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magazine and website

Increasing Testosterone Use Raises Safety Concerns Too many men are getting testosterone for the wrong reasons [Science of Health column, magazine and online, October 2014]

The Hidden Dangers of Going Under Anesthesia may have lingering side effects on the brain, even years after an operation [Science of Health column, magazine and online, March 2014]

How Much Do CT Scans Increase the Risk of Cancer? Researchers reevaluate the safety of radiation used in medical imaging [Science of Health column, magazine and online, July 2013]

Good Riddance to Overfishing: New Management Can End Unsustainable Practices [Special issue, September 2010]

How Much Is Left? The Limits of Earth’s Resources A graphical accounting of the limits to what one planet can provide [Special issue, September 2010]

Humans Might Have Faced Extinction [News Scan, online, March 2010]

Stem Cell Vitamin Boost [News Scan, online, February 2010]

Unearthing Anthrax’s Dirty Secret: Its Mysterious Survival Skills May Rely on Help from Viruses–and Earthworms [feature, online, February 9, 2010]

Freeloading Flap: Mediterranean Seabirds That Scrounge Off Fishing Boats Have a Smaller Foraging Range [blog, online, January 28, 2010]

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Notebook section of magazine

A Deathly Pallor Global warming could lead to lighter-colored insects with waning immune defenses [March 2015]

Lab Tools section of magazine

Screening Goes In Silico Computational tools take some of the cost—and guesswork—out of drug discovery [February 2015]

A CRISPR Fore-Cas-t A newcomer’s guide to the hottest gene-editing tool on the block [March 2014]

Tag, You’re It A guide to DNA-encoded libraries for drug discovery [February 2014]

Gene Silencing Is Golden A beginner’s how-to on RNAi screening in mammalian cells [August 2013]

Molecular Multitasking Commercial kits use fluorescent beads to probe dozens of cytokines in one reaction [August 2013]

Set It and Forget It  A tour of three systems for automating cell culture [March 2013]

Macro, Mini, Micro Clever microfluidic platforms take the study of protein-protein interactions to a new level [January 2013]

Lipids in the Spotlight A guide to studying lipids using mass spectrometry [August 2012]

SPRead Your Antibody Capabilities Using surface plasmon resonance to improve antibody detection and characterization: four case studies [May 2012]

Combing the Cancer Genome A guided tour through the main online resources for analyzing cancer genomics data [March 2012]




Depression’s Dance With Inflammation Why the body’s natural protective response to injury, infection and stress may have unexpected emotional consequences  [Big Idea column, magazine and online, July/August 2014]

NY Times



Fighting Poisons With Bacteria Going Inside the Rice Microbiome [Science Times, September 16, 2014]

dog fancy


A Shot At Easier Neutering-A sterilizing shot called Zeuterin offers dog owners a less invasive way to neuter their pets [April 2013]




Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression New research on whether breastfeeding increases or lowers risk of postpartum depression [feature, March 2015]

Antidepressants and the Risk of Birth Defects New research suggests use during pregnancy does not increase risk [news, August 2014]

Miscarriage and Postpartum Depression New research questions whether pregnancy loss increases risk [news, June 2014]

Infertility and the Risk of Depression or Anxiety New research suggests fertility treatment does not affect mental health during and after pregnancy [news, April 2014]

New Moms and Chronic Depression New research into the role of oxytocin [news, February 2014]

Women in Cities at Higher Risk for Postpartum Depression Poor support and greater stress may make urban women particularly vulnerable [news, October 2013]

The Truth About Postpartum Psychosis There is more to this devastating condition than what the media reports [feature, September 2013]

A Blood Test May Be Able to Predict Postpartum Depression Genetic markers could help doctors identify women at high risk [news, July 2013]

New Studies Show Anxiety and OCD After Pregnancy Surprisingly Common Research finds that many moms suffer from these debilitating, and treatable, conditions [news, June 2013]



Clinical research: Seizures common with 15q11-13 duplication [In Brief, April 18, 2014]

