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    The People Who Are Afraid of Food

    Medium // June, 2018

    Our newest eating disorders feed off our cultural obsession with healthy diets.

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    The Horrifying Consequences of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

    Parents // March, 2018

    These parents never imagined their child would catch a life-threatening disease. But just because the illnesses are rare doesn’t mean they’re not a tragic reality.

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    10 Truth Bombs About #Fitspo (Download PDF)

    CHOICES // January, 2018

    The buff bods filling your social feed might seem like healthy motivation, but you may be shocked by how staged they can be.

  • Redbook OTC Addiction 2017

    Addiction, Over The Counter (Download PDF)

    Redbook // November, 2017

    For many women, there’s nothing a quick stop at the drugstore can’t fix.

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    Stop Beating Yourself Up About Food (Download PDF)

    Health // October, 2017

    Still beating yourself up about that third slice of pizza? Get over it. Letting go of food guilt and eating what you want is the healthiest food move you can make.

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    Why Are NICU Drugs Largely Untested?

    Elle // September, 2017

    Ninety percent of medications used on premature babies haven't been studied on infants for safety.

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    Get Through Your Child's Hospital Stay (Download PDF)

    Parents // April, 2017

    The essential guide we hope you’ll never need, straight from a mom who’s been there—for 123 days.

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    It Cost $2.5 Million to Keep My Child Alive

    Slate // January, 2017

    We’re fortunate that our insurance paid for most of it. But if Republicans remake the health care system, kids like her may not be so lucky.

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    “Leo Would Not Have Died That Day If He Had Been With Me”

    Slate // May, 2016

    Paid family leave doesn’t just support gender equity in the workplace. It may also prevent babies’ deaths.

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    What Will it Take to Save Women from Cancer? (Download PDF)

    Redbook // March, 2016

    There are women across this country suffering—and, yes, dying—from cancers that people don’t like to talk about and that doctors have a hard time diagnosing and treating. Does that sound like a world we should be living in? Here’s what you need to know to help them, and yourself.

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    The Caregiver’s Guide to Good Health (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // February, 2016

    Nearly 24 million American women provide care for another person. If you’re among them, here’s how to help your loved one—and yourself.

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    How A Genetic Test Changed My Life (Download PDF)

    Good Housekeeping // January, 2016

    As a teen, Lauren Holder learned that a cruel and fatal disease was stalking her family — and that she might have inherited the gene for it from her dad. Now 30, she tells GH about her journey to discover the truth.

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    The Dairy Debate (Download PDF)

    SELF // October, 2015

    We grew up believing that milk does a body good. Now a dairy backlash is causing a stir. SELF investigates who, if anyone, should be giving it up.

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    Can You Really Detox? (Download PDF)

    SELF // July 2015

    Clean has become the new thin as women obsess about the energy and health boost they feel by getting rid of toxins and fighting inflammation with food. Its popularity is easy to understand — what's hard to know is if any of this is real.

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    This Is What It's Like To Have Extraordinarily Heightened Senses

    Prevention // March, 2015

    What if we told you that some people look at the color white and see a staggering array of shades? Or that others intuitively know what Thursday tastes like? It's not science fiction: There's a small group of people who experience the world in more dimensions than the rest of us.

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    What Happens When Your Body Image Nightmare Comes True

    BuzzFeed // March, 2015

    I’d always been self-conscious about my abdomen. When I got endometriosis, everyone else became conscious of it too.

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    “Dear Real Simple, I'm a Control Freak. Please Help." (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // January, 2015

    Domestic perfection comes with a price. Julie Padavic got tired of paying it.

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    The No. 1 Health-Booster in 2015

    Parade // January, 2015

    Forget complicated New Year’s resolutions (you probably already have). Simply taking the time to meditate can make all the difference in your health and well-being this year.

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    The Energizer Body (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // February, 2015

    Your metabolism keeps your heart beating, your blood flowing, your brain thinking, and your muscles moving. Is it any wonder it doesn’t want to be rushed? Here’s the skinny on the way this stubborn system works, and how you might be able to speed it up—in spite of itself.

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    Pleasure In A Pill? (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // December, 2014

    Fourteen million American women struggle with a low sex drive, yet the FDA hasn’t approved any medications to help them. But is women’s sexuality just too complicated for a pill?

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    Saving The Smallest Hearts (Download PDF)

    Parade // August, 2014

    Virginia Sole-Smith thought her baby was healthy—until a routine doctor’s visit revealed a heart defect so severe it could have been fatal within hours. The screening test every parent needs to know about.

