Laura Beil is an independent journalist specializing in medicine, health policy and science. In addition to being a contributing correspondent at Science News, her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Reader's Digest, Self, Prevention, Glamour, Newsweek, Men's Health, Ladies Home Journal, Parenting, O and the New York Times. She began freelancing in 2007 after working as medical writer for the Dallas Morning News from 1992 to 2006. From 2006–2007 she was a media fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation. She lives near Dallas.
Laura Beil's Articles
- News in BriefFirst global look estimates the massive human and financial toll caused by pollution-related health problems.
- FeatureScientists are developing a universal vaccine against flu, making annual shots a thing of the past.
- FeatureAir pollution levels have come down since the 1970s, but smog is being linked with a growing list of diseases, including dementia, obesity, diabetes and even Parkinson’s.
- NewsZika spread undetected into Brazil and Florida, a genetic study suggests.
- NewsA study of opioid prescriptions for sprained ankles finds that patients prescribed 30 or more pills are more likely to seek refills.
- NewsAn experimental "exercise in a pill" increases running endurance in mice before they step foot on a treadmill.
- NewsExperiments show how flies navigate — and why this might be important for humans.
- FeatureEven after decades of study, questions remain about statin safety.
- FeatureThere may be ways to block tumors from adapting and outrunning the body’s defenses.
- NewsBariatric surgery outperforms other weight-loss measures in the longest-term study yet of diabetes outcomes.