| 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
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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...
| 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...
| 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 16, 2010
Develop a strong core with this simple yet challenging move. If you're new to exercise, do this move without dumbbells; as you become more comfortable with the move, hold a pair of dumbbells for added resistance.
Lie on your back holding light...
| Aug 15, 2010
Each year in the United States, perhaps a few dozen pregnant women learn they are carrying a fetus at risk for a rare disorder known as congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The condition causes an accumulation of male hormones and can, in females, lead to...