March 21, 2009
Richardson family attends viewing Liam Neeson looked distraught yesterday as he greeted grieving family members and friends who attended a private viewing for his wife, actress Natasha Richardson. Neeson and sons Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, attended the viewing at New York's American Irish Historical Society, as well as Richardson's mother, Vanessa Redgrave, and her sister Joely Richardson. The viewing followed Thursday night's tribute on Broadway, when theaters dimmed their lights for the Tony Award-winning actress, who died from bleeding in the skull caused by the fall she took on a ski slope.
November 29, 2007
With baby boomers approaching retirement, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a coming epidemic that will affect millions of Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Based on published data, an estimated 8 million Americans ages 55 and older are at high risk to develop the disease, which causes blindness. Until recently, AMD was a poorly understood disease with little progress in research. Major breakthroughs have been made in understanding the disease, but there is more that needs to be done, says Dr. Morton F. Goldberg, chairman of the National Neurovision Research Institute of the Foundation Fighting Blindness in Owings Mills and former director of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
August 31, 2007
The losses continue to mount. A baseball nation laughs as a baseball clubhouse weeps. Fans can't eat, players can't sleep and the Orioles just can't win. There is hope, though. There is reason for optimism. As the Orioles take their nine-game losing streak on the road, I've figured out how to snap them out of this funk. I've found the secret! Or more accurately, The Secret. You've heard about The Secret, right? It has been featured on Oprah and spoofed on Saturday Night Live. Wikipedia calls it a cultural phenomenon, which sounds pretty legit to me. It's a school of positive thinking built around the Law of Attraction - yes, we're getting technical here, so roll up your intellectual new-age sleeves - wherein one's thoughts can control the entire universe.
October 13, 2006
What's the best treatment for macular degeneration? The short answer is a new drug called Lucentis, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June, although the drug has side effects, is extremely expensive, and is useful for only the rarer form of the disease. Macular degeneration and its new treatments were the focus of five separate articles in last week's New England Journal of Medicine. There are two kinds of macular degeneration - a disease of the retina that affects more than 9 million Americans and is a leading cause of blindness in people older than 55. In the "dry" form, which 90 percent of patients have, there is a loss of the light-sensing cells in the retina and the cells that nourish them.
July 18, 2006
When his car breaks down, a U.S. marshal stumbles upon a town where the government has been secretly stockpiling geniuses. As you'd expect, it's a pretty kooky place. Joe Morton stars in Eureka (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Sci Fi). Network VERONICA MARS -- 8 p.m.-9 p.m., WUTB, Channel 24 / Her boyfriend dumps her, kidnaps a baby and runs. Then things get worse for Veronica. UPN. HOUSE -- 8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45 / After the Baltimore "thing," Stacy and House try to act normally. Fox. GILMORE GIRLS -- 8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54 / Sure, Luke likely would have hated the recital, but he's mad Lorelai didn't invite him. WB. ACCORDING TO JIM -- 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2 / The more Cheryl says he reminds her of Jim, the less Dana likes her new beau.
September 18, 2005
Hitting the right notes with musical and pre-taped segments in a television award show can be tricky. A cautionary example might be that of Rob Lowe dancing with a woman dressed as Snow White in the opening of the 1989 Oscar telecast. The juggling act becomes even trickier when a telecast primarily known for its glitter and glitz comes on the heels of a national catastrophe. In 2001, for example, the Emmy Awards show was twice postponed before finally airing in the wake of terrorist attacks.