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Stories by Karen Schrock

Mummy Says John Horgan Is Wrong about Fat and Carbs in Food

I was struck today by the juxtaposition of two recent articles here at ScientificAmerican.com. In “Thin Body of Evidence,” John Horgan expresses his skepticism about journalist Gary Taubes’s claims that carbohydrates, not fat, are the cause of obesity, heart disease and other health problems faced by many Americans.

May 19, 2011 — Karen Schrock

How Smokers Think about Death

Do graphic warning labels on cigarette packages really deter people from lighting up?

September 28, 2010 — Karen Schrock

Should parents spank their kids? Probably not, task force concludes

TORONTO—Corporal punishment has long been a hotly debated subject, with conflicting study results and opposing ideologies feeding the fire. Now the results of a five-year effort to review the scientific literature are in: a task force appointed by the American Psychological Association concludes that "parents and caregivers should reduce and potentially eliminate their use of any physical punishment as a disciplinary measure."

The recommendation was announced at the APA's annual meeting here today by the task force chair, psychologist Sandra A.

August 7, 2009 — Karen Schrock

Why Music Moves Us

New research explains music's power over human emotions and its benefits to our mental and physical well-being

July 1, 2009 — Karen Schrock

Mental Benefits

A new law requires better insurance coverage for mental illness

December 1, 2008 — Karen Schrock

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