Los Angeles Times

Melissa Healy

Writer

Melissa Healy is a health and science reporter with the Los Angeles Times writing from the Washington, D.C., area. She covers prescription drugs, obesity, nutrition and exercise, and neuroscience, mental health and human behavior. She's been at The Times for more than 30 years, and has covered national security, environment, domestic social policy, Congress and the White House. As a baby boomer, she keenly follows trends in midlife weight gain, memory loss and the health benefits of red wine.

Recent Articles

  • Goth teens are more prone to be depressed or hurt themselves, study shows

    Goth teens are more prone to be depressed or hurt themselves, study shows

    This just in: 15-year-olds who dress exclusively in black, pierce themselves extensively and favor adornments that are ripped, spiky, raunchy or just-plain disturbing may be communicating that they are in psychological pain.

  • Neurotic? Here's the silver lining

    Neurotic? Here's the silver lining

    Consider, if you will, your favorite neurotic. You may need to look no further than across your breakfast table, or conjure a picture of the nation’s neurotic laureate — Woody Allen. Or perhaps you'd reach back in history, say, to Isaac Newton -- father of calculus, discoverer of the universal...

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