February 28, 1992 |
Among the many stark and graphic contrasts in Katherine Gilday's consideration of women, weight and food in The Famine Within, none is more telling than the shot of a little girl in a high chair happily stuffing herself. At the nearby table, her mother and the other ladies pick at their abstemious salads with feigned and fastidious indifference. It is an image of the beginning and the end result of a love-hate relationship with life's basic commodity. Gilday's ambitious and highly accomplished documentary is a cogent study of how and why it exists.
September 18, 2012 |
Mike Birbiglia, Mr. Transmedia? Since 2008, when he first clambered on stage to turn his professional and relationship woes and weird sleep disorder into a painfully funny monologue, the mild-mannered comedian and storyteller has morphed Sleepwalk With Me into a hit one-man Off-Broadway show; a best-selling book; a running narrative on NPR's This American Life ; and now, a movie, cowritten by, directed by, and starring one Mike Birbiglia....
December 20, 1987 |
Snoring is no laughing matter. In fact, says Dr. Armando A. Montiel of Marlton, it sometimes can be fatal. But, because the person who snores excessively often is unaware of it, it is usually a spouse who brings the patient to see the doctor. So when Montiel hears a wife say to her husband, "Honey, keep quiet and let me tell the doctor all about it," he knows exactly what to expect next. "She'll say, 'He scares me . . . he snores loudly and then he stops breathing. He's grouchy and moody during the day, and he falls asleep at the drop of a hat. " These, say Montiel, are the classic symptoms of sleep apnea, a disorder in which the patient has repeated episodes of excessive snoring followed by a cessation of breathing.
January 15, 2002 |
An independent expert said yesterday that President Bush's fainting on Sunday, which his White House doctor attributed to a pretzel that he had difficulty swallowing, might well be a swallowing disorder that is uncommon but rarely life-threatening. William Ravich, clinical director of the swallowing center at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, said that when swallowing leads to fainting, it often is the result of a drop in blood pressure caused by a disorder called vasovagal syncope.
December 28, 2007
Need a little kick-start to put your house in order? The experts we consulted offered these coping mechanisms. Have a candid friend walk through your home and give it to you straight about what is unacceptable. Set realistic deadlines for starting and finishing clean-ups. Even conquering one room in a calendar year is balm for a guilty conscience. Try working from the simplest tasks to the most challenging, to keep from feeling overwhelmed. Set a timer to make the task finite.
July 22, 1988 |
William "The Refrigerator" Perry failed to appear yesterday at the opening of the Chicago Bears' summer training camp, and the team said the huge defensive tackle was entering a program for treatment of an eating disorder. The Bears issued a statement after Perry did not attend the team's first meeting last night. The statement said Perry had entered the program voluntarily. "The Bears are in agreement with Perry that this is a medical matter, and the Bears will have no further comment at this time," the statement said.
April 30, 2014
The Philadelphia courts' long-standing failure to ensure that drug convicts' driver's licenses were suspended illustrates the danger of government by ward heelers. It also reminds us that professional bureaucrats can botch the job just as badly. The Inquirer reported this week that for at least a decade, the city courts did not report drug convictions to the state Department of Transportation as required by law. That means tens of thousands of license suspensions that should have taken place did not, sometimes leaving dangerous drivers on the road.
June 23, 2004 |
Mary-Kate Olsen has entered rehab to treat an eating disorder. "She made a very courageous, precautionary decision," Michael Pagnotta, the Olsen twins' rep, told USA Today. "Mary-Kate is taking charge in making this decision. She wants to be healthy. " Rumors that the brunet Olsen, who turned 18 on June 13, had a disorder had been making the rounds for months, with Star mag printing photos of a harrowingly thin Mary-Kate just weeks ago. Both Mary-Kate and Ashley, who are each worth about $150 mil, have cheerfully waved off rumors about drug and alcohol abuse and eating disorders, Ashley telling People mag last month, "We don't have problems!
October 27, 1997 |
Christina Pearson says she started pulling out her hair when she was 12. By 14, she had no hair left on her head. "I thought, 'I don't see anyone else doing this - I must be the only one,' " said the 41-year-old businesswoman who runs a voice-mail company in Santa Cruz, Calif. "I thought I must be completely defective. " Then, at the age of 33, she learned that thousands of people, perhaps a million, suffer from the same problem, known as trichotillomania. Surveys show at least one in 200 people engages in some degree of hair pulling, experts say. Therapists and patients from around the country will convene in Philadelphia this week for a conference devoted to this common, but often unrecognized, condition.
June 13, 1991 |
Carrying a toothbrush and change of clothes, Charles Woodard of Stratford was ready for one of the most important evenings of his life. Before his wife read a magazine article on sleep laboratories, he never expected that there would be a medical explanation for his problem. According to Woodard, his family has complained for the last five years that his snoring is so loud that it keeps them awake at night and that during the day, he simply cannot keep his eyes open. "I've stopped driving because I fall asleep at the wheel," he told Eva Morozsan, respiratory care director at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals/Stratford Division, which opened in 1981 as the first sleep laboratory in South Jersey.