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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.

Recent Articles

  • How often do you go to the doctor? It depends on where you live, study says

    How often do you go to the doctor? It depends on where you live, study says

    The odds that you’ve seen a doctor in the last year vary quite a bit depending on where you live — but so far, the way your state has implemented the Affordable Care Act doesn’t seem to have much to do with it, government data show. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

  • How your DNA influences your sex life

    How your DNA influences your sex life

    Your DNA doesn’t determine when you lose your virginity, but it may play a larger role in the matter than scientists had thought. A new study identifies 38 specific places in the human genome that appear to be associated with the age at which people first had sex. These spots affect a range of...

  • Genetic sleuths uncover Zika's viral secrets

    Genetic sleuths uncover Zika's viral secrets

    The Zika outbreak that has spread to 34 countries in the Western Hemisphere can be traced to a single viral carrier who brought it to Brazil in 2013, scientists reported this week. The researchers don’t know this carrier’s identity — but it may well have been a soccer fan. That theory is based...

  • 'We must hold people accountable' for sexual harassment, UC president says

    'We must hold people accountable' for sexual harassment, UC president says

    With sexual harassment controversies roiling multiple campuses in the University of California system, UC President Janet Napolitano on Friday announced new measures designed to prevent future incidents and ensure that punishments, when necessary, are uniform system-wide.In an open letter addressed...

  • 'Zero pain is not the goal' of medical treatment, doctors say

    'Zero pain is not the goal' of medical treatment, doctors say

    As doctors contemplate a future without opiates to treat chronic pain, some are making the case that eliminating their patients’ pain is not only impossible, it’s unnecessary. “Zero pain is not the goal,” Dr. Thomas H. Lee, chief medical officer of the healthcare consulting firm Press Ganey, wrote...

  • What's wrong with the American diet? More than half our calories come from 'ultra-processed' foods

    What's wrong with the American diet? More than half our calories come from 'ultra-processed' foods

    Researchers who have analyzed America’s eating habits say they can sum up what’s wrong with our diet in just two words: ultra-processed foods. These foods -- a group that includes frozen pizzas, breakfast cereals and soda -- make up 58% of all calories Americans consume in a typical day. Not only...

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