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Stacy Lu
Stacy Lu is a freelance writer living near Washington, DC, who often writes about psychology and neuroscience. She's written for The New York Times, and, among others.

Entries by Stacy Lu

From 'Perverts' to Patients: Trans Health Has Come a Long Way

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 3:49 PM

Dana Beyer, MD, is a retired eye surgeon who has practiced medicine in Kenya and Nepal, served as candidate for Maryland State Delegate; and fought for the first countywide ban of artificial trans fats in the U.S. She also lived most of her life as a man.

Are there many...

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Caregiving Can Hurt Employee Health -- and Increase Employer Costs

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Debbi Heffern was too busy caregiving to go for that colonoscopy.

A dietitian and lactation consultant in St. Louis, Missouri, Heffern had been a caregiver for decades; first, for her mother, who died of cancer; and then for her mother-in-law.

"My mother-in-law was determined to live on her own. I...

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Can Simple Math Help Solve Science's Big Problems?

(33) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 2:31 PM

As scientists struggle to publish, collaborate and keep up with current research, mathematicians and computer scientists are finding new ways to crunch data and answer big questions.

Following is an email interview with Max Little, Parkinson's Voice Initiative founder, TEDMED speaker and TEDGlobal Fellow, who seeks to answer big...

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What If Everything We Think We Know About Nutrition and Obesity Is Wrong?

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 5:49 PM

What's really driving our scourge of obesity and its related metabolic diseases, including diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and heart disease? For starters, what if all of our efforts to fight weight gain have been based on inconclusive science? What if our "treatment" is then incorrect, rather than conventional wisdom that...

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Want to Help Heal the World? Start by Sharing Your Health Data

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 11:26 AM

What can you do to help yourself, family, friends -- and why not everyone? -- to heal from and perhaps avoid deadly diseases? Why not share your personal health data to help a new multi-industry, collaborative effort to improve therapies?

That's the drive behind a new website,,...

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Got Purpose? Good Health Starts With Knowing Your Own Values

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Why don't we always do what's best for us? It's a question that has long vexed health educator and behavioral specialist Vic Strecher, but he thinks he may finally have the answer.

I recently interviewed Strecher, who is head of the Center for Health Communications Research at University of Michigan....

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The Smartphone Physical: Checkup of the Future?

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2013 | 12:28 PM

Imagine a comprehensive, clinically relevant well-patient checkup using only smartphone-based devices. The data is immediately readable and fully uploadable to an electronic health record. The patient understands -- and even participates -- in the interaction far beyond faking a cough and gulping a deep breath. For real?

Johns Hopkins medical...

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From Obesity to Shorter Lifespans: Why Stress Is Public Health Enemy Number One

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 11:05 AM

The following is an interview with Elissa Epel, a UCSF psychologist who has studied the health impacts of stress, from its effects on our DNA to its relationship to overeating, for two decades.

Some of your research has centered on the way that stress hormones contribute to increasing...

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