About Leah @leah_samuel
Leah Samuel is a staff reporter for STAT. A journalist for over 25 years, Leah’s work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, including Harvard Magazine, Labor Notes, The Chicago Reporter, and PublicSource.org. Leah is also a film fan, history buff, science nerd, and trivia nut. When she's not working on a story, she frequently replaces her notebook and pen with yarn and a crochet hook.
Leah’s Recent Stories
Health Feb 10It’s not just athletes: Doctors at the Olympics have also worked years to get there
The official U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Division recruits a crew of volunteer doctors — as well as orthopedists, chiropractors, nurses, sports therapists, massage therapists, and more — every two years.
Science Dec 17In the wake of #MeToo, a new spotlight on harassment in biomedical science
Alongside the #MeToo movement and a continuing drumbeat of assault allegations, biomedical science has also had its share of accused harassers.
Health Sep 29Lakes and pools can be deadly for children with autism. But tailored swim lessons can save lives
Drowning is the most common fatal injury among children with autism, so community centers and schools are offering tailored swim lessons.
Health Sep 01After Harvey, telemedicine connects doctors to displaced patients
Getting thousands of Houston-area families to shelters has been a massive humanitarian effort. But the aid doesn’t end there: Many of the displaced have chronic medical conditions like asthma or injuries from recent days that need medical attention. Providers of…
Health May 02Why some 40-year-old adults still see their pediatricians
While pediatric doctors have to be certified to treat children, there are no rules for when a patient must switch to another doctor once the patient reaches adulthood. Here's why some grown-ups decide to stay put.
Health Nov 12Four things Trump can do to improve mental health care for veterans
Donald Trump will take office in January with strong support among veterans, and he’s made reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs a key part of his platform.
Health Jul 07An architect with ALS designs a home controlled by blinks
Steve Saling helped design features of the Leonard Florence Center's Dapper McDonald ALS Residence, intended to preserve the independence of those with ALS, where he is a resident.
Science Mar 03What’s behind a unibrow?
Sometimes it seems like hair does everything except what you want it to do. A new study of the genes behind balding, hair curliness and other hair conditions could help explain why hair sometimes sprouts between our eyebrows, turns gray,…
Science Feb 129 human health trends that have gone to the dogs (and cats)
Felines and fidos are getting fit with these nine health trends typically reserved for humans.