Will He Measure Up?

Height matters. No child wants to enter adolescence as the brunt of jokes, the last pick on sports teams, the teenager who shops in the kids' department for clothes.

DON'T CALL US CHEAP

While they can't boast prestige, local community colleges are an alternative to four-year schools. And they offer cost and teaching benefits.

In The News: Health Nuts

For years, fat-phobic eaters have carefully avoided nuts. They may have done themselves a disservice. Last week the FDA ruled that packagers of walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, pecans and hazelnuts may state on their labels that "scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day...

In The News: Hormone Quandary

Just one year ago, doctors thought that hormone-replacement therapy could help aging women stop hot flashes while warding off heart disease, strokes, Alzheimer's and osteoporosis.

Struggle In Vein?

Do your legs look like a road map, crisscrossed with varicose and spider veins? For those of you who shun surgery, there's a new product on the market that could help.

Fibromyalgia: Not All In Your Head

For years, Lynne Matallana couldn't wear jewelry. The pressure of a necklace or watch against her skin burned "like a blowtorch." Lying in bed under cotton sheets was agonizing.

Want To Improve Your Luck?

It's lucky Tracy Hart has a sense of humor, because nothing else seems to have gone her way. "People say that bad luck comes in threes," says Hart, 34, a former supermarket clerk in rural England. "For me, it's always come in 18s or 21s." Never mind that she's unlucky in love, has gotten stuck in dead-end jobs, reversed her car into a tree during a driving lesson and took out a home loan just before the owner had a massive stroke without signing the deed over to her.

Treasure Hunt

For archeologists, the plundering of the National Museum of Iraq two weeks ago was a cultural catastrophe. Although museum officials had boxed up and stored much of the collection before the war, apparently saving some of it, 150,000 or so items were still believed lost.

Shining A Light On Pain

The marine's voice had an edge of urgency. As he explained to physical therapist Ben Freeman of Castle Rock, Colorado, in January, his unit was about to ship out to war.

Health, Shining A Light On Pain

The marine's voice had an edge of urgency. As he explained to physical therapist Ben Freeman of Castle Rock, Colo., in January, his unit was about to ship out to war.

In The News: Take One Each Day

For years the American Heart Association has recommended an aspirin a day to help prevent a second heart attack. Now, scientists say, it may also help ward off colon cancer, at least in high-risk populations.

A Matter Of Perspective

Matthew Flowers, director of the Flowers East art gallery in London, has seen it many times--the peculiar series of motions that people go through when they catch sight of a Patrick Hughes painting for the first time. "We call it the Patrick Hughes dance," says Flowers. "They stop.

Health: Herbal Stress Buster?

As a Soviet soldier in Afghanistan in 1979, Zakir Ramazanov discovered a tonic that helped him reduce stress, while boosting mental and physical energy. It wasn't alcohol, but tea--made from the golden-yellow roots of a Siberian plant called Rhodiola rosea, which the Siberian soldiers received in their mothers' packages from home.

New Ideas About Halting Diabetes

When Neal Barnard was growing up in the 1960s, he witnessed the devastation of diabetes firsthand through his father, a physician who specialized in the disease. "I can't tell you how many people I saw going blind, suffering heart attacks and having their legs amputated," he says.

Stopping Type 1 Diabetes

The long-term effects of diabetes can be devastating--nerve damage, blindness, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease. But a radical new treatment may be able to halt the progression of one form of the disease.

In The News: Allergy Warning

When is a bargain not a bargain? Last week the FDA approved over-the-counter sales of Claritin, the nation's top-selling allergy drug. That could send the price plummeting from more than $60 for a month's prescription to less than $30 for the OTC version.

In The News: A New Affair Of The Heart

We all know that it's important to keep cholesterol under control. But the dirty little secret of cardiology is that more than half the people who suffer heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.

The Real Dirt On Antibacterial Soaps

Antibacterial soaps are no better than regular soap. Experts have said so for years. But that hasn't stopped millions of Americans from snapping up the supposedly superior germ killers--now 76 percent of the liquid-soap market.

9 Apples A Day?

Just when people were nearing the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, along comes the National Cancer Institute telling us that we really need as many as nine--that's per day, people, not per week. "Five is fine for children," says Lorelei DiSogra, who spearheaded the new campaign. "Women need seven; men, nine." Is she nuts?

A Possible Clue To Surviving Hiv

Why do some people with HIV never develop AIDS? Scientists have long known that these lucky "long-term nonprogressors" secrete a protective substance from immune cells called CD8 T cells.

Nutrition: How To Flunk Lunch

The school year is barely underway, but parents have received one report card already. Two weeks ago the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine issued its School Lunch Report Card--and the marks weren't good.

More Sweat, More Fiber

Feeling guilty about not getting the half hour of daily exercise the surgeon general recommends? Now you can feel twice as guilty. Last week the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, upped the target to a full hour.

Health: Bad Crop Of Quorn?

Could this health food make you sick? Quorn, a meat substitute available since January, has been a hit thanks to its real-meat texture and excellent nutritional profile (high in protein and fiber, low in saturated fat).

Mosquito Season Turns Deadly

Few things appear more threatening than new diseases, especially ones that are potentially fatal. The West Nile virus, which can cause a deadly encephalitis (or brain swelling), has already killed seven patients this year and infected at least 128 more--and the mosquitoes that transmit the disease are still biting.

Food Fight--Carbs Vs. Fat

For 20 years dietitian Katherine Tallmadge of Washington, D.C., has been telling her clients how to eat a healthful diet. Don't stint on fruits, vegetables or whole grains.

Health: Got A Bad Gut Feeling?

After 40 years as a truckdriver, Cecil Albertson is pretty tough. But three years ago he began to dread going to sleep at night. When he lay down, says the 77-year-old Albertson from Blue Springs, Mo., stomach acid would back up into his throat.

The Quest For Artificial Blood

Edna Fodor was enjoying a lazy summer evening at her son's cottage in Canada when the bonfire she was tending flared suddenly, searing her body from the waist up.

A Year Later, The Beat Goes On

When Gom Christerson entered Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., last September, he was willing to do almost anything to save his life from his failing heart. "I'll try anything but that," he told cardiac surgeon Laman Gray Jr., nodding to a model of the shiny new AbioCor artificial heart on Gray's desk.

Time For Tea

"Better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one," says a Chinese proverb. Research is showing it may just be true. Last week Dr. Kenneth Mukamal of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reported that out of 1,900 heart-attack patients, those who drank two or more cups a day reduced their risks of dying over the next 3.8 years by 44 percent.

It's A Dog's Life

For a guy, Frankie isn't exactly macho. He's used to having his nails done to perfection, his teeth cleaned to a brilliant sparkle. But that's nothing compared with his hair.

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