Amanda Schaffer

Amanda Schaffer is a science and medical columnist for Slate.

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Dec. 6 2013 11:46 AMThe Best Science Picture Books of 2013 (Including One That Explains Where Babies Really Come From)
Superman
May 16 2013 12:03 PMHow to Superpower the Immune SystemNew strategies for fighting disease in newborns, the elderly, and cancer patients.
Coal
Nov. 19 2012 4:00 AMDo Coal Plants Really Kill People?Why Romney was right.
Doublex
Sept. 20 2012 4:00 AMParents, Don’t Panic Over West NileChildren are actually the least likely to get really sick from it.
Doublex
Aug. 15 2012 4:00 AMIf Your Baby Girl Might Be Born With a Small PenisWould you treat her prenatally with a drug of uncertain risk?
Doublex
Oct. 21 2011 7:11 AMThe Placenta Is Not a War ZoneEven though a father’s and mother’s genes differ, that doesn’t mean pregnancy is a “battle of the sexes.”
Doublex
July 28 2011 11:50 AMWhat Can Our Telomeres Tell Us?Buzzy new DNA tests claim to reveal how "old" our bodies really are.
Doublex
April 26 2011 12:37 PMFolic Acid Follies Pregnant women should stop popping these pills like candy.
The XX Factor
Jan. 19 2011 8:22 AMOvulating Woman Seeks Better Science
Doublex
Nov. 29 2010 3:58 PMHow to Buck Up the Science LadiesAn easy way to boost women's scores in physics.
Doublex
Oct. 21 2010 10:30 AMThe Last Word on Fetal TRebecca Jordan-Young's masterful critique of the research on the relationship between testosterone and sex difference.
Doublex
Sept. 27 2010 3:03 PMHow Much Does Prenatal Influence Matter?
Doublex
July 21 2010 10:10 AMSoon You May Have Silk in Your Brain The many magical medical uses of silk.
Doublex Health
March 24 2010 7:09 AMWhich Dirt Should Your Baby Eat?Mapping how bugs and viruses help children develop immunity.
Doublex Health
Feb. 18 2010 12:16 PMNavel GazingShould you bank your baby's umbilical-cord blood?
Family
Oct. 18 2013 7:38 AM“Could You Be an Animal If You Didn’t Have Any Bones?”The picture book that will show your kid how evolution works.
Doublex
Feb. 20 2013 7:00 AMThe Mommy Worry WarsAnxiety doesn’t make it harder to get pregnant or have a healthy baby.
Doublex
Oct. 17 2012 8:20 AMShould You Go to the Drugstore for Your Flu Shots?Yes, and for shingles and whooping cough, too.
Doublex
Sept. 5 2012 2:13 AMWhy Are Babies Dying of Old-Fashioned Whooping Cough?It’s not just the fault of parents who don’t vaccinate their kids.
Five-ring Circus
July 25 2012 7:30 AMGender GamesThe Olympics has a new way to test whether athletes are men or women. Is it fair?
Doublex
Sept. 30 2011 7:21 AMDid Human Pregnancy Evolve Because of an Infection?
Scientists may know why our babies advance so much in the womb.
Medical Examiner
July 20 2011 7:06 AMIs Yogurt Good for You?The pros and cons of probiotics.
Doublex
Jan. 31 2011 10:12 AMWarm Heart, Cold HandsAre women really more likely to feel cold than men?
Doublex
Jan. 10 2011 6:53 AMThalidomide's ComebackWho'd have thought the drug would have a second life?
Books
Nov. 8 2010 6:50 AMIs Cancer Our Evil, Smarter Twin?A new metaphor may tell us what we need to know about the disease.
Doublex
Sept. 29 2010 7:09 AMAre Pregnant Women Really More Xenophobic?
Doublex
Sept. 26 2010 9:27 AMHow Does Anxiety Affect Fetal Development?
Doublex Health
April 26 2010 6:55 AMThe Young and the RestlessWhy the tricks for better sleeping are different for babies and adults.
Recycled
March 18 2010 12:54 PMStopping Suicide 101The dilemma of college students who threaten to kill themselves.
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Nov. 17 2009 11:25 AMScreen Saver?When it comes to cancer screening, more isn't always better.

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