COVER STORY: Heart of the Matter
Martha Teichner travels to Framingham, Mass., home to a study that’s been going on since 1948 and has provided us with just about everything we know about how to prevent cardiovascular disease, the Framingham Heart Study.
Staying healthy: It’s an ongoing battle against endless temptation. Every day confronts us with a landmine of possibilities -- Extra cheese on that pizza? Fries with that burger? Perhaps you’d like another cigarette? Such decisions seem like personal ones, but should the government have a say in them, too? Dr. Thomas Frieden, New York City's health commissioner, is at the heart of that debate. Since Frieden’s appointment in 2002, the city has banned smoking in public places and trans-fats in restaurants. While many cry, “Paternalism,” some 20 states and more than a dozen countries have since enacted similar legislation. As for Frieden, he’s moved on: Now he’s gunning for fast-food restaurants, and he wants them to post calorie counts next to every item on their menus. So, why is Frieden so driven to make such radical changes? Stay tuned to Sunday Morning, and find out.
WHIZ KIDS: Babies and Learning
Ask any new parent if they think their baby is smarter than average -- you don’t need to be a genius to guess the answer. But, behind that dazed and innocent look, there may be a mental powerhouse in the making. In the first year of life, a newborn’s brain grows at a rate that could be described as explosive. So what is a very young child capable of? Tracy Smith looks at brilliant babies.
ROAD TO RECOVERY: Levon Helm
Anthony Mason chats with throat cancer survivor and drummer for The Band, Levon Helm.
NEVER TOO OLD: Seniors and Sex
It used to be a taboo -- talking about whether your parents -- or grandparents -- were sexually active. Well, most of them are! That's the conclusion of a report recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This Sunday Morning, correspondent Rita Braver talks with the lead author of the report, and visits with seniors who say sex after 60 may be a surprise to their children -- but not to them!
INSIDE OUTSIDE: Outside Magazine
When most Americans discuss “fitness,” they’re usually talking about joining a gym or taking walks around the neighborhood. For the folks at Outside magazine, “fitness” more likely involves climbing the Himalayas, paddling a kayak through ice fjords in Patagonia, or mountain-biking in the Rockies. For 30 years now, Outside, America’s leading active lifestyle magazine, has been offering stories of adventure and travel that inspire readers to simply get outside and enjoy the variety of endeavors the natural world has to offer. Correspondent Serena Altschul travels to Santa Fe, N.M., and visits the stunning 220 acre mountain-top ranch of the magazine’s founder, Larry Burke, where the energetic 64-year-old practices what his magazine preaches.
OUR MAN IN PARIS: A Votre Sante
French health care compared to American health care
INTENSIVE CARE: Dr. John LaPook on global health needs in Africa and the developing world, diseases once considered scourges and now being controlled.
ON THE EDGE: Dorothy Hamill on depression
At 51, Dorothy Hamill still has it all: the looks, the charm, and the athletic grace and drive that won her the Olympic gold medal in figure skating in 1976. She also suffers from depression which, she now realizes, has always clouded her fairytale life. In our Sunday Morning profile, correspondent Thalia Assuras will lace up her skates, and take to the rink with America’s sweetheart, to talk about her life, her loves, and her lifelong struggle with depression.
DOGGED PURSUIT: Animals and mental health
Anyone who’s been around dogs knows they can act a little strangely sometimes. But there are times when quirkiness crosses the line into serious behavioral problems, problems that can mimic some of the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in humans. That’s when it might be time to take Rover to an animal behaviorist. We’ll meet a doctor who works with dogs with issues, and who might be close to discovering a genetic root to their behavior. And there could be an even bigger payoff: He might be able to apply the genetic lessons he learns to people.
GERM OF AN IDEA: Bill Geist on germs
NATURE: Hawaiian rain forest