October 14, 2013 |
With a mix of jokes and inspirational quotes, Cory Booker was awing a crowd of hundreds with his signature charm and cross-cultural appeal. Only Booker was not in New Jersey, where he is mayor of Newark and running for U.S. Senate. That night, Sept. 16, he was in Upstate New York, speaking to the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo. Booker was in the midst of a nine-day stretch in which he disappeared from the campaign trail while his tenacious Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, battered the Democrat's record at home.
June 20, 2013
IT IS THE curse of superstardom, of living on Olympus and occasionally taking a walk down the hill and not the other way around. We love it when a guy comes out of nowhere to momentarily wow the world, but the god who has been around forever and ever and kept slipping on the rocks on the summit, well, we see warts where they are and imagine them sometimes where they are not. LeBron James has been in our collective conscience since he was in high...
April 3, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Anybody who thinks Monday night was a reason to panic hasn't been paying attention. In fact, if you are somebody who thinks Opening Night has some utility as a tea leaf for the rest of the season - which, almost without exception, it does not - the positives may have outweighed the negatives. The second baseman with the creaky knees looked as strong as he did in his prime, knocking a 400-foot home run over the wall in dead center, taking an extra base on an RBI single, and stretching a double into a triple.
December 24, 2012 |
Question: I had an EKG done in 2009 that said I had possible left atrial enlargement. Another EKG done at a different hospital in the same month said I had left atrial abnormality. I saw a cardiologist who did an echocardiogram of my heart and said I did not have left atrial enlargement. I'm completely puzzled! Can you help? Answer: An EKG uses the electrical activity of the heart to look for such things as the heart's rate, rhythm, signs of impaired electrical conduction, prior heart attacks, current injury to heart muscle, and possible enlargement of one or more chambers.
October 30, 2012 |
Question : I remember when Magic Johnson was diagnosed with HIV in the early 1990s. I thought it was his death sentence. Two decades later, he is healthy and the virus is completely under control with the medication he takes. Have we reached a point where people living with HIV can have normal life expectancies? Answer: Potentially, yes. We've come a long way since 1983, when the HIV virus was first identified. In 1986, AZT (Zidovudine) became the first drug available to treat HIV. Unfortunately, it wasn't effective enough in combating the AIDS virus.
February 8, 2012
DEAR ABBY : My boyfriend, "Brady," broke up with me in November. Five weeks later he became engaged to someone else. I found out after that I have genital warts. My yearly exams never showed any problems before, so I know I got them from Brady. I'm getting treatment now, but I'll be contagious for the rest of my life. I have been unable to tell Brady about this because he won't respond to my attempts to contact him. I'm now trying to decide if I should tell his fiancee. I know he wants children, and this disease can have some serious repercussions if she gets pregnant.
December 28, 2011
Dramatically different drugs with similar names can be a dangerous problem, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted the public Wednesday regarding a wart-removing preparation that was confused with eyedrops. The FDA said it received one report of serious injury when a pharmacist mistakenly gave an eye surgery patient Durasal, the salicylic acid-containing wart remover, instead of the prescribed Durezol eye drops. Durezol is approved for treatment of inflammation and pain associated with ocular surgery.
June 7, 2011
WE ARE Red Sox Nation now. We count our consecutive sellouts, bid up the prices for the most modest seats in the place, analyze, dissect and distress over a team that somehow, despite numerous cracks in its armor, entered their game against the Dodgers with the best record in the major leagues, and finished the night with a four-game lead over its nearest pursuer. Somehow, that is the stuff that gets buried, buried underneath the anxiety of an uncertain future. Chase Utley playing his fourth day in a row?
May 31, 2011
WHEN Tony Kornheiser worked "Monday Night Football" with Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski, it was so cold in the booth the mountains on the Coors labels turned blue instantly. It's all there in the new, 745-page doorstop of a book about ESPN, patched together by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. The title is "Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN" and I'm baffled, trying to figure out which guys have any of the fun. In the book, the guys come across, in their own words, as whiners, egotists, chauvinistic pigs, lugging petty grievances around like so many tattered blankees.
August 20, 2010 |
Emma Thompson reprises her role in "Nanny McPhee Returns" as the tough-love British domestic with the magic walking stick. McPhee bangs her polished stick on the ground, shock waves shoot forth and a great noise is heard, but that's not the magic part. The magic is that when the noise is heard, all unruly children in the vicinity begin to behave, immediately. It's a fantasy that appeals mainly to adults, whom I suspect are the reason the original was an unexpected hit. We found a hero in Nanny McPhee, the dour disciplinarian who brings children smartly to heel.