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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 Creatine?

    What Is Creatine?

    March 12, 2014 | Reference

    Creatine is a performance-enhancing supplement used by athletes and other people, often in the hope of building muscle. But does creatine work? And is it safe to take? Here's a look at what science has to say about taking creatine.
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  • What Are Magnesium Supplements?

    What Are Magnesium Supplements?

    January 30, 2014 | Reference

    Magnesium supplements are touted as helping people with many different health conditions, however, does the science support these claims?
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  • What Is Vitamin D?

    What Is Vitamin D?

    January 10, 2014 | Reference

    Vitamin D, sometimes called "the sunshine vitamin," is linked with many health benefits. But how much do you really need? And can too much vitamin D be harmful?
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  • What Is Melatonin?

    What Is Melatonin?

    December 18, 2013 | Reference

    Melatonin supplements are often recommended for sleep problems, but the hormone has other effects on health too. Here's a look at what science says about the safety and effectiveness and effectiveness of melatonin supplements.
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  • What Is Coconut Oil?

    What Is Coconut Oil?

    October 22, 2013 | Reference

    Coconut oil supplements and pills are touted for their health benefits, but do they really work? And is coconut oil safe to take? Here's a look at the evidence.
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  • Who Invented the Microscope?

    Who Invented the Microscope?

    September 13, 2013 | Reference

    The invention of the microscope opened up a new world of discovery and study of the smallest things. Exactly who invented the microscope is unclear.
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  • Mom's Personality Key to Whether Baby Gets the Breast or Bottle

    Mom's Personality Key to Whether Baby Gets the Breast or Bottle

    August 06, 2013 | Article

    Many mothers begin breastfeeding their newborn, but stop long before the recommended time of one year. Now a new study looks at which personality traits in mothers are linked with breast-feeding for a longer time.
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  • Unusual Sexual Fixation: Man Aroused by Farts

    Unusual Sexual Fixation: Man Aroused by Farts

    July 31, 2013 | Article

    A man named "Brad" spoke with a psychologist about his unusual sexual fixation: he was aroused by the sights, sounds and smells of human flatulence. Diagnosed with eproctophilia, the man explained why farts turned him on.
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  • Moods and Booze: Alcohol's Effects Different in Men and Women

    Moods and Booze: Alcohol's Effects Different in Men and Women

    July 26, 2013 | Article

    People say they feel less happy a day after drinking, a new study finds. The effect was seen in both genders, but was stronger in women, said the researchers. The study included people who were heavy drinkers.
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  • Gay-Marriage Rulings: 6 Landmark Cases That Changed US Families

    Gay-Marriage Rulings: 6 Landmark Cases That Changed US Families

    June 26, 2013 | Article

    From decisions on abortion to contraception, here's a look at how the Court has radically changed life for some families.
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