Leah Rosenbaum

Science Writing Intern, Summer 2018

Leah Rosenbaum was an editorial intern at Science News in the summer of 2018. She has two bachelor’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in writing and public health. She is currently a graduate student at UC Berkeley, completing a combined Masters of Journalism and Masters of Public Health program, with a focus on infectious diseases and vaccines. Her freelance work has appeared in STAT News, Tonic (Vice), and Health News Review, among other publications. 

All Stories by Leah Rosenbaum

  1. algal bloom off Florida's west coast
    Health & Medicine

    As algae blooms increase, scientists seek better ways to predict these toxic tides

    Scientists around the United States are developing programs that can predict harmful algal blooms in advance.

  2. A photo of a firefly flashing
    Animals

    There’s method in a firefly’s flashes

    Fireflies use their flashing lights for mating and maybe even to ward away predators.

  3. an axolotl and a green anole
    Life

    How salamanders can regrow nearly complete tails but lizards can’t

    Differences in stem cells in the spinal cord explain the amphibians’ ability.

  4. a photo of a pregnant stomach with some pills
    Health & Medicine

    Pregnant women’s use of opioids is on the rise

    The rate of opioid use during pregnancy more than quadrupled in 28 U.S. states, prompting physicians to call for increased screening.

  5. mosquito
    Health & Medicine

    A newly approved drug could be a boon for treating malaria

    Tafenoquine could help prevent the recurring form of malaria, but the drug may also be dangerous for people who have a certain genetic mutation.

  6. illustration of viruses in vesicles
    Life

    Nasty stomach viruses can travel in packs

    Contained clusters of rotavirus and norovirus caused more severe infections in mice than the same viruses working solo.

  7. rat lungworm
    Health & Medicine

    Rat lungworm disease is popping up in the mainland United States

    A disease caused by a parasite endemic to Asia sickened at least 12 people in eight states in the continental United States from 2011 to 2017.

  8. Chinese red-headed centipede
    Health & Medicine

    A medical mystery reveals a new host for the rat lungworm parasite

    Doctors report that A. cantonensis was transmitted to two people who ate raw centipedes, but you can get it from other creatures as well.

  9. Little free-tailed bat
    Health & Medicine

    A new Ebola species has been found in bats in Sierra Leone

    A sixth species of Ebola has been found, but we don’t know if it can cause disease in humans.

  10. leech
    Health & Medicine

    What leech gut bacteria can tell us about drug resistance

    A bacteria found in leeches becomes drug resistant after only a small exposure to common antibiotics.

  11. plastic lunch container
    Health & Medicine

    Pediatricians warn against chemical additives in food for kids

    Common food additives found in meats, plastic packaging or metal cans may contain chemicals that harm children’s health.

  12. Larsen C
    Earth

    The giant iceberg that broke from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf is stuck

    A year ago, an iceberg calved off of the Larsen C ice shelf. The hunk of ice hasn’t moved much since, and that has scientists keeping an eye on it.