Maryn has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, FiveThirtyEight,The Food and Environment Reporting Network, The Guardian, Health, Medium's longform program, Modern Farmer, More, MSNBC, Nature, Newsweek, NPR, Scientific American, Self, Slate, VICE, WIRED, the Annals of Emergency Medicine, CIDRAP, and Georgia Trend, among others.



Air Sickness: Why the menace of mosquitoes will only get worse April 23, 2017

Home to Roost: The looming threat of avian flu April 17, 2016


Hunting for Antibiotics in the World's Dirtiest Places July 2017


The Meat Industry Refuses to Track Drugs on America’s Farms—and It’s Making Superbugs Worse July 14, 2017

We Have No Way of Knowing if This Scary Superbug Has Already Hit the United States June 8, 2017


The U.S. Can't Really Know If Farmers Are Cutting Back On Antibiotics March 24, 2017


After Years of Debate, The FDA Finally Curtails Antibiotic Use in Livestock January 13, 2017

Critical Vaccine Shortage Threatens Polio Eradication Efforts December 29, 2016


If Waffle House Is Closed, It’s Time To Panic: After a hurricane, the 24/7 restaurant provides one measure of how infrastructure and supply chains are holding up. December 6, 2016


Antibiotic use in India’s chicken industry is a looming disaster July 26, 2017

Perdue gets high marks from activists on its chicken reforms July 19, 2017

Many options for replacing antibiotics in meat supply, but is demand high? July 12, 2017

Pig-related infections spread in Denmark, may be in U.S. too June 7, 2017

Shareholders, activists pressure restaurants on antibiotic use in meat May 31, 2017

New paths for drug-resistant bacteria in North Carolina hog farms April 9, 2017

Bird flu on the move in Europe and Asia, with poultry and human victims February 24, 2017

Perdue finds animal welfare makes a better bird February 5, 2017

Forty years later, FDA finally restricts use of antibiotics in livestock January 4, 2017

In worrisome trend, FDA says animal-antibiotic use still rising December 23, 2016

Pig CAFOs influence timing of human flu seasons December 16, 2016

Bacteria with resistance to important class of antibiotics found on farm in Midwest December 5, 2016

New EU Data on Antibiotics Contain Warning for U.S. November 23, 2016

UN Makes Historic Commitment to Fight Antibiotic Resistance September 30, 2016


New Way to Fight Superbugs Found in Noxious Weed February 15, 2017

Child Mummy Found With Oldest Known Smallpox Virus December 2016

Military Labs Are Too Careless With Deadly Diseases May 2016

Here's What We Know Now About Zika and Birth Defects March 2016

Pernicious Parasite Strikes Explorers of 'Lost City' October 2015


Babies in California Are Being Born with Syphilis November 17, 2016


Reviving a Town: White Oak Pastures opens Bluffton's first store in 40 years. October 2016


Superbugs in Your Supper: Whenever you eat chicken or beef, you’re probably also eating a side order of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. March 2015

The Earthquake Avenger: When an earthquake hit too close to home, Marla Petal found a new calling: helping schoolchildren survive natural disasters. June 2009

After the Deluge: Ex-debutante Cecile Tebo saved her sanity by reinventing herself as the head of New Orleans’s mental health SWAT team. April 2008


The Abstinence Method: Dutch farmers say no to antibiotics for livestock. July 2014

A French Farm Show: Cows, protesters, and — of course — cheese. March 2014

From Factory Farm to Organic Icon: Will Harris III grew up on conventional farming. But now his family's legacy is anything but. September 2013


The Future of Chicken: How to mass-produce meat without breeding killer microbes. April 30, 2014

The Father of the Chicken Nugget: Robert C. Baker was a poultry savant. But his contribution to fast food has been erased from the history books. December 28, 2012

Dengue, AKA "Breakbone Fever," Is Back: The vicious virus has re-established itself in the South, and mosquitoes are carrying it north. December 21, 2012


Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future: After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent. So what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely? November 2013


Unchecked Bugs: Censorship doesn’t just stifle speech — it can spread disease. September 2013 


A Flu Vaccine That’s Always in Season: A single shot to thwart all flu viruses may be within reach. January 2014

Why whooping cough vaccines are wearing off: Doctors race to protect kids. October 2013

Rethinking Rabies: Some rabies infections may not be lethal, but be especially wary of dog bites. August 2013

 Shock to the System: During sepsis, the body attacks itself. Researchers are working on new ways to fight back. April 2013

The New Medical Monitoring: Mobile phones and tiny sensors are helping define health trends.
 March 2013 

Virtues of the virtual autopsy: Medical imaging offers new ways to examine the deceased. November 2012

Clean Sweep: Hospitals bring janitors to the front lines of infection control. September 2012

International AIDS Conference Returns to the US: So much has changed in the 22 years since the conference was last held in the US that its return effectively marks a new phase in the epidemic. July 2012

Return of the Clap: Gonorrhea is developing resistance to the last category of drugs that still work against it. May 2012                                         

Food Poisoning’s Hidden Legacy: Foodborne illness is an unpleasant few days of fever and diarrhea — and maybe lifelong consequences. April 2012          

Diabetes Mystery: Why Are Type 1 Cases Surging?: Researchers are baffled by the worldwide increase in the less common form of the disease. February 2012

Swapping Germs: Should Fecal Transplants Become Routine for Debilitating Diarrhea?: A potentially beneficial treatment for serious ailments may fall victim to regulatory difficulties. December 2011

The Enemy Within: A new pattern of antibiotic resistance that is spreading around the globe may leave us defenseless. April 2011

