| Dec 13, 2010
I was deeply saddened with the Institute of Medicine report that we are a healthy nation in regard to our calcium and vitamin D intakes ["Sweeping Away the Hype About Vitamin D," Dec. 6]. As a physician keenly interested in my patients' nutrition status...
| 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...
| 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......
| Sep 18, 2009
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A handful of scientists, so to speak, say that washing your hands routinely may not be a good way to prevent transmission of the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, according to an article in Newsweek. There is no question that sanitizing......
| Feb 18, 2008
IF cold symptoms alone don't make one's head spin, the sheer number of zinc options on the market -- lozenges, swabs, sprays and tablets containing various salts of the mineral -- surely will.
The buzz over zinc began in 1984, when researchers in Austin,...