Karen Springen

Stories by Karen Springen

  • Kids' Violent Impulses

    A psychiatrist on why it's rare but not surprising that grammar-school kids might be capable of an elaborate plot to hurt a teacher.
  • HPV Vaccine: Why so Unpopular?

    It's been hailed as one of the most effective ways to prevent cervical cancer, but millions of young women have yet to get immunized.
  • The Real Laws of Attraction

    A new study reveals a surprising gap between what men and women say they want in a partner and what they actually choose.
  • The Price of Back Pain

    A new study reveals that Americans are spending record amounts on treatments for their aching backs. But are these expensive fixes a waste of money?
  • In The Yard, Taking Care Of Business

    The green economy is targeting a new color: brown. Each year the United States' 72 million dogs produce about 274 pounds of poo per pooch. Most of it ends up in landfills, where it oozes methane, a greenhouse gas. So eco-preneurs are offering biodegradable bags and compost services as well as new technologies that turn doggie dreck into energy. "Everybody's done it on a grandiose scale with 5,000-head cattle operations," says William Brinton, president of Woods End Laboratories, an environmental-testing lab. "[This is] the same technology, just simplified."Lori Riegel of Tucson, Ariz., calls a local franchise called Doo Care to compost her greyhound and terrier-schnauzer droppings, and Mark Klaiman, co-owner of San Francisco's Pet Camp kennel, donates its dog waste to an off-site plant that converts it into electricity. (Eventually he hopes to use such energy to help fuel Pet Camp.) Others are trying to go green by flushing dog doo down the toilet. Sheryl Eisenberg, author of the...
  • Can WHO Plan Curb Smoking?

    More than a billion people are still puffing away—can governments help turn the tide?
  • The Cranberry UTI Cure

    Drinking a glass may not help treat an infection, but researchers believe it can help prevent one. Here's why.
  • The Mysteries of Miscarriage

    From too much caffeine to faulty chromosomes, the list of things that can contribute to a lost pregnancy is long. What you need to know about the many risk factors.
  • Ledger: Deadly Drug Combo?

    A pharmacology expert explains how the types of drugs found at Heath Ledger's apartment can affect the body and why they are potentially lethal if taken incorrectly.
  • Caffeine Linked to Miscarriages

    A new study links increased miscarriage risk to caffeine consumption, but other experts say a cup or two a day is fine. What's a coffee-loving mom to do?
  • Pets: Good for Your Health?

    Research shows that caring for an animal can improve your mental and physical well-being—with a few caveats.
  • Talking to Eoin Colfer

    Giving Artemis Fowl some time off, Eoin Colfer turns to a hero imprisoned on an island—who builds an airplane to escape
  • A Laureate for Kids

    From 'The Stinky Cheese Man' to the newly minted post of 'children's laureate,' Jon Scieszka has always insisted that reading should be fun and, if at all possible, funny
  • Is it bad to wear makeup to bed?

    Preventing stains on your pillowcase isn't the only reason to take your cosmetics off before you go to sleep.
  • Living in Junk Food County

    Why many rural Americans can't get nutritious foods. The unhealthy truth about country living.
  • Love, Loss—And Love

    The death of a young child can devastate a family. How couples decide they're ready to try again.
  • Screening Risky Organ Donors

    What happens when the gift of life comes with complications? Recent cases of HIV transmission via organ transplants have doctors rethinking what they should tell patients about their donors.
  • Top Ten Runner’s Mistakes

    Whether you're a sporadic jogger or a dedicated sprinter, it's easy to slip into some bad habits. Here's how to avoid the most common ones.