Dear Amy: Where did the harmonica come from? — Drew, Pratt, Kan.
Dear Drew: The harmonica was invented in 1821 by a 16-year-old German clockmaker named Christian Ludwig Buschmann. Buschmann put 15 pitchpipes together and called this musical invention the "mundaeoline,"which is German for "mouth harp."As long as the player could hold his breath, beautiful tones came from this truly unique instrument. If you would like to read more on the history of the harmonica, check out the following site, www.hohner
usa.com/ahistory.htm. (This site is no longer available.)
Dear Amy: My friend has diabetes, and I want to know if it has a cure. — Angela, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Dear Angela: Important research is helping bring us closer to finding a cure for diabetes. Biomedical research cures some diseases and helps make many more tolerable to those who suffer. Two promising areas of research, islet science and stem cell research, are currently being examined. This diabetes site has more helpful information: http://kids.jdrf.org.
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