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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

  • FDA allows gay and bisexual men to donate blood, but only under certain conditions

    FDA allows gay and bisexual men to donate blood, but only under certain conditions

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially ended its policy that blocked gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The new policy, announced Monday, allows these men to donate blood on the condition that they are HIV-free and have not had sex with another man for at least one year. The...

  • Study tracks the evolution of pro-creationism laws in the U.S.

    Study tracks the evolution of pro-creationism laws in the U.S.

    The forces opposed to teaching evolution in U.S. public schools just got a new reason to resent the bedrock scientific theory: A researcher has used the principles of evolutionary biology to show that laws ostensibly aimed at improving science education are firmly rooted in efforts to make classrooms...

  • Sobering statistics: Teen drinking continues to fall, study shows

    Sobering statistics: Teen drinking continues to fall, study shows

    More American teenagers are just saying no to booze. A new national survey finds that 40% of teens consumed alcohol in 2015, including 22% who did so in the 30 days before they were questioned. Those figures, published Wednesday in the annual Monitoring the Future report, are the lowest they’ve...

  • Abortion falls to record low in the U.S., CDC says

    Abortion falls to record low in the U.S., CDC says

    Abortion in the U.S. is at record-low levels, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of induced abortions was 1.1 million in 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available. That’s down from a high of 1.6 million in 1990, the report...

  • Sad news: Scientists say happiness won't extend your life after all

    Sad news: Scientists say happiness won't extend your life after all

    Happy people live longer, a relationship that’s been documented in a variety of research studies. But a new paper published in the medical journal Lancet comes to the sad conclusion that happiness isn’t responsible for this observed longevity. Instead, the things that make people happy, particularly...

  • CDC grades American schools on how well they teach sex education

    CDC grades American schools on how well they teach sex education

    American high schools got generally good marks for their teaching of topics related to sex education, but there are still many areas in need of improvement, according to a new report card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Across the country, 94% of high schools taught students...

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