Getting Heart Smart

Just a few years ago, heart disease was considered a man's problem. Women -- especially if they were under 50 -- didn't worry too much about the cholesterol clogging their arteries or the possibility that pain in their chest might signal serious trouble. Now we know that ignorance could be deadly: More women in America die of cardiovascular disease than all kinds of cancer combined. And it's not just older women who need to be concerned about heart disease. The choices you make long before...

Her Body: Help for Hot Flashes

Gynecologists still shudder when they remember July 9, 2002. That morning, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) halted a major clinical trial of estrogen and progestin therapy after preliminary results showed that women in the study who were taking the combined hormone regimen had an increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, stroke and blood clots. In doctors' offices around the country, phones rang incessantly as confused and frightened women demanded answers. Millions of women had...

Her Body: In Sickness and In Health

Whatever else went wrong in the world this year, no one can complain about a shortage of celebrity breakups. From Jennifer Aniston's split with Brad Pitt in January to Jessica Simpson's divorce from Nick Lachey in December, 2005 was awash in ruined romance. But hold the tears--at least for the ex-wives. Bad marriages might have been making them sick. Researchers say that say long-term anger and hostility between partners is much more dangerous for women than men and can impair our immune system...

A Beautiful Mind

Scrapbooks. Photo albums. Memory boxes. Those are just a few ways we try to preserve memories. But what are you doing to preserve your most precious memories--the ones inside your head? Loss of memory, brought on by dementia, is something most of us don't want to think about. Women don't like hearing that we're more vulnerable to dementia because we tend to live longer than men. But about half of us who reach the age of 85 will have symptoms of it. Even if we escape it ourselves, there's a good...

Sex, Drugs and Hope

Doctors write millions of prescriptions annually for the class of medications called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). These drugs--Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Zoloft and Luvox--are among the best weapons available to fight depression. But for up to 60 percent of patients, there can be a debilitating side effect: a dwindling libido or difficulty with orgasm. Some researchers estimate that half of patients may throw out their pills because of sexual troubles. That's a major...

AMERICA'S BEST: RELIEF IN A GOOD READ

Eugenia Hull wants to "put books into the hands of kids who need books." Among the neediest kids right now are those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. So Hull--the senior director of communications and marketing for Book Relief, an offshoot of the nonprofit national literacy organization First Book--has gotten publishers to commit to donating about 5 million new titles to the hardest-hit areas over the course of the next year. Already, about 700,000 children's books have been rushed to places...

Back To The Front

Soldiers Who Lost Limbs In Iraq And Afghanistan Are Doing The Unthinkable: Going Back Into Battle.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: MAKING THE GRADE?

Is affirmative action actually boosting the number of minorities graduating with a degree? Two new studies show that minority graduation rates remain one of higher education's dirty little secrets. In this month's Stanford Law Review, UCLA law professor Richard Sanders, a longtime advocate of affirmative action, argues that in the name of diversity, law schools accept too many minority students whose credentials are well below the schools' norm. New data, culled from several large, longitudinal...

In The News: The Best Medicine

Raising kids with depression is a confusing, often terrifying business for parents. It got more so last week when a Food and Drug Administration panel advised adding "black box" warnings to antidepressants because they cause 2 to 3 percent of kids to become suicidal. But despite the scare headlines, experts say the message parents and physicians should be hearing is not to stop the drugs. It's far riskier to not treat depressed kids, about 15 percent of whom commit suicide. Instead, says...

RETURN OF THE NATIVE

When George Gustav Heye decided to open a museum of American Indian artifacts in Manhattan in the 1930s, it was with the expectation that the native people of North America would soon be extinct. He was wrong. And so it is with an emphasis on the survivors that the Smithsonian prepares to open its new National Museum of the American Indian, on the last unbuilt parcel on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. When the building is dedicated on Sept. 21, the participation of 20,000 representatives...

DIVERSITY 101

The June 2003 Supreme Court ruling upholding affirmative action was a landmark decision, but for the most part it just maintained the status quo. After all, only a few campuses--including the University of Michigan--had to overhaul their admissions process to eliminate point systems that gave minority students a boost.Now, though, subtle changes are surfacing--mostly dealing with race-exclusive scholarships, outreach and orientation programs designed to encourage attendance by minority...

