March 5, 2011 |
A thermometer is the only piece of medical technology in most homes, so it's natural for parents to take a child's temperature at the first sign of illness. But increasingly, pediatricians are advising caregivers to think about leaving the thermometer in the medicine cabinet. In a report published last week in the journal Pediatrics, experts cautioned against "fever phobia" and instructed doctors to do a better job of educating parents on the relative insignificance of an elevated temperature.
November 9, 2010 |
Fear is a complicated emotion, and scientists have recruited a scary laboratory aide ? the Brazilian salmon pink tarantula ? to help map out how the feeling is processed in the brain. Using video of the 8.7-inch-long arachnid, British researchers showed that the human brain engages several different systems when evaluating threats. For instance, the part of the brain that engages when a threat is approaching is different from the part that is activated when a threat is receding, they reported Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
October 24, 2009 |
Clackety-clack. Clackety-clack. I pause as I mount the steps of the 737, frowning at the spinning engine. "Does your engine always make that noise?" I ask the flight attendant boarding an airplane from Antananarivo to the south of the country. "Seat 5B," he says. "On your right." A moment's hesitation. I sit. (Mental image: Flames shooting from the left-hand engine.) The problem with having one of the world's most interesting jobs and flying to the world's most fascinating places is getting there.
July 12, 2009 |
When I arrived in China late last month, the hazmat-suited public officials who met my plane had the same question for each passenger: "Have you had contact with pigs?" The officials took our temperatures, and then we were free to pass through customs and go on our way. As a physician who had come to Shanghai to lecture at a Chinese medical school, I found it interesting to witness firsthand China's public health response to the H1N1 virus.
December 31, 2007 |
A colleague of mine was on call several years ago when he was paged to the emergency room to evaluate a baby with a fever. He started by asking the child's mother how high the temperature was. 375 degrees, she answered. My colleague looked at her for a moment. How, he asked, had she figured? She didn't have a thermometer. So to check, she turned on her oven and put one hand on her baby and one hand in the oven. When the temperature felt about the same on both of her hands, she wrote it down.
March 5, 2007 |
WITHIN DAYS of my move back to L.A., an assistant location production assistant came knocking on my door. One of Silver Lake's many public stairways passes by my new (very old) house, and this quaint, gang-tagged, open-air saloon and mattress-disposal site had been chosen to be a setting for an NBC pilot called "Life." The filming would be a quiet affair; "no stunts." No fun. We negotiated, and I failed to get a dollar figure for my promised compensation. As a result, I got no compensation.