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  • Latest Research on the Biology of Human Sexuality

    The author of a new book on the biology of human sexuality on what makes for good couple chemistry and why we should pay attention to our instincts (and our noses) when searching for a mate or a date.
  • Got Insurance?

    Why the candidates' plans might not deliver on universal health coverage
  • Will Chemo Work for You?

    There’s a lot of research these days aimed at identifying characteristics of cancer cells that make them susceptible to particular treatments, as breast-cancer cells with extra expression of the her2 protein are treatable with Herceptin. Equally important, it seems to me, is identifying cancers that will not respond to standard chemo, which can be hugely debilitating. It would be a great help to patients if doctors could tell before administering a single dose whether the chemo will help....
  • Should Drug Companies Reveal Payments to Doctors?

    A Harvard health policy expert on why Eli Lilly's pledge to reveal the payments it makes to doctors is only the first of many needed changes in the way pharmaceutical companies interact with the medical profession.
  • Begley: Let Them Eat Micronutrients

    There is a good but sobering reason why "ending world hunger" has been a perennial hope of beauty-pageant contestants at least since Miss America contestants began naming that as their greatest wish: we haven't come close to doing it. This year some 900 million people—including 178 million children under 5—are suffering from malnutrition, estimates the United Nations; every day 50,000 starve to death. As the world community scans the horizon for solutions to world hunger, it is seeing visions of amber fields of genetically modified grain. Just as the development of high-yielding rice and other crops created the green revolution of the 1960s and saved tens of millions of people from starvation, so genetically modified crops are the great hope of the 21st century.GM crops, however, are likely to feed about as many people as Miss America. A new report by agriculture experts from 60 nations foresees "a limited role for biotech crops" in reducing world hunger. (Biotech companies withdrew...
  • How Women Around the World Cope With Infertility

    In developing countries, where infertility is seen as a personal failing, or even a curse, a woman who can't conceive may face devastating ostracism. But there's hope for more affordable treatment.
  • Sad Brain, Happy Brain

    What cognitive neuroscience is uncovering about the fascinating biology behind our most complex feelings. As it turns out, love really is blind.
  • Rethinking the War on Cancer

    After billions spent on research and decades of hit-or-miss treatments, it's time to rethink the war on cancer.
  • New Orleans Mayor: Please Don't Come Home Yet

    By ROBERT TANNER and VICKI SMITHAssociated Press WritersNEW ORLEANSnews:// evacuees scattered across the country clamored to come home Tuesday after their city was largely spared by Hurricane Gustav, but Mayor Ray Nagin warned they may have to wait in shelters and motels a few days longer.The city's improved levee system helped avert a disaster like Hurricane Katrina, which flooded most of the city, and officials got an assist from a disorganized and weakened Gustav, which came ashore about 72 miles southwest of the city Monday morning. Eight deaths were attributed to the storm in the U.S. after it killed at least 94 people across the Caribbean.But New Orleans was still a city that took a glancing blow from a hurricane: A mandatory evacuation order and curfew remained in effect. Electric crews started work on restoring power to the nearly 80,000 homes in New Orleans _ and more than 1...
  • The Success of the Chickenpox Vaccine

    A CDC expert on the success of the chickenpox vaccine and why every child should get a booster shot to prevent new outbreaks of the potentially serious disease.
  • Battle Over Seattle Plastic Bag Tax

    Economist Peter Nickerson, 56, is a proud resident of Seattle, arguably the capital of green America, so it almost goes without saying that he supports aggressive environmental policies. He'd like to see his city make public transit free to reduce vehicle emissions. He wants to ban pesticides in rivers where salmon swim. He's a devoted recycler who even composts his own trash. Surely, then, he must love Seattle's new bag tax? (Starting in 2009, it would require drug, grocery and convenience stores to charge 20 cents per disposable bag.) Actually, Nickerson thinks it's a terrible idea.A tiny tax with big environmental potential would seem like a natural fit for Seattle. Other U.S. cities, such as San Francisco, have banned certain disposable bags; Seattle would be the first to tax them. "We know it won't solve global warming," says Mayor Greg Nickels, "but a small change in behavior can make a big difference." According to a city survey from late 2007, though, 63 percent of...
  • Mail Call: Globally Green

    Readers of our July 7/July 14 issue on green nations praised our coverage. "A veritable page turner," cheered one. Another agreed: "I read it with great enthusiasm." A third "appreciated the detailed information," smartly questioned France's "clean energy" record, and then rejected the nuclear option. ...