March 10, 2014 |
Perhaps you heard the astonishing good news that obesity among toddlers has dropped 43 percent in eight years. It made headlines, and was based on findings in a prestigious medical journal by respected researchers using gold-standard data. Is it true? Technically, yes. But here are some other statistics derived from the same paper: Toddler obesity dropped 39.6 percent (before rounding off the raw numbers) in eight years. Or 21 percent in six years - or 31 percent in just two years.
March 6, 2014
15 76ers' losing streak. 20 Franchise record for losses in a row, set in 1973. 26 NBA record for consecutive losses, set by Cleveland in 2010-11.
March 4, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug administration broke new ground in consumer protection when it required, more than 20 years ago, the now-familiar nutrition labels on virtually every bit of packaged food. Now, the labels are being revamped - in ways that have both benefits and downsides. One of the most noticeable changes - and the least justifiable - would be the addition of a new subcategory: the number of grams of added sugar in the food, in addition to the existing measure of total sugar.
February 23, 2014 |
The number of farms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has dropped while production has increased in both states, along with the average age of growers, according to a federal agriculture census released this week. Pennsylvania had more than 63,100 farms in 2007 and about 59,300 in 2012, when the census was taken, the Department of Agriculture found. In New Jersey, there were more than 10,300 farms in 2007 and about 9,000 in 2012. At the same time, production in Pennsylvania rose from $5.8 billion to about $7.4 billion; in New Jersey, it rose from nearly $987 million to about $1 billion, the figures show.
February 11, 2014 |
AS JAKE BERGEY walked onto the Wells Fargo Center turf and looked up to the rafters Saturday night, emotions and memories from his 10-year playing career in Philadelphia began to come back. The son of former Eagles linebacker Bill Bergey earned one accolade not found on his father's résumé Saturday, 6 years after playing his final game for the Wings. The second leading scorer in team history was recognized in a pregame ceremony as the team retired his No. 66 jersey prior to its 8-6 loss to Edmonton.
February 3, 2014 |
Population: 16,518 (2012). Median income: $55,117 (2011). Area: 3.8 square miles. Homes for sale: 84. Settlements in the last three months: 71. Median days on market: 65. Median sale price (all homes): $202,000. Housing stock: 6,700 units, from the late 18th century to the 1960s, representing a variety of styles. School district: Phoenixville Area. SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; City-Data.com; Trulia.com; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Report
January 22, 2014 |
WHILE MANY people had a day off from work yesterday, record numbers of volunteers came together in an act of selflessness to celebrate the 19th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Todd Bernstein, founder and director of the nation's oldest and largest MLK Day event here in Philadelphia, said turnout yesterday surpassed his expectations, with a record 125,000-plus volunteers who took part in 1,700 community-service projects throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
January 19, 2014 |
The breakdown of last week's Affordable Care Act enrollment totals showed that a significant number of consumers bought insurance in December, making up some of the ground lost after the error-plagued launch of the healthcare.gov website. The big question now is whether the ACA will carry the momentum into the new year. The law will rise or fall on whether it meets the needs of consumers, especially healthy, younger ones. A program with too few members or one overloaded with older, sicker people would lead to more expensive plans, causing the program to stall and even shrivel.