Author Biography

Mary Bates

Mary Bates is a freelance science writer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work has been published by National Geographic News, New Scientist, BrainFacts.org, and other print and online publications.

Author Articles

Controlling Seizures with Technology

Mike McKenna was tired of epilepsy controlling his life. For years, he tried different medications and therapies to no avail; his seizures, which occurred every three to six days, dictated what he could do and where he could live. Then, about ten years ago, he

Tackling an Epidemic

Recently, the opioid epidemic is dominating news headlines and inspiring greater calls for political action in the United States. While opioid addiction isn’t a new issue, its devastating consequences are now being felt across the country. New and emerging treatments for opioid addiction hope to offer solutions to this crisis.

From Brain to Body

Paralysis, whether caused by spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative disease, or other factors, poses a host of issues for patients. These include not just the inability to move parts of their bodies but potential problems with communication and bladder control as well. Fortunately, the last decade has seen promising technology advances to address these concerns.

New Directions for Treating Bleeding Disorders

Most people don’t worry about small cuts or wounds, because their bodies form clots to stop the bleeding. This process, called coagulation or hemostasis, requires certain blood cells, platelets, and protein clotting factors to interact correctly and form a clot to stanch the bleeding and begin repair of the damaged blood vessel.

Tracking Disease

Advances in automated data processing and machine learning now allow epidemiologists to meticulously sift through the millions of digital traces we collectively leave behind each day as we conduct our lives online—through Internet searches, social media posts, or the use of our mobile phones.

Cover Story

Feeling No Pain

As a growing epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States can attest, pain, and how to treat it effectively and without serious side effects, is one of the foremost challenges in medicine today.