August 23, 2015 |
A distraught medical student rushed over to me during a sick clinic usually devoted to fairly benign matters such as colds and minor rashes. "I think something is really wrong with this patient", the student told me. "He can't walk. " The 10-year-old in the exam room had suddenly lost the use of his legs for no apparent reason. His father and uncle carried him into our waiting room, with his mother and aunt by his side. "He was fine yesterday - then, this morning, he couldn't walk," the boy's father told me. I quickly glanced at the child and saw he was coherent and in no apparent pain.
July 27, 2015 |
Pizza, pizza, pizza, chicken fingers, pizza, buttered noodles, pizza. This is a typical week of eating for Corey Fader, 19, an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. An otherwise well-adjusted man with plenty of friends, who also juggles a job at a start-up and loves photography, Fader is a picky eater. We all know picky eaters. Most are children. And then there is the occasional adult who takes drastic, sometimes odd, measures with food. Disemboweling sandwiches in an effort to avoid the onions, or picking mushrooms off of pizzas because of the "slime" factor.
July 20, 2015 |
A MAN WHO voiced displeasure outside a Criminal Justice Center courtroom in April - after which cops confronted him and a female public defender came to his aid - pleaded guilty yesterday to a summary offense of disorderly conduct. Under a negotiated plea deal between the prosecution and the defense, Anthony C. Jones, 23, was then sentenced by Municipal Judge Charles Hayden to "no further penalty. " Jones' case made news because the public defender who came to his aid, Paula Sen, reportedly was punched in the head by a cop who was trying to tackle Jones.
July 11, 2015 |
Question: When I married my husband, I knew we both had pieces of ourselves under lock and key. I used to be a staunch defender that we are all allowed a private room in our minds, so to speak, where we store memories, thoughts, and feelings that, while formative of our current personalities, didn't really need to be shared with the other person. (Does H. really need to know I have a secret crush on Tommy Lee Jones?) I know my husband has a similar lockbox - he never told me about running away for quite a while as a teenager.
June 12, 2015 |
THE 10 PEOPLE arrested at a Lawncrest town-hall meeting in March protesting the death of Brandon Tate-Brown in Mayfair were acquitted yesterday, eliciting shouts of joy inside the Criminal Justice Center. They had shown up at the meeting, where District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey were present, to protest the District Attorney's Office's decision to not file charges against two cops involved in the fatal shooting of Tate-Brown, 26, in December. Municipal Judge Joyce Eubanks, after viewing a nine-minute video of the loud and noisy protest, and after hearing testimony from prosecution witnesses - primarily police Civil Affairs Unit Lt. Joseph O'Brien and community activist Greg Bucceroni - acquitted all 10. The 10 included Mallori Lofton-Malachi, 27, a professional soccer player; her sister, Megan Malachi, 34; and their sister, Morgan Malachi, 32. They also included Asa Khalif, a/k/a Earl Pittman, 44, who is a cousin of Tate-Brown's; and Scott Williams, 26, a University of Pennsylvania student.
May 3, 2015 |
A set of young twins entered my office as though they were there to be executed - silent and grim-faced. In fact, they were there merely for a psychological evaluation. And my office is bright and filled with toys - hardly a dungeon. Nonetheless, their mother had to drag them in. I couldn't make them laugh, smile, answer my questions - or even look at me. Their mother explained their strange silence was the main reason she had brought her twins to the appointment. Although they were "chatterboxes" at home, talking easily to both parents, other family members, and each other, they had never talked at their elementary school.
February 26, 2015
THIS WEEK is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and whenever the conversation turns to eating disorders, it is likely to begin something like this: "Eating disorders? Oh, that's a white woman's disease. " That's the prevailing myth, often perpetuated in the mainstream media and in research, too. But, sadly, eating disorders do not discriminate, and an unprecedented number of black girls and women suffer from this disease, too. Truth be told, the thin-body ideals most frequently characterized in film, television and fashion magazines have become so institutionalized that as many as 80 percent of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.
February 19, 2015
"FIFTY SHADES of Grey" won't go away. It will, however, go from bad to worse. After attending a Valentine's Day screening of the BDSM romance in Glasgow, Scotland, three women exited a movie theater only to enter a police van. Their crime was not sex-related. More like drunk and disorderly. They allegedly assaulted a male patron who'd shushed the rowdy, inebriated female trio. Unlike basically every other man in attendance, the victim apparently wanted to better hear the dialogue between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan . Witnesses said that the women, ages 31, 38 and 51, "glassed" the guy. A theater representative denied the glassing, and said that no one was attacked by a wine bottle, either.
February 5, 2015 |
A strange thing happens when Adam Fishbein gets up in front of an audience to talk about Tourette syndrome: Nothing strange happens. Though he has Tourette syndrome, he exhibits none of the tics - involuntary vocal sounds or movements - that accompany the neurological disorder. That, he said, is an indication of how passionate he is about getting his message out. "When I am doing a presentation, I am focused on something I love," he said. At age 16, the high school student from Elkins Park is a dedicated advocate for people with the disorder - and an official Youth Ambassador with the National Tourette Syndrome Association.
January 16, 2015 |
Jenna Bass wrote an autobiography in watercolor. As the Hunterdon County, N.J., artist began to recover from the eating disorders that were ruining her life, blood reds receded and bright pinks proliferated in her work. "Looking back on these paintings is really profound for me," says Bass, 26. "They're so far from where I am now. " I meet the stylish and personable artist at the Mount Laurel offices of the Renfrew Center, a rehabilitation program specializing in eating disorders.