November 4, 2013 |
To some of us - well, me - this new red book looks like a hypochondriac's dream, and not necessarily a good one. The Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms has nearly 500 pages of common symptoms, from abdominal pain, acute to wheezing , and the many bad and even worse things they might signify. The book's editor, Robert Porter, an emergency physician who teaches weekly at Einstein Medical Center, doesn't see it that way. He suggests that users of the book are likely to be "Dr. Moms," or spouses of people who don't take symptoms seriously enough.
December 26, 2012
1QUIT SMOKING. The verdict has been in on this one since 1960, when the Surgeon General announced that smoking was harmful to your health. Besides that, it stains your teeth and hands, and gives you halitosis (bad breath). 2WEAR A SEAT BELT. Statistics show that seat belts add to longevity and help alleviate potential injuries in car crashes. Buckle down and buckle up. 3FLOSS YOUR TEETH. Recent studies make a direct connection between longevity and flossing. It's simple - brush and floss every day. 4DON'T DRINK TOO MUCH.
June 10, 2012 |
This year marks the 90th anniversary of a signal moment in advertising history: the first time a problem was turned into a social stigma so a company could sell a product to fix it. In 1922, Gerard Lambert was in his office at the family's pharmaceutical company in St. Louis. One of his employees read him an article in a British medical journal that used the word halitosis to describe bad breath. Lambert's father had helped invent a product called Listerine, which dentists used as an antiseptic and which Lambert Pharmaceutical Co. marketed for a whole range of uses, from treating gonorrhea to cleaning floors.
September 25, 2010
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend recently started turning away when I try to kiss him. When I asked him why, he explained that he has developed into a "germaphobe. " In the beginning of our relationship, we never had this problem. What is happening? - Never Been Kissed, Lately DEAR NEVER: Your boyfriend may be embarrassed to tell you that your breath is unpleasant. Or he may be trying to distance himself romantically. I recommend you ask him directly if either of these could account for the change in his behavior.
July 24, 2010
THOUGH MY wife LaVeta generously moved the kids' bedtime from 8 to 10 p.m. once school ended, the little ones want more. But our feeling is simple: It's summer. If you're a kid and you can't get it in between the crack of dawn and 10 p.m., shame on you. That cold reality didn't stop our kids from trying to game the system Thursday night. It was around 9:45 when LaVeta, who'd had enough of the Cartoon Network for one day, went upstairs to regain her sanity by watching grown-up TV. It was now my job to get the kids to bed on time.
July 22, 2010
DEAR ABBY: I am a 20-year-old female who has recently come to terms with the fact that I am bisexual. My problem lies in the fact that I am strongly attracted to one of my best friends. I have liked her for several years, and she is a large part of the reason I discovered I was bisexual. I know she is straight and won't ever feel the same about me, but every time I'm around her, my romantic feelings for her start up again. It has reached the point where I'm considering avoiding her to stop these feelings.
May 30, 2010
John Timpane is media writer/editor for The Inquirer Art Linkletter was a very nice man. I ought to know. In 1963, I was a kid on House Party , saying the darndest things. The CBS producers came to our school, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Santa Ana, Calif., in a procession only a little less than papal. They all shared the twinkle in the Linkletter eye, his knack for getting kids to spill. I have no idea what I said, but they must have loved it, because I got on the show.
February 13, 2005 |
Fellas, beware - disappear and come back with chocolate if your girl has gotten to this essay. Forgive me, I was shot with truth serum before writing it. It seems every girl I've kissed since the eighth grade never knew what was really on my mind. Take Rebecca. She was the best girl basketball player in school and played with the boys during free play. She always owned her own ball. One time while guarding her, I reached to swipe the ball, yet the roundness I found gave me a shot of hormones from which I never recovered.
April 22, 2002 |
He wears too much cologne. She could use some for her body odor. He sings along - badly, loudly - to the radio. And speaking of loud, must everyone overhear her steamy phone call about "last night?" You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your coworkers. Lord knows it's difficult enough to go to work some days without the added aggravation of loudmouths, gum-crackers, and the greasy-haired gross-outs who could win trophies for bad odors, bad breath and bad grooming.
June 29, 2000 |
Time is called and the catcher walks to the mound. Often these days in baseball, it's time for "The Coverup. " The Coverup, as invented - or at least perfected - by Phillies righthander Curt Schilling, involves covering one's face with a glove so no lips are read during The All-Important Discussion. You've seen it. You might not realize, however, that you've been seeing it for eight seasons. "I started that during the playoffs and World Series in 1993," Schilling said.