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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Going Without Medications Sep 16, 2020

Women more often say they are likely to skip taking medications due to cost concerns, says a new study. Researchers looked at data from three years in 11 high-income countries, focusing on persons ages 18-64. They found that 1 in 4 women in the U.S. ... Read More

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Portrait of a Heavy Drinker Sep 09, 2020

Two-thirds of U.S. adults reported consuming alcohol in 2018. Five percent were defined as "heavy drinkers." Here's what they look like: They are equally divided among men and women. They consume 15 or more alcoholic beverages weekly. They tend to be... Read More

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Vaccines Are Safe Sep 02, 2020

A new Food and Drug Administration review of 20 years of data collected on 57 vaccines approved during that time found that after hundreds of millions of doses, only one vaccine was withdrawn from the market for safety reasons. There were 58 modific... Read More

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Opioid Deaths Up but Prescriptions Down Aug 26, 2020

Fatal opioid overdoses were up in 2019, reaching a record high of 70,980 deaths. That's worrisome because the pandemic threatens to make matters worse. But a new American Medical Association study reports that prescriptions of opioid drugs decreased ... Read More