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Karen Kaplan

Karen Kaplan is science and medicine editor at the Los Angeles Times. Before joining the science group in 2005, she covered technology in the Business section for 10 years. In a parallel universe without journalism, she’d have a career in economics, genetics, biostatistics or some other field that describes the world in math.
A lot more Americans are meditating now than just five years ago

Americans are meditating a lot more now than they were just 5 years ago. A pair of reports from the CDC say that 14.2% of U.S. adults and 5.4% of U.S. children practice meditation in 2017, up from 4.1% of adults and 0.6% of kids in 2012.

What's truly scary on Halloween? Pedestrians are more likely to be killed by cars

Forget zombies, ghosts, vampires and other things that pretend to frighten you on Halloween. What ought to scare you is the heightened risk of being killed by a car while you’re out trick-or-treating.

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