Randi Epstein

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How the Science of Sex Hormones, Genes, and Reproduction Impacts our Day to Day Lives

Randi Epstein Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., M.P.H. is a freelance medical writer and reporter, lecturer at Yale University and adjunct professor at Columbia University. She is the author of Get Me Out, A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank. Read More...

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A Woman From the Bronx Changed the Landscape of Hormone Research

Last April the Endocrine Society hosted a meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss, what they considered, is the shoddy state of hormone testing. I was reading about the hormone-measuring dilemma in the recent issue of Endocrine News (the Endocrine Society’s newsletter) and it got me thinking that it wasn’t so long ago that doctors considered the amount of hormones in
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How to Deal with Hot Flashes

I was on the train coming home from work reading a stack of scientific articles, gathering notes for a chapter I’m writing about hot flashes and other annoying symptoms that hit women around my age, 53. The woman next to me leaned over and looked like she was skimming some of the titles. So of course, two menopausal-age women squished
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Measuring Up: A New Book Looks at the Growth Hormone Industry

The Rossow midgets knew how to draw crowds in the early 1900s. They’d dance and sing, your typical vaudeville routine stuff. But it was the finale that catapulted the two brothers into a national phenomenon. They culminated in a boxing match. That’s when the two, Carl and Franz Actermeier, would duke it out in a mini-ring. They didn’t really fight,
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