Genetics: MicroRNA may suppress autism gene expression [In Brief, March 25, 2014]



online news, blogs, features, slideshows

10 Signs You May Have OCD [slideshow, June 10, 2013]

Prescription Drugs That Lead Double Lives [slideshow, January 13, 2012]

13 Drugs That Can Make You Gain Weight [slideshow, November 2011]

I Tried It: Inner Warrior Workout [blog, October 26, 2011]

I Tried It: Pole Dancing (as Exercise!) [blog, October 5, 2011]

College Ritalin Abusers May Have Undiagnosed ADHD [feature, September 6, 2011]

Pediatricians seek to KO youth boxing [feature, syndicated at CNN, August 29, 2011]

Study Questions the Link Between Food Environment and Diet Quality [news, syndicated at Time.com, July 15, 2011]

Is the USDA’s New Food Plate Pie in the Sky? [news, June 8, 2011]

10 States Where Rare and Exotic Diseases Lurk [slideshow, June 2011]

Farmed or Wild: What’s the Best Salmon to Buy? [slideshow, May 2011]

Armadillos linked to leprosy in humans [news, syndicated at CNN, April 28, 2011]

Will a gluten-free diet improve your health? [feature, syndicated at CNN, April 12, 2011]

Why Love Is Good for Your Health [feature, February 16, 2011]

Hormones in Food: Should You Worry? [feature, January 19, 2011]

Nerve-Zapping Implants May Help Fibromyalgia Pain [feature, December 2, 2010]

Protein heart tests: A lifesaver or overhyped? [feature, syndicated at CNN, May 22, 2010]

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online news

Porn Use Has Small Effect on Sexual Behavior, Study Finds [April 25, 2013]

Many Americans Breathing Cleaner Air: Report [April 24, 2013]

Drugs Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk for Some, Task Force Finds [April 15, 2013]

Laser Liposuction May Zap Fat Without Skin Sag: Study [April 15, 2013]

Brain Changes Could Contribute to Gulf War Illness: Study [March 21, 2013]

1 in 8 Adults May Have Sensitive Teeth [March 1, 2013]

Foods Might Serve Up High Levels of Chemicals Found in Plastics [February 27, 2013]

Injected ‘Hydrogel’ May Help Repair Failing Hearts [February 20, 2013]

High-Antioxidant Diet May Not Prevent Stroke, Dementia, Study Finds [February 20, 2013]

Southern Diet Might Explain the ‘Stroke Belt’ [February 7, 2013]

Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatments Similar in Long Run: Study [January 30, 2013]

Ob/Gyn Group Urges Docs to Help Prevent ‘Octomom’-Type Multiple Births [January 24, 2013]

Brain Changes Found in Small Study of Former NFL Players [January 7, 2013]

Keeping Sexuality Secret Takes Mental Toll on Bisexual Men [ January 4, 2013]

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Instant Expert: A Vaccine For Cancer [January 2011]

Rescue Workers Can Prevent Brain Damage with Icy Nasal Spray [March 2010]

Bigger, Better, Faster: The Quake Proof Airport, Floating Freighter and Fast-Acting Fake Platelets [March 2010]

FYI: Can a Paper Cut Be Deadly? [December 2009]

FYI: Would a Helium-Filled Balloon Float on the Moon? [December 2009]

Earthquake-Proof Skyscrapers Hide From Seismic Waves [October 2009]





Contemplating Oneness: The Neuroscience of Meditation Neuroscientists at New York University study longtime meditators to glean insight into how our brains work [feature, August 13, 2009]

A Hard Day’s Clam Could the mollusks of Long Island’s Great South Bay make a comeback? [video, June 15, 2009]

Electric Shock Vehicles could get a boost in gas mileage from GenShock, a shock absorber developed by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [news, May 16, 2009]

Fighting Flies with Flies New tricks to breed sexier Mediterranean fruit flies could improve control of an important agricultural pest [news, April 3, 2009]

Cosmic Cancer Exposure to space radiation on long-term interplanetary voyages could threaten astronauts’ health and thwart manned missions [feature, January 28, 2009]

Lights! Camera! Science! Alexis Gambis brings science and film together to create a new genre of science fiction [profile and video, January 13, 2009]

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