FOR PARENTS

Not so long ago, parents were lucky to get a call a month from their college kids. These days many students instant-message their parents multiple times a day. This increased closeness has not been lost on admissions offices. "We're looking at a generation of high-school students who really like their parents, and the parents have a huge influence on the decisions the kids make," says Jennifer Britz of Kenyon College. As a result, she says, "we're recruiting the parents as much as we're...

More Kids Major In Going Slow

Travis Quezon is a modern-day Renaissance man. During his seven years in college, most of them at the University of Hawaii, he has studied chemistry and oceanography, art history and sign language. A few years ago, he decided to get focused and major in English--and geography. He can't say exactly when he'll graduate. "Maybe next May," he muses.It used to be that kids went to college for four years. But a new study, released this spring, shows that most students today take about five years to...

Family: A Reason To Wait

For teens, June is a rush of exams, proms and parties. And, according to a recent study from Mississippi State University, it's also the month when they're most likely to lose their virginity. Dr. Justin Richardson, coauthor of the new paperback "Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex," offers parents five tips to prevent their teens from becoming sexually active before they're ready.* Start by acknowledging that no matter what you do, your teen ultimately decides when he or...

Charter School: 100 Percent Success

For most inner-city high schools, getting half their graduates into college would be a big deal. But the D.C. -based Seed School--the nation's first urban, public boarding school--is sending 100 percent of its first graduating class to college. Some are going to Princeton, Georgetown or Penn, just like the best students at private boarding schools. This feat is particularly impressive because admission to the 300-student coed charter school is nonselective: spots are won by lottery, and most...

BLAME CANADA FOR THIS BRAIN DRAIN

Cornell and Bucknell universities were on Rebecca Ray's list of college choices. But when she visited picturesque McGill in Montreal, she stopped her search. "I'm from a small town in upstate New York, and McGill was so international," says Ray. "It was just what I was looking for."While Canadian students have long traveled to the United States for their higher education, only recently have large numbers of Americans headed north for their bright college years. The latest count, to be released...

GATES FOUNDATION: NOW, TO HIGH SCHOOL

Ten years ago two frustrated but idealistic teachers created an experimental middle school in Houston to help underachieving inner-city students. The first KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Academy achieved impressive results with a deceptively simple plan: academic rigor, discipline, accountability. Students, many from single-parent families in very rough neighborhoods, attended school for a long day (7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.), as well as Saturday; the school year extended well into summer....

Learn The Hard Way

DIDN'T MAKE THE CHEERLEADING SQUAD? MIGHT AS WELL TAKE YOUR ELEMENTARY-SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TO COURT.BY PAT WINGERTJoe Pizza doesn't want to sound negative. An educator for 30 years--18 as principal of Silver Bay Elementary School in Toms River, N.J.--Pizza (pronounced Pee-sah) loves his job. But if he starts talking about what litigation is doing to American education, he can't hide his frustration. "Schools should be about what's best for the child, and secondly, we should be concerned about...

Books: Beyond Bros. Grimm

This is a country of immigrants, yet most of the best-known children's fairy tales hail from medieval Europe. That may change with the help of newly translated books from Asia. Among the best to hit bookstores (and online retailers like amazon.com) this fall is On My Way to Buy Eggs, by Taiwanese author Chih-Yuan Chen ($15.95). The striking illustrations that combine collage and line drawings are reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats. From Japan, the vibrant scratch art of One Stormy Night, written by...

Education: Legislating Legacies

Before the supreme Court ruled on affirmative action last spring, there was talk that if minorities lost their edge in college admissions, then colleges should drop legacy preferences, the edge admissions gives to children of alumni. But though the high court upheld affirmative action, questions about the fairness of giving legacies a boost are growing. "I think it's fundamentally unfair," presidential hopeful John Edwards tells NEWSWEEK.Meanwhile, Senate Dems are considering proposing changes...

Education: New Hikes

Think airfare pricing is tricky? Try figuring out college tuition. As more universities face shrinking state subsidies, many are devising creative solutions, including charging different students different tuitions. Proposals include upping costs for students from wealthier families, as well as those pursuing degrees that cost more to offer, like engineering and nursing. Also being proposed are surcharges on students who take more than four years to graduate and incentives for those who finish...

