Christie is an editor and the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight (at ABC News). Read her FiveThirtyEight stories here. Learn about her new book, GOOD TO GO: What the athlete in all of us can learn from the strange science of recovery on the book’s page. Christie has written articles, essays and book reviews for more than 60 publications, including newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, scientific publications like the journals Science and Cell, online sites like Slate and Grist, and magazines like Popular Science, New Scientist, Runner’s World, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Here is a small sampling.
Backpacker / Bicycling / Consumer Reports / Dame/
Discover / High Country News / Los Angeles Times/ More/ Mother Jones/ New Scientist / New York Times/ Oprah Magazine /Pacific Standard /Proto / Reader’s Digest /
Runner’s World / Slate/ Smithsonian / Washington Post
Blog: Last Word On Nothing
Bitten: Lyme Disease
A special report on a tick-borne illness.
Backpacker, June 2006
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
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)
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
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
Los Angeles Times
The change in mammogram guidelines
After a federal panel pulled back its recommendations for screenings, a debate continues to rage about the wisdom or risk of it.
Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2011
The downside of awareness campaigns
Despite the pink ribbon push, cancer deaths have dropped only slightly. And the focus on awareness may be pushing more women into treatment unnecessarily.
Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2010
The many ways to share bad news
More are using electronic forms of communication such as personal Web pages, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and blogs to share medical news and updates. They can spread the word quickly, but critics believe such news demands a more personal approach.
Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2010
Hospice care helps patients and loved ones
More patients use the service for end-of-life care. But what is it?
Los Angeles Times, January 22, 2010
Hospice care info
Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2010
Bicyclists should stay on the defensive to stay safe
Bicyclists must obey all the traffic laws that motorists do, but safety tactics may also help riders avoid accidents.
Los Angeles Times, November 2, 2009
Bikes and cars: Can we share the road?
With more bikes on the road, drivers are frustrated — and cyclists are at risk. Now’s the time for changes.
Los Angeles Times, November 2, 2009
How to minimize accidents between autos and bicycles
Los Angeles Times, November 2, 2009
Blame Your DNA?
Study: Genes may detemine if you’re a fitness fanatic or a couch potato.
Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2009
Cut back on mammograms?
The exams can lead to treatment for breast cancer that, ultimately, wouldn’t have caused harm.
Los Angeles Times, August 17, 2009
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
What If Everything Your Doctors Told You About Breast Cancer Was Wrong?
For years, scientists have known that mammograms are largely ineffective. Why can’t we get that message across?
Mother Jones, October 6, 2015
Flying’s moral dilemma: Your family or your climate?
Mother Jones, May 31, 2010
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
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
Altering DNA could be the next frontier in sport doping.
New Scientist, January 15, 2000
New York Times
Vitamin-Packed With Promises
Review of Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection
By Catherine Price
New York Times, March 2, 2015
An Insider’s Guide to CrossFit
Review of Learning to Breathe Fire
By J.C. Herz
New York Times, August 20, 2014
Seeking the Keys to Longevity in ‘What Makes Olga Run?’
Review of What Makes Olga Run?
By Bruce Grierson
New York Times, February 10, 2014
Our Pleasure in Others’ Misfortune: ‘The Joy of Pain,’ and What We Get Out of It
Review of The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature
By Richard H. Smith
New York Times, December 23, 2013
Talent Lies Within. But Where?
Review of ‘The Sports Gene’ Considers the Root of Athletic Success
By David Epstein
New York Times, August 12, 2013
Recent Triathlon Deaths Have Experts Searching for Answers
New York Times, July 28, 2008
Deaths Draw Attention to Triathlon Swim
New York Times, July 31, 2008
Experts Question Placebo Pill for Children
New York Times, May 27, 2008
SCIENTIST AT WORK | PHUNG TUU BOI
Through the Forest, a Clearer View of the Needs of a People
New York Times, September 18, 2007
Doctors Balk at Cancer Ad, Citing Lack of Evidence
New York Times, July 10, 2007
Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk
NPR.org, July 11, 2014
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
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
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
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
It’s Time to Revamp Our Goals for Cancer Screening
Popular Science, August, 2014
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
5 Vitamin Truths and Lies
Taking a vitamin won’t make you healthier and might even hurt you.
Reader’s Digest, April, 2010
Is Beer Good for Runners?
A (somewhat) scientific look at how a postrun pint affects your favorite activity.
Runner’s World, February, 2012
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
Christie Aschwanden’s Painful Truth
A runner finds a physical outlet for emotional suffering.
Runner’s World, December, 2009
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Blog: Last Word On Nothing
Journalists Should Act More Like Scientists
The discredited Rolling Stone rape story and how an escalating fixation on perfectly drawn characters and beautiful narratives has emphasized storytelling over truth
G is for Goddamned Goshawk
The beautiful bird that’s killing my chickens
Ira Glass is Not My Friend and Some Thoughts on Serial
Journalists, sources and the dance between them
Report from the Solutions Summit 2014
A summary of the data and survey results presented at our conference on women in science writing and a recap of the solutions we discussed and our next steps.
Y’all Need this Word
Why y’all is a feminist term.
A real cancer hero
Spoiler: her initials are not LA.
How creeps get away with it
How sexual harassers make it hard for victims to speak out.
To hell with grass
This is a discussion about an uncomfortable subject—an emotion that everyone has felt, but no one wants to admit. Envy—it’s a four letter word.
I Did It Dad! I LOVE This!
On the joys of experiences left ephemeral and unrecorded
Sassy Smocks and Moist Panties
In which I discover word aversion
The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Is breast cancer threatening your life? This Susan G. Komen for the Cure® ad leaves no doubt about who’s to blame —you are.
Winner, the National Association of Science Writers’ 2013 Science in Society Award for Commentary/Opinion
You’ve got mail, you idiot!
What reader mail has taught me about science writing.