Recent Features


Recent Slate columns

How to Make Kids Comfortable in their Own Bodies. The constant pressure to be thin is a bigger health concern for children than obesity. January 23, 2019

The Boys are Watching. Guys who are offended by Gillette’s moralizing ad don’t realize why we need its message more than ever. January 16, 2019

Better Not Pout, Better Not Cry? Why holidays bring out the worst in our kids — and how parents can help keep the peace. December 18, 2018

How to Handle the Rising Tide of Hate in Schools. We shouldn’t give up on the boys in the viral Nazi-salute prom photo. November 16, 2018

Ending Sexual Violence by Raising Better Boys. How to teach even the youngest sons to respect girls and understand boundaries — and themselves. October 8, 2018

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Recent New York Times articles

Early Education is More Demanding Than Ever, and Experts Have Concerns. The approach, stress and rigidity that often accompanies modern lesson plans may cause young children to feel frustrated or disengaged. August 12, 2019

Wait, I Thought You Had Outgrown This. Why do kids regress, and what should parents do about it? June 7, 2019

The Truth About Tummy Time. Pediatricians say it’s essential. But is it? May 29, 2019

How to Safely Exercise During Pregnancy. The belief that it’s dangerous to exercise during pregnancy is common — but it’s wrong. May 22, 2019

Does Anything Actually Make You Go Into Labor? Most of the popular legends are more myth than fact, but there are a couple of interesting exceptions. May 6, 2019

The Right Way to Use a Public Bathroom. The odds of becoming ill from using a public bathroom are slim. But there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk even more. Here’s what to keep in mind. April 17, 2019

Other favorite pieces

Quanta. How Vaccines Are Pushing Pathogens to Evolve. Just as antibiotics breed resistance in bacteria, vaccines can incite changes that enable diseases to escape their control. Researchers are working to head off the evolution of new threats. May 10, 2018

Self. Just Because a Natural Remedy 'Works' For You Doesn't Mean it Works. Why I rely on science rather than stories. June 12, 2017

Scientific American Mind. Is Sensory Processing Disorder for Real? A debate rages over whether doctors should recognize this common childhood condition as a distinct disorder. September 2015

Nature. The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks. Scientists have no shortage of ideas about how to stop tick-borne illnesses. What is holding them back? August 25, 2015

Self. What's the Real Truth About Soy? Is it a superpowered health booster or a dangerous health risk? We combed through the research to find out. May 11, 2015

Popular Science. Infant Possibilities. Babies’ genomes hold clues that can save their lives, but that same information could be used in far less noble ways. Where should we draw the line? July 30, 2014

Aeon. Against The Grains. A carbs-rich diet has been blamed for the alarming explosion of obesity and chronic disease. What does the science show? June 17, 2014

Slate. Teaching Tolerance. How white parents should talk to their young kids about race. March 30, 2014

Discover. The Broken Vaccine. Whooping cough is on the rise, exposing a worrisome trend: The vaccine that holds it in check is losing its potency, and nobody is sure why. March 2013

Scientific American. It's Time To End the War on Salt. The zealous drive by politicians to limit our salt intake has little basis in science. July 8, 2011

Slate. Drug Problem. Women aren't properly represented in scientific studies. July 28, 2010

Nature Medicine. The Search Beyond Statins. Statin drugs have made history for their blockbuster sales, and their use is only expected to increase when Lipitor's patent soon expires. But, for millions of people, statins simply don't do enough. February 1, 2010

Scientific American Mind. A Patchwork Mind. We each have two parents, but their genetic contributions to what makes us us are uneven. New research shows we are an amalgam of influences from mom and dad. July 2009

Scientific American Mind. Infected with Insanity: Could Microbes Cause Mental Illness? Viruses or bacteria may be at the root of schizophrenia and other disorders. April 2008

Nature. Virology: The Battle Within. Viral and microbial interactions within living tissues are more complex than previously thought. January 23, 2008