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Why Siri won't listen to millions of people with disabilities | Scientific American | May 27, 2016

Speech-recognition technology promises to make many tasks faster and easier. But more than nine million people with voice disorders can't use this technology. 

How tuberculosis shaped Victorian fashion | Smithsonian Magazine | May 10, 2016
The deadly disease—and later efforts to control it—influenced trends for decades.


What do you do when you have one of the rarest diseases around? | The Washington Post | Feb. 16, 2016 (print)

New DNA tests are revealing more rare-disease patients than scientists knew existed. But for one patient and her family, a long sought-after diagnosis raises more questions than answers.

Older women and sex: They enjoy it, contrary to what some people assume | The Washington Post | Oct. 13, 2015 (print)
A researcher finds that women 60 and older were as satisfied with their sex lives as younger women were.

Is thyroid cancer the ‘good’ cancer? It doesn’t feel that way when you get it | The Washington Post | Sept. 8, 2015 (print)

Thyroid cancer has one of the highest survival rates of all cancers. But these statistics don't tell the whole story of a patient's quality of life after diagnosis and treatment.

This serious scientist is working on an anti-aging pill—and taking it himself | The Washington Post | Aug. 18, 2015 (print)
Harvard geneticist David Sinclair discusses his quest to treat aging like a disease.

Being neurotic makes it harder for you to remember things | Smithsonian Magazine | July 25, 2015
Brain scans suggest that certain personality types are wired to have better memories. ​

Familial brains: the genetic threat of a deadly aneurysm | Pacific Standard | May 24, 2015
In a personal essay, I explore how my uncle’s ruptured brain aneurysm had a lasting impact on me.

The giant malaria screen that never was | Mental Floss | April 8, 2015
In the 1880s, a physician concocted an oddball plan for a colossal mosquito net to protect Washington, D.C. from malaria.

This is your brain on fencing: How certain sports may aid the aging brain | The Washington Post | April 7, 2015 (print)

Sports that require quick decision-making may improve cognition and help stave off certain mental declines associated with aging. 


Life with an uncontrollable voice | The Atlantic | July 11, 2014

How we speak is a key part of first impressions, and disorders that impair speech lead to poorer quality of life.

Tuberculosis remains a threat despite city’s eradication efforts | The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014 (print)

Years of accumulating budget cuts have taken a toll on Baltimore's tuberculosis control program at a time when drug-resistant cases of TB are on the rise.