Randi Epstein

The Crossroads of Science and Society:

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

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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Lousy Hairdos

Heard this while on a tour at Madrid’s El Prado: Those sky-high 18th century hairdos were considered chic but they were really lousy. As in filled with lice. Wealthy women bought sterling silver head scratchers to get to those really deep itchy spots. Also, their stylists slipped a bit of bacon into the buns to lure the bugs to one spot. Now that’s a real
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What Does the Future of Genetic Testing Mean for Us? For Our Kids?

Twenty-four years ago, when I was living in London and pregnant with Jack, my first son, I had a prenatal ultrasound but not amniocentesis. I don’t remember doing any kind of blood test for genetic testing. Though back then in  the U.K.,  blood was sometimes drawn without providing the same kind of detailed explanations they offered in the U.S. Maybe
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Is it Time to Replace the Heart as a Symbol of Love?

I was downtown with my girls a few years ago checking out the arts-n-crafts tables at Union Square when I came across a heart necklace shaped like a heart. Like a real heart. Like if you didn’t know what a real heart looked like, you might have thought the necklace was a charm of a chicken breast with antennae sticking
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