Emma Yasinski

I am a freelance science and medical journalist, fascinated by how the scientific process leads to incredible discoveries, but also can lead to publication bias leaning toward positive findings and minimizing negatives. With a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Lafayette College and a Master’s in Science and Medical Journalism from Boston University, I’ve written about clinical trial transparency, organ donation, and basic molecular biology for publications like The Scientist, The Atlantic, Undark.org, Kaiser Health News, and more. At MedShadow, I research and write about the sometimes unexpected ways that medicines can affect us, and what we can do if and when it does.

We often hear the word microbiome in the promises of oral supplements, yogurts and probiotic drinks like kombucha, but there’s more to the microbiome than just your gut. Did you know even your home and office have their own microbiomes, and those microbiomes can affect your health? Over the past decade, the gut microbiome has been the subject of intensive study, since researchers learned that the microbiota—bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in and on outnumber our own cells tenfold. Researchers have learned that disrupting a healthy microbiome can have serious health consequences. The medical community doesn’t know enough about…

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We’ve all heard the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” except that prevention isn’t always clear-cut. Prevention includes maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and managing stress, but also regular monitoring of your health with tests that only healthcare professionals can provide. Still, making and attending doctor’s appointments is time-consuming. Also taxing is that  guidelines for preventive care and screenings regularly change. For example, in 2021, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network updated its colorectal cancer screening guidelines, which lowered the age to start screening to 45 from 50, while noting that some people can go…

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December 31 Update: Proctor and Gamble issued a voluntary recall of 32 dry spray shampoos and conditioners that also were found to contain benzene. The products include the brands, Panetene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Waterl<ss, Hair Food and Old Spice.  October 4 Update: Five more sunscreen sprays recalled for benzene contamination. The new group is from Coppertone and includes:  Coppertone Pure & Simple SPF 50 (5 oz aerosol  spray) Coppertone Pure & Simple Kids SPF 50 (5 oz aerosol spray) Coppertone Pure & Simple Baby SPF 50 (5 oz aerosol spray) Coppertone Sport Minteral SPF 50 (5 oz aerosol spray) Travel-size…

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