| Sep 13, 2010
The best medicine for a longer, healthier life may be the support of family and friends: That's the conclusion of an exhaustive July report looking at studies over three decades on social relationships and mortality.
People with adequate social...
| Feb 28, 2011
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It's not nice to call someone fat. That's a simple rule of thumb, repeated by parents of small children everywhere. For physicians, however, it's a social nicety that must be set aside if they are to act in the best interests of an overweight or obese ...
| Sep 10, 2010
Signs of heart disease — generally thought to be a disease of middle age — can be seen even in children, cardiologists now know. But risk factors in children and young adults run the risk of being undetected and untreated, largely because of...
| Nov 5, 2010
Dinaw Mengestu's "How to Read the Air" opens audaciously — the unnamed narrator writes of his parents with impossible intimacy. He knows what his mother thinks as she stands before a mirror a year before he is born, what she hears in the middle of...
| Aug 27, 2010
You remember Tom Buchanan, of course — sometime Yale football star and war hero and, most important, a relatively minor, yet pivotal, character in "The Great Gatsby." In F. Scott Fitzgerald's revered novel he is presented as a boor and a blunderer...
| Dec 17, 2010
It's tempting at this time of year, with worn-out Christmas tunes blaring nonstop through every grocery store, hair salon and shopping mall from here to the Atlantic, to believe that, musically speaking, there's nothing new under the holiday sun.
| Oct 14, 2010
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to seven companies and one nutritionist who sell chemicals called chelators to treat autism, cardiovascular diseases and other conditions, informing them they are violating federal law.
| Nov 14, 2010
Autobiography of Mark Twain
Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith, et al.
University of California Press: 738 pp., $34.95
Having created a quintessentially American brand of humor and style of literature, Mark Twain (1835-1910) can now add to his...
| Feb 5, 2011
He's an expert on pirates of the Caribbean, and we're not talking Johnny Depp.
He wrote his doctoral thesis on the social history of 17th century New York, a task that required him to learn Dutch. "Not the easiest thing I've ever done," said Robert "Roy"...
| Sep 21, 2010
No matter how strong our willpower, snacking is inevitable.
So many of us are on the go all the time that we can forget to pack proper or sufficient snacks to see us through those occasional cravings and get us, and our kids, through the day....
| Dec 12, 2010
Tablet & Pen
Literary Landscapes From the Modern Middle East
Edited by Reza Aslan
W.W. Norton: 658 pp., $35
Of all the reasons why we read, the one that binds us most is empathy. Literature offers a means of imagining ourselves inside the other, of...