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.
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.
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.
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 students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.