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On vacation

Hi all—just wanted to write a quick post to let you know that I’ll be away from now until after Thanksgiving. My husband and I are off to Italy for two weeks. We can’t wait! Take care and enjoy the holiday(s).

The dirty truth about “green” products

This month I have a short feature in Redbook about managing and preventing indoor air pollution. It might not be the most eloquent article I’ve ever written, but in all honesty, I am more excited about this piece than I am about most of my others, because it is an article that I know could really and truly help people. If some of the suggestions end...

How to avoid harmful chemicals: just pick up your iPhone

Happy New Year! My first post of 2011 will be a cheerful one: I’ve made a new and potentially very useful discovery. I frequently harp on the fact that household and personal care products are rife with nasty chemicals (even the ones that say they’re not!), but I’ve never found an easy way to avoid them. How can you tell which products are the safest...

Why pregnant women deserve drug trials

It’s easy to gloss over health care disparities until they start really affecting you or your loved ones. When I became pregnant this summer, I discovered the dearth of information available about drug safety during pregnancy. (I wrote a little about it in this Slate article published in July.) Women who rely on medication get pregnant—for instance,...

How many omega-3s does your dinner have?

As I approach my third trimester, I’m becoming a bit of an omega-3 fiend. The unsaturated fatty acids have not only been tied to lower heart disease risk in adults, but they have also been shown to boost fetal brain development, especially when consumed in the final few months of pregnancy. Given that I’m not much of a cold water fish fan—the thought...

The epigenetics of cancer

I’ve taken an embarrassingly long break from blogging, thanks in part to several big changes in my life. Since I last posted here (in January—egads!) I’ve bought my first home, given birth to a son (his name is Dean) and begun teaching a health journalism class at CUNY. But now I’m back writing again, at least part-time, so I thought I’d revisit my...

Nutritional oxymoron: Fat-free milk with omega-3′s

When I saw an ad for this milk the other day, I couldn’t help but laugh. A milk that contains DHA cannot, in a strict sense of the word, be fat-free. Also, it’s kind of funny that the company first skims the milk of all its fat, and then goes back and adds fat in. So how is it “fat-free?” Although I could not find any information about the amount of...

On arsenic and apple juice: Is the EPA’s drinking water limit even safe?

There’s been a lot of chatter about the arsenic-in-apple-juice debacle involving TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz, the FDA and Consumer Reports. If you don’t know the backstory, fellow PLoS blogger Deborah Blum has written two great posts about it, which you can find here and here. I only have one thing to add. I’ve heard some people react to the Consumer Reports...

Are allergies trying to protect us from ourselves?

I have a love/hate relationship with spring, thanks to the aggravating bouts of hay fever that transform me into a faucet for pretty much the entire season. So I’ll admit I was a little skeptical when my editor at Scientific American asked me last week if I wanted to write about a new paper coming out in Nature suggesting that allergies may actually...

A forgotten but crucial cause for the pertussis epidemic

Finally, the media seems to be taking note of the terrible pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks around the country. I’m relieved to see the coverage, because pertussis can kill or cause long-term complications like brain damage, particularly in infants. But I can’t say I’ve been impressed with how the issue has been handled by the press so far. Many...

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