Laura Beil

Laura Beil

Contributing Correspondent

Laura Beil is an independent journalist specializing in medicine, health policy and science. She was the recipient of the Victor Cohn Prize for Medical Science Reporting in 2018. In addition to being a contributing correspondent at Science News, her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, and other magazines. She began freelancing in 2007 after working as medical writer for the Dallas Morning News from 1992 to 2006. In 2018, she reported and hosted the podcast Dr. Death, which has been downloaded more than 50 million times.

All Stories by Laura Beil

  1. illustration of man with umbrella under raining statins
    Health & Medicine

    Yes, statins protect hearts. But critics question their expanding use

    Even after decades of study, questions remain about statin safety.

  2. cancer cells
    Health & Medicine

    Instead of starving a cancer, researchers go after its defenses

    There may be ways to block tumors from adapting and outrunning the body’s defenses.

  3. gastric bypass
    Health & Medicine

    Gastric bypass controls diabetes long term better than other methods

    Bariatric surgery outperforms other weight-loss measures in the longest-term study yet of diabetes outcomes.

  4. heartburn
    Health & Medicine

    Heartburn drugs may raise stroke risk

    Drugs used by millions for heartburn linked to increased risk of stroke.

  5. weighing in
    Health & Medicine

    Downside of yo-yo dieting is rise in heart disease risk

    Yo-yo dieting hurts the heart, even if you’re not overweight.

  6. sleeping man
    Health & Medicine

    Restless sleep associated with heart rhythm problems

    Poor sleep, even without apnea, is tied to heart rhythm problems.

  7. guy lighting joint
    Health & Medicine

    Marijuana use weakens heart muscle

    Marijuana linked to dangerous heart stress.

  8. Celebrex
    Health & Medicine

    Popular painkiller doesn’t have more heart risks than others, study claims

    A long anticipated trial of the drug Celebrex finds it poses no more risk to the heart than do similar painkillers, but critics cite flaws in the study.

  9. MRI of baboon hearts
    Health & Medicine

    Poor diet in pregnancy, poor heart health for infants

    Moms who eat too little during pregnancy could have babies with heart risks.

  10. Roller coaster
    Health & Medicine

    Riding roller coasters might help dislodge kidney stones

    Researchers took a 3-D printed kidney containing tiny stones and urine for a spin on a roller coaster and found their patients’ stories of kidney stones passing on the ride to have merit.

  11. spoon full of sugar
    Health & Medicine

    Sugar industry sought to sugarcoat causes of heart disease

    Sugar industry has long, sweet history of influencing science.

  12. cancer moonshot task force
    Health & Medicine

    Panel outlines research priorities for ‘Cancer Moonshot’

    Recommendations for President Barack Obama’s Cancer Moonshot include improved data sharing, focus on immunotherapy and commitment to patient engagement.