| 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...
| Dec 19, 2010
"Papa," Aurelio told me, "I want to touch the moon!"
This was more than the fanciful thinking of a 5-year-old. On a father-son trip last month to watch the launch of the space shuttle, Aurelio did touch the moon — a small piece displayed at the...
| Dec 15, 2010
| 1:50 PM
With more than 110,000 people awaiting the gift of an organ in the United States, health professionals know they can ill afford to squander the chance that a grieving family will say "yes" to organ donation. And yet, in this season of gift-giving, two new...
| Dec 19, 2010
The Emperor of All Maladies
A Biography of Cancer
Scribner: 572 pp., $30
Siddhartha Mukherjee's "The Emperor of All Maladies," a remarkable history of the 4,000-year-old war on cancer, shines a focused beam of light on a disease...
| Dec 20, 2010
"Holistic nutrition." You may not know the term, but you've surely heard its claims. Among other things, holistic nutritionists (or HNs, as they call themselves) may teach that fluoride and pesticides are lethal, that most diseases and detrimental...
| Jan 3, 2011
What does it cost to stop smoking?
For just about anyone, less than it does to keep smoking. Many smokers burn through thousands of dollars each year buying cigarettes alone. Then there are peripheral costs like breath mints, extra trips to the dry...
| Apr 25, 2011
It's hard to feel upbeat about spring weather if you suffer from seasonal allergies. While other people can spend all day outside without a sniffle, you can barely look at a field of grass or an oak tree without turning into a watery, miserable mess....
| Dec 27, 2010
| 10:48 AM
More and more kids these days seem to have food allergies, and peanut-free classrooms are becoming the norm in many elementary schools.
In trying to characterize the apparent increase, scientists have identified two distinct trends. The first is that...
| Dec 26, 2010
Salvador Jorge Blanco
Former president of Dominican Republic
Salvador Jorge Blanco, 84, a former Dominican Republic president who was convicted of corruption in a decision later overturned by an appeals court, died Sunday at his home in Santo Domingo,...
| Jul 19, 2010
Foam blocks are great tools for practicing yoga poses. Use them to develop more flexibility in your hamstrings while eliminating pressure on your lower back.
Foam blocks are great tools for practicing yoga poses. Use them to develop more flexibility in...
| Jul 25, 2010
"There are many types of genres," declares the busy spine of Dash Shaw's monumental 2008 graphic novel, "Bottomless Belly Button" (Fantagraphics: 720 pp., $29.99) "This is: family comedy/drama/horror/mystery/romance." It's as much taxonomical cheat...