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Bitten: Lyme Disease
A special report on a tick-borne illness.
Backpacker, June 2006


A speculative look into the mind of Lying Lance and Honest Lance, which one is real ? (Written before his confession.)
Bicycling, 2011
Structured workouts can take you far if you seek cycling glory. But if you just want to mix fitness and fun into a busy life, we can make it shockingly easy.
Bicycling, 2011

Believe Tyler?
When it comes to Tyler Hamilton, the most interesting question isn’t if he’s guilty or innocent of doping, but why each of us has chosen a side.
Bicycling, November, 2007

Consumer Reports

The High Cost of Cheap Chicken
97% of the breasts we tested harbored bacteria that could make you sick.
Consumer Reports, February 2014 (published online December, 2013)


Where Do Thoughts Occur?
Sure, your brain is a wonder. But some cognitive scientists argue that without the help of your body, your brain would be nowhere.
Discover, June 2013

High Country News

From Corn to Cabernet
A burgeoning wine industry takes Colorado agriculture uptown.
High Country News, August 19, 2009

Is It or Isn’t It (Just Another Mouse)?
What the fight about the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse illustrates about the Endangered Species Act.
High Country News, 2007


Are You Getting Too Much Medical Care?
First, do no harm—that’s what medical students are taught. Yet unnecessary drugs and tests, along with overly broad definitions of health conditions, can set you up for unexpected damage.
More, December/January 2014

Miller McCune/Pacific Standard

Convincing the Public to Accept New Medical Guidelines
When it comes to new treatment guidelines for breast cancer, back pain and other maladies, it’s the narrative presentation that matters.
Miller McCune/Pacific Standard, April, 2010

New Scientist

Run Yourself Smarter: How exercise boosts your brain
New Scientist, November 15, 2013

The curious lives of the people who feel no fear
New Scientist, February 3, 2013

Blood doping test cannot be cheated
New Scientist, October 2, 2004

Tread softly
How to protect wildlife from the impact of roads.
New Scientist, February 3, 2001

Cut to shreds
Phillip Sharp and RNA interference
New Scientist, April 15, 2000

Gene cheats
Altering DNA could be the next frontier in sport doping.
New Scientist, January 15, 2000

Oprah Magazine

When Envy Strikes: How to Put Jealousy to Good Use
Christie Aschwanden learns that this very human impulse isn’t necessarily a negative one—and can lead you in positive directions you never expected.
O, the Oprah Magazine; July, 2012

Could You Find Contentment in Your Own Backyard?
Christie Aschwanden spent her youth traipsing around the globe—until she discovered what it meant to find contentment in her own home.
O, the Oprah Magazine; May, 2012


No Easy Answers
A ductal carcinoma in situ diagnosis can spur premature action. Should it be called cancer? A new name might mean a different approach, because, what if it’s nothing?
Proto Magazine, Winter, 2014

Reader’s Digest

5 Vitamin Truths and Lies
Taking a vitamin won’t make you healthier and might even hurt you.
Reader’s Digest, April, 2010

Runner’s World

Is Beer Good for Runners?
A (somewhat) scientific look at how a postrun pint affects your favorite activity.
Runner’s World, February, 2012

Pace Yourself
Got questions about setting the right race pace? We’ve got answers.
Runner’s World, April, 2011

The Big 7 Body Breakdowns
How to avoid (and recover from) the most common running injuries.
Runner’s World, March 2011

The Magic of Mantras
Think strong words. Repeat inspiring phrase. Run even better.
Runner’s World, February 2011

Pet Project
Runner’s World, September, 2010
National Magazine Award Finalist, 2011

Christie Aschwanden’s Painful Truth
A runner finds a physical outlet for emotional suffering.
Runner’s World, December, 2009

Quality Care
When you’re hurt, speed recovery by finding the best specialist for your injury.
Runner’s World, July 2010

Enduring Questions: Why Do We Suffer?
Running can hurt. This is one runner’s quest to understand the bittersweet symphony.
Runner’s World, September 9, 2009

Flight of the Bumble Bee
Why would anyone run all night through some of the West’s most rugged mountains just to help some other guy finish a completely ridiculous race? Christie Aschwanden went to the Wasatch Front 100-mile ultramarathon to find out.
Runner’s World, May 2009

The Pill Problem
The right drug can relieve pain and discomfort—or put you in a world of hurt.
Runner’s World, May 2009

Age Matters
What’s the idea age to run your best marathon? To find out, we asked top scientists, coaches, and elite athletes about the impact of aging on endurance. Their answers might pleasantly surprise you.
Runner’s World, February 2009

Running On E
Finding the fine line between training hard and overtraining.
Runner’s World, October 16, 2007


The Top Athletes Looking for an Edge and the Scientists Trying to Stop Them
Behind the scenes there will be a high-tech, high-stakes competition between Olympic athletes who use banned substances and drug testers out to catch them.
Smithsonian, July 2012

Washington Post

Military life is stressful on all concerned; efforts to help often fall short
Washington Post, February 2, 2015

After his third Iraq deployment, a veteran finds help in a program called FOCUS
Washington Post, February 2, 2015

Happy reunions can obscure the challenges that military families face after deployment.
Washington Post, September 9, 2014

Research finds Neanderthals were more thoughtful than we once imagined
Washington Post, January 19, 2015