September 21, 2009
Going camping and hiking in the woods are two of the high points of being a kid. The trouble is, there's more to a forest outing than sleeping under the stars and throwing burrs at your friend. Some things in the woods are dangerous. And while few people will have the misfortune of running into a mother bear with her cubs (this is very dangerous), most of us will cross paths with poison ivy at one time or another. Poison ivy isn't poisonous in the way that, say, a snake's venom can be. However, most people are allergic to a...
June 18, 2012 |
Have you ever hesitated before diving into a pool, trying to remember if it's been at least 30 minutes since you ate? Or not itched a mosquito bite for fear that scratching would only make it worse? Health myths buzz around summer pastimes such as swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking like so many gnats. People have a hard time letting go of word-of-mouth wisdom, even when faced with good evidence to the contrary. "Myths stick with us because they make sense to us, on some level," says...
August 23, 2008 |
There are things about summer -- long days, shaved ice, fresh-off-the-tree-peaches -- that we love. And then there are those things we simply tolerate because, well, the pessimist in us says that life can't possibly be that perfect, so we must suffer, just a bit. Well, it appears we could be suffering a bit more in coming days. Polar bears might be endangered because global warming is melting their homes on arctic ice shelves, but one species is thriving: poison ivy. A growing body of research shows that in...
August 31, 2008
The Aug. 23 Metro article "The Kind of Misery Itched in Memory" brought back memories. I grew up in Oxon Hill (1954-79) and, being very sensitive to poison ivy, I knew very well and lived by the saying "Leaves of three? Leave it be!" When I moved to La Plata in 1979, I had no idea that poison ivy grew up trees. Seeing a nasty vine on a tree in my back yard and ignoring the thousands of hairs on it, I pulled it down and became "the beast of La Plata" for a few weeks. Since then, I have added a second couplet to the poison ivy...
September 3, 2008
Summer is essentially over, and Metro's Icons of Summer series definitely is. We asked readers to vote for their favorite stories, and the results are in: 1. Swimmin' Holes 2. Swimwear, Grilling & Barbecue (tie) 4. Garden Hoses 5. Baseball, Convertibles (tie) 6. Poison Ivy 7. Painted Toes 8. Mosquitoes 9. Camp, "I can't decide" (tie) 11. Hula Hoops
August 16, 2011 |
Harold Baer, 92, the creator and former chief of the laboratory of allergenic products at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, died Aug. 1 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda of complications related to lymphoma. Dr. Baer joined the NIH staff in 1960 and retired in 1988 as chief of the allergenic products laboratory, which during his career was placed under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration. His work included the study of poison ivy extracts, and he helped develop ways to reduce human...