Marlene Cimons

Washington, D.C.

Contributing reporter
Marlene Cimons is a Washington-based freelance writer who specializes in health, science and the environment. She was a Washington reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering public health, biomedical research policy, and food and drug regulation. She was one of the first reporters in the country to write regularly about the AIDS epidemic and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a series about an AIDS patient and his physician. She is the author of several health and science reports and magazine articles. After leaving the L.A. Times, she spent several years writing for the National Science
Latest from Marlene Cimons

Want to slow memory loss after 60? A multivitamin may be the answer.

A group taking a multivitamin was two years younger in memory function, research shows.

January 18, 2024

What’s a urinary tract infection? Why are they so worrisome?

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized with a urinary tract infection. Here’s what to know about the condition.

January 9, 2024

What is ‘normal’ body temperature? Some experts say it’s not really 98.6.

Medical experts have complained that the so-called “normal” 98.6” body temperature isn’t accurate and should be personalized for each patient.

December 25, 2023

Swimming outdoors in winter? Some love it. But bring a swim parka.

Outdoor winter swimming in a heated pool is good exercise — wet suit optional.

December 10, 2023

What golden retrievers are teaching us about cancer

Scientists are studying golden retrievers, both to help the dogs and to learn more about human cancers. Dogs and humans share most of the same genes.

November 21, 2023

The terrifying, true tale of ‘zombie ants,’ and what it teaches

Parasites generally exact a huge disease burden globally, and insights about parasitic behavior could enhance scientists’ knowledge about their sophistication.

November 19, 2023

    This old-fashioned remedy may ease covid: Gargle with salt water

    Gargling and nasal rinsing with saline or salted water may lower risk of hospitalization but should not replace vaccines or drug treatments, experts said.

    November 9, 2023

    A new worry about falling and hitting your head: A higher risk of stroke

    Regardless of severity, brain injuries raise the risk of strokes, and having more than one such injury further increases the likelihood of a stroke.

    November 9, 2023

    Is it still safe to use eyedrops? Answers about recent safety warnings.

    Federal surveillance of eye care products has increased after declining during the pandemic, leading to greater attention to eyedrop safety.

    October 31, 2023

    Salmonella outbreak sickens over 70 people. Here’s how to protect yourself.

    Cook food thoroughly and minimize cross-contamination during preparation, health experts say. These and other tips can reduce risk of salmonella food poisoning.

    October 27, 2023