May 19, 1999 |
Dr. Allan Koff doesn't mow his own lawn anymore. Like many of his patients, he's allergic to the pollen that bursts from the trees around Philly every spring. "First it's the oak, then sycamore," he says, "and then comes dogwood - and the rest are close behind. " "That's how I got out of mowing the lawn," adds Koff, an internist with the Albert Einstein Health Care Network in the Northeast. Right now the long-needled pine is dumping yellow pollen onto windshields and sidewalks across the city.
July 7, 2010 |
Howie Mandel is a major germaphobe. The folks at America's Got Talent - where he's the newest judge - had to know this. The title of Mandel's autobiography is Don't Touch Me . As a child, he wouldn't fix undone shoelaces because they'd touched the floor. How long have you been a germaphobe, he was once asked. "You're asking my age?" he replied. And yet, somebody at the NBC summer hit apparently thought it would be funny to test the bald big mouth's microbe-phobia.
May 3, 2000 |
Not wanting to spread any germs, Russell Carroll tried to suppress a sneeze during a high-powered meeting with his boss and five other administrators. But Carroll, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Administrative Computer Center, couldn't suppress it for long. When he finally sneezed, court records stated, he felt a "pressure in his head and within 30 seconds to a minute, felt a pain like a rubber band struck his left eye," detaching the retina. Doctors tried to save his vision in three subsequent operations, but Carroll lost the use of his left eye, seeing only light and dark.
February 20, 2012 |
Question: Is it true that the reason why people say "God bless you" after someone sneezes is that the heart stops beating? Answer: Fortunately, the heart doesn't stop when we sneeze. The sneeze reflex is analogous to the cough reflex, in that it's an automatic response to an irritation. The walls of the nasal cavity are irritated, conducting nerve impulses to the brain. The uvula (which hangs down from your upper palate above the tongue) closes off the mouth area from the upper airway so that air is forcefully directed through the nose.
October 18, 2009 |
The dust makes us all sneeze. On the street, stirred up by market traffic, it floats at eye level. I sneeze, and Rebecca says, "Bless you. " A little watery-eyed, I return to life in the streets of Marrakech, Morocco. We are standing in the middle of the street, and people pass us on all sides. We are lured into the mazes of woven rugs and leather shops, the alleyways of silver and gold platters, vases, and goblets. At a glance, the objects look spectacular, reflecting light that shines through the ceiling.
January 26, 1995 |
Folk singer Dave Van Ronk will headline a show sponsored by the Lansdowne Folk Club at 8 tonight at the Twentieth Century Club in Lansdowne. Gary and Gary will open. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 if ordered in advance. The Club is at 84 S. Lansdowne Ave. Call 610-622-3512. Amateur sleuths, the game is afoot! Master detective Sherlock Holmes will put his razor-sharp powers of reasoning to the test tonight through Feb. 4, when the Players Club of Swarthmore stages The Crucifer of Blood.
April 3, 1996 |
If only our Religious Studies 101 class had included this kind of stuff! Maybe we wouldn't have decided on the English major after all. Here's Richard Gere explaining his search for "pure bliss," and what he claims is a tenet of his Buddhist faith: "They say there are several moments in one's life when it happens: during orgasm, when we sneeze and in deep levels of dreams. Those are states of consciousness when there are flashes of bliss. " (Interview, Page 41.) Bliss when we sneeze?
July 6, 2011 |
Albert Pujols stayed on the bench in his first game off the disabled list. The St. Louis Cardinals had plenty without the three-time NL MVP. Matt Holliday homered twice hours after being picked to represent the National League in the Home Run Derby and Jaime Garcia had another stingy home outing in an 8-1 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds last night. Holliday said he knew about the derby honor a few days ago. "No correlation, I wouldn't think," Holliday said. "I'm just trying to hit the ball hard.
April 26, 1993 |
If he were allowed just one question to determine how bad a new patient's seasonal allergies were, Stephen J. McGeady of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital might ask: "Do you wish you were dead around Memorial Day?" And if the answer was yes? "I'd know I was talking to someone with a bad grass allergy," said McGeady, director of Jefferson's Allergy and Clinical Immunology Division. Let's call it . . . pollen panic. Though the millions of Americans who go through it every year hardly need to be informed that those drippy, stuffed- up, sneezy days are here once again.
June 24, 1997 |
Rick Reed, Carl Everett and the New York Mets more than measured up to the Atlanta Braves. In their first test of the year against the National League champions, the surging Mets beat visiting Atlanta, 3-2, last night for their season-high fifth straight win. Reed (5-4) outpitched John Smoltz (6-7), and Everett rallied New York with a two-run homer in the sixth inning. The victory left the Mets just five games behind the NL East-leading Braves. More than that, it showed both teams the gap between them might not be so overwhelming.