October 30, 2011 The Medical Issue

The fat fighter

Research pediatrician Dr. David Ludwig sees reversing the rise in childhood obesity as more than just a job. For him, it’s an act of political will. By Ellen Ruppel Shell

Pat Greenhouse/Globe staff

The C-section boom

Public health officials warn that the US caesarean rate, now 33 percent, is alarmingly high. One obstetrician explores why hospitals’ rates can vary so widely – from 15 percent to 45 percent in Massachusetts – and whether anyone should care. By Dr. Adam Wolfberg


RUSS MEZIKOFSKY View from the bar

A spirited guide to the wine lists, menus, and barroom scenes at some of the best restaurants in town. By Sheryl Julian and Stephen Meuse


Something racy

My wife has killer taste in cars, which makes buying a new one tricky. By Craig Fitzgerald

Dinner With Cupid

Making the grade

Will this educator find everything on her checklist?


Seasonal feast

A classic French braise that’s perfect for Halloween, plus fall’s best vegetables. By Adam Ried

Miss Conduct

No-treat trickiness

Responding to parents who spirit away Halloween candy, plus giving a good home tour.

Style Watch

Picture, picture on the wall

From organic mash-ups to precisely planned schemes, designers share tips for groupings with impact. By Marni Elyse Katz

On the Block

Homes in Salem

Sweet spots without scary prices.

First Person/Gregory Maguire

Something Wicked

Concord author Gregory Maguire talks about Out of Oz, the fourth and final volume in his best-selling series.

Tales From the City

New York humor?

A warm welcome to New York City for Red Sox Nation, and a lesson in elocution.


Globe Magazine readers respond to stories about how the ICA is taking the MFA’s new contemporary art wing, unsatisfied Dinner With Cupid daters, and more.