Natalie Pinkham dons her wetsuit to help out with Britain’s Baywatch

August 12th, 2010 by Declan Nguyen |

My family were enjoying a seaside holiday in Bude in Cornwall. I was splashing in and out of the water and among the rocks when I fell and gashed my chin badly. As if by magic, a lifeguard appeared, stopped the bleeding and patched me up. I remember thinking, at the age of six, he really was a superhero. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to find out what the job of a lifeguard actually entails.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards patrol more than 150 beaches in England and Wales and last year dealt with nearly 14,000 incidents, assisting over 16,000 people.

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Atlanta matches last year’s bad air days and smog season isn’t over

August 12th, 2010 by Joseph Tishler | Tags: Air, Air Days

    The ozone that spread across Atlanta again Wednesday pushed the metro area over the threshold for another violation of federal clean air standards.

    The hazy Atlanta skyline looms over I-20 motor traffic as it moves westward past Riverside Parkway while Atlanta reached a code orange smog alert for the fifth day in a row Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010.

    Atlanta has now had 14 official bad air days this year — the same number seen in all of 2009. And the smog season continues through September, meaning more could be on the way.

    “We’ve got another couple months of hot weather ahead of us, it’s a safe bet,” said Kevin Green, the executive director of the Clean Air Campaign.

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    Breath test may be able to detect common cancers

    August 9th, 2010 by Declan Nguyen | Tags: Able, Able Detect

    While more work is needed to develop the technology, the early success could lead to the development of a cheap, easy-to-use and portable test to help diagnose cancer earlier.

    “If we can confirm these initial results in large-scale studies, this new technology could become a simple tool for early diagnosis of cancer along with imaging,” said Abraham Kuten of Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

    Kuten and his colleagues studied the breath of 177 people — some healthy and some with various types of cancer — to detect the different chemicals emitted from the surface of cancer cells as they grow.

    Their findings, published in the British Journal of Cancer, build on earlier research published by scientists at the same institute last year showing that a sensor made with gold nanoparticles could detect lung cancer in breath.

    (Reporting by Ben Hirschler; Editing by Louise Ireland)

    Success Story /Bob Tabor, 57: From 288 pounds to 198 pounds

    August 8th, 2010 by Joseph Tishler | Tags: 198 Pounds, 288 Pounds, Pounds

      Former weight: 288 pounds

      Current weight: 198 pounds

      Pounds lost: 90 pounds

      Height: 5 feet 9 inches

      Age: 57 years

      How long he’s kept it off: He started in August 2009 and reached his current weight in July.

      Personal life: “My wife, Ann, and I live in Gainesville, next door to our son, daughter-in-law and our two granddaughters,” Tabor said. “I am the minister of music at Buford Church of God in Buford.”

      Turning point: “The turning point for me was after a routine physical in August of 2009,” he said. “My blood work numbers were scary. In fact, my doctor wanted to put me on high blood pressure meds immediately. He also had me

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      JetBlue Incident Shows That in Air Travel, ‘Things Won’t Go As Planned’

      August 8th, 2010 by Abby Hitchcock | Tags: Air Travel, Travel

      Air travel and its attendant inconveniences are stressful, prompting passengers to fling foot powder and pull the hair of a blind fellow traveler, among other transgressions. And, as we all know by now, dealing with those unruly passengers can produce its own special breed of angst, which JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater is alleged to have vented yesterday by frankly airing his views on the PA system, grabbing a few brewskis, then activating the plane’s inflatable escape chute for a clean getaway to the tarmac and beyond. (

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