Gina Kolata

science reporter for The New York Times

Gina Kolata is a science reporter for The New York Times who often focuses on health issues. She is the author of two books, including "Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss--and the Myths and Realities of Dieting."

Gina Kolata appears in the following:

The Fight Against AIDS, 1992 to Today

Thursday, October 02, 2014

In 1992, AIDS was the number-one cause of death for U.S. men age 25 to 44. Today, it's 6th. As part of "25 Years in 25 Days," the Brian Lehrer Show talks about the disease, then and now.

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Why We Make Health Care Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

 There's a sea of medical information out there. The New York Times' Gina Kolata advises us on how to wade through it and get the best care from our doctors.

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Should You Eat Like a Greek?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Are you getting your daily nuts, olive oil, fish and sofrito? Gina Kolata, medical reporter for the New York Times, discusses a big new study touting the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

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The Benefits of Insurance

Monday, July 11, 2011

Medical reporter for the New York Times, Gina Kolata, talks about a new study from Oregon on the effects of Medicaid on patients. 

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Mammogram Confusion

Friday, November 20, 2009

A federal advisory panel and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists made controversial recommendations this week for women to delay breast and cervical cancer screenings. Gina Kolata, science writer for the New York Times and author of Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss--and the Myths ...

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Changing Medicine

Friday, November 20, 2009

When the United States Preventive Services Task Force issued new recommendations that most women should not start getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer until age 50, protests ensued. Gina Kolata, New York Times science writer, looks at the controversy and the studies behind the new policy. Plus, Bronx Borough ...

Startling studies reveal little use for prostate screening tests

Thursday, March 19, 2009

If you’re a gentleman of a certain age, it’s a fact of life: You need to get tested for prostate cancer. But two new potentially landmark studies show men may be HURTING rather than helping themselves when they get those tests. We ask Gina Kolata, health reporter with our partner the New York Times, to explain these startling results and why you may think twice before getting your prostate tested.

For more, read Gina Kolata's article, Prostate Test Found to Save Few Lives, in today's New York Times.

These findings may decrease the prevalence (and money spent) on ads such as this one by Prostaid Calgary:


Colonoscopy more likely to catch cancer on your left side

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It has long been rumored that colonoscopy screening tests are 90 percent effective at locating cancer in your colon. Yet a new study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine indicates that the screening method is not as effective as doctors thought, often missing cancers located on a person's right side. New York Times science reporter Gina Kolata explains the study and how it might affect your next doctor's visit. To find out more, read Gina Kolata's article, "Colonoscopies Miss Many Cancers, Study Finds," at the New York Times.


Gina Kolata: Thinking Through Thick and Thin

Friday, May 18, 2007

Gina Kolata, science writer for the New York Times and author, Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss--and the Myths and Realities of Dieting (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), challenges the conventional wisdom about weight loss, including research that shows weight is more a matter of genetics than willpower. ...

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