July 9, 2013 |
This week, a spokesperson for Sir Elton John confirmed that the singer was postponing a series of concerts on his European tour because he was suffering from appendicitis. The specific diagnosis, as given on John's website, was "appendix abscess surrounding retrocaecal appendicitis. " We're about to get into the science of exactly what that diagnosis means, but first a warning: It's not going to be pretty. The appendix is attached to a part of your body called the cecum , which is a sack generally considered to be the beginning of your lower intestine.
April 10, 2013 |
Nate Berkus is engaged to Jeremiah Brent, his boyfriend of nearly nine months. The 41-year-old interior designer, TV personality and Oprah protege popped the question Monday at Machu Picchu in Peru, completely surprising Brent because the two were actually on a business trip, his rep confirmed to Us Weekly . "Machu Picchu @nate_berkus @susankfeldman @allmoxie #lifechanging #specialday," Brent tweeted on Monday with an Instagram picture ...
October 12, 2009 |
It's easy to see how air pollution would affect respiratory disease: You breathe in smog-filled miasma all day and the ozone, other noxious gases and small particulate matter therein can make you wheeze and cough. Pollutants can trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis in susceptible individuals. But it's harder at first blush to understand links to other conditions. In two studies reported last week, bad air was associated with higher rates of appendicitis and ear infections. The new reports have been met with surprise because neither health problem seems obviously linked with the airway or bloodstream.
June 23, 2009 |
Researchers have identified a chemical in urine that is closely associated with appendicitis in children and are working to develop a simple test that could be used to diagnose the condition -- a test that would both increase the likelihood of performing surgery before the appendix bursts and prevent unnecessary surgery.
April 23, 2009 |
They may not have realized it, but the folks who snapped up as much as $4-million worth of limited-edition prints by artist Takashi Murakami two years ago at the special Louis Vuitton boutique inside his exhibition at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art apparently were getting nicely mounted handbags -- minus the snaps and straps. At least one buyer, Clint Arthur, is steamed enough to have sued Louis Vuitton for fraud. "Louis Vuitton . . .
September 7, 2008 |
When Maureen Scanlan had a painful kidney stone episode four years ago, she was pleased that her doctor ordered an annual regimen of CT scans to monitor her condition. The scans involved hundreds of razor-thin X-rays of her innards stitched together by a computer into stunningly detailed 3-D images showing the size and location of the stone, down to the millimeter. What she didn't realize was that the perfection of the images was a result of a radiation dose equivalent to more than a dozen standard abdominal X-rays -- all for a condition that though painful is relatively mundane.