November 30, 1988 |
CANCER INFORMATION I. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has prepared a confidential questionnaire that can help measure your cancer risks. Those who fill them out get back an analysis of their answers as well as health suggestions and, if pertinent, recommendations for a checkup. To get a copy of the Cancer Test, call 800-533-3669. CANCER INFORMATION II. The American Institute for Cancer Research has published a new booklet of health tips for older Americans. To get a free copy of "Be Your Best: Nutrition After 50," send a self-addressed, business-size envelope stamped with 45 cents postage to the institute, Dept.
March 4, 2012
Philadelphia middleweight Jesse Hart took a tough loss in his 165-pound men's division title bout on Saturday at the USA Boxing national championships in Fort Carson, Colo., losing a decision to Cleveland's Terrell Gausha, 3-2 on a judges' poll, after the cards came up even at 34-all. Hart, the 22-year-old son of former Philly boxer Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, the 2011 national champion at 178 pounds, had advanced to the final match when he decisioned Izaak Cardona of Colorado Springs, Colo., 14-10, on Friday.
July 8, 2007 |
Alan Jacobson stood atop a glacier and peered into a volcano on Africa's highest point despite his altitude sickness, black-and-blue feet, and a case of bronchitis. Jacobson, 52, president of AGS, a graphic-design company in Exton, had reached Mt. Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak above the clouds of Tanzania at 9:50 a.m. on June 12. "I got to the summit, sat on a rock, and threw up," he said, describing his altitude sickness. He climbed the mountain's 19,340 feet of rainforest, glaciers and volcanic rock as part of his campaign to raise funds to build a sanitation system for a Rwandan village that is home to about 500 survivors of the country's 1994 tribal genocide.
February 19, 1995 |
CHURCHGOING POOCH GOES TO HIS REWARD From down Rio way comes word of a funeral for a stray mongrel who was in the habit of attending church. The dog, known as Jorge to residents of the small Brazilian town of Andradas, loved the company of people and often attended Mass and other public gatherings, said Lucia de Souza Franco, spokeswoman for and wife of the town's mayor. "He was the size of a calf and as sweet as a lamb, and people loved him," Franco said. After a funeral attended by dozens of mourners, Jorge, thought to be between 12 and 14 years old, was buried in a quiet corner of the town's zoological gardens.
March 14, 2008
When the producers of "Blindsight," a documentary about blind teenage Tibetan climbers, went looking for a director, they went right for Lucy Walker. Her other movie credit was "Devil's Playground," a movie about Amish teenagers in Indiana. The casual observer might not detect a connection there, but the British-born Walker saw it right away. "I absolutely get why I was recommended for this. I'm the go-to person for documentaries about remote worlds, inaccessible teens. I have a reputation for being able to get tough nuts to crack," said Walker, who has paid the bills by directing episodes of "Blues Clues.
October 16, 2002 |
Maybe it's a form of altitude sickness. The Eagles got within view of the NFL's summit in January. They came away from their loss to St. Louis in the NFC championship game sure that they had arrived as a team and equally sure they had learned from their mistakes. "We can't have these lulls in the regular season," safety Brian Dawkins said Jan. 28, the day after the Rams beat the Eagles, 29-24, in St. Louis. "We have to find a way to get that home [advantage] and that bye week," tight end Chad Lewis said that day. "We learned how important that is. " Nine months later, the Eagles are a queasy 3-2 and coming off just the kind of regular-season "lull" Dawkins warned against.
December 12, 1993 |
With the wintertime recreational season upon us, there is one word you should keep in mind: Pasta. Well, maybe also a second word: Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide the fuel the body needs for stamina during outdoor activities in cold weather. And pasta is a great source of carbohydrates. Six hours of strenuous winter activities, such as skiing or hiking, require 3,000 to 5,000 calories a day, two or more times the calories needed for a day of office work. The additional calories are needed for keeping warm, exercising and carrying the weight of heavier clothing, and for deeper and more rapid respiration, especially at higher altitudes.
April 22, 2001 |
My husband, Larry, gets altitude sickness. Above 9,000 feet, his head pounds, his stomach churns, his face turns green. He has trouble breathing. In fact, altitude sickness, which causes fluid to build up in the brain and lungs, can kill. So why, you might wonder, did we decide to climb the highest mountain in the lower 48 states? That distinction belongs to Mount Whitney in south-central California - 14,695 feet tall and higher than Mount Rainier in Washington and Mount Hood in northern California, but not as tall as Mount McKinley in Alaska.
August 13, 2006 |
From tiny Campo Quijano in northwest Argentina up to San Antonio de los Cobres, the unpaved RN-51 is the only road connecting the two towns. A glossy travel book warns ominously: Don't even try to hitchhike on the RN-51. The traffic is as rare as the dust storms are frequent. Still, I hitchhiked the Andes. My friend and I had been waiting for four hours when I stuck my thumb out, spiritless and hot, and for the first time that afternoon a truck pulled over. "San Antonio de los Cobres?"
April 18, 2010 |
At age 70 and equipped with a pacemaker, I set out to do something crazy and glorious: climb Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Each year about 30,000 people try to climb it, and not all reach the summit. The biggest obstacle is not the physical challenge but altitude sickness, which can sometimes be fatal. I'm not sure what motivated me. I've always been active - playing tennis, horseback riding, whitewater canoeing, mountain biking - but hiking never appealed to me. Too boring.