At 59, David Lynch is already arguably America's best-known avant-garde filmmaker. His directing career has spanned more than three decades, including films like "Eraserhead" (1978), "Blue Velvet" (1986) and "Mulholland Drive" (2001), as well as the early 1990s TV series "Twin Peaks." But he's hardly resting on his laurels now.
Botox bestowed furrow-free foreheads on the masses. Last year alone, U.S. doctors performed 2.8 million injections with the wrinkle-smoothing drug. But a growing number of patients are realizing they've got the foreheads of 25-year-olds--and the smile lines and jowls of 45-year-olds. "I noticed that my forehead was looking so perfect, and I needed to match the bottom," says Botox user Jodi Abramowitz, 33, a New York lawyer.
Until last month, Lindsay Christiansen, 26, hadn't worn a bathing suit in three years. The San Diego, California-based flight attendant gained weight after college and felt self-conscious about her increasingly dimpled thighs. "It got to the point where I didn't even want to wear shorts," she says.
Dr. Bruce Aylward is yielding no ground. As coordinator of the World Health Organization's $4 billion Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Aylward runs a worldwide immunization program that is supposed to eliminate the virus forever by the end of this year.
Suppose you've just been diagnosed with lung cancer, which is fatal in most people within two years. Your doctor tells you there is a new drug that has kept some patients alive for as long as five years, but it can have serious side effects, including liver and eye damage.
The last day of school is right around the corner. What's the best way to thank your child's teacher? Some advice:Check school policy. If your principal allows gifts, remember that giving a present is optional. "You should not feel you have to do that," says former elementary-school principal Cindy Post Senning, great-granddaughter of Emily Post and coauthor of "Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids."Don't break the bank.
When the "Hardy Boys" series began in 1927, the brothers were helping Dad figure out who robbed a neighbor. Now they're taking on radical environmentalists and a murderer at the X Games. "They have a little more of an edge," says Rick Richter, president of Simon & Schuster's children's publishing division, which is launching the revamped series next month.
Ready for a splash- filled summer? Here are some tips for keeping your family safe in the water:Maintain constant eye contact with a child who is not yet a strong swimmer, says Stew Leonard, coauthor of "Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim: A Child's First Guide to Water Safety." Also, see the Consumer Product Safety Commission's new "swimming-pool safety alert" at cpsc.gov.Insist on barriers.
Alcohol and drugs killed icons like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. But some strong-willed addicts get help in time. In "The Harder They Fall: Celebrities Tell Their Real-Life Stories of Addiction and Recovery" (Hazelden), former rock 'n roll publicist Gary Stromberg and his partner, Jane Merrill, tell some of the famous folks' stories of redemption.
A report bound for the U.S. Congress says Washington has underestimated China's "astonishing" recent progress in areas from nanotechnology to satellites. Written by former assistant under secretary of Defense Michael Pillsbury for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a panel set up by Congress, the report is circulating at the Pentagon, where officials plan to use it to press for stricter technology-transfer controls on China in upcoming congressional hearings.
Men may earn more than women, run faster and buy more widescreen TVs. But when it comes to health, they trail the opposite sex in nearly every category. Stroke, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and the six other leading causes of death kill men at a higher rate than they do women.
No one wants to trust his heart-bypass surgery to a mediocre hospital. But how do you sort the reliable ones from the rest? Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the nation's major hospital groups, launched a database that offers free performance reports on more than 4,200 hospitals nationwide.
A few decades ago, many parents were content to let their kids learn about the birds and bees from pals on the playground. These days, smart parents know that straight talk on sex can ease some of the confusion surrounding puberty and help their kids make sound choices later on.The stakes have never been higher.
Since an outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus surfaced in Angola last fall, 215 people have died. The deadly illness--first reported in Marburg, Germany, in 1967--causes high fever, liver and kidney failure and bleeding from the nose, mouth, eyes and rectum, killing nine out of every 10 victims.