July 23, 2006 |
Had a pedicure? Pan-fried yourself in a tanning bed? Been zapped by lasers to remove hair from your nether lands? Then you, in all likelihood, have put yourself in harm's way. Before going under the blade for breast implants or a face lift, patients generally do research to make sure their surgeon is properly qualified and knows what to do if problems arise. But people are more cavalier about treatments that seem less invasive. So they put themselves in the hands of strangers with iffy training who lance toes with unsterile tools, wield dangerously powerful rays of light, and sandblast tender skin.
February 7, 1991 |
A roly-poly, pipe-smoking snowman, who looks out of place amid recent springlike temperatures, has chilled relations between the owner of a fitness health club and Radnor Township. The 25-foot-high, rubberized snowman, pumped with air and secured by guide lines, is perched atop the roof of Club La Maison at 215 Sugartown Rd. The snowman is visible for miles and evokes chuckles and smiles from passersby, but he is breaking Radnor's zoning code. The township charged that La Maison's proprietor, Richard Sposato, had failed to obtain a permit to display the snowman.
April 1, 2005
Tanning-facilities regulation merits support Thank you for Lini S. Kadaba's March 24 article, "States see the dark side of teenagers' tans. " Public awareness of increased skin cancer risks from even occasional use of tanning beds is very low. Many customers, particularly youths, are unaware that indoor tanning salons are unregulated and that there is no state law for safety and sanitation inspections. Users risk contracting contagious skin infections as well as skin and eye damage from ultraviolet radiation.
May 25, 1989 |
Here comes Memorial Day weekend, Sun Bunny. Time to head for Bakery Beach to fricassee your frame. Gotta get that wheat-toast look, right? Burnt is beautiful, right? Wrong, Sun Bunny. New ideas about tanning are abroad on the beaches and, basically, the word for this summer is: Cool it. A recent report by the National Institutes of Health says suntans can lead to skin cancer, a weakened immune system and skin that wrinkles and ages before its time. All forms of tanning are potentially hazardous to your health, there is no such thing as a healthy tan and tanning is visible evidence of injury to the skin, the NIH report concluded.
May 16, 1988 |
YUPPIE DISEASE. More than half of those saying they suffered chronic fatigue actually had undiagnosed mental illness, a new study reports. Epstein- Barr virus (EBV), which causes mononucleosis, has been suspected as the primary cause of chronic fatigue, the fourth most common complaint of patients seeing internists and the seventh most common among those seeing family doctors. But University of Connecticut researchers found that only 15 percent of 100 subjects showed any signs of EBV infection, and that those with such signs also suffered a mental illness, such as depression or panic disorder.
April 8, 1991 |
Now that the National Endowment for the Arts is busy funding with our tax dollars every kinky kind of expression imaginable, one would think no form of speech or expression is now forbidden. But one would be wrong. Take the case of two Seattle restaurant workers fired for trying to persuade a pregnant customer not to order an alcoholic beverage. Danita Fitch and G.R. Heryford were dismissed after the customer complained the employees were reluctant to serve her an alcoholic drink.
June 6, 2002 |
THINK THERE'S nothing new under the sun, beautywise? That all you have to do to pretty up your skin after months of hiding it under heavy sweaters is to slap on a little sunscreen? Oh, honey. Where have you been? From drugstore to department store, beauty innovations abound. It's time to throw out those bottles of summer necessities from yesteryear and get with the new. Umbrellas in a bottle Did you know that one week of baking on the beach equals a year of the incidental sun exposure you get walking around or driving?
September 1, 1990 |
When a Woodbury woman won the Artistic Pie-Eating Contest here last week by fashioning the likeness of an umbrella from an unremarkable Tastykake lemon pie, do you think she did it any old way? And when a Pennsylvania man froze out 39 competitors two weeks ago to claim the title in this resort town's second annual Ice Cube Melting Contest, do you think he melted that cube exactly as he pleased? No, no, no. No, they followed rules as explicit, as strict and as off-center as the city-sponsored competitions themselves.
May 9, 2010 |
"I don't do pets," declares Tony Baratta, professional taxidermist. He doesn't do foxes, either: too delicate, too much "ridiculous" hard work, and too little money. "I mainly do deer heads," says Baratta, whose eponymous shop has been a Haddon Avenue fixture for 25 years. "They're what I do best. If you do 2,000 of anything, you get good at it. " Amid the hip eateries of downtown Collingswood, wood-paneled Baratta's Taxidermy is an anomaly - and a reminder that multicultural community can mean many things.
December 14, 1997 |
Think of it as a sports bar crossed with Vidal Sassoon. Or a tasteful Hooters for hair. That's how Cherry Hill fashion designer Leah Major sees her newest business - the Men's Locker Room, a hair salon that aims at pampering men. The salon, which opened on Haddonfield Road in October, features women stylists. The walls are covered in sports memorabilia, such as the jerseys of Philadelphia Eagle Ty Detmer and Flyer Eric Lindros. Each hair-cutting station has its own television with a cable feed and remote control - so the men can watch their favorite sports events, channel-surf as much as they want, and switch between the game and MTV. Haircuts are fast - the customer is usually out in 30 minutes.