About Scott LaFee

Scott LaFee

Scott LaFee

Scott LaFee is a viviparous, omnivorous, longitudinally symmetrical carbon-based male biped and staff member of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Since 1992, he has been the chief writer for Quest, the paper's award-winning weekly science section, where he covers all manner of scientific news and features, from the inner workings of the brain to the physical nature of "nothingness" -- the stuff between stuff.

LaFee has written two syndicated columns for Creators. Archives of Eureka! can be found here. Or read Wellnews  - new releases weekly.  

He is married with two young sons, whom he coaches in soccer and swimming when not explaining why dead spiders' legs curl up (failed hydraulics) or how 8 feet of DNA can be squeezed into every cell (very carefully).

LaFee lives in La Mesa, Calif., with his hominid family and their several nonhuman pets: two tortoises, three fire-bellied toads, a rat, a rabbit and a dog named Dave.

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Cancer Cuts Dec 04, 2019

As cancer rates increase, the number of doctors trained to treat cancer patients is declining. A new report by Doximity — an online networking service for doctors — says the primary driver is more oncologists are retiring than new ones ar... Read More

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Don't Think Too Hard About This Nov 27, 2019

We've all heard the admonitions about how keeping mentally active boosts overall health and longevity. A new study suggests that busy brains might mean shorter lifespans, and excessive brain activity could be a risk factor for dementia. Researchers ... Read More

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Unhealthy Relationships Nov 20, 2019

Which is worse for your health: a troubled relationship with a significant other or prolonged problems with parents, siblings and extended family members? It's long been known that strained intimate relationships can have a significant adverse effec... Read More

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Pregnant Pause Nov 13, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control reports that a large number of pregnant women are not getting two critically important vaccines: the Tdap vaccine (to prevent pertussis, also known as whooping cough) and the annual flu shot. Survey data found that on... Read More