December 28, 2015 |
I answered an insulation question in this column not too long ago, and Joe Ponessa sent me an email in late November about it. "I don't think you gave enough attention to the issue of combustion [makeup] air," said Ponessa, professor emeritus of housing, indoor environment, and health at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Ponessa agreed that the limited work I described did not sound as if it would cause a problem for "atmospheric" combustion appliances, which derive their air from the surrounding environment.
May 29, 2015 |
Emily Damuth and Stephen Trzeciak, critical-care specialists at Cooper University Hospital, would like to be able to tell patients what their lives will be like if they choose to stay on a breathing machine for more than a couple of weeks. There's just one problem: The doctors don't know. Trzeciak said intensive-care unit physicians like him rarely see their patients again once they leave the hospital. What happens after the ICU heroics is a "black box" for them, he said. He and Damuth found that frustrating enough that they led a study that looked at what happens to patients in the United States and other countries who get mechanical ventilation for more than two weeks.
December 22, 2013 |
Remodeling a bathroom? Consider which features it's missing now. The older your house, the more MIAs there will be. Bob Bowman and John Matusik Jr., the "B & M" of B & M Custom Carpentry in West Deptford, generally work on older South Jersey homes. So in their upgrades, exhaust fans are a priority. Even if a bathroom has one, it often doesn't work well. "We like to put them in-line, from the room, through the ductwork, into the attic, into the fan, then outside," said Matusik.
July 21, 2013 |
A 7-year-old boy hospitalized in critical condition after being discovered underwater in a city pool in West Philadelphia was being kept alive on a ventilator Friday night, police said. Police earlier had reported that the boy had been pronounced dead at 5:53 p.m. at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Police later said that report was incorrect. The boy, whose name has not been released, was part of a summer camp program for children of homeless families receiving shelter from Families Forward Philadelphia in West Philadelphia.
February 29, 2012 |
More than 14 months after Mayor Nutter opened the President's House memorial as "a living story for us to impart to our children," more often than not those children have been greeted by blank, lifeless video screens. The glass canopy enclosing archaeological remains of the nation's first executive mansion, where George Washington and John Adams conducted their presidencies and where Washington held nine enslaved Africans, has repeatedly leaked and fogged up. Atmospheric controls within the enclosure have been tweaked repeatedly as destructive moisture built up within.
June 2, 2011 |
A sulfur-like smell drove students from Paulsboro High School this morning. Students were moved outside, not sent home, for less than an hour, while the school was ventilated. "They were evacuated because the smell on the outside was less than the smell in the building," explained district superintendent Frank Scambia. They returned by about 9:30 to finish a full day of classes, he said. Investigators were continuing to try to determine the source of the smell. A police lieutenant, who compared the odor to rotten eggs, said the problem was sulfur dioxide released from a nearby oil refinery.
June 19, 2007
The Pennsylvania Senate is poised to act soon on a far-reaching public-health measure - a statewide smoke-free law - that, literally, will save lives. Along the way to reaching agreement, senators should avoid the temptation to cut political deals that punch the workplace smoking ban full of loopholes. That would be like deciding who gets to live and who dies - something best left to a higher power. Unfortunately, there are upwards of 20 amendments floating around the General Assembly.
April 21, 2007 |
Gov. Corzine finally is breathing on his own. His doctors took him off a ventilator just past noon yesterday, a Corzine spokesman said, more than a week after the serious car wreck that left him with 10 broken ribs, a snapped thigh bone, and a fractured breastbone, collarbone and vertebra. "His respiratory function will be closely monitored to ensure that he can continue to breathe on his own and cough efficiently," said spokesman Anthony Coley. "Doctors do not entirely rule out the possibility that the breathing tube will need to be reinserted.
November 10, 2006 |
Question: Our crawl space is 3 1/2 feet high, under the living room, dining room and kitchen. A waterproofing company installed a sump pump, and the ground is covered with plastic to reduce moisture. We have no insulation under the floor in this crawl space, and I have had different versions of the best way to go. Answer: I've turned to the U.S. Department of Energy for recommendations; it says that how one insulates a crawl space depends on whether the space is ventilated or unventilated.
August 30, 2005
TO THOSE who felt that, on his recent smoking tour, Mayor Street was overlooking the "fact" that bar business will improve after a ban and that ventilation won't work, I offer two notes. New York Mayor Bloomberg has been challenged repeatedly to prove he's not lying about the economic effects of New York's ban. How could he prove that? Simply repeal the ban and let the world see businesses keep their bans in place voluntarily to retain the hordes of nonsmokers now hanging out in the bars.