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  • Peering into the troubled mind of Robert Schumann

    Peering into the troubled mind of Robert Schumann
    Robert Schumann heard so much music in his head, he felt compelled to compose. "I cannot help it," he wrote to his wife, Clara, "and should like to sing myself to death, like a nightingale." When he died at the age of 46 in an asylum, the only sounds he...
  • Change the World Bank needs

    Few people on the street may be familiar with the World Bank. Yet, it plays a critical role in the U.S. effort to engage the world through its contribution to economic development in poor and post-conflict societies. As current World Bank President...
  • Learning from the best: Father-son businesses share secrets to success

    Learning from the best: Father-son businesses share secrets to success
    Sons learn from their fathers. Whether it’s how to throw a ball, ride a bike, shave or tie a tie, the lessons fathers teach can last a lifetime. But how do those lessons change when a son joins his father in business? Howard Magazine talked with...
  • Study sounds alarm on healers' health risks

    Study sounds alarm on healers' health risks
    In laparoscopic surgery, gall bladders are removed, stomachs are constricted and tumors are excised through small incisions that mean less pain and shorter hospital stays. But while the patients are benefiting, the procedures are causing injuries in...
  • Officials urge taking precautions against return of West Nile virus

    While SARS dominated public attention during the past weeks, the discovery in March of a dead blue jay and two dead sparrows in Louisiana signaled the reawakening of another looming public health threat - West Nile virus. The mosquito-borne illness swept...
  • Cruelest mystery: death before life

    That chilly night in late October, the delivery room was so quiet. The doctor wrapped the 8-pound, 21-inch newborn girl in a pink-and-blue striped cotton blanket, pulled a matching cap over her brown hair and gently passed her to her mother. Margarete...
  • Getting to Alzheimer's roots

    The end for the Alzheimer's patient is a horror: The person is mute, bedridden, adrift from the thoughts and feelings that make up a life. The brain undergoes an equally disturbing transformation, shrunken by as much as half, mottled all over with...
  • Rashi Fein dies at 88; economist considered a father of Medicare

    Rashi Fein dies at 88; economist considered a father of Medicare
    Rashi Fein, a Harvard economist considered one of the fathers of Medicare, who threw his intellectual and moral weight behind full, affordable healthcare for nearly seven decades, stretching from the Truman administration to the Obama presidency, died...
  • Lose weight with reduced calorie Mediterranean-style diet

    Q: I need to lose at least 20 pounds, probably more. I hear so many conflicting ideas about the best diet. What do you suggest? A: In terms of weight loss, no diet comes out as the overwhelming winner. A recent study did suggest that low carb beats low...
  • Mood changes common when quitting smoking

    Q: I started taking Chantix seven days ago. I also take an antidepressant. I've noticed a subtle decline in mood. Is it the Chantix or an interaction between the Chantix and the antidepressant? A: There is good evidence that Chantix — the generic...
  • Sleeping seven to eight hours a night linked to taking fewer sick days

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults who say they sleep between seven and eight hours per night miss fewer work days due to sickness than others, according to a Finnish study. The researchers calculate that if insomnia, apnea and other kinds of sleep...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Mood changes common when quitting smoking

    Q: I started taking Chantix seven days ago. I also take an antidepressant. I've noticed a subtle decline in mood. Is it the Chantix or an interaction between the Chantix and the antidepressant? A: There is good evidence that Chantix -- the generic name...