November 19, 1989 |
With all of the pressure on athletes to run faster and jump higher, some have resorted to taking ergogenic aids or drugs - that is, something that enhances their athletic performance - in order to improve their natural talents. Steroids, blood-boosting and amphetamines are all ergogenic aids that some athletes use (unethically and illegally) to gain an edge on the competition. Even though such aids may boost a performance, all can be harmful to the user. Ironically, some athletes also use non-ergogenic drugs - drugs that do not enhance athletic performance - mistakenly thinking that they have found a substance to improve their game.
December 9, 2012
Running seems like a simple sport: Throw on some sneakers, a T-shirt, and shorts, and go. But if you're a runner or have a runner on your holiday shopping list, you know it can be a lot more complicated than that. So I asked local running stores what's been flying out of their doors since Black Friday to give you ideas if you have an athlete on your shopping list. Let's start with a big one: a GPS running watch. Not only does this act as a stopwatch, but it will also let you know instantly how far you've run, how fast you're going, and, depending on how many bells and whistles you require (and bucks you want to spend)
September 28, 2014 |
A Delaware hospital system cut the use of heart-monitoring technology by 70 percent without compromising patient safety by changing the electronic ordering system to reflect cardiac-care guidelines. The study by the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, safely reduced the daily number of patients monitored with cardiac telemetry from 357 to 109, a hefty saving of $13,200 a day. "It is remarkable to achieve such a substantial reduction in the use of this resource without significantly increased adverse outcomes," University of California-San Francisco physician Nader Najafi wrote in an accompanying commentary.
July 20, 1995 |
Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode was listed in satisfactory condition yesterday following what doctors classified as a simple case of an "irregular heartbeat. " "At this point, his heart rate is normal and he is resting in stable condition," said Dr. Harold Mignott, a faculty member at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. During a news briefing yesterday at the hospital's Ravden Institute, Mignott, a physician in HUP's general internal medicine division, said a combination of heat and strenuous activities may have caused Goode to suffer from an atria arrhythmia, a condition that causes the top of the heart to beat rapidly.
November 6, 1995 |
A shopping mall should be gauged the same way as an aerobic workout: by measuring the target heart rate. A shopper reaches the optimum cardiac level upon discovery of a fabulous store, passing a particularly alluring window display or spotting a wicked sale. At the universe's best mall - shoppers' heaven - the target rate is maintained throughout the entire experience, and the shopper never veers into tachycardia danger zone. At the mall in hell, which has only a Scotch Tape Nook and a Hickory Farms, the shopper has to be administered cardio pulmonary resuscitation.
July 31, 1988 |
As the old saying goes, if you knew you were going to live so long, you would have taken better care of yourself. There is no doubt that we are living longer. In fact, health experts say that in 30 years, more than 50 million Americans will be 65 years old or older. But reaching that milestone doesn't mean a whole lot if you feel lousy once you get there. You know what happens to a car that is left unused for a few months: When you try to start it up, it coughs and wheezes.
October 23, 2004 |
The defensive-line rotation that has worked so well for the 5-0 Eagles will likely be down a man tomorrow in Cleveland. Backup defensive end Jerome McDougle was added to the Eagles' injury list and designated as doubtful after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat after Thursday's practice at the NovaCare Complex. McDougle, a backup to Jevon Kearse at left defensive end, did not practice yesterday. "Jerome came to me after practice [Thursday] and had upper-respiratory-infection-type symptoms," Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said.
January 20, 2014 |
Peter Goldstein has always been freaked out by needles and blood. When he was about five, his mother, physician Susan Wiegers, had a small biopsy done. Goldstein and his brother asked to see the wound. "It was a tiny line with two stitches," she recalled. Goldstein's brother was fascinated. But Goldstein turned away. "I don't feel so good," he said. Then he keeled over. Since then, Goldstein has passed out, or come close to it, every time he has had a close encounter with a syringe or an intravenous line.
October 22, 2012 |
On Belmont Plateau, Neumann University's Dan Rowe had just passed a runner going in the opposite direction. The other runner shouted to Rowe that one of their fellow competitors was passed out in the woods. A lifeguard this past summer for the North Wildwood Beach Patrol, Rowe ran another 50 yards or so and turned a corner, seeing two trail walkers with the fallen runner near the back of the pack. This was Sept. 22, in the 33d annual Philadelphia Metropolitan Cross Country Championships.
July 3, 1995 |
Ever since she was 5, Ann Zavitsanos has remembered fainting. She has blacked out on ice-skating rinks, in dentists' offices, at home. She faints regularly, unpredictably, perhaps four times every year. At Lankenau Hospital, she told a nurse that she always fainted when she got a shot. And so, because doctors wanted to observe her fainting symptoms, the nurse slid a needle into her arm, under her taut, broken, translucent skin. Nothing happened. Her fear of injections had not triggered the abnormal reflex that made her faint, the conspiracy between her brain and her heart.