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40 Years of Health Care for Women-Including Access to Abortion Services

Today’s political rhetoric in the U.S. makes it easy to fall into the trap of viewing abortion services as outside the realm of women’s health care—but a recent event in Manhattan belied that logical flaw, just as Scientific American did in an editorial in its May 2012 issue...

January 22, 2013 — Robin Lloyd

What's Smaller Than Mark Zuckerberg?

The Facebook IPO earlier this month left us a bit disappointed. There were financial and ethical let-downs. But the over-arching surprise is that people were misled in advance about the value of the company...

May 26, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

Is Football to Blame for Players' Suicides?

High-profile suicides of professional football players have mounted in the past several years—Terry Long (2005), Andre Waters (2006), Dave Duerson (2011) and Ray Easterling (2012) all killed themselves following retirement and bouts with diagnoses likely related to the thousands of hits they fearlessly underwent as players...

May 16, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

Bronx Girl Scouts Pepper Scientific American with Smart, Science Questions

BRONX–Marine biology and subway construction were the hot topics here today among two groups of Girl Scouts at IS 131, Albert Einstein School. Shenica Odom of the Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York had asked Scientific American to participate this spring in its Career Exploration Program, designed to encourage about 1,200 girls in the South Bronx to explore careers and professions that they might not have otherwise considered for themselves, including jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM jobs)...

May 8, 2012 — Robin Lloyd

"Occupy Wall Street" Passes Near Scientific American`s Office in New York City

I heard on the news this morning that the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan was broken up by police overnight and that protesters were set to march north today to the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Canal Street--one block from Scientific American 's office in New York.Indeed, when various SA employees and I independently surfaced from our subway commutes between 8 and 10 am, several hundred protesters and accompanying media, police and lookers-on were assembled off the intersection at Duarte Square (marked by a statue of Juan Pablo Duarte, a leader who helped establish the Dominican Republican's independence in the 19th century).Public health was one of the grounds for the protesters' dismissal (they might return to their original site later today)...

November 15, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

Drug-Resistant Staph Infections in Europe Could Mark Start of a New Epidemic

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona—A relatively new type of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus could represent the world's next bacterial epidemic, an environmental health expert said here today at a conference for science writers.The superbug, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain 398, or MRSA ST398, was first identified in an infant in the Netherlands in 1994 and traced back to her family's pigs...

October 16, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

Timeline Showcases Life of Scientific American Founder for Magazine's 166th Anniversary

Scientific American , the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S., turns 166 years old on August 28, thanks in part to a New England man who decided to use the latest communications technology available in 1845, the printing press, to tell readers about more of the latest, and sometimes weirdest (or so it looks now), technology available—patents, inventions and other "curious works" in the fields of mechanics, chemistry, manufacturing, architecture and other arts and trades...

August 26, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

Laureate urges next generation to address population control as central issue

LINDAU, Germany—A 93-year-old Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine received a standing ovation from hundreds of scientists on June 30 at the end of a speech in which he urged the world's young people to take measures to control runaway population growth in order to resolve related ills that have resulted from humans' remarkable evolutionary success as a species...

June 30, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

Laureate Says Big Answers May Lie in Accidental Lab Results

LINDAU, Germany—Drab details dominate most academic conferences, but here at the 61st Meeting of Nobel Laureates, the hundreds of young scientists in attendance want and get a lot more—including career tips and snappy anecdotes about the twists and turns of how science actually happens...

June 27, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

Electronic health records face human hurdles more than technological ones

PHILADELPHIA—In medicine, there's the patient and there's the chart. And the chart is paper.

That's the stereotype. Actually, about 20 to 30 percent of all primary care physicians in the nation now use basic electronic health records, according to David Blumenthal, a Harvard Medical School professor who was the national coordinator for health information technology in the Obama Administration until a week ago...

April 16, 2011 — Robin Lloyd
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