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February 28, 1992 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
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....
NEWS
December 20, 1987 | By Lorraine Rocco, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
January 15, 2002 | By Jodi Enda INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
July 22, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 23, 2004 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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!
NEWS
July 27, 2015 | By Sheena Faherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
LIVING
October 27, 1997 | By Faye Flam, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 23, 2015 | By Daniel R. Taylor, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
July 27, 2015 | By Sheena Faherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
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.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
May 3, 2015 | By Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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