March 23, 1989 |
DRUGS AND PREGNANCY. Smoking marijuana during pregnancy stunts fetal growth, leading to smaller infants with lower birth weights, and cocaine use during pregnancy contributes to a three-fold increase in microcephaly - small head size. "Smaller babies in general have more health and developmental problems, and cocaine and marijuana use during pregnancy are each associated with poor fetal growth," says Barry Zuckerman of Boston University School of Medicine, the lead author of a new study reporting those findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.
August 6, 1991 |
Want thrills and chills? Forget the killer roller coaster. Think ahead . . . or rather . . . back to the future, where Universal Studios will take you on the ride of your life. The Orlando, Fla., theme park says it has integrated simulator ride vehicles, three-dimensional images projected on seven-story-high hemispherical screens, multi-channel sound, live effects and sophisticated hydraulics into a multi-sensory attraction that gives riders the illusion of time travel. Passengers will fall back in time, to the prehistoric era, to be swallowed by a dinosaur, then catapult forward to the year 2015.
June 21, 2011
I have been a motorcyclist for more than 40 years, and a member and officer with American Bikers Advocating Training and Education (A.B.A.T.E.) of the Garden State, for the last 10 years. An article on June 9, "Pa. helmet bill reintroduced, and motorcyclists rally to fight it," cited research that might lead one to think there are no good reasons not to wear a helmet. But actually, there are. Here are three: Full-face helmets, quite beneficial under 20 to 25 m.p.h., at higher speeds become 200-pound weights that pull the wearer up and over the handlebars, creating a human projectile.
December 18, 1996 |
Matthew Rastelli, 85, of Havertown, a musician who helped his wife run West Philadelphia's Marigold Restaurant for 36 years, died of a stroke Sunday at Haverford Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He had been in a near-coma since he was felled by a stroke Thanksgiving Day. Mr. Rastelli played the saxophone, the clarinet and the flute in bands nearly all his life. He enjoyed all kinds of music and played Greek American songs, pop tunes and jazz, among other kinds of music. "After playing a job, the musicians would go to a club where they would get together and jam," said his wife, Elizabeth C. "Bette" Battaglia Rastelli.
August 25, 2002 |
Most senior travelers enjoy the sense of freedom they feel behind the wheel of their car or recreational vehicle on vacation. But despite years of driving experience, our bodies change with aging in ways that increase the chance of having an accident. Our peripheral vision may narrow. Reaction time often increases. Hearing acuity declines. People 65 and older have a higher rate of crash fatalities per miles driven than any other age group except teenagers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
September 21, 2000 |
Imagine wearing eyeglasses with a large, black dot covering more than half of each lens, and you get a darkened, fuzzy glimpse of what it's like to be Marla Runyan. Runyan, 30, an Olympic runner, has Stargardt's disease, an inherited, incurable condition that results in the slow degeneration of the retina, the light-sensitive membrane in the back of the eye. Because the disease affects only the macula, the area at the center of the retina that's responsible for the fine, detailed central vision used in reading, peripheral vision is usually preserved.
March 29, 1996 |
The Seattle Mariners will open their 1997 season in Japan if a plan being negotiated clears some final hurdles, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported yesterday. The longest road trip in baseball history probably would involve games with the Detroit Tigers. It moved closer to reality this week when major league baseball officials OK'd for the first time the idea of scheduling regular-season games abroad. Paul Isaki, Mariners vice president for business development, said the Japan trip is contingent on approval by the players union and final agreement from major league baseball's international division.
April 16, 1987 |
I had planned to use this space today to reveal that I am Elvis's love child, but now that will have to wait because an even more pressing matter has been thrust suddenly upon me: an unauthorized biography of my spiritual sister, Vanna White. Titled, simply, "Vanna White," this little book by Marianne Robin-Tani promises on its cover to answer the question: "The gorgeous Vanna White: Is she really 'letter-perfect'?" Those of us who know Vanna - and even though I have never met her, I feel that I know her at least as well as I know myself - realize that this is merely a rhetorical question.
June 16, 2003 |
Some children play a mean trumpet. Others can belt a softball out of the park. Cody Hurst, 12, of Horsham, legally blind since birth, is a whiz at braille. In fact, the sixth grader at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham is so quick at reading braille that he qualified in the preliminaries of a student contest sponsored by the Braille Institute in California. By placing in the top 10 in a field of 260, Cody earned a berth in the finals of the National Braille Invitational, to be held June 28 in Los Angeles.