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Randi Epstein

The Crossroads of Science and Society:

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 who has worked as a medical reporter for the London bureau of The Associated Press and has had articles published in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, MORE, Geographical, Parents and other national magazines. Read More...

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Killers Plead Guilty: Did their hormones make them do it?

The other day a lawyer-friend of mine told me that he and his surgeon-wife were talking about how each of their professions seeks the truth. What bothers her about law, she told him, is that it all seems so arbitrary, so much a play on words. To her, medicine is built on real facts, not someone’s version of them. But
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Sausage, Biscuits and Decadron: A Cancer Survivor Defies the Odds

I’m not sure how it came up, but my daughter, Martha, asked me to remind her what my father’s gripe was with medical statistics. My father—a pathologist—leaned on mortality and morbidity data when he worked on committees to establish cancer prevention guidelines. But he wasn’t a fan of those very same numbers when it came to talking to cancer patients
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Sex Drugs: Teasing Hype from Hope

  When I was a teenager and said something borderline rude, my mother used to say, “It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it.” Then I’d roll my eyes. Sometimes I think about that mom-ism when I read the contentious talk between doctors and patients. The issue isn’t so much about us versus them, but about teasing the testimonials
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