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. tick attached to skin
    Health & Medicine

    New approaches may help solve the Lyme disease diagnosis dilemma

    Lyme disease is hard to detect, but scientists are investigating new diagnostic approaches.

  2. illustration of Vitamin D with list of benefits
    Health & Medicine

    Vitamin D supplements aren’t living up to their hype

    Once seen as a supplement with a long list of benefits, vitamin D’s glow may be dimming.

  3. John Carlin and his wife Martha
    Health & Medicine

    A gut-brain link for Parkinson’s gets a closer look

    Early evidence suggests that Parkinson’s may be a gut disease that affects the brain.

  4. brain cleaning illustration
    Health & Medicine

    The brain may clean out Alzheimer’s plaques during sleep

    Sleep deprivation may speed up development of Alzheimer’s disease.

  5. mother with newborn
    Neuroscience

    Depression among new mothers is finally getting some attention

    Scientists search new mothers’ minds for clues to postpartum depression.

  6. New Delhi
    Environment

    Pollution killed 9 million people in 2015

    First global look estimates the massive human and financial toll caused by pollution-related health problems.

  7. illustration of syringe with flu viruses
    Health & Medicine

    A universal flu shot may be nearing reality

    Scientists are developing a universal vaccine against flu, making annual shots a thing of the past.

  8. air pollution
    Environment

    The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing

    Air 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.

  9. Zika virus
    Genetics

    The Zika epidemic began long before anyone noticed

    Zika spread undetected into Brazil and Florida, a genetic study suggests.

  10. opioid pills
    Health & Medicine

    Even short-term opioid use can set people up for addiction risks

    A study of opioid prescriptions for sprained ankles finds that patients prescribed 30 or more pills are more likely to seek refills.

  11. mouse on an excercise wheel
    Health & Medicine

    ‘Exercise pill’ turns couch potato mice into marathoners

    An experimental "exercise in a pill" increases running endurance in mice before they step foot on a treadmill.

  12. fruit fly
    Neuroscience

    Internal compass guides fruit fly navigation

    Experiments show how flies navigate — and why this might be important for humans.