It's been two months since devastating wildfires swept through southern California, and while more than 2,200 San Diego families lost their homes, the crisis—for now—is over. The fires that chased and terrified us last fall are now just something my wife, daughter and I mention as we sit beside the Christmas tree counting our blessings. But while all is seemingly calm and bright in our home this holiday week, inside me, uneasiness still stirs. Not only because so many people, including good friends, have sadly lost everything, and not only because the threat of a future fire still looms. But also because, for the first time in 25 years, I've actually begun to question my decision to live in this place I've so often called paradise.Surviving two hellish wildfires in four years will do that to you. It gave us pause to ponder our attachment to home, and what that means. My decision to move here seemed like a good one at the time: I was an Iowa boy with images of golden, endless...
With health care emerging as a major issue in the 2008 presidential race, NEWSWEEK asked seven Harvard experts to identify specific problems that ought to be addressed, and the steps that should be taken to solve them.
The pace of change in medical science is breathtaking. Big breakthroughs, like last month's announcement about stem cells derived from genetically engineered adult skin cells, often seem like business as usual. Of course, the essential irony of modern medicine is that we need all the new weapons we can come up with to battle the same relentless old foes. Infertility, cancer, memory loss, obesity, mental illness, even the great octopus that is the American health-care system itself. All of these and more are forever on the minds of the doctors, scientists and researchers featured in the following pages. Their work is our future. Welcome to it.
Washington, D.C., has the nation's highest HIV-infection rate. The woman leading the city's fight against the AIDS epidemic discusses her battle plan--and why even these new numbers may be an underestimation.