She saw the obesity epidemic coming. Then an unexpected finding mired her in controversy. A Q&A with epidemiologist Katherine Flegal (Knowable Magazine, 9/8/22. Republished at Medscape)

The quest for better baby formula: Replicating human milk is no easy feat — nor is separating the science from the hype (Knowable Magazine, 10/15/19. Republished at Discover and Smithsonian)


Is Chocolate Good for You? (The New York Times, 7/12/22)

How Bad Are the Germs in Public Restrooms, Really? (The New York Times, 6/21/22)

Can Your Diet Really Affect Your Skin Cancer Risk? (The New York Times, 6/8/22)

Ask Well: Are We Close to a Treatment for Celiac Disease? (The New York Times, 6/1/22)

Ask Well: Why Do Carbs Give Me Headaches? (The New York Times, 4/26/22)

Ask Well: How Long Does Menopause Last? (The New York Times, 4/19/22)

Ask Well: Will One Moldy Berry Ruin the Rest? (The New York Times, 3/7/22)

Do Neti Pots Really Work? (The New York Times, 1/26/22)

Ask Well: Why Do Women Gain Belly Fat in Middle Age? (The New York Times, 1/11/22)

Ask Well: Is Gluten-Free Bread Healthier Than Regular Bread? (The New York Times, 12/7/21)

Ask Well: Why Does Coffee Make Me Poop? (The New York Times, 11/31/21)

Is B.M.I. a Scam? (The New York Times, 5/19/21)

Don’t Let Food Poisoning Ruin Your Holiday (The New York Times, 12/13/19)

The Types of Plastics Families Should Avoid (The New York Times, 9/19/19)

How Realistic Is Your Due Date? (The New York Times, 8/27/19)

How to Introduce Solid Foods to Your Baby (The New York Times, 8/22/19)

The New Rules of Food Allergy Prevention, Testing and Diagnosis (The New York Times, 8/9/19)

The Truth About Food Pouches (The New York Times, 8/1/19)

A Guide to the Universe of Milks (The New York Times, 5/28/19)

Epidurals Are Just One of Many Options for Childbirth Pain Relief (The New York Times, 5/8/19)

Should You Give Birth at a Birth Center? (The New York Times, 9/25/18)

Do Collagen Supplements Help Skin, Hair, Nails and Joints? (The New York Times, 8/24/18)

What Causes Morning Sickness? (The New York Times, 8/3/18)

Are There Downsides to the Sweetener Stevia? (The New York Times, 5/4/18)

Is Alkaline Water Really Better for You? (The New York Times, 4/27/18)

Do I Get Enough Vitamin D in the Winter? (The New York Times, 2/16/18)

Do DHA Supplements Make Babies Smarter? (The New York Times, 3/30/17)

Should I Take a Vitamin for Brittle Nails? (The New York Times, 3/3/17)

Doctors No Longer Rush to Cut the Umbilical Cord (The New York Times, 3/2/17)

Do Dairy Foods Cause Mucus Production? (The New York Times, 2/24/17)

Are Fat Cells Forever? (The New York Times, 2/17/17)

Can Psychiatric Medications Blunt the Mother-Baby Bond? (The New York Times, 12/30/16)

Can a Child Drink Too Much Milk? (The New York Times, 10/21/16)

Can You Safely Lose Weight While Breast-Feeding? (The New York Times,  9/2/16)

When Kids Are in the Bed: The Ups and Downs of Co-Sleeping (The New York Times, 8/24/16)


The Doctors Taking Birth Out of the Hospital (Undark Magazine, 4/17/19)

To Justify Using Weed, Pregnant Women Cling to an Old and Dubious Study (Undark Magazine, 8/28/19. Republished at Slate, Scientific American, and The Atlantic)


The Fight Against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Might Start with Vaccines (FiveThirtyEight, 8/15/17)

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How to Get the Best Medical Care for Your Miscarriage (Vitals, Lifehacker, 8/8/18)

What Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean (Vitals, Lifehacker, 4/3/18)

Omega-3s Aren’t So Great For Your Heart After All (Vitals, Lifehacker, 3/7/18)

Should You Get an Epidural? (Vitals, Lifehacker, 11/30/17)

“Immune-Boosting” Supplements Won’t Protect You from Back-to-School Germs (Vitals, Lifehacker, 9/12/17)


Could a Breathable Mattress Help Your Baby Avoid SIDS? (Slate, 8/25/16)

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Will Eating Soy Foods or Supplements Give You Stronger Bones? (Everyday Health, 6/6/18)

What to Eat and What to Avoid for Osteoporosis Prevention (Everyday Health, 5/11/18)

More Evidence Links Vitamin D Deficiency and Multiple Sclerosis (Everyday Health, 11/2/17)

5 Questions and Answers About Glucose Toxicity (Everyday Health, 10/25/17)

5 Things to Know About Hypoglycemia Unawareness If You Have Diabetes (Everyday Health, 10/17/17)

Biotin: A Promising Treatment for Progressive MS (Everyday Health, 9/22/17)

Chronic Nonhealing Wounds in Diabetes: Your Management Plan (Everyday Health, 9/18/17)

The Prediabetes Signs Your Doctor May Miss (Everyday Health, 8/24/17)

Having a Parent with Type 2 Diabetes: What You Need to Know About Your Risk (Everyday Health, 8/18/17)

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Oregon’s Plastic Bag Ban Starts Jan. 1. Here’s What You Need to Know (Portland Monthly, print, January 2020)


Print magazine features:

Locks, Lights, Out-of-Sight: The Mental Impact of School Lockdown Drills (PDX Parent, print, February 2020)

Let’s Be Blunt: Is Cannabis Safe During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding? (PDX Parent, print, May 2019)

Born, Baby, Born (PDX Parent, print, June 2018)

The Air We Breathe (PDX Parent, print, January 2018)

Prep School: Are Portland’s schools ready for a major earthquake? (PDX Parent, print, September 2017) [PDF]

Vax On: Inside the campaign to boost immunization rates for babies and kids in the Portland area (PDX Parent, print, May 2017) [PDF]

Science Squad (PDX Parent, print, January 2017) [PDF]

The Science of Sleep (PDX Parent, print, January 2016) [PDF]

Find a list of my academic publications at my LinkedIn profile.