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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

  • This may explain why more deaths aren't prevented by breast cancer screening

    This may explain why more deaths aren't prevented by breast cancer screening

    Although women have been getting mammograms for decades, the incidence of metastatic breast cancer — the kind that has already spread to another organ by the time it is found — has remained essentially unchanged since 1975. Data from the National Cancer Institute show that the rate of new cases...

  • When it comes to e-cigarettes, U.S. adults have far less interest than teens

    When it comes to e-cigarettes, U.S. adults have far less interest than teens

    Teens may prefer electronic cigarettes to regular cigarettes, but the same is not true for their parents. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 12.6% of U.S. adults have tried an e-cigarette at least once, and 3.7% use them on a regular basis. That’s far less...

  • This is how much a cancer diagnosis will cost you -- in lost income

    This is how much a cancer diagnosis will cost you -- in lost income

    Health isn’t the only thing that declines after a cancer diagnosis — a patient’s income is likely to plummet as well, according to a new study. In the second year after being diagnosed with cancer, survivors were earning up to 40% less than they had been before they became sick, on average. Even...

  • Bacon and hot dogs can raise cancer risk, WHO says

    Bacon and hot dogs can raise cancer risk, WHO says

    The World Health Organization has confirmed some rather unwelcome dietary advice: Bacon, hot dogs and other processed meats can increase your risk of cancer. Not only that, fresh cuts of red meat probably cause cancer, too. While doctors have long warned against eating too much meat, the WHO’s ...

  • The six numbers that demystify new mammogram rules

    The six numbers that demystify new mammogram rules

    The American Cancer Society is out with new guidelines for breast cancer screening. The advice is intended for women who are in good health and have no reason to suspect their risk of getting breast cancer is higher than average. Here's a by-the-numbers look at what the new guidelines say, and...

  • American Cancer Society abandons 'one size fits all' advice on mammograms

    American Cancer Society abandons 'one size fits all' advice on mammograms

    After a thorough review of the benefits and limitations of mammograms, the nation’s top cancer-fighting organization is advising women that they can wait until they are 45 years old to start using the tests to screen for breast cancer.New guidelines from the American Cancer Society also assure...

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