Mary Carmichael

ATKINS UNDER ATTACK

Dr. Neal Barnard may come from a family of cattle ranchers, but he's got a beef against meat. For 19 years, the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has preached the virtues of veganism, accusing parents of "child abuse" if they feed their kids so much as a slice of bacon and calling the Atkins-diet logo, a red A, "the scarlet letter." PCRM is a sort of anti-Atkins foundation, with attention-grabbing press conferences and a list of patients who blame the meaty diet for...

TRASH: INTO TREASURE?

Even without the time travel, it's a stretch to say that "Back to the Future Part II" was even a little realistic. Case in point: shouldn't we have flying cars by now?

NO GIRLS, PLEASE

For years Rukmini Devi helped Indian couples in the impoverished state of Bihar choose the sex of their children. But in her decades of work, she never once used PGD.

AN IRREPRESSIBLE IDEA

Remember "repressed memory"? In the 1990s it dominated headlines so much that you may well have wanted to repress the whole phenomenon yourself. Courts became clogged with cases based on memories of abuse the plaintiffs had suddenly "recovered," and even Lucy from "Peanuts," in doctor mode, made a diagnosis: "The fact that you can't remember being abducted by aliens and satanically abused," she told Charlie Brown, "is proof that it really happened."Scientists scoffed, of course.

HEALTH: BLOWING SMOKE

If you had resolved to quit smoking this year, you've probably already given up. But a new Cornell study of almost 2,500 smokers ought to encourage you to keep trying, especially if you're female.

SOUNDS FISHY

For healthy eaters, the choice between beef and fish can seem like a no-brainer--one is linked to heart disease, and the other is linked to its prevention.

What's Up With Tuna?

When Elizabeth Schuler got pregnant last July, she didn't turn to the FDA for nutrition advice. Instead, she asked a real group of experts--the women at her Chicago hair salon.

Health: Get The Shot, Not The Flu

It sounded bad: Chiron and Aventis Pasteur, makers of the flu shot, announced last Friday that they had run through their entire stock of the vaccine. With a vicious Colorado strain having killed at least five kids--and infected 6,300 more people--the Centers for Disease Control seemed caught by surprise, and anxiety spread through the 200 million Americans who hadn't yet been immunized.

Health: Produce Wash-Out

It may sound like a bad B-movie sequel--"Attack of the Killer Scallions!"--but there's no better way to describe America's newest food hysteria. Mexican scallions have killed three people and infected hundreds more with hepatitis A in the Pittsburgh area, joining Guatemalan raspberries (which can carry Cyclospora germs) and Mexican cantaloupes (salmonella) in the ranks of potentially toxic raw produce.

Periscope

RUSSIAThe Putin StrategyThe big question in this Sunday's parliamentary elections is not whether supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin will dominate their opponents, but what Putin will do with the victory.

The Skinny On Bad Fat

One of the great virtues of "The Trans Fat Solution," a new cookbook/health primer, is that you can read the entire thing in less time than it takes to make the Walnut-Cardamom Coffee Cake on page 41.

Genes: Boning Up On Options

It's hard to say which facet of osteoporosis is worse--the symptoms, or the fact that they show up only when it's too late to fully cure them. Women aren't likely to think much about a disabling disease of old age when they're too young to suffer from it; by the time they're old enough to realize it's in their near future, calcium tablets can only help so much.

Genes: Boning Up Treatment Options

It's hard to say which facet of osteoporosis is worse--the symptoms, or the fact that they show up only when it's too late to fully cure them. Women aren't likely to think much about a disabling disease of old age when they're too young to suffer from it; by the time they're old enough to realize it's in their near future, calcium tablets can only help so much.

Ask Tip Sheet

Why does scratching stop an itch? --Wilbur Seymour, Sandia Park, N.M.Like many questions Ask Tip Sheet receives, this one's been puzzling scientists for years.

Out Of The Blue

There are corners of the ocean that Navy Capt. Alfred McLaren has never seen, but to hear him recount his life story, it's hard to believe they'll stay hidden from him for long.

Wmd: They're History

Investigators have found evidence of biological weapons in Iraq, NEWSWEEK has learned. The discovery was made south of Mosul, in the ruins of a desert fortress at Hatra.

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