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    Can You Be Heavy And Healthy? (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // August, 2014

    Are BMI charts a load of BS? New research shows that good health may have nothing to do with your body mass index.

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    Breathing Lessons

    Prevention // June, 2014

    When trauma is ongoing, there's no time to get away. Healing has to happen where you can find it.

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    Can You Freeze the Aging Process?

    Details // March, 2014

    Imagine having wrinkle-free skin and a full head of hair in 30, nay, 50 years. Biotech firms claim that with new stem-cell technology, the idea isn't science fiction.

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    Wonder Drug (Download PDF)

    Elle // November, 2013

    Birth control pills are prescribed for every female trouble known to, uh, man. While their benefits are undeniable, some are questioning the explosion in their use.

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    Rethink the Pink Drink (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // October, 2013

    After a rash of deaths linked to its products, the high-octane beverage industry has gone through a female-friendly makeover. But are these drinks actually safer?

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    Pest-Proof Your Home, Safely

    Parents // Summer, 2013

    The chemicals you use to get rid of unwanted critters could be harming your family. Try these expert tips to nix pests without endangering anyone's health.

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    Exercise: Learn to Love It

    Elle // June, 2013

    Fitness-phobe Virginia Sole-Smith discovers the hidden formula.

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    All Day Energy, Every Day (Download PDF)

    Health // January, 2013

    Until someone invents a healthy (and legal!) pep pill, here’s the next best thing: Simple, proven tactics that keep you powered up morning, afternoon, and night.

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    De-Stress! Migraine Remedies (Download PDF)

    Organic Spa // December 2012

    Is it surprising that migraines impact 30 percent of women?

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    Must Have Chocolate.

    Fitness // April, 2011

    Some foods really are too good to resist. Here's the scientifically proven way to take control of your cravings and still feel satisfied.

  • Women's Health: Killer Spring by Virginia Sole-Smith, April 2009

    Attack of the Killer Spring! (Download PDF)

    Women's Health // April, 2009

    If you feel like you're sneezing more this season, you're probably right. Thanks to global warming, this could be your stuffiest year yet — and it's getting worse.

  • Fitness: "Fast Friends" by Virginia Sole-Smith, June 2011

    Fast Friends (Download PDF)

    Fitness // June, 2011

    A little sweat can be good for your mind, body and spirit — especially when fitness helps you find your soul mate.

  • All You "Forever Connected" January 2011 by Virginia Sole-Smith

    "We Are Connected Forever" (Download PDF)

    All You // January, 2011

    For these extraordinary people, a simple procedure brought hope and healing. Recipient of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program's Excellence in National Media Award 2011.

  • Whole Living: Skin Pollution by Virginia Sole-Smith, May 2010

    Shield Your Skin (Download PDF)

    Whole Living // May, 2010

    Battle the daily onslaught of sun, ozone, smoke and smog.

  • Fitness: "New Women's Health Threat" by Virginia Sole-Smith, April 2008

    The New Women's Health Threat (Download PDF)

    Fitness // April, 2008

    Huffing and puffing when you exercise? Don't assume you're out of shape. It may be asthma. *Recipient of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's Samter Journalism Award 2008.

  • Runner's World Oil Riches by Virginia Sole-Smith, February 2008

    Oil Riches (Download PDF)

    Runner's World // February, 2008

    The healthy fats in certain plant oils are good for your skin, brain and heart health. And they can also help improve your running performance.

  • Women's Health: Hey Sugar by Virginia Sole-Smith 2007

    Hey, Hey, Hey Sugar (Download PDF)

    Women's Health // April, 2007

    Everything you've ever wanted to know about the sweet stuff in your veins.

  • MORE: "Mammogram Debate" by Virginia Sole-Smith, June 2007

    The Latest Mammogram Debate (Download PDF)

    More // June, 2007

    New guidelines say we don't necessarily need yearly checkups till we're 50. Should we follow that advice, or ignore it?

  • Runner's World Culture Clash Yogurt by Virginia Sole-Smith, January 2008

    Culture Clash (Download PDF)

    Runner's World // June, 2007

    Yogurt is a classic health food — but is all that other stuff in it good for you?

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    Better Health: Pedicure Pointers (Download PDF)

    Better Homes & Gardens // July, 2011

    When it comes to salon safety, it pays to be on your toes. These five simple tips will ensure happy feet.

