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Recent columns for Slate

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

No, Lax Parenting is Not To Blame for School Shootings. The overwhelming evidence against a patently ridiculous pro-gun talking point. February 16, 2018

The Tongue Tie Conundrum. More and more babies are receiving this controversial diagnosis, and parents are getting conflicting advice. Here’s how to navigate the confusion. February 6, 2018

Sexism Starts in Childhood. It can also be stopped there. But only if parents push a stronger message than our culture does. November 6, 2017

Go Ahead, Heap Rewards On Your Kid. Parents are told stickers and trinkets for good behavior will ruin their children—but the research is wildly misunderstood. August 22, 2017

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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