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Surfboards Past and Future

  WHAT SURFBOARDS FROM THE 1800S CAN TEACH US ABOUT SURFING’S PAST A PEEK INSIDE THE NEW SURFBOARD EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY IN HONOLULU THIS DECEMBER. NOVEMBER 2, 2019 BY MATTHEW B. SHAW SOCIAL ICON RSS Photo Credit: Bishop Museum Archives A very early photo of two surfers at Waikīkī, from about 1895. In August of 2020, surfing will be given its biggest platform in modern history when surfers take to the waters off Japan to compete for gold in the Tokyo Olympics. It could be argued, however, that the Sport of Kings reached peak prominence in the early 1700s in the Hawaiian Islands. As many surfers as there are today, in 18th Century Hawaii, virtually everyone surfed. Young, old. Male,...

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Staying on Guard Against Skin Cancer

  If you see something on your skin that is new, changing, not healing or doesn’t seem right, get it checked out as soon as possible. By Jane E. Brody “If you see something, say something,” a catchy warning from the Department of Homeland Security about possible terrorist threats, applies as well to skin lesions that, if ignored, could become fatal. Susan Manber, now a 55-year-old from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., knows this well. She credits her astute daughter with having saved her life nearly six years ago when Sarina, then 13, remarked, “Mom, what’s that thing on your nose?” That “thing” was a tiny white nodule on the rim of one nostril, a weird place, Ms. Manber thought, for a pimple....

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What You Need to Know About Sunscreen Now

You know you need sunscreen. But with so many lotions, sprays and gels to choose from, how do you know which sunblock will actually prevent sunburns — and skin cancer? When it comes to shielding your skin from the sun, the type of sunscreen you choose is as important as how you use it. “Many people blame their sunscreen when they get sunburned,” says Susan Y. Chon, M.D., assistant professor in MD Anderson’s Department of Dermatology. “But the problem usually isn’t the sunscreen. It’s that the user isn’t reading the label and applying the sunscreen properly.” Before heading outdoors, follow these tips to maximize your sunscreen’s protection. 1. Get UVA and UVB protection Always opt for a sunscreen that provides...

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