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Friday, January 04, 2008

Using antibacterial soap may not be a good idea. A science writer explains why some germs are necessary for our survival. Plus, why a child may suddenly lose the ability to understand or use language. And Judith Thurman shares her best essays from 20-plus years at the New Yorker. And Please Explain is all about anger and aggression!

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Judith Thurman

Good Germs, Bad Germs

Science writer Jessica Snyder Sachs believes that we have to get to know our microbes better. They are not simple germs to be wiped out, but complex creatures whose survival is intertwined with our own. Her book is Good Germs, Bad Germs.

Weigh in: Do you use antibacterial soap?

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Exploring a Rare Childhood Disorder

Landau-Kleffner syndrome (LKS) is a rare disorder that affects children between the ages of 3 to 7. A major feature of LKS is the gradual or sudden loss of the ability to understand and use spoken language. Dr. Josiane LaJoie, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at New York University ...

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20 Years of Writing for the New Yorker

Cleopatra’s Nose is filled with 40-plus essays originally written for the New Yorker between 1987 and 2006 by Judith Thurman. The essays demonstrate Ms. Thurman’s trademark intelligence, compassion, and exquisiteness.

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Please Explain: Anger and Aggression

What actually is anger? And what does it do to you and to others? On this week’s Please Explain, Dr. William Gerin, of the Behavorial Cardiovascular Health and Hypertension Program at Columbia Universtiy School of Medicine, and Dr. Emil F. Coccaro, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University ...

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