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Lauren Cox
Lauren Cox, Live Science Contributor

Lauren Cox is a contributing writer for Live Science. She writes health and technology features, covers emerging science and specializes in news of the weird. Her work has previously appeared online at ABC News, Technology Review and Popular Mechanics. Lauren loves molecules, literature, black coffee, big dogs and climbing up mountains in her spare time. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College and a master of science degree in science journalism from Boston University.

  • What Is Stevia?

    What Is Stevia?

    April 26, 2018 | Reference

    Stevia is a sugar substitute that comes from a plant, and has no calories. But is it good for health? Here's a look at what the research says about stevia.
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  • Spirulina: Nutrition Facts & Health Benefits

    Spirulina: Nutrition Facts & Health Benefits

    February 06, 2018 | Reference

    Spirulina, a supplement made from blue-green algae, is touted as a "superfood." It is highly nutritious, but there is not enough evidence to determine if Spirulina is effective for treating any health conditions.
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  • What Is Garcinia Cambogia?

    What Is Garcinia Cambogia?

    November 20, 2017 | Reference

    Extract of the fruit garcinia cambogia is an ingredient in some nutritional supplements aimed at stopping weight gain. But is garcinia cambogia safe, and does it work? Here's a look at the evidence.
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  • What Is Turmeric?

    What Is Turmeric?

    November 15, 2017 | Reference

    Turmeric is a spice with a long history of use in cooking and religious rituals, and evidence suggests it may hold health benefits as well.
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  • Who Invented the Car?

    Who Invented the Car?

    September 12, 2017 | Reference

    The history of the automobile is a long and winding road, and pinpointing exactly who invented the car is not a simple matter.
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  • What Are Selenium Supplements?

    What Are Selenium Supplements?

    July 19, 2017 | Reference

    Selenium supplements are taken by people who want to prevent cancer, heart disease, memory loss and diabetes. But does taking selenium work? Here's a look at what the science says.
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  • What Is Raspberry Ketone?

    What Is Raspberry Ketone?

    June 23, 2017 | Reference

    Raspberry ketone is touted as a weight-loss aid. But how strong is the evidence that taking raspberry ketone supplements may actually help you lose weight? And is it safe? Here's what experts had to say.
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  • Marijuana: Effects of Weed on Brain and Body

    Marijuana: Effects of Weed on Brain and Body

    June 06, 2017 | Reference

    Marijuana produces a range of psychological and physical effects that can be unpredictable at times.
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  • Acid Reflux (GERD): Symptoms & Treatment

    Acid Reflux (GERD): Symptoms & Treatment

    April 10, 2015 | Reference

    Acid reflux disease, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a chronic condition that occurs when stomach contents wash up into the throat.
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  • What Is Whey Protein?

    What Is Whey Protein?

    April 24, 2014 | Reference

    Whey protein is a supplement often used for building muscle. But is it safe to use, and does it work? Live Science looked at the science behind taking whey protein.
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