Anne Underwood

Daughter Of The Revolution ?

;They say you can't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes. Andrew Batten has just walked not one but nine miles in the sort of shoes that American soldiers wore during the Revolutionary War--hard-soled, hobnailed, lacking arch supports or padding.

The Survivor's Story

Robert Tools Had A Foot In The Grave When He Volunteered To Receive The World's First Fully Implantable Artificial Heart. Now He's Talking About Fishing Again

Meeting Robert Tools

I did not know the patient's name or anything about his life. We were, in fact, complete strangers. Yet from the moment I heard about the groundbreaking surgery in which he became the first recipient of the AbioCor artificial heart, I felt a connection to the anonymous man.

A Million Amazing Beats

The patient, a man in his mid- to late 50s, was about as sick as it's possible to be--and that just may have saved his life. He was in end-stage heart failure, his lungs filling with fluid, barely able to eat or walk a few steps.

What About Hamburger?

The chances of getting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are very small. So far, U.S. officials believe no one here has contracted the disease from eating beef. But given CJD's deadly nature and the fact that scientists are still unraveling its mysteries, consumers may be uneasy.

A Hidden Health Hazard

Deena Karabell had lived in her New York City apartment for 15 years, so when she fell ill in 1983, she never suspected that her apartment itself could be to blame.

Drugstore Dangers

Teresa Vasquez was not worried when she couldn't read her husband's prescription for heart medication. Who can read a doctor's scrawl? Anyway, that was the pharmacist's job.

Stress In The Skies

Over the coming four-day weekend, more than 6 million Americans will board commercial flights, a record for this typically heavy holiday. While the EgyptAir crash may continue to blanket the news, fatal crashes are the exception.

The Perils Of Pasta

Mary Mack thought she was dying. For 11 years, the secretary from Baton Rouge, La., suffered digestive problems. Her weight dropped from 140 pounds to 110.

The Winged Menace

Dr. Deborah Asnis was perplexed. Chief of infectious diseases at Flushing Hospital in New York, she had three elderly patients in intensive care with high fevers, but they were not responding to either antibiotic or antiviral drugs.

Finding The Right Rx

David Slawson was sitting at his desk one morning last February when a colleague called to tell him that one of his patients was in the emergency room, suffering from pneumonia.

What Is Same

She was making lunch for herself and a friend one Saturday this spring when an unfamiliar feeling swept over her. The 50-year-old social worker had fallen deep into depression two years earlier, and had given up on prescription antidepressants when the first one she tried left her sluggish, sexually dormant and numb to her own emotions.

New Clues To The Puzzle Of Dyslexia

There's new evidence that dyslexia, a common reading disability, is caused by a problem with processing sounds in the brain. Dyslexics get confused when trying to link rapid-fire consonants like "b" and "d" to specific letters, say scientists at the University of California, San Francisco.

Chemo In Question

For a woman, perhaps the only news worse than "you've got breast cancer" is the diagnosis "and it's spread." Hearing those words, thousands of women in the last decade have chosen aggressive, debilitating treatment--ultrahigh doses of chemotherapy, followed by a bone-marrow transplant .

The Heart Of Women's Health

Back in the 1980s, says housekeeper Josephine Tucker of Martha's Vineyard, she was "a heart attack waiting to happen." She reveled in fried foods, carried more than a few extra pounds and had blood pressure and cholesterol levels high in the danger zone.

How The Plague Began

E ARE MORE satisfying than solving a mystery--especially if it involves 14 million deaths and has stumped the world for nearly 20 years. So imagine the satisfaction of Dr.

A Little Help From Serotonin

FOR RHESUS MONKEYS, LIFE IN THE WILD IS A little like high school. Some animals--call them losers--slouch around looking aggrieved. They're volatile and bellicose, slow to form alliances and loath to reconcile after a spat.