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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...
  • 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...
  • Beware of dietary supplements that could potentially be harmful

    Americans spend more than $32 billion on 85,000 different dietary supplements every year. These products contain various combinations of vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, and other substances. The manufacturers claim that their products enhance health,...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: You may - or may not - need extra potassium while taking a diuretic

    Q: I've started retaining extra fluid. My doctor just prescribed Lasix. Do I need to take extra potassium? A: Lasix is an example of a loop diuretic. Doctors most often prescribe this type of water pill for people who retain a lot of water. Usually the...
  • Generic drugs vs. brand names: Switching could save you money

    A Prada handbag is definitely not the same as the $20 knockoff from a street vendor. Value-brand paper towels aren't nearly as absorbent as the name brands. Following this line of thought, it might be logical to assume that generic drugs are just cheap...
  • Let's end the wasteful war on drugs by putting science first

    Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time. This is true not only when those thoughts contradict each other, but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And...
  • Anyone can learn CPR and everyone should

    It's terrible to imagine, but what would you do if someone in your home suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing? After calling 911, most people feel helpless after witnessing such an event, which is usually due to a cardiac arrest (see "What is cardiac...
  • Make the most of your digital fitness monitor

    The latest trend in high-tech health puts control in the palm of your hand. It's called digital fitness monitoring, and it comes in the form of tiny gadgets that you wear or place in your pocket. "If you're already motivated to exercise or eat...