Jeneen Interlandi

Stories by Jeneen Interlandi

  • Organ Trafficking Is No Myth

    Organ trafficking was long considered a myth. But now mounting evidence suggests it is a real and growing problem, even in America.
  • Cancer: Is There a Brain Tumor Virus?

    Thanks to the efforts of a relentless neurosurgeon, we may be closer to understanding what causes one of the most deadly cancers.
  • Working in a Flu Vaccine Factory

    When you work in a vaccine factory, getting dressed is half the job. Inside one of the two American labs that produce millions of flu shots every year.
  • Are You a 'Digital Native?'

    A leading neuroscientist says processing digital information can rewire your circuits. But is it evolution?
  • PETA and Euthanasia

    Even among animal lovers, killing unwanted pets is a divisive issue.
  • Drought: Rivers Running Dry

    A water crisis is impending. In a new book, Jeffrey Sachs outlines easy, low-cost ways to avoid disaster.
  • What Addicts Need

    Addiction isn't a weakness; it's an illness. Now vaccines and other new drugs may change the way we treat it.
  • Myth Meets Science

    Everybody's talking about human growth hormone, and lots of people are using it. But what does it do?
  • The Fish Within Us

    What is most surprising is not that we once lived in the sea, but that we are still evolving.
  • New Anti-Addiction Vaccines

    A new generation of vaccines may enable doctors to inoculate people against addictive substances like cocaine and nicotine.
  • High-Stakes Science

    Labs that research deadly microbes are proliferating around the country, but are they creating more risks than they prevent?
  • Inside Body-Image Disorders

    New research links the brain's biology to behavioral disorders like anorexia and distorted body image.
  • Autism & Vaccines: A Coming Wave of Lawsuits?

    Even as researchers report once again that there is no link between a vaccine preservative and the way kids develop, parents of children with autism continue to press their cases against drugmakers. A coming wave of lawsuits?
  • Speed Reading the Human Genome

    A powerful new strategy promises to speed up the effort to link genes to specific diseases. Can you say 'transcriptome'?
  • NFL: How Tough Choices Saved Kevin Everett

    They cooled Kevin Everett down and then they operated. How quick-thinking doctors used some unproven interventions to help save a young football player with a spinal-cord injury.
  • Toddlers and TV: Turn It Off, Baby

    Popular educational videos designed to stimulate young minds, like "Baby Einstein" and "Brainy Baby," may actually impede language development, according to a new study in The Journal of Pediatrics. In a survey of the video-watching habits of 1,000 families, the DVDs—some of which promise to enhance the cognitive development of babies as young as 3 months—fared worst out of several types of programming studied. Exposure to educational shows, like "Sesame Street," and non-educational ones, like "SpongeBob SquarePants," had no net effect on language, researchers said—but for every hour that infants 8 to 16 months spent watching the baby DVDs, they understood six to eight fewer words, out of a set of 90, than infants who didn't watch. (For 17- to 24-month-olds, there was no net effect.)Reading or telling stories to infants at least once a day was found to increase their vocabularies by only two or three words, indicating that the negative impact of the DVDs may outweigh the benefits of...
  • New Ways to Map How the Face Ages

    New research into how the face stores fat could lead to more effective anti-aging strategies, better facial reconstruction techniques, and may even help doctors assess heart-disease risks.