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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Antibiotics: Doing the Same With Less May 12, 2021

New recommendations from the American College of Physicians suggest patients are taking antibiotics for too long. Often, antibiotic are prescribed for daily use over a week or longer. The new recommendations suggest five days is best practice for a ... Read More

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Sleep, COVID-19 and Health Care Workers May 05, 2021

Being a frontline health care worker during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a continuing source of sleeplessness, which may increase the risk of contracting the disease. In a summer 2020 survey of 2,884 workers exposed to COVID-19 patients daily, 568 de... Read More

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Concussed and Sleepless Apr 28, 2021

People who experience a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, are more likely to develop a subsequent sleep disorder, say researchers who monitored nearly 200,000 people in the Veterans Affairs health system for 14 years. Half had TBIs; none had previous s... Read More

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Statins Are Not a Pain Apr 21, 2021

One of the alleged side effects of statins — a popular class of drugs used to prevent deaths from heart attacks and strokes — is the perception that they cause muscle pain. A new trial asked older patients who had stopped taking statins (... Read More