| May 1, 2011
Amulet Books: 359 pp., $16.95, ages 14 and up
When it comes to sex and drugs, teen interest and parental tolerance tend to run in opposite directions. Simultaneously titillating and taboo, alluring yet off-limits, underage...
| Aug 1, 2010
The searchers carved skid row into quadrants and advanced in small groups, aiming flashlights into the cold.
They moved between nylon tents and cardboard lean-tos in the Toy District, where junkies had stripped the streetlights and left whole blocks in...
| Aug 3, 2010
Bobby Livingston couldn't sleep. The indoor quiet was unnerving, the softness of his mattress all wrong. For weeks after moving into Room 216 at the Senator Hotel, he found comfort only on a hard tile floor that felt reassuringly like the pavement....
| Jan 17, 2011
I have heard that Viagra is effective for altitude sickness. Is this true?
Viagra is best known as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. But there are reports that it has off-label uses in treating a number of other conditions, including pulmonary...
| Oct 10, 2010
If Trouble Don't Kill Me
A Family's Story of Brotherhood, War, and Bluegrass
Ralph Berrier Jr.
Crown: 304 pp., $25
We're all familiar with the standard musician biography: down-and-out upbringing, often involving the death of — or at least...
| Sep 13, 2010
The best medicine for a longer, healthier life may be the support of family and friends: That's the conclusion of an exhaustive July report looking at studies over three decades on social relationships and mortality.
People with adequate social...
| Sep 13, 2010
The old folk concept that our personal health behaviors rub off on those around us has received a staggering amount of scientific support of late. Over the last few years, study after study has shown that weight gain, drug and alcohol use, even loneliness...
| Feb 16, 2011
No other star of Hollywood's golden age continues to hold audiences in quite the way that Humphrey Bogart does.
The American Film Institute voted him the greatest male star of all time, and his influence as cultural icon and representative of a certain...
| Jan 1, 2012
Only Shalom Auslander would call a novel "Hope: A Tragedy." But then, what else would you expect from an author whose last book, a memoir, was titled "Foreskin's Lament"? There, he recalled his Orthodox Jewish upbringing,...
| Feb 20, 2012
Now that we're deep into the cold and flu season, it's safe to assume that germs are hiding pretty much everywhere — the keypad at the grocery store checkout, the handrail on the bus, the air around that miserable-looking co-worker.
| Nov 18, 2009
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One of the biggest disappointments in AIDS research was the failure of Merck & Co.'s STEP trial of an experimental AIDS vaccine, which was terminated prematurely in 2007 when it became apparent that the vaccine seemed to increase the number......