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FAMILY AND HEALTH
REVIEW--SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN HEALTHY AGING BRAIN--Some authors are so
compelling itís worthwhile to give a
synopsis of their books and recommend them. Judith Horstman is a science writer who was asked by
Scientific American magazine to write one article on how our brains work. Her
article stretched into story after story and eventually was compiled into a
book: The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain.
AND WILD BEES: For several years Iíve tried to protect wild bees in my
garden by growing sunflowers. And
while many gardeners, including me, have worried about the plight of honeybees,
wild bees suffer in silence. Scientists believe populations of wild bees to be in
decline. Widespread single-crop farming has contributed to wiping out their habitat.
Their disappearance barely is noticed by anyone
other than a handful of entomologists. Now there's new research indicating
how important native bees may be.
SUMMER SALADS WITH WHOLE GRAINS: Summer is the perfect time to wed whole grains to fresh
herbs, vegetables and fruits for a hearty lunch or quick dinner. Take them
to potlucks, deliver one to a sick friend or pack a few for a picnic. Whole grains
stand up to time, are fast to assemble and accompany nearly any other menu
item. Here is a blueprint for making a variety of whole grain salads that match
a cuisine you love.
FAMILY AND HEALTH
TO FRAILTY: DIET AND EXERCISE--Linda P. Friedís research that she calls the Cycle of Frailty bears
close scrutiny. Dr. Fried (geriatrics), at the Mailman School of Public Health,
Columbia University, is part of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network. She studied the Frailty Syndrome in the elderly and discovered something
important. This syndrome is similar to the
Metabolic Syndrome of obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and high glucose
that, when present in middle age, accelerate a downslide in health. The Frailty Syndrome may surface in quickly growing teens or
new moms. What they have in common with the elderly is inadequate