• A Gut-Wrenching Question

    Every week, about 20 people visit the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania to be evaluated for weight-loss surgery. They tell a nurse their medical history...

  • Arrested Development

    Richard Walker has been trying to conquer ageing since he was a 26-year-old free-loving hippie. It was the 1960s, an era marked by youth: Vietnam War protests,...

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    23 and You

    Cheryl Whittle tried her best to fall asleep, but her mind kept racing. Tomorrow was going to be the culmination of three years of research and, possibly, a...

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    On Scientific Detachment

    We drove to the orphanage on a pleasant December morning, under a sky that seemed too blue. It was a short ride through a residential neighbourhood of...

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    Re-Awakenings

    Anna Sumner’s craving for sleep began when she was an 18-year-old high school senior. She thought nothing of it. When it followed her to college, she blamed...

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    Ovary Banks: Freezing the Biological Clock

    The clock started ticking for T. Wilson in 2008, when she turned 36. She had been divorced for seven years, and as a trainee surgeon she barely...

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