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"I just think they're, safer. I
don't like the rectal thermome-
ter, I'm afraid you could puncture
With "noses" resembling a re-
versed funnel, the ear ther-
mometers measure fevers
within seconds. Health experts
advise waiting until children are
about 4 or 5 to use them, plac-
ing the end directly into tile ear
"Most mothers have a hard
time with a rectal thermometer,"
said Elaine Hastings, an emer-
gency room nurse. "But the ear
thermometer is just as tricky.
You have to be careful that it ac-
tually touches the skin. Other-
wise, they get the temperature
of the air."
Jan Patton prefers the digital
version to the ear thermometer.
"It's a very expensive ther-
mometer, and I don't see any dif-
ference in putting something in
your ear or your mouth," she
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Her 6-year-old son Nick pro-
vides an added incentive.
"He holds (the digital) in his
mouth," she said. "He likes the
fact that it beeps."
But some parents still rely on
more tactile and familiar meth-
ods for gauging a child's temper-
Mother of four Marcia O'Con-
nor relies on her hands and her
observations when deciding
whether it's time to take the kids
to the doctor. When they were
smaller and feverish, they usu-
ally started crying or pulled on
their ears if they were infected.
But Ms. O'Connor opted for a
high-tech touch when a friend
asked for the tympanic ther-
mometer for a shower gift.
"That was something (the
mother) really wanted," she
sighed. "It was as much as a
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gathered at a Jerusalem
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pour hot wax, hit and
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The reason for their rather un-
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wenty kabbalists recently
Maariv, Israel's second largest
daily newspaper, has been run-
ning a series of one-question in-
terviews with well-known people
on the topic of what makes Is-
Former Foreign Minister Abba
Eban, who spoke Saturday night
at Temple Emanu-El in Palm
Mr. Eban, How About
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Tea Packs is the No. 1 act in
But what makes it unique, ac-
cording to Maariv, is its original
Unlike other popular Israeli
singers and bands, who either im-
itate Western or Middle Eastern
acts, Tea Packs has created its
own groove. Sure, it emulates
much of what has been done be-
fore — from all around the world
— but at least it's got trailblaz-
ing elements in rhythm, sound,
lyrics and arrangements, ac-
cording to Maariv.
Mixing Middle Eastern and
Western musical elements is not
new in Israel — groups like Eth-
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