February 9, 1987
This may come as a surprise, but City Council has almost done something right. The trash-to-steam plant bill has been moved from the Rules Committee, and could come before the full Council for a vote in two weeks. That in itself is reason for celebration - especially after eight months of David Cohen trying to convince the world the trash-to-steam proposal amounted to cooking nuclear waste in an open pit outside South Philadelphia day care centers. There are legitimate health and safety concerns about burning millions of tons of trash within breathing distance of residential areas.
April 12, 1987 |
It's as easy as breathing, the old saying goes. But breathing isn't as simple as you might think, especially during intense activity. In fact, when we're in the midst of an intense workout, we tend to forget how to do the little things, such as breathing properly. In an age in which athletes are trained to perform to their utmost, it seems strange to place a task as simple as breathing on their training agendas. But improper breathing has caused many a competitor to drop out of a match or to fall short of potential.
July 31, 1998
Everybody is in favor of breathing, right? That's why so many people in the world take an interest in preserving the Amazon rain forest (most of it in Brazil), the largest single source of oxygen on land. Most Americans don't realize, though, how preserving the rain forest dovetails with widely unpopular efforts like United States foreign aid. Brazil has agreed with the World Bank and World Wildlife Fund to protect 10 percent of the rain forest by 2000. The carrot part of that equation - World Bank economic support - depends significantly on United States contributions.
May 8, 2000 |
Margarita Rabin's asthma is so bad some days that she heads to the nurse's office as soon as she arrives at Stewart Middle School in Norristown. When the 12-year-old is in gym class or playing basketball, she often has trouble breathing after a few minutes of activity. She is plagued by the attacks even though she takes asthma medicines. "You can't breathe and it makes your chest real tight," Margarita said Thursday as she took part in an asthma screening program in the school auditorium.
February 17, 1987
In 1985, the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors was created to recommend ways to meet the nation's future recreational needs. In addition, it was hoped the 15-member commission, which included some western Republicans, would do some image-building for an administration generally regarded as anti- conservation. A draft of the commission's report, released late last year, called on the federal government to spend $1 billion annually - up from the current $20 million - for a trust fund to improve recreational opportunities, acquire public lands and encourage local and state park development.
December 13, 2003 |
In a bit of a shocker, Sharon Osbourne tells London's Daily Mirror that hubby Ozzy stopped breathing after his quad bike accident Monday. "He had stopped breathing for a minute and a half, and there was no pulse," she said. "But thank God the security guard was there to revive him. He resuscitated him and got him breathing and his pulse going again. " Osbourne, 55, who fractured eight ribs and a neck vertebra, remains on a ventilator. Doctors say he is progressing well, but slowly.
February 25, 2005 |
A tracheotomy is a procedure that is commonly done when severely ill people have problems breathing, said Joseph Spiegel, an otolaryngologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. It is seen as the most stable way to reestablish breathing in someone with a blockage and may be done either as a planned or emergency procedure. A tube is inserted into a hole cut in the windpipe below the vocal cords. That tube may or may not then be attached to a ventilator, a machine that breathes for the patient.
March 19, 1999 |
The word autodidact is not a bad one to describe saxophonist Tim Armacost. As he was being interviewed, Armacost was working on remodeling his home in Manhattan. As has happened in his career as a musician, Armacost had basically learned to do the work himself, but had had a good teacher overseeing him. "I am doing 70 percent of the work myself," Armacost said. "We bought this place three years ago. We were looking for a place that needed work, and we bought this with the idea of doing the work ourselves.
July 20, 2015 |
MOST PEOPLE recognize pet overpopulation, cruelty and animal fighting as animal-welfare issues, but there's one that many don't think about or may even consider cute. We're talking about extreme physical traits, such as the excessively flat faces seen in many Persian cats, bulldogs, Pekingese, pugs, Boston terriers and other brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds. Snorting and snoring, or the undershot jaw of the bulldog or boxer, are often thought to be endearing characteristics. But when those traits cause animals to gasp for air after minimal exertion, develop heatstroke or even die from exposure to heat and humidity, it's no life for a dog - or cat. It's not great for their humans, either, who pay high veterinary bills to treat their animals or lose them to an early death.
February 26, 2005 |
Pope John Paul II is under doctor's orders not to talk, but he is breathing on his own and even writing notes and jokes since his tracheotomy, Vatican officials said yesterday. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said that contrary to some media reports, the 84-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic Church had never been on a ventilator and that his cardiovascular system had been ruled healthy. Navarro-Valls added that the Pope had been doing well after being released from the Gemelli Polyclinic hospital Feb. 10 - during which time he gave Sunday blessings, met visitors, and released a new book - until he again had trouble breathing Wednesday.