Julie Beck

Julie Beck is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Health Channel.

Training the Brain to Love Broccoli

A new study finds that behavioral intervention could help vegetables light up the neurological reward system the way a cookie does.

How to Look Smart

Wear glasses, use a middle initial, and other tips for appearing intelligent

It's Probably Best to Avoid Antibacterial Soaps

Antimicrobial chemicals are so ubiquitous that a recent study found them in pregnant mothers' urine and newborns' cord blood. Research shows that their risks may outweigh their benefits.

How Colors Smell

“Fruity” smells red, and