People Who Attempt Suicide Are Not Criminals
So why are they treated as if they are? Meet survivors who lived to tell their stories—and help others get through their darkest hours.
DAME Magazine, July 21, 2014
Budweiser’s Despicable “Hero’s Welcome” Ad Leaves a Bad Taste
The cheap beer manufacturer gave Super Bowl watchers a cheap cry, at the expense of U.S. Veterans.
DAME Magazine, February 3, 2014
View my latest FiveThirtyEight stories here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/contributors/christie-aschwanden/
Why The CDC And FDA Are Telling You Two Different Things About Flu Drugs
FiveThirtyEight, January 21, 2015
This Algorithm Knows You Better Than Your Facebook Friends Do
FiveThirtyEight, January 12, 2015
How Much Fuel We Need To Leave Buried To Beat Climate Change
FiveThirtyEight, JAN 7, 2015
Every Time You Fly, You Trash The Planet — And There’s No Easy Fix
FiveThirtyEight, JAN 2, 2015
Some Airlines Pollute Much More Than Others
FiveThirtyEight, JAN 2, 2015
We May Never Know How Well Cloud Seeding Works
FiveThirtyEight, DEC 22, 2014
We Could See More And More ‘Hot Droughts’ Like California’s
FiveThirtyEight, December 15, 2014
Conservation Efforts Are Set To Get A Boost — Thanks To The Duck Stamp
FiveThirtyEight, December 4, 2014
How Skyrocketing Gun Sales are Helping to Save Butterflies
FiveThirtyEight, December 3, 2014
The case against early detection of cancer.
FiveThirtyEight, November 2014
Your Job May Affect How Your Brain Ages
FiveThirtyEight, November 2014
The anatomy of denial
Why truth doesn’t always win
Grist, April 26, 2012
Want to save the planet?
Shrink your habitat — not just your apartment
Grist, March 22, 2013
Thanksgiving Turkey for the Soul
A small farmer’s first-person account of the reckoning: “I need to know my birds can resist.”
Mother Jones, Nov. 26, 2009
Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk
NPR.org, July 11, 2014
O, the Oprah Magazine
Craze…or Crazy? Experts Weigh In
O, the Oprah Magazine; May, 2012
What’s So Great About Normal, Anyway?
A psychiatrist explains how your most worrisome idiosyncrasy might be your greatest gift.
O, the Oprah Magazine; April, 2012
Problems with Plastic
The Controversy Over BPA Heats Up
O, the Oprah Magazine; April 1, 2009
Imperfect Copies? The Effectiveness of Generic Drugs
Doctors, drug companies, and the Food and Drug Administration have assured us that generic drugs are identical to their brand-name counterparts. But some experts feel otherwise.
O, the Oprah Magazine; December , 2008
Do You Know What’s on Your Medical Report?
Skydiving, smoking, even your driving record may be in your file.
O, the Oprah Magazine; June, 2008
How to Give Smart
Examine the Charity’s Track Record
O, the Oprah Magazine; December, 2007
Preventing Holidaze: Hangover Helpers
O, the Oprah Magazine; November, 2007
Soothing Hunger’s Savage Beast
O, the Oprah Magazine; May, 2007
7 Foods to Lengthen Your Life
O, the Oprah Magazine; April 2007
It’s Time to Revamp Our Goals for Cancer Screening
Popular Science, August, 2014
Misfearing Breast Cancer
More evidence that routine mammograms make healthy people sick.
Slate, February 14, 2014
Stay the Hell Home!
For a year, I stayed within 100 miles of my house. It’s the best decision I ever made.
Slate, August 12, 2013
The Molester and Me
My high school coach was like a dad to me, until he abused my teammate and violated us all.
Slate, June 7, 2013
The Risk-Benefit Calculation of Mammograms
Mammograms aren’t useless. Whether you should get one, though, depends on a variety of factors.
Slate, December 10, 2012
Athletes, Stop Taking Supplements
They’re expensive, they don’t improve performance, and they might make you test positive for dope.
Slate, July 26, 2012
Do birth control pills make women gain weight?
Slate, August 17, 2011
Check Your Head
Does testing athletes for concussion with fancy software do any good?
Slate, January 20, 2012
Professors Should Not Breast-Feed in Class
Slate, September 13, 2012
A dangerous new plan to screen 11-year-olds for their risk of heart disease.
Slate, December 11, 2011
Does making love make you well?
Slate, December 1, 2011
If statins carried a rare but serious side effect, would we ever find out?
Slate, November 2, 2011
Café or Nay?
Some studies say coffee is good for you; others say it’s bad. The scientists are just as confused as we are.
Slate, July 27, 2011
It May Be Fake, but Trust Me—It’ll Work
When is it kosher for doctors to prescribe placebos?
Slate, March 16, 2011
Many women use an OB/GYN as their main doctor. Should they?
Washington Post, March 16, 2015
Positive thinking isn’t all-powerful
Apps and tools for meeting your goals
Washington Post, February 10, 2015
Should You Eat Like a Caveman?
The premise of the “paleo” diet is built on nostalgia and erroneous notions of how evolution works
Washington Post, January 12, 2015
Can Pets Make Us Healthier?
Washington Post, December 15, 2014
After trigger point dry needling, a runner’s injury heals. But did the technique do it?
Washington Post, November 4, 2014
High tech or low, fitness trackers make you more aware of your steps, daily activity
Washington Post, October 21, 2014
I don’t love my treadmill desk.
Washington Post, September 15, 2014
How to Find Mental Health Help
Washington Post, August 20, 2014
Platelet-rich plasma treatment is popular for sports injuries, whether it works or not.
Washington Post, July 14, 2014
Too much practice and specialization can hurt instead of help child athletes.
Sidebar: Is 10,000 hours magic or not?
Washington Post, June 16, 2014
How to refuel after a workout without undermining your hard work.
Washington Post, May 19, 2014
Does CrossFit push people too hard?
Washington Post, April 29, 2014
Understanding suicide, which is surprisingly common in spring.
Washington Post, April 7, 2014
Making sense of new studies questioning mammograms: Is the test worth having?
Washington Post, March 18, 2014
Is Your Doctor in Good Standing?
Washington Post, February 25, 2014
How to protect yourself from medical identity fraud. A first step: Don’t tweet health issues.
Washington Post, February 3, 2014
Why you may want to avoid a dementia test
Washington Post, December 13, 2013
What to ask before opting for elective surgery
Washington Post, December 2, 2013
Why I’m waiting to sign up for the health insurance exchange
Washington Post,November 4, 2013
I’m just saying no to mammography: Why the numbers are in my favor
Washington Post, October, 2013
E-cigarettes raise new questions about smoking
Washington Post, September 9, 2013
Runners are not giving themselves arthritis
Washington Post, August 12, 2013
How to get healthy after the cancer treatments are done
Washington Post, July 29, 2013
Memory worries? Don’t bother with vitamins and supplements. Just get some exercise.
Washington Post, July 1, 2013
Do bike helmet laws really save people?
Washington Post, June 3, 2013
Side effects of prescription drugs can be reported and studied on Web sites
Washington Post, May 13, 2013
Gene-testing kits promise a lot. But does your DNA say much about your health?
Washington Post, April, 22, 2013
Is it ever right to choose not to do CPR?
Washington Post, April 1, 2013
Statins keep cholesterol in check, but they can affect memory and strength
Washington Post, March 11, 2013
Annual physical exam is probably unnecessary if you’re generally healthy
Washington Post, February 8, 2013
How to tame jet lag
Washington Post, December 24, 2012