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
- NewsWorrisome changes to the heart that are associated with obesity can appear in childhood, a new MRI study shows.
- News in BriefLinemen on a football team face raised cardiac risk over the course of a season, a study of college players shows.
- News in BriefWealthier patients can afford to get on more organ transplant lists, giving them an advantage, a new study says.
- NewsStudies find that even small changes in eating habits and movement can lower risk of heart disease.
- NewsAfter a history of controversy, preexposure prophylaxis has been demonstrated to work for HIV prevention.
- FeatureAs more people survive serious brain injury, researchers are using EEG and fMRI to learn who is aware inside an unresponsive body.
- 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.