The next time your family physician tells you to take two aspirin and call him in the morning, he might not be kidding. A new study from Kaiser Permanente shows that urinary-tract infections, which account for more than 8 million doctor's visits each year, can be managed just as easily over the telephone.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of foreign students set off for the States in pursuit of an American diploma. Most come to study the sciences. And their numbers keep growing; the Institute of International Education reports that a record 582,996 foreign students enrolled in U.S. universities last school year.
If you are a woman of childbearing age--even if you're not planning on having a baby soon--tear out this headline and stick it on the fridge. For years, doctors have been telling young women to take 400 micrograms daily of folic acid (vitamin B9), which comes in many multivitamins and can prevent spina bifida and neural-tube defects in babies.
For years the FDA has warned pregnant women about mercury, the defect-causing pollutant that builds up in fish--and the women have responded. Last Thursday, a survey reported that expectant mothers have eaten 1.4 fewer servings of fish per month since the FDA launched its anti-mercury campaign.
Last August, as the West Nile virus went on a 44-state, 284-person killing spree, Vicki Kramer found herself troubled by a single case. In California, where Kramer is the state's point person on mosquito-borne disease, the virus hadn't shown up in surveillance of birds or insects.
To Michelangelo, eve was a lovely brunette; to Rodin, a voluptuous temptress. To scientists, the matriarch's face has been more elusive. In 1987 geneticists suspected that a 160,000-year-old "African Eve" of sorts was the last common ancestor of modern humans, "but without data from the fossil record, no one knew what she looked like," says University of California, Berkeley, paleontologist Tim White.Now we do.
Fifty years ago this week, Sir Edmund Hillary went to Nepal on a mission to what was left of the unexplored world. Last Friday he returned. Flown to Katmandu for the anniversary festivities after spending a week with the family of Tenzing Norgay, his partner in conquest, an exhausted Hillary was wrapped in a blanket and spirited away from the 200-some Sherpas, admirers and reporters awaiting him at the airport.
It's one of the most maddening features of all the technology in our lives. There are so many gadgets to connect us--cell phones, e-mail, land-line phones--yet most of the gadgets aren't connected to each other.Verizon's answer is the new Digital Companion service, which marries Caller ID, Call Forwarding and the Web.
It's one of the most maddening features of all the technology in our lives. There are so many gadgets to connect us—cell phones, e-mail, land-line phones—yet most of the gadgets aren't connected to each other.VERIZON'S ANSWER IS THE NEW Digital Companion service, which marries Caller ID, Call Forwarding and the Web.
There are many ways to describe the new science curriculum at Hayden Valley Elementary School: "educational," for instance, or "eco-conscious." Or "ewww." Hayden, a tiny outpost in the Colorado woods, is home to a rich diversity of wildlife, much of which ends up dead on the side of the local stretch of U.S. Highway 40.