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Dame Magazine
FiveThirtyEight
Grist
Mother Jones
NPR.org
O, the Oprah Magazine
Popular Science
Slate
Washington Post

Dame

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

FiveThirtyEight

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

Grist

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

Mother Jones

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

NPR.org

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

Popular Science

It’s Time to Revamp Our Goals for Cancer Screening
Popular Science, August, 2014

Slate

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

Baby Fat
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

Kiddie Cholesterol
A dangerous new plan to screen 11-year-olds for their risk of heart disease.
Slate, December 11, 2011

Sexual Healing
Does making love make you well?
Slate, December 1, 2011

Lipitor Rage
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

Washington Post

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

How to fire your doctor. Rule One: Make sure you have another one lined up first.
January 13, 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