| Jul 7, 2012
I was going to make some joke about this summer's heat wave, but the sun and soaring temperatures can be serious business for travelers basking in Florida's tropical climate.
According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is the most common form of...
| Dec 6, 2011
Patricia Dunn, the former Hewlett-Packard Co. chairwoman whose role in an explosive corporate spying scandal overshadowed her storybook rise from temporary secretary to one of corporate America's most powerful women, has died. She was 58.
Dunn, who had...
| May 4, 2011
UCLA sociologist studied common sense
Harold Garfinkel, 93, a longtime UCLA sociology professor whose groundbreaking work examined the importance of common sense in everyday situations, died April 21 of congestive heart failure at his...
| May 23, 2012
| 11:49 AM
Well into his 70s, Terry Martin could be found most days in his Dana Point workshop sanding blocks of polyurethane foam into precision-shaped surfboards. With his big white beard and barrel chest, Martin looked like Santa riding out a blizzard of swirling...
| Aug 23, 2012
Marvin W. Meyer, an expert on Gnosticism and ancient texts about Jesus outside the New Testament who challenged the traditional portrayal of Judas Iscariot as the ultimate biblical villain, has died. He was 64.
Meyer, whose book "The Gospel of Judas"...
| Mar 3, 2012
James Q. Wilson, a social scientist who helped launch a revolution in law enforcement as the co-inventor of the "broken windows" theory — the idea that eradicating graffiti, public drunkenness and other signposts of community decay was crucial to...
| Jan 18, 2011
| 12:07 PM
If a company dumped the black goop behind a factory, it would violate all sorts of environmental laws and face an expensive hazardous-waste cleanup.
But playgrounds, parking lots and driveways in many communities are coated every spring and summer with...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 5:54 PM
Q: A brown age spot on my face seems to be getting larger. Should I be concerned?
A: A brown-colored spot anywhere on the skin that's getting larger is always something to be concerned about. Most brown spots on the skin turn out to be nothing serious,...
| Jun 9, 2012
| 7:09 AM
Gel and acrylic manicures are a super-hot trend in nails.
For about $30 each, the techniques use ultraviolet light and plastic bonding resins to achieve strong and shiny nails that last for weeks with no chips, cracks or breaks. But are they safe?...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 8:52 AM
As children go from elementary to junior high school, the desire to tan grows stronger while the habit of using sunscreen goes out the window, according to a survey — potentially raising the risk of getting deadly skin cancer later on.
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:15 PM
Q: I've heard that a person's fingernails reveal a lot about their health. Is there any truth to that? What types of changes would indicate health problems?
A: It's true. Your fingernails are a window to your health. Some nail changes are natural. But...
| Mar 28, 2012
According to studies published last week in The Lancet, taking a daily dose of aspirin can reduce the risk of cancer.
The new studies, led by Peter Rothwell of Britain's Oxford University, found that low-dose aspirin has a short-term benefit in...