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OCTOBER 2002
Volume 95, Issue 1
 
 
   
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Open-door sexuality

William Parish says that in 50 years, China's sex life will mimic that of Western Europe. When China opened its doors to international markets in the early 1980s, it inadvertently let in another modern phenomenon-the West's sexual culture. Signs of Western influence are apparent, for example, in the changing lifestyles of contemporary Chinese women, who read local versions of Cosmopolitan, and particularly female novelists, who discuss formerly unmentionable topics such as picking up men in discos, living with boyfriends, and masturbating.
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Spoon-feeding anorexics
For the parents of a teenager with anorexia nervosa-an eating disorder that strikes 1 to 2 percent of American women and has one of the highest death rates of any mental-health condition-being told to have a family picnic can seem like strange counsel. No carefree Sunday outing, this family meal takes place on a small table in the office of Daniel le Grange, assistant professor of psychiatry at Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. All family members, including siblings, must attend. The parents are told to bring ordinary food to help their daughter-in almost all cases the anorexic is female-regain weight.
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Babies can't count
Although many people would like to think that their babies are bright enough to count before their first birthdays-and some child psychologists have suggested they can-that possibility is in dispute as the results of a ten-year evaluation by University of Chicago scholars are released. "Earlier claims of infants' quantitative skill are greatly exaggerated," says Janellen Huttenlocher, the William S. Gray professor of psychology and an author of Quantitative Development in Infancy and Early Childhood (Oxford University Press, 2002). "Infants start with only a crude awareness of amount, which slowly evolves into an ability to distinguish between numbers of discrete objects."
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Low-carb diet, high-risk kidneys
Popular low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets may result in rapid weight loss, but they also appear to pose serious health problems, including increased risk of kidney stones and bone loss," report researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Texas Southwestern in the August American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
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