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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.
Smoking is at a record low in the U.S., but the benefits aren't shared equally

A new analysis of health data from the 500 largest cities in the country shows that the people who live in neighborhoods with the highest smoking rates are more likely to be poor, less likely to be white, and more likely to have chronic heart or lung diseases.

After Alyssa Milano’s #MeToo tweet, Google searches about sexual assault hit record high

If the eyes are a window to the soul, then surely Google searchers are a window into our thoughts. And since actress Alyssa Milano kicked off the #MeToo movement with a single tweet in October 2017, Americans have been thinking quite a lot about sexual harassment and sexual assault.

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