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Stories by Amy Maxmen20 articles archived since 1845

Ebola Dragnet Has Lots of Holes

False reports and a lack of health care complicate Sierra Leone’s attempt to round up Ebola-positive individuals

December 23, 2014 — Amy Maxmen

Chimp Comedy Brings the Blues

Costumed chimps used to make me grin ear to ear when I saw them on TV. Now I realize there’s little that separates that delight from coveting a Chinese potion made from rhino tusks.

November 27, 2012 — Amy Maxmen

Antibiotics Linked to Weight Gain

Changes in the gut microbiome from low-dose antibiotics caused mice to gain weight. Similar alterations in humans taking antibiotics, especially children, might be adding to the obesity epidemic

August 27, 2012 — Amy Maxmen and Nature magazine

The Illegal Teeny Turtle Trade

High-ticket items at my local 99¢ store endanger lives. For $6 a pop (or 2 for $10) a child brings home a baby turtle hardly larger than a quarter. They’re deceptively deadly pets for kids who put the bitty creatures in their mouths, or who neglect to wash their hands after touching the turtle.

February 13, 2012 — Amy Maxmen

Monarchs flood New York City

New Yorkers can catch a fleeting glimpse of Nature’s royalty if they hurry. On Saturday I observed dozens of migrating monarch butterflies – glorious kings of the insect world – quivering atop goldenrods on the coast lining Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn.

October 10, 2011 — Amy Maxmen

Bedbug Revival 2011: What You Need to Know

Bedbug sprays sold for residential use in neighborhood stores rarely eradicate or prevent bedbugs. Credit: Amy Maxmen In April I moved from one bedbug infested district of Brooklyn to one infested worse.

May 11, 2011 — Amy Maxmen

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