Mom! Can I Eat Pizza?

For most kids, heaven's kitchen would serve only pizza, hot dogs and french fries. That's not most parents' idea of paradise, but who doesn't give in to her kids' cravings? "The Mom's Guide to Meal Makeovers," an upcoming book by nutritionists Janice Newell Bissex and Liz Weiss, can help alleviate the guilt. They tested dozens of convenience foods and identified choices with a minimum of additives, relatively low levels of fat and sodium--but that still appeal to kids. (They rejected pizza with...

Ask Tip Sheet

How do telemarketers obtain private information? --Vince Davis, Kansas City, Mo.If you think having an unpublished number will protect you from telemarketers, think again, says the National Consumers League. Every time you register to vote or sign up for a contest or even give to charities, you increase the chance that your info will end up on a telemarketer's list. The same is true whenever you call an 800 number, register with a Web site or fill in a warranty card. If you don't want groups to...

Jessica Lynch: Homeward Bound

After numerous surgeries and months of physical therapy, Pfc. Jessica Lynch is expected to make her long-awaited trip home from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Wirt County, W.Va., on Tuesday. Rather than having a splashy welcome-home rally in the state capital of Charleston, as some locals had proposed, the Lynch family has opted for a quieter homecoming for their still-recovering daughter. Wearing her Army uniform, Lynch will meet briefly with reporters at a local park, read a prepared...

Education: A Charter-Schools War

Charter schools--the popular public-school hybrids that promise better academic results in exchange for less bureaucratic red tape--provide black students with a more "intensely segregated school" experience than other public schools, according to a new report from the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University. The study's authors charge that 70 percent of black charter-school students attend highly segregated schools, compared with 34 percent of black students who go to other types of public...

Lynch: No Place Like Home

While former POW Pfc. Jessica Lynch continues to mend at Washington, D.C.'s Walter Reed Army Medical Center, her neighbors in Wirt County, W. Va., are busy preparing to welcome her home. Not only is there talk of throwing the biggest celebration the county's ever seen, but the community's focusing on practical matters as well. High on the list: providing an accessible place for Lynch, 19, to recuperate at home. With two legs and her right arm in pink casts, she's unable to climb to her...

At The Top Of The Class

Adalberto Garza's 13-year- old son, Adalberto Jr., was tagged a problem learner in his Houston elementary school. He's dyslexic and, because his first language is Spanish, English-speaking teachers often had difficulty understanding him. "His accent and his way of talking made him seem as if he had a mental handicap," his father says. But after Adalberto Jr. enrolled at KIPP Academy Houston, his grades shot up. At KIPP, Garza says, the teachers "are truly interested in our children."Garza is...

The Vcs Take On Education Reform

With a crack house around the corner, and dealers and prostitutes being shooed away from the grounds, Monarch Academy in the Sobrante Park section of Oakland, Calif., seems an improbable site for innovation in education. But unlike the parochial school that once stood here and closed because of poor enrollment, Monarch Academy has a waiting list of 300, after being in business for only three years. And even though many of its 334 K-5 students do not speak English and come from impoverished...

Infidelity: Some Friendly Advice

Those trapped in unhappy marriages are most vulnerable to affairs--or so it seemed. Shirley Glass, author and one of the nation's leading experts on infidelity, says that that image is increasingly wrong. More spouses in happy marriages are getting drawn into affairs at work and on the Net. As these friendships cross the line, sex soon follows. NEWSWEEK's Pat Wingert talked to Glass, who's been married for 47 years to her high-school sweetheart.In your book, "Not 'Just Friends'," you say more...

How To Comfort Your Kids

Sara Cowan of suburban Washington, D.C., "is not a 'freaking out' kind of kid," her mother, Kathy, says. But when the federal government recently bumped up its terror warning to Orange, the eighth grader felt unnerved. Frets the teenager: "High alert makes you think of bombing--people bombing us--and that scared me. I wasn't 'Oh my God' panicking, but I was more anxious than I would normally be."As the prospect of war looms, parents need to do more than run to the hardware store to make their...

Pages