Staff Articles & Interviews

Dr. Spiesel’s articles

Columns printed in the on-line magazine Slate. Press the "Ctrl" key as you click on the link to access the column.

  • A Shot in the Dark (March 15, 2005), Topic: Problems in the durability of protection produced by chickenpox vaccine and their economic and medical implications. http://www.slate.com/id/2114797/
  • Blame Canada (May 10, 2005), Topic: Issues in drug regulation by a national agency examining a medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. http://www.slate.com/id/2118314/
  • The Doctor is In (June 3, 2005), Topics: Statin benefits and risks; mortality and body mass index; Mexican counterfeit drugs; teen judgment about sexual risks; cost-benefit analysis of meningococcal vaccines; honey and burn treatment. http://www.slate.com/id/2120163/
  • Your Health This Month (July 1, 2005). Topics: History of thimerosal in vaccines; safety of dental amalgam; immunological tolerance to insulin-producing cells; avian influenza chemoprophylaxis; episiotomy; use of old medical methods. http://www.slate.com/id/2121808/
  • Your Health This Month (July 29, 2005), Topics: Travel immunizations; computerized medical records; cost-effectiveness of soap distribution; breast-feeding and myopia. http://www.slate.com/id/2123544/
  • Your Health This Month (September 2, 2005), Topics: Step cell developments, cryptosporidium and lymphocytic choriomeningitis; quantifying illicit drug use by water analysis; reversal of Canadian ban on ADHD drug; rabies risk in travel; avian influenza research. http://www.slate.com/id/2125373/
  • Sick City (September 6, 2005), Topic: Expected medical problems in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. http://www.slate.com/id/2125757/
  • Your Health This Month (October 3, 2005), Topics: Additional benefits of statins; influenza vaccine and the elderly; new drug delivery systems for insulin; medical problems in Louisiana; unusual bubonic plague episode. http://www.slate.com/id/2127174/
  • Your Health This Month (November 1, 2005), Topics: Toilet training observations and advice; the natural history and treatment of pediculosis; developing world interventions to prevent aflatoxin poisoning; genetic reassortment in influenza; antibacterial soap and antibiotic resistance. http://www.slate.com/id/2129213/
  • Your Health This Month (December 1, 2005), Topics: Severe peanut allergies; the ecology of dust mites; breast feeding and maternal diabetes; an industrial accident in China. http://www.slate.com/id/2131344/
  • Your Health This Month (January 2, 2006), Topics: Pacifiers and SIDS; human papilloma varus vaccine; new medical treatment for renal stones; acid blockers and Clostridium difficile infections. http://www.slate.com/id/2133563/
  • Your Health This Month (January 31, 2006), Topics: Side effects of orlistat; bubble baths and urinary tract infections; research on cough medicine effectiveness; and influenza epidemic resulting from a laboratory accident. http://www.slate.com/id/2135155/
  • Should you Stop Taking Calcium? (February 1, 2006), Topic: Studies on the efficacy of calcium supplementation. http://www.slate.com/id/2136722/
  • Your Health This Month (February 28, 2006), Topics: Low-fat diets and cancer prevention; chills and upper respiratory infections; parasite treatments to redirect the immune response; nutritional supplements and benign prostatic hypertrophy treatment. http://www.slate.com/id/2137093/
  • Tales from the Nursery (March 27, 2006), Topic: Immunobiology of human lactation. http://www.slate.com/id/2138629/
  • Your Health This Month (April 4, 2006), Topics: Antibiotics and asthma; maternal choice and caesarian deliveries; avian influenza vaccine problems; malaria medications and travel. http://www.slate.com/id/2139271/
  • Deprive Yourself (April 6, 2996), Topic: Calorie deprivation and longevity. http://www.slate.com/id/2139455/
  • All Smoke (April 24, 2006), Topic: Politics and science in an FDA statement about medical marijuana. http://www.slate.com/id/2140503/
  • Your Health This Month (May 2, 2006), Topics: Wireless capsule endoscopy; breast cancer risk and hormone replacement therapy; antibiotics and rhinosinusitis; music as analgesia. http://www.slate.com/id/2140899/
  • Jolly Rogers (May 15, 2006), Topic: Health quality and the social gradient in the US and England. http://www.slate.com/id/2141648/
  • The Vioxx War (May 23, 2006), Topic: Journalistic conflicts in reporting about medication problems. http://www.slate.com/id/2142160/
  • Your Health This Month (June 6, 2006), Topics: Summer hazards; gene polymorphisms and sexual desire; the politics of federal care recommendations for women; the reliability of sponsored medication studies; the putative risk of excess tomalley consumption. http://www.slate.com/id/2143107/
