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Stories by Amy Maxmen

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

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
FDA Approves First Drug to Prevent HIV Infection

FDA Approves First Drug to Prevent HIV Infection

Some researchers fear that the combined pill's use in healthy people might have unacceptable side effects and spark the emergence of resistant viruses

July 18, 2012 — Amy Maxmen and Nature magazine