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Fashionably Dangerous

Corsets, cage crinoline petticoats, and foot binding have gone out of vogue, but some of the latest fashion trends are just as bad—if not worse—for your health. Here\'s what you should know about the risks associated with everything from skinny jeans to the Brazilian wax.

Toxic Strength

It can take years to hit bottom with many drugs, decades with alcohol. But on steroids Chris Wash managed it in just 12 months, starting with a dream of playing for a top college basketball team and winding up on a highway overpass, waiting for the moment to jump. In that time Wash, a 1.88-meter guard on the Plano West High School team in Plano, Texas, went from a rangy 82 kilograms to a hulking 104, with shoulders so big he could barely pull on his backpack in the morning. And he developed a...

TOXIC STRENGTH

It can take years to hit bottom with many drugs, decades with alcohol. But on steroids Chris Wash managed it in just 12 months, starting with a dream of playing for a top college basketball team and winding up on a highway overpass, waiting for the moment to jump. In that time Wash, a 1.88-meter guard on the Plano West High School team in Plano, Texas, went from a rangy 82 kilograms to a hulking 104, with shoulders so big he could barely pull on his backpack in the morning. And he developed a...

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TURKEYAnkara's Two FacesWill the real Recip Tayyip Erdogan please stand up? The Turkish prime minister has been justifiably lauded for bringing his country to the doorstep of Europe, squeezing the Army out of politics, dismantling the apparatus of the Turkish police state and introducing a raft of European-style human-rights laws in order to win a start date for talks to join the European Union. But late last year he mystified many fans by pushing a conservative adultery law that almost...

Toxic Strength

THE HEADLINES ABOUT ILLEGAL STEROIDS HAVE FOCUSED ON PROFESSIONAL AND OLYMPIC ATHLETES. BUT THE MOST VULNERABLE USERS MAY BE KIDS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, HIGH-SCHOOLERS WHO ARE RISKING AN ARRAY OF FRIGHTFUL SIDE EFFECTS THAT CAN LEAD TO DEATH.

Surgeon, Drop That Scalpel

IT HAS BEEN A CENTURY OF MEDICAL WONDERS. Vaccines have all but vanquished such killers as polio and diphtheria. We've learned to control our moods, fertility and blood pressure with pills. And surgeons routinely fix or replace our failing joints and organs. Yet we continue to pay a high price for these marvels. Lifesaving surgery often maims and our miracle drugs cause all manner of devastating side effects. In any given year, roughly 63,000 Americans die from taking prescription drugs as...