April 7, 2016
By Thomas Farley The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a map showing shocking differences in health between the rich and the poor in Philadelphia. The map shows that life expectancy at birth in Strawberry Mansion is only 68 years, 20 years shorter than just a few miles away in Society Hill. This 20-year gap isn't right, and it isn't something that we should accept. What's behind these numbers? The biggest killers in Philadelphia are chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
June 16, 2011
I'VE ALWAYS ASSUMED that women live longer than men, which is why I joke with female friends scattered across the country that we'll all meet up in nursing homes when we're little old ladies. We tell each other that we're going to stick together and that one day we'll be taking bus trips to New York and to Atlantic City. But now here comes new info saying that American women in many areas of the United States die at earlier ages than they did even a generation ago. And two of the leading reasons for why this is are things women can do something about: obesity and smoking.
May 15, 2011
Retirement planning is no small task. Ideally, you start it in your 20s - though not everyone has the forethought. For the rest of us, these sites provide some direction. Social Security may have an uncertain future, but for now the retirement planner at the Social Security Online site is not a bad place to start investigating the steps to take to prepare for old age. Links go to instructions for applying for benefits and tell when to do so. An eerie life-expectancy calculator will tell you, statistically, how much longer you can expect to live.
March 24, 1986 |
Winter visitors to Moscow can only admire the healthy determination of the heads bobbing up and down in the steam that rises from the open-air swimming pool down by the Moskva River, not far from the Kremlin. Like every country, Russia has its health freaks. Yet even to the untrained eye, it looks a far from healthy place to live. The diet is poor by Western standards. So is public hygiene (only the foolhardy or the desperate could brave the foul odors and primitive equipment of the public lavatories)
December 8, 2002 |
"We have met the enemy and he is us," declared Pogo years ago in the funny pages. The late Walt Kelly's comic-strip character might well have been referring to older adults who know the path to a longer and healthier life but don't take it. That was the message delivered by Robert Cox, senior investigator at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, during a seminar at the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center in Wynnewood. Cox, 65, conducts research related to cardiovascular disease at the Lankenau Institute, on the grounds of Lankenau Hospital, also in Wynnewood.
January 19, 1994 |
THE SUN ALSO RISES OVER LA RUE ERNEST HEMINGWAY Ernest Hemingway didn't really need a street named after him to immortalize his love affair with Paris, but city officials went ahead and did it anyway. La Rue Ernest Hemingway will be a new street in a redevelopment area of southwestern Paris along the Seine River, a city spokeswoman said. The block-long street will connect Rue Leblanc and Boulevard du General Martial Valin and will border the new Georges Pompidou Hospital.
February 21, 2005 |
A 90-pound chunk of masonry breaks off the facade of a high-rise building and crushes a man on the sidewalk below. Another man, stumbling home from a late-night party, falls in the street, passes out, and freezes to death. Two men break into a railroad yard and die after drinking several quarts of industrial solvent from a tanker car. There are so many odd and horrible ways to die in Russia that it's almost no surprise the average Russian man isn't expected to see his 59th birthday.
December 13, 1986 |
The Golden Child whisks Eddie Murphy from Beverly Hills to the foothills of the Himalayas. The move may expand his horizons, but it severely limits Murphy and mutes his usually riotous brand of comedy. After Beverly Hills Cop became a box-office phenomenon in 1984, there was much speculation in Hollywood about what Murphy would do for an encore - other than the inevitable Beverly Hills Cop II. The Golden Child represents a curious choice: a hybrid of the more familiar Murphy humor and a tongue-in- cheek Spielbergian adventure replete with special effects from George Lucas.
October 15, 1990 |
Most of us already know that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. But now we find out that too little of a bad thing can be bad for you, too. Cholesterol, to be exact. According to a study published last week, lowering cholesterol reduces your chance of dying from heart disease, which most of us already know. But lowering cholesterol also increases your chance of committing suicide, being murdered or otherwise dying violently or accidentally. I'm not making this up. According to a University of Pittsburgh researcher, for every 100,000 people who cut their cholesterol, there are 28 fewer heart-related deaths - but there are 29 more deaths from suicide, homicide and accidents.
June 30, 1991 |
Tony Vizzi rarely gives no for an answer. Especially if the question is "Can you restore my old roof?" "Old roofs can be repaired," the Pottstown roofer insists. "A contractor who says the materials are no longer available is either uninformed or giving you false information. " Eleven years ago, Vizzi was a carpenter, building kitchen cabinets and counter tops. He took a job with friend, who, as a marketing tool, was repairing slate roofs. No one else was. "It was a highly skilled craft, which I liked.