  • Family Circle: "Breathe Easy" by Virginia Sole-Smith, August 2009

    Breathe Easy (Download PDF)

    Family Circle // August, 2009

    Thanks to global warming, late summer allergies are getting worse. But there are ways to find relief.

  • Redbook: Fish Facts by Virginia Sole-Smith, October 2008

    New Facts About Fish (Download PDF)

    Redbook // October, 2008

    Confused about how much fish to eat — and what kind? We've got answers.

  • Women's Health Diet Dining Room by Virginia Sole-Smith

    The Ultimate Diet Dining Room (Download PDF)

    Women's Health // May, 2007

    Trying to eat (and weigh) less? Maybe it's time for a little redecorating.

  • BHG: "Sneeze the Day" by Virginia Sole-Smith

    Better Health: Sneeze The Day (Download PDF)

    Better Homes & Gardens // November, 2010

    Take control of indoor allergies with six simple steps.

  • Good Housekeeping: "Playing With Poison" by Virginia Sole-Smith, September 2007

    Playing With Poison (Download PDF)

    Good Housekeeping // September, 2007

    We've known for decades that lead is toxic. So why is still in kids' trinkets and toys?

  • All You "Gift That Saved My Life" by Virginia Sole-Smith, November 2008

    "The Gift that Saved My Life" (Download PDF)

    All You // November, 2008

    Meet four women who share the bond of organ donation.

  • Real Simple: Go Fish by Virginia Sole-Smith, March 2008

    Milling Around (Download PDF)

    Runner's World // January, 2007

    Mix up carbs and add nutrients to your diet with tasty pasta alternatives.

  • Parents: "Staying Safe in a Toxic World" by Virginia Sole-Smith, August 2010

    Staying Safe in a Toxic World (Download PDF)

    Parents // August, 2010

    BPA... Phthalates... You know they can be dangerous, but you may not know how to limit your exposure.

  • Health: Kitchen Safety by Virginia Sole-Smith, November 2008

    Five Ways to Detox Your Kitchen (Download PDF)

    Health // November, 2008

    Simple moves to make that Thanksgiving meal safe to eat.

  • Runner's World: Market Savvy by Virginia Sole-Smith, 2006

    Market Savvy (Download PDF)

    Runner's World // June, 2006

    Boost nutrients and the flavor of your meals with a trip to the farm stand.

  • Organic Beauty: Makeup Hazards by Virginia Sole-Smith, 2009

    Is Your Makeup Hazardous to Your Health? (Download PDF)

    Organic Beauty // 2009

    Lead in your lipstick? Tiny powder particles lodged in your lungs? Mercury in your mascara?

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    The High Price of Beauty

    The Nation // October, 2007

    Cheap beauty products are making Americans sick. How an epidemic is plaguing poorly paid workers at nail salons – while the FDA does nothing. (Research supported by The Investigative Fund.)

  • Good Housekeeping: Arsenic in Your Deck, by Virginia Sole-Smith, March 2007

    The Hidden Danger in Your Deck (Download PDF)

    Good Housekeeping // March, 2007

    Millions of American homes have decks treated with arsenic to prevent rot. But that poison can make you very sick.

  • Women's Health Diet Drugs by Virginia Sole-Smith

    Skinny Little Pills (Download PDF)

    Women's Health // 2008

    There are more pound-melting potions on drugstore shelves than ever before. Are they really all that bad? You bet.

  • OS: Water Quality Virginia Sole-Smith September 2004

    Is Your Water Really Safe to Drink? (Download PDF)

    Organic Style // September, 2004

    Organic Style went to the water utilities to compile one of the most extensive, consumer-friendly surveys of drinking water ever. You won't believe what we found.

  • Family Circle: "Safe To Eat?" by Virginia Sole-Smith, 2006

    Is That Safe to Eat? (Download PDF)

    Family Circle // 2006

    Whether you're worried about antibiotics in chicken or pesticides on produce, we've got simple strategies that guarantee safer meals for your family.

  • Women's Health: Diet Crimes Virginia Sole-Smith 2009

    Diet Crime Stoppers (Download PDF)

    Women's Health // May, 2009

    The scene: 9 pm. Your living room. The TV is on. The evidence: An empty bag of cookies on the floor, crumbs on the sofa.

  • Fit Pregnancy: "Safer NICU" by Virginia Sole-Smith, June 2006

    Making the NICU Safer (Download PDF)

    Fit Pregnancy // June, 2006

    If your newborn is in the neonatal intensive-care unit, certain medical devices there may expose him to a hazardous chemical called DEHP.