September 21, 2014 |
A few weeks ago, I presented a question from a mother who was looking for an explanation for the smell of tobacco emanating from not just one window air conditioner in her son's bedroom, but from a replacement unit as well. Apparently enough of us have smoked behind our parents' backs over the years that 45 readers offered that as the only explanation for the smell of smoke in the son's bedroom. Jim Zimak, who teaches Philadelphia students about heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning as an instructor at the Thomas A. Edison High School/John C. Fareira Skills Center, was helpful and not judgmental.
July 5, 2014 |
Pennsylvania has joined most states in requiring that newborns have their blood oxygen levels measured - a simple test that allows doctors to catch rare heart defects missed during prenatal screening. The test, known as pulse oximetry, consists of placing a small sensor on the infant's foot. It is common practice at birthing hospitals, but was not mandated in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, Gov. Corbett signed the requirement, which takes effect in 90 days. Physicians say the test can detect problems while newborns are still in the hospital, in case they need surgery.
November 3, 2013 |
It's a scene that might be repeated dozens of times on Drexel University's campus today: A student, sitting at a table, eating pizza. But Annie Feng is different. The sophomore nibbles on a mini pizza while wearing a headband designed to measure her brain activity. And unlike many brain-imaging machines, this device can be used at a table. By monitoring the brains of people during meals, researchers hope to learn about the cognitive aspects of eating, and why some people stop at a single slice while others devour the pie. This portable device has sparked the interest of researchers worldwide.
August 27, 2013 |
Sarah Murnaghan, the Newtown Square girl who underwent a double lung transplant after her family successfully challenged national transplant regulations, no longer needs supplemental oxygen. Sarah, who turned 11 this month, also is now able to walk with a walker, though she needs a wheelchair for long distances, her mother, Janet Murnaghan, said Sunday via text message. Sarah stopped receiving supplemental oxygen on Saturday, though for the time being she still breathes through a tube in her trachea - with the aid of a machine that maintains positive airway pressure, similar to what is used to treat sleep apnea.
January 18, 2013
THERE'S NO WAY that a reality TV show called "All My Babies' Mamas" was going to be anything but a hot mess. Especially if Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo (a/k/a Carlos Walker) was starring in it. And get this: All 11 of his children by 10 different mothers also were going to be featured on the program on Oxygen. Yeah, you read that right. Thankfully, someone at Oxygen apparently realized what a colossal mistake that would have been. The network announced Tuesday it had dropped "All My Babies' Mamas.
November 28, 2012 |
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced plans to travel to Cuba as early as Tuesday for more medical treatment after spending much of the last 18 months fighting cancer. In a written request to the legislature, Chavez said doctors have recommended he "begin special treatment consisting of various sessions of hyperbaric oxygenation" and physical therapy to continue "consolidating the process of strengthening health. " The request did not provide more details about the treatment or Chavez's condition and was approved by allied lawmakers at a special session in the city of Maracay.
July 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has approved an Air Force plan to begin lifting flight restrictions on the F-22 stealth fighter jet, following the ongoing correction of oxygen-deficit problems that grounded and restricted the fleet for months. Press secretary George Little said Tuesday that the Pentagon had "very high confidence that we've identified the issue" with the mysterious oxygen-depletion problem that caused some F-22 pilots to feel dizzy and experience other symptoms of hypoxia.
July 12, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Recent incidents with the Air Force's fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets have prompted fresh questions by two members of Congress looking for answers on the oxygen problems that have plagued the aircraft for years. F-22 pilots have reported dozens of incidents in which the jet's systems weren't feeding them a proper amount of oxygen, causing hypoxia-like symptoms in the air. Hypoxia is a condition that can cause nausea, headaches, fatigue, or even blackouts. On Tuesday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R., Ill.)
July 3, 2012
Question: What causes the iris of the eye to change color? For most of my life, my iris color in each eye was dark brown. When I was in my 50s, the color began to lighten. I'm now 62, and the iris color is hazel, a mix of brown and green. Also, my father's eyes slowly changed from hazel to pale blue by the time he was in his 70s. Answer: The color of our eyes is based on the number and color of pigment granules (melanin) in our iris. These granules range in color from nearly colorless to dark brown.
June 6, 2012 |
THE GLEE PROJECT. 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen. "THE GLEE Project" made me a little crazy last summer. Though not nearly as crazy as "Glee" does most weeks. The only televised singing contest I still get worked up about returns to Oxygen Tuesday with all the fun and frustration that marked its first round, in which a dozen talented performers competed for a story arc on Fox's "Glee. " In the end, because "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy said so, there were two first-prize winners, Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen, and two runners-up won smaller roles.