New Strain of Drug-Resistant Staph Found in US Pigs: If a newly arrived European strain leads to human disease, it could complicate the struggle against MRSA. January 2009


Two moms talk about pertussis: When your newborn catches whooping cough, your life is forever changed. October 1, 2013


Antibiotic resistance: The last resort: Health officials are watching in horror as bacteria become resistant to powerful carbapenem antibiotics — one of the last drugs on the shelf.  July 24, 2013

Vaccine Development: Man vs. MRSA: For decades, Robert Daum has studied the havoc wreaked by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Now he thinks he can stop it for good. February 1, 2012


How Your Chicken Dinner is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug: A joint investigation that produced a story at, video packages on Good Morning America and the ABC Nightly News, and a story on ABCNews.comJuly 11, 2012


NIH Launches Emergency Care OfficeMarch 2013

CMS Head CT Rule Under Fire. August 2012

Patient Safety Advocates Call for Skills Assessments for Older PhysiciansSeptember 2011

Reaping the Whirlwind: An Emergency Physician in the Joplin, MO TornadoSeptember 2011

The Growing Strain of Mental Health Care on Emergency DepartmentsJune 2011

Hospital Pharmacists Scrambling Amid Vast Drug ShortagesFebruary 2011

More Than Bike Helmets and Car Seats: EDs Step Up Role in Pediatric Injury Prevention. January 2011

Beyond Regionalization: Experts Grapple With Research AgendaAugust 2010

The Most Good for the Most People: Push for “Crisis Standards of Care.” July 2010

The Root of the Problem: ERs Struggle to Provide Dental CareJune 2010

Rabies Reason: CDC Recommends Reduced Dosing for Rabies VaccineApril 2010

Pearls About Swine: How EDs are Coping with the Surge of H1N1January 2010

Physicians, Professional Organizations Face Specialty Certification ChallengesNovember 2009

Med Schools, Training Programs Eschew Pharma FundsNovember 2009

Emergency Medicine Research and the Scramble for the Stimulus BillJuly 2009

Rota and Pneumococcus Vaccine Success: “Where Have All the Kids Gone?” April 2009

Controversy Swirls Around Sepsis Therapy: Pioneer Defends Ground-Breaking ApproachDecember 2008

Vaccine Mishap, Flu Outbreaks Overwhelm EDsJune 2008

The Many Faces of MRSA: Community-Acquired Infection Knows No BoundsMarch 2008

Two Years after Katrina, Every Day is Monday in New Orleans’ ERsJanuary 2008

 IOM Report Ignites New Debate on Who Should Practice Emergency MedicineMay 2007

HIV Testing - Should the Emergency Department Take Part?  February 2007

Polyheme and the Ethics of Informed ConsentNovember 2006

Anatomy of a Pandemic - Emergency Departments Unprepared for Bird Flu OutbreakSeptember 2006

Debate Over Future of Emergency CareAugust 2006


The Dangerous Superbugs Hiding in Your Dinner: Farmers helped create lethal drug-resistant bacteria. Government ignored the problem. June 2012

Saving Carol Decker: It started with a simple fever, then spiraled into a whole-body battle for survival January 2012

Your Backyard Bites Back: As tiny ticks proliferate across the country, they are spreading diseases you and your doctor haven’t heard of. February 2011

Germophobia: It's viral, destructive and oozing into every crevice of our lives. You may already be infected. February 2009

Morgellons Mystery: For Emily White, it felt like the worst flu ever. October 2008

The Bug Drugs Can’t Cure: A deadly infection is attacking young, healthy women. SELF reports on MRSA, the germ that scares even your doctor. February 2007


The reason why this deadly E. coli makes doctors shudder: It is past time for health authorities to curb the antibiotic misuse that created the resistanceof this aberrant E Coli strain. June 5, 2011

Man flips truck after cold sore virus strikes his brain: Herpes simplex type 1 is usually a minor annoyance, but in rare cases it can turn deadly. May 12, 2011


ERs felt flu fear before fluMay 20, 2010

Flu shot increased H1N1 riskApril 6, 2010

Parents concerned about flu shot side effectsMarch 1, 2010

New tool traces MRSA’s global spreadJanuary 21, 2010

MRSA clone in animals worrisomeJanuary 4, 2010

ERs fear fall flood of H1N1September 9, 2009

Swine flu overwhelms ERsMay 8, 2009

Many hurdles to swine flu vaccineMay 1, 2009

Can polio vaccination ever cease? October 16, 2008

MRSA increases child flu deaths.  October 13, 2008

Economic breakdown in vaccine manufactureOctober 3, 2008

Looking for outbreaks with web 2.0July 21, 2008

A final push to end polioJune 18, 2008

Flu season exposes preparedness gaps. March 10, 2008

H5N1: A decade’s lessonsDecember 14, 2007

Series: The Pandemic Vaccine PuzzleOctober 25, 2007

Syndromic surveillance: faulty or useful? May 16, 2007

Planners urged to tap grassrootsApril 17, 2007

Pandemic vaccines challenging. February 6, 2007

Avian flu prevention puzzleJanuary 11, 2007

Special report from Vietnam: October 2006
Vietnam’s success may offer blueprint.
When avian flu control meets culture


The Truth About Staph: When she heard teens were dying of MRSA, Jilly Jackson felt lucky. Since 2006, she has had the superbug six times. April 2008


On the Public Health Front Line: Q & A with Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. February 2007

Ready or Not?: In offices all over Georgia, managers are quietly playing a game: Let’s pretend the flu pandemic happens. Now what? October 2006


Free Readings at the Barber Shop: For once hard-to-reach African-Americans, heart-smart blood-pressure readings are now as close as the barber’s chair. Fall 2006