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.

Nourishing Your Brain

It's no secret that the fats in fish and walnuts are good for your heart.  New research suggests they may also ward off depression and mental maladies.

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.

Soda Pop That Packs A Punch

So there's this dude named Mike, and he goes, "Lemonade is good and all, but I bet it tastes better with alcohol." He squeezes a bunch of lemons, adds some sugar and malt liquor.

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.

A Certain Bittersweet Comfort

As a boy, Steven Peterson of Seattle didn't worry too much about the affliction that landed his grandmother in a nursing home. Everyone's grandparents were frail.

When 'Knowledge' Does Damage

Nobody understands the promise and pitfalls of genetic testing better than Nancy Seeger, 56, of Evanston, Ill. She was only 14 years old when her mother died of breast cancer.

A Revolution In Medicine

Ann Miscoi had seen her father and her uncle die of organ failure in their mid-40s, so she figured she was lucky to be living when she turned 50 last year.

How To Get To Your Golden Years

Tithonus, the legendary Greek warrior, had almost everything going for him. His paramour, the beautiful goddess Eos, so loved him that she persuaded Zeus to grant him eternal life.

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.

Dyslexia And The New Science Of Reading

The first thing Kathryn Nicholas will tell you about her 11-year-old son Jason is that he's a bright, curious kid who can build elaborate machines out of Legos and remember the code names and payloads of bombers. "He has a phenomenal desire to see how things work," she says proudly.

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.

Dyslexia And The New Science Of Reading

The first thing Kathryn Nicholas will tell you about her 11-year-old son Jason is that he's a bright, curious kid who can build elaborate machines out of Legos and remember the code names and payloads of bombers. "He has a phenomenal desire to see how things work," she says proudly.

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.

To Build A Cancer Cell

Human cells don't become malignant all at once. It typically takes a prolonged assault to turn them cancerous, and several genes have to go awry. But which ones?

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.

Symptoms And Solutions, Defeating Breast Cancer


The Ovarian Cancer Conundrum

What did comedienne Gilda Radner, singer Laura Nyro and actress Jessica Tandy have in common? All three were great performers--and all three died of ovarian cancer.

Do Scopes Spread Sickness?

ONE OF THE FEW good things you can say about tuberculosis is that it doesn't spread easily. To get infected, you normally have to live or work in close quarters with someone who's acutely ill.

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.

Surgeon, Drop That Scalpel

IT HAS BEEN A CENTURY OF MEDICAL WONDERS. Vaccines have all but vanquished such killers as polio and diphtheria. We've learned to control our moods, fertility and blood pressure with pills.