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
- FeatureThe typical American diet sends our good and bad gut microbes out of balance and can lead to inflammation and a host of problems.
- FeatureSupplements of vitamins C, E and other antioxidants may blunt the positive effects of exercise training.
- Growth CurveMedia coverage of disasters and other major events can have an emotional effect on kids. Experts suggest that parents limit news exposure and discuss tough topics.
- FeatureNatural disasters and terrorist attacks have taught researchers that a subset of children may face long-term problems. Parent reactions and how quickly life returns to normal can make a difference.
- NewsOnly athletes with warning signs of cardiac problems should be tested with electrocardiograms, according to the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.
- FeatureScientists question the long-standing notion that adaptation — specifically the evolution of genes that encourage humans to hold on to fat so they can survive times of famine — has driven the obesity crisis.
- FeatureIt may be time to move way from blanket recommendations about mammography and empower women to decide for themselves, new work suggests.
- FeatureCardiologists disagree on whether electrocardiograms should be used to screen student athletes for a rare heart condition that can cause them to die suddenly and without warning.
- NewsFor a decade, doctors have made induced hypothermia standard practice.
- FeatureScientists sift through the chemical potpourri that escapes our lungs for new ways to diagnose disease.