About the Blog
Welcome to The Checkup, a blog that takes a first-person look at the latest health news. I've been writing for the Post's health section since 2000, covering everything from my own laparoscopic gall-bladder surgery to female
incontinence and the health benefits of Crocs. For a time I was the section's go-to girl for tooth-whitening stories.
I'm also a work-at-home mother of two: a girl and a boy, a teen and a pre-teen. And I've had my share of personal health issues, including multiple sclerosis, with which I was diagnosed in 2001.
With a master's degree in English, I never thought I'd become a health writer. But I've found health to be a fascinating beat. It's infinitely varied, and it's often complicated and challenging to write about. It changes daily as
new research is published and medical discoveries are made. Best of all, it has to do with real people, their lives, the things they struggle with and the things that make their lives better.
On Thursdays, the Checkup will be written by one of the science journalists I most admire -- Rob Stein, who has been writing and editing health and medical news stories for more than 20 years. For the last six, Rob has been covering obesity, breast cancer, aging, hormone therapy, "superbugs," and almost any of the other complex topics that hit the news. And he can talk the talk, having spent four years editing science for broadcast at National Public Radio.
Rob brings not only expertise but varied perspectives to his reporting, having held fellowships in the U.S. and the U.K on everything from basic biology and women's health to that fascinating intersection between medicine and religion. (And, like me, Rob's a dog lover.)
"My stories often provoke people to call and e-mail me," Rob told me, "and I'm really looking forward to having a chance to have more give and take with all of our readers."
Rob and I blog with gusto, and we encourage readers to respond in kind.
So: To your health! Let's get the conversation rolling.
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