August 18, 2014 |
A middle-aged woman who had been a regular customer at a neighborhood store started behaving strangely. At first, the changes were subtle. But over the course of a month, the store owner noticed that when the woman came in every morning to buy her usual drink and newspaper, she seemed more withdrawn and preoccupied. It also became apparent she was neglecting her personal hygiene. Finally, one morning, the customer arrived completely confused. She began screaming and the shop owner called 911. She was taken to the emergency room.
August 11, 2014 |
Tony Burke was an energetic 2-year-old who loved drawing purple pictures of Barney and jumping on trampolines. But then his parents began to notice how he would grunt instead of talk, and couldn't look anyone in the eye. Before his third birthday, in 2005, he was diagnosed with autism. "It felt like my heart had been ripped out," said his mother, Suzanne Burke of Philadelphia. Seeking the best care, his parents found applied behavior analysis (ABA), a one-on-one therapy considered the most effective treatment to date for autism.
June 9, 2014 |
For several years, Sylvia Gentry noticed that her husband, Louis, was behaving oddly, but she didn't suspect he might have a brain disease. Their saga began about 10 years ago. He left the table midway through dinner with guests he'd liked for 30 years - they were boring, he told her. One Thanksgiving, he threw an artificial log in the fireplace, still wrapped in plastic. Oddest of all, he began to cross social boundaries. He'd ask embarrassing questions and hug strangers. He became overly flirtatious with young women.
May 25, 2014
At various times during the course of human history, inexplicable incidences of irrational behavior by various groups of people have occurred - the 1518 "dancing plague" of Strasbourg, for example, or the 1962 "laughing epidemic" of Kashasha, Tanganyika - that behavioral experts later attributed to "mass hysteria. " Perhaps the same phenomenon explains why City Council is taking so long to fulfill its end of a bargain with the state legislature and extend a one-percentage-point sales-tax increase to bail out Philadelphia's fiscally foundering public schools.
April 19, 2014 |
New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli says he might introduce a law to change the school-choice program to help "level the playing field" in high school sports. NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko says his organization is on board with the politician's efforts to stop the creation of "super teams. " We don't need better laws. We need better behavior. Burzichelli and Timko can get together and write a new law or come up with an amendment to the existing legislation or work with New Jersey's acting commissioner of education, David Hespe, to try to stop some unscrupulous school officials from exploiting the system in shortsighted pursuit of championship jackets.
December 29, 2013 |
Do you pick your skin until your arms are pitted with scabs? Bite your nails down to bloody nubs? Tear the calluses off your heels until walking is painful? This year, you won a small, bittersweet victory. Your condition made it into the 2013 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Its name: "excoriation disorder. " With this published acknowledgment of the problem, sufferers may now be eligible for health insurance coverage for the cost of treatment.
October 10, 2013 |
The Flyers had introduced Craig Berube as their new head coach Monday morning with a shower of promises and platitudes about toughness and leadership and accountability. Over his 17 years as an NHL player, Berube had forged a reputation as one of the league's most intimidating enforcers, racking up more than 3,000 penalty minutes in his career, never fearing to drop the gloves and tread on the dark side of his sport. From Ed Snider to Peter Luukko to Paul Holmgren, the organization's power people had framed Berube's promotion as the perfect antidote for a team that had lost its discipline and tenacity.
July 28, 2013
Q : There's a new dog park in our area, and the rules are generally pretty good, as long as people follow them. We have a couple of people who bring in multiple dogs at once, including one person who is being paid to exercise dogs. We don't have a limit on the number of dogs a single person can bring in, but after a couple of incidents, we're thinking about it. What do you think? A : People with multiple dogs, no matter how well-mannered their pets are, simply cannot stay on top of what all their dogs are doing once the animals fan out. That's why many parks have guidelines that address professional dog walkers or people with many dogs of their own. Everyone who takes a pet into an off-leash dog park needs to be responsible for the behavior of that animal, watching to be sure that the dog is neither bully nor victim, and that no one gets hurt.
July 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Anthony Weiner said yesterday that he'd traded racy messages with as many as three women since similar sexting forced him out of Congress. As he tried to tamp down questions about his behavior, a poll suggested the new disclosures were taking a toll on his mayoral prospects. Weiner, the former congressman who resigned in 2011 after the first batch of sexts surfaced, is running for New York mayor and had been near the top of most polls of the Democratic primary race until the latest furor over his behavior began this week when gossip website The Dirty posted explicit messages that a woman said she and Weiner sent each other starting in July 2012.
July 26, 2013 |
GlaxoSmithKline chief executive officer Andrew Witty said Wednesday that he and other top leaders at company headquarters in London were unaware of the activity of GSK executives in China accused of using travel agencies to pay off doctors and other health-care providers to increase drug sales. "To see these allegations about people working for GSK is, as we've said, shameful," Witty said in a conference call with reporters, his first public comment since the scandal broke. "For me, personally, they are deeply disappointing," he said.