Can a Flavor a Day Keep the Pounds Away?

By his own admission, Jonathan Link, 34, a systems analyst at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn., is "a designer kind of guy." So imagine his distress when his weight began creeping up and he found himself shopping at Wal-Mart for trousers with elastic waists.

Perchance To ... Eat?

The makers of America's most popular sleep drug may have been tossing and turning a bit more recently. Fourteen years after the Food and Drug Administration approved Sanofi-Aventis's Ambien, the sleep aid has come under scrutiny amid reports of users eating, driving and even shoplifting in their sleep.

Hearts in Their Throats

Arts Extra - NewsweekHearts in Their ThroatsThroat Singing: Tuva's Superstar Discusses his MusicTuva's throat-singing musicians have hit the United States.

Wake-Up Call

Lori Cox didn't remember ordering the ring she had just got in the mail. But her phone records said otherwise, showing she'd made a middle-of-the-night call to a home-shopping channel.

Health: A New Booster Club

So you're taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, and you've got your LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, way down. Congratulations! But if you want to reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes, it's also important to raise low levels of HDL, the artery-clearing "good" cholesterol. "The problem is, raising HDL is hard to do--and the existing drugs have side effects," says Dr.

Health: Getting Ready for Bird Flu

Nigeria, India, Germany, France... Avian flu has been spreading rapidly among birds, increasing concerns about a possible human pandemic. How could the U.S. be more prepared?

The Nature of Nutrients

It sounds like a simple question of logic. If bones require calcium, then people who eat a lot of calcium-rich dairy products should have extra-strong bones, right?

Diagnosis: Not Enough Nurses

When Liz Tattersall first considered nursing, it sounded like a great career. It was rewarding, remunerative and in high demand. But after six years as a triage nurse at a community clinic in New London, Conn.--with dozens of charts on her desk at a time, phones ringing constantly, patients in the waiting room with guns and knives--she had burned out. "I brought the stress home with me every night," she says. "I was a disaster." Like growing numbers of her colleagues, she decided to explore one...

Mary Pearl

Protection of the environment often seems like a low-priority issue when stacked up against more immediate concerns. But a healthy environment is no mere luxury, says Mary Pearl, president of the Wildlife Trust.

Tracking Disease

Protection of the environment often seems like a low-priority issue when stacked up against more immediate concerns. But a healthy environment is no mere luxury, says Mary Pearl, president of the Wildlife Trust.

The New Superfoods

To say that Dr. Steven Pratt is passionate about food would be an understatement. To Pratt, coauthor of the 2004 best seller "SuperFoods Rx," food choices aren't about anything as trivial as personal tastes.

The Race Against Avian Flu

In the calendar of natural calamities, flu season follows hurricane season, peaking in midwinter. Last week, with New Orleans still mostly uninhabitable, Washington was turning its attention to the threat posed by an exceptionally lethal strain of flu virus that could, in the worst case, kill as many people in a few months as AIDS has done in two decades.

The Good Heart

DIET AND EXERCISE ARE NOT THE WHOLE SECRET TO CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH. MOUNTING EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT YOUR PSYCHOLOGICAL OUTLOOK IS JUST AS IMPORTANT

Nature's Design Workshop

If we have Batman and Spider-Man, why don't we have any mussel superheroes?" asks biochemist Herbert Waite of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

A DREAM BEFORE DYING

As a hospice chaplain for 10 years, the Rev. Patricia Bulkley confronted the raw emotions of the dying--their terror at the approaching end, their unresolved family problems, their crises of faith.

WE NEED TO COOL IT

In 1997, Eileen Claussen, a former assistant secretary of State and onetime EPA official, received an intriguing call from officials at the Pew Charitable Trusts: if they wanted to spend a lot of money to address global warming, how should they spend it?

7 WAYS TO SAVE A BRAIN

Elisabeth Harvey, 85, is not your typical Alzheimer's patient. Sure, she reads the daily newspapers, forgetting that she just read them. But five years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, she still lives at home, dresses herself and fixes her own lunch.

QUIETING A BODY'S DEFENSES

A decade ago, the cause of Meta Kiss's heart attack might have been written off as a medical mystery. The 59-year-old homemaker had never smoked, weighed in at a slender 119 pounds and had fabulous cholesterol readings, with her good cholesterol actually surpassing the bad.

DESIGNING THE FUTURE

Imagine buildings that generate more energy than they consume and factories whose waste water is clean enough to drink. William McDonough has accomplished these tasks and more.

WHEN CULTURES CLASH

Urdu, Mandarin, Haitian Creole... By the thousands each week, they pass through the doors of Elmhurst Hospital in a part of New York City that is home to perhaps a greater diversity of foreign-born immigrants than any comparable community in the world.Spanish, Korean, Albanian...A broken bone is the same in any language, but not so diabetes or hypertension--abstractions for which many people do not have words.

WHEN CULTURES CLASH

Urdu, Mandarin, Haitian Creole... By the thousands each week, they pass through the doors of Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, the borough of New York City that contains Kennedy airport and is home to perhaps a greater diversity of foreign-born immigrants than any comparable community in the nation or the world.Spanish, Korean, Albanian...

TRAVEL: GO WEST, TOURISTS

Did you ever wonder how Lewis and Clark survived their famished trek through the Rocky Mountains? Or what encounters they had with Native Americans? This summer is a good time to find out.

DOES CRAZY = SUCCESS?

Do a Google search for "manic" and "businessman"--and you get nearly 18,000 hits. A psychologist at Johns Hopkins Medical School thinks he knows why. It's not just that these folks are go-getters.

The Gift Of Adhd?

Sam Grossman grew up thinking he was stupid, lazy and irresponsible--"a screw-up," as he puts it. Struggling with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), he constantly disappointed his parents and teachers alike.

LIFE AFTER VIOXX

Plenty of patients panicked last fall when Vioxx was pulled from the market and questions began swirling around the related drugs Celebrex and Bextra. Peg Cushman, 56, of Freeport, Maine, didn't need to fret.

Diet and Genes

IT ISN'T JUST WHAT YOU EAT THAT CAN KILL YOU, AND IT ISN'T JUST YOUR DNA THAT CAN SAVE YOU--IT'S HOW THEY INTERACT

SCARY STRAINS

The first newspaper stories showed up in the summer of 1997, buried on the inside pages: an influenza virus designated H5N1, known to be fatal to chickens but never before seen in humans, had killed a 3-year-old child in Hong Kong.

WE'VE GOT RHYTHM

In 1751, Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus came up with the novel idea of using flowers as clocks. Morning glories open their trumpetlike petals around 10 a.m., water lilies at 11 and so on through evening primroses and moonflowers.

FOR A HAPPY HEART

The Japanese have a word for it--karoshi, or "death by overwork." But can stress on the job really do you in? Finnish researchers decided to find out. The years 1991 to 1993 in Finland were as bad as it generally gets economically, with unemployment nearly tripling.

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