  • Why we’re fatter (July 13, 2006), Topic: Multiple factors contribution to the epidemic of obesity. http://www.slate.com/id/2145689/
  • Your Health This Month (July 25, 2006), Topics: Coffee and a reduced risk for diabetes; anemia prevention in developing world obstetrical care; evaluation of acupuncture; lightning risks and cell phones; cardiovascular risk and depression. http://www.slate.com/id/2146483/
  • Your Health This Month (September 4, 2006), Topics: Potential problems with soy-based foods; postpartum depression in fathers; new treatments for recurrent urinary tract infections; problems with metered dose inhalers. http://www.slate.com/id/2148758/
  • Killer T-Cells (September 11, 2006), Topic: Autologous T-cells to treat cancer. http://www.slate.com/id/2149348/
  • Your Health This Month (October 6, 2006), Topics: Competing risks in daily aspirin use; cardiomyopathy in young athletes; beef production practices and enteropathic E. Coli. http://www.slate.com/id/2151044/
  • Your Health This Month (October 31, 2006), Topics: Spiral CT scans for lung cancer detection; misoprostol to prevent post partum hemorrhage; tooth-whiteners; after-hour physician calls; diminishing immunization pain for children. http://www.slate.com/id/2152561/
  • Your Health This Month (December 5, 2006), Topics: Blocking breast cancer development; resveratrol and life span extension; melanoma in long-distance runners; Fifth Disease and anemia in the developing world. http://www.slate.com/id/2154934/
  • The Skinny on Kids’ Diets (December 19, 2006), Topic: The Clara Davis research on food self-selection by children. http://www.slate.com/id/2155816/
  • Your Health This Month (January 9, 2007), Topics: Prion protein-free cattle; adjuvants for influenza vaccine; intestinal bacteria and weight gain; treatment of hand dystonia. http://www.slate.com/id/2157311/
  • Cure for Colic? (January 30, 2007), Topic: Probiotics and colic treatment. http://www.slate.com/id/2158605/
  • Your Health This Month (February 13, 2007), Topics: The social psychology of intimacy; HIV virus transmission barriers; immunotherapy and seasonal allergies; fetal DNA analysis; food odor and longevity. http://www.slate.com/id/2159733/
  • Your Health This Month (February 27, 2007), Topics: Treatment to prevent myopia progression; hormone replacement therapy; genetics of autism. http://www.slate.com/id/2160721/
  • Your Health This Month (March 13, 2007), Topics: Excess weight and puberty onset; risks of cold medicines; complications in cancer survivors. http://www.slate.com/id/2161712/
  • Elizabeth Edwards’ Cancer (March 23, 2007), Topic: Biology of metastatic breast cancer. http://www.slate.com/id/2162548/
  • Your Health This Month (April 3, 2007), Topics: Circadian rhythm effects in rheumatoid arthritis, CLOCK gene disruption and behavior; propellant in metered dose inhalers; potential dangers in diarrhea treatment. http://www.slate.com/id/2163402/
  • Your Health This Month (February 27, 2007), Topics: Gene variants and obesity; politics of medication decisions; chloramines, swimming pools, and asthma. http://www.slate.com/id/2164371/
  • Your Health This Week (May 3, 2007), Topics: Breast feeding and obesity; menstruation and endometrial cancer; averting schizophrenia. http://www.slate.com/id/2165562/
  • Your Health This Week (May 22, 2007), Topics: Radioimmunotherapy treatment for cancer; annual bisphosphonate treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis. http://www.slate.com/id/2166675/
  • The Get-Out-of-Bed-Free Card (May 25, 2007), Topics: Sleep problems in children – effects on parents; managing the problem. http://www.slate.com/id/2166888/
  • Your Health This Week (June 5, 2007), Topics: Travel and epidemics; food fortification to prevent stroke; coffee and gout. http://www.slate.com/id/2167678/
  • Beware of Diet (July 4, 2007), Topic: The long term failure of dieting. http://www.slate.com/id/2169134/
  • Your Health This Week (July 10, 2007), Topics: Swedish snuff and tobacco harm reduction; malnutrition and immune deficiency; stress incontinence treatment. http://www.slate.com/id/2170141/
  • Family (March 17, 2014), “I’m a Pediatrician. Should I Treat All Kids, or Just the Vaccinated Ones?” http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2014/03/measles_outbreak_in_new_york_city_should_pediatricians_treat_unvaccinated.html

Dr. Spiesel’s NPR interviews

National NPR segments, broadcast as part of the daily show, Day to Day. The segments can also heard on the NPR website (http//www.npr.org/search.php?text=Spiesel or via the individual links, below).

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