March 15, 2015 |
A 45-year-old man came to see me because of a rash on his nose. It had appeared the day before. It hurt a little and itched a bit, though it was more annoying than anything else. He had no other skin concerns and felt fine otherwise. No fevers, chills, night sweats, or weight loss. Nothing. I examined the skin on his nose: There were perfectly demarcated oval patches of redness on the sides of both nostrils, completely symmetrical. There was some blistering and yellowish crusting, as well.
January 25, 2015 |
When preparing food at home, do you: Clean sponges with soap to kill bacteria after wiping up drippings on countertops? Cover Tupperware containers when cooling hot food in the fridge? Rinse chicken in the sink? All not good. "Washing a sponge with soap doesn't get rid of bacteria," said microbiologist Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety. They grow at room temperature and get spread around anything else you wipe off. "Put the sponge in a microwave for one minute to kill the salmonella and other bacteria," he said.
January 15, 2015 |
No Bey for Obama girls! Malia and Sasha Obama 's brains will rot - and their souls will be claimed by Mephistopheles - if they continue listening to Beyoncé 's devil music. That's the gist of a sermon delivered by the nation's conscience Mike Huckabee , via People mag. Yes, it's election season, and Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who many say is poised to run for the White House in '16, is making points with his GOP base by sizing up the White House's morals - and finding them wanting.
September 19, 2014 |
Chesterbrook drugmaker Auxilium Pharmaceuticals responded Wednesday to an unsolicited takeover offer from Endo International P.L.C. by saying it would look at the offer, as required by financial regulations, but also would institute a poison-pill stock-dividend plan to ward off Endo. Endo valued the cash-and-stock offer at $28.10 per share, or $2.2 billion, but it did not specify how much of that total was stock and how much was cash. Endo chief executive officer Rajiv De Silva sent the takeover letter to Auxilium CEO Adrian Adams on Friday night, then went public with the offer Tuesday after the stock market closed in New York.
June 9, 2014
With the exception of a slightly sore thumb, Carol Anne Bond's attempt to poison her husband's mistress missed the mark. But the Lansdale microbiologist's potion - mixed from chemicals gleaned from her workplace, at Rohm & Haas, and, alarmingly enough, some browsing on Amazon.com - had an intoxicating effect on the Supreme Court. Not only did Bond v. United States culminate last week in a Supreme Court opinion loaded with unappetizing references to toxic burritos and poisoned fish.
May 31, 2014 |
Pat Gusoff had what Umar Mycka calls "a yard full of trouble" at her Bustleton home. It wasn't so much the honeysuckle, mulberries, bittersweet, chokecherries, and English ivy, although they can be a nasty business. No, it was all those shiny, three-leaf shoots of Toxicodendron radicans, the dreaded poison ivy. Mycka knows this North American scourge intimately from four decades of work as a gardener/groundskeeper at the Philadelphia Zoo. Since 2008, he has also had a small business (idontwantpoisonivy.com)
April 4, 2014
I'M NOT going to win any friends with this column. Some will doubt my sincerity, others will think I've gone over to the dark side (and no pun intended when you figure out where I'm heading). In the past few weeks, we've lost two exceptional players from the team that - let's be honest - has the tightest hold on our civic hearts, the Eagles. One was a casualty of his aging body and free agency, and while it hurt some of us to see him go, the departure wasn't a sick-to-the-gut surprise.
February 23, 2014 |
Cabin fever is taking hold across a huge chunk of the country these days. In communities such as mine, where plowing is what you do to the north 40 in early spring and salt is shaken only on food, confinement because of icy streets and sidewalks can be prolonged. And long-term confinement increases exposure to many household dangers, especially carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced when any carbon-based fuel is burned. Quoting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Deborah Hanson of alarm maker First Alert says carbon monoxide poisoning "puts more than 20,000 people in the hospital and is responsible for nearly 450 deaths every year.
November 6, 2013 |
A tale of poison, payback, and one pregnant paramour heads back to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, as justices are set to hear oral arguments in the case of a Lansdale woman whose attempts to kill her husband's mistress landed her on the wrong side of U.S. antiterrorism law. Carol Anne Bond, 42, admits she tried to poison her romantic rival seven years ago by spreading toxic chemicals around the woman's Norristown home. But, she argues, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia overreacted by inflating what was essentially a domestic drama into a federal crime tied to a 1997 chemical weapons treaty.
October 31, 2013 |
YEARLY trick-or-treat safety guides urge parents to keenly scan each candy wrapper to spot signs of hidden poisons or razor blades. But has any kid ever actually been hurt or killed by a nefarious neighbor's ricin-laced Snickers? Joel Best, a University of Delaware sociology and criminal-justice professor, found that the candy-coated threat is about as likely as real vampires and witches going door-to-door each Oct. 31. He has studied newspaper articles going back 25 years, looking for the sensational tale of a child collapsing after eating a handful of poison Skittles.