it a man/woman shirt. The phrase irked me. But then I remembered that Rainer Maria Rilke, who until he was seven wore dresses and had long yellow hair, wrote that the girl he almost was made her bed in his ear and slept him the world. I thought, OK this shirt will clothe the other in me.
HOME & GARDEN
April 26, 1997 | From Associated Press
A space of 35 square feet is all that is needed to grow nine of the most commonly used herbs--basil, chives, parsley, sage, oregano, mint, thyme, dill and rosemary. The plants generally require little care once they are established--merely cutting off selected stems for cooking use is sufficient to keep them healthy and attractive. The best spot for herbs is one that gets at least six hours of full sunlight each day, is sheltered from strong winds and has moderately good soil.
NEWS
May 4, 1986 | GAYLE YOUNG, United Press International
Research at Cornell University suggests that too much exposure to the sun may destroy a nutrient in the body that is believed to fight certain types of cancer. The nutrient is beta-carotene and earlier studies have suggested it might help protect the body against skin, lung, bladder and other cancers, says nutrition professor Daphne A. Roe. Beta-carotene is found in red and yellow vegetables and is converted into vitamin A in the body.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1991 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three decades after John Cassavetes' trail-breaking "Shadows" and two decades after Norman Mailer's "Beyond the Law," director/star Rob Nilsson and his company keep alive the idea of group movie improvisations in "Heat and Sunlight" (at the Monica 4-Plex), a day-to-dawn diary of a photographer's disintegrating relationship with a dancer, set in a fascinatingly on-the-edge, aging, hip San Francisco milieu.
OPINION
April 29, 2001 | JOHN BALZAR
Nothing is so shy, Mark Twain observed, as a newspaper trying to say something good about itself. True enough. But perhaps you'll allow me an exception. Generally, newspapers don't glory in their deeds unless the recognition comes from someone else. That's a good thing. Big institutions can forget that modesty is a virtue. And newspapers, wisely, have a death-fear of losing trust if they are seen as self-promotional in the way they write about events or in choosing what events to write about.
NEWS
February 1, 2000 | MARGARET TALEV and TERRY McDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The search started at dusk, the sky reddening in the west, the water turning from gray to charcoal when the Coast Guard asked ships that were able to assemble north of Anacapa Island. They asked that only those ships with proper equipment come. The equipment, they said, was hooks and nets. Aboard the Wesley Q, a 36-foot sportfishing boat, Eric Hermann and Matt Keegan steamed past dolphins frolicking in the waves.
SCIENCE
February 12, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
Ancient plant and animal matter trapped within Arctic permafrost can be converted rapidly into climate-warming carbon dioxide when melted and exposed to sunlight, according to a new study. In a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , a team of environmental and biological scientists examined 27 melting permafrost sites in Alaska and found that bacteria converted dissolved organic carbon materials into the greenhouse gas CO2 40% faster when exposed to ultraviolet light.
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