Author: Ben Leach

"You'll find I'm full of surprises." Through Scienceline, Ben Leach hopes that you will discover a side of him that is passionate about reporting on science, especially health and medicine, and interest that stems from his academic, professional, and personal experience. Now that he's done the obligatory serious stuff, he can mention that he's also an aspiring playwright, a pop culture addict, and an extremely serious collector of all things, especially toys, related to the 1980's.

Summer Sun, Bleaching's Begun

Summer Sun, Bleaching’s Begun

Scientists worry that warming waters could endanger the Great Barrier Reef.

By Ben Leach | Posted October 31, 2007

Scinema: Numbers Game

Playoff season is upon us. Who will win the World Series? Mathmatician Bruce Bukiet developed a statistical model to decide just that.

By Emily V. Driscoll Ben Leach and Mike Spear | Posted October 3, 2007

Is sleeping for a lot of short periods the same as a full eight hours?

Is sleeping for a lot of short periods the same as a full eight hours?

– asks Sleepless in San Antonio

By Ben Leach | Posted September 17, 2007

The Pro-Active Fight Against Alzheimer’s

The Pro-Active Fight Against Alzheimer’s

NYU researchers track mind and body for early signs of memory decline.

By Ben Leach | Posted July 13, 2007

A Multi-Purpose Drug?

A Multi-Purpose Drug?

The Unanticipated New Use Of Avandia

By Ben Leach | Posted April 27, 2007

More than fun and games

More than fun and games

Toy Fair 2007 prepares kids to become the scientists of tomorrow.

By Ben Leach | Posted April 4, 2007

Permanent Summer

Permanent Summer

Extreme heat caused by global warming could be deadly.

By Ben Leach | Posted March 23, 2007

My dogs were sprayed by a skunk, and I've washed them in hydrogen peroxide and baking soda -- but how do I rid my house of the odor?

My dogs were sprayed by a skunk, and I’ve washed them in hydrogen peroxide and baking soda — but how do I rid my house of the odor?

– asks Frank DeMayo

By Ben Leach | Posted March 19, 2007

The Road to Genetic Cures

The Road to Genetic Cures

While the HapMap Project gives hopes to groups like the Amish, some geneticists believe it has taken a wrong turn

By Ben Leach | Posted February 1, 2007

Ending Disease Before Conception

Ending Disease Before Conception

A pioneer of genetic screening discusses his early successes and the future of the field.

By Ben Leach | Posted January 11, 2007

Does the Five-Second-Rule Really Work?

Does the Five-Second-Rule Really Work?

–asks Anonymous from New Jersey

By Ben Leach | Posted December 11, 2006

You’re spraying that rubber WHERE?!?!

You’ve heard about the spray-on condom. Now find out how it works.

By Ben Leach | Posted December 4, 2006

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

New guidelines for clinicians could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of congenital hearing loss.

By Ben Leach | Posted November 3, 2006

The Irony of the Apartment Search

How Craig’s List both helps and hurts a budding journalist

By Ben Leach | Posted September 1, 2006