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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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

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Smoking Out Users Nov 06, 2019

A large national survey, taken from 2016 to 2017 and published in JAMA, reports that people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis, cancer or depression are more likely to say they use marijuana than people without such illness... Read More

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Painful Muscle Memory Oct 30, 2019

Aricept, a drug commonly prescribed to manage cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients, may be associated with a higher risk of hospitalization. A Canadian study looked at more than 220,000 patients prescribed drugs for managing dementia (about 152,... Read More

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Knock-Knock Oct 23, 2019

The Peace Corps is famously all about young men and woman venturing to distant locales, bringing with them the promise of social, economic and technical assistance, leavened with a bit of good old-fashioned American can-do spirit. There's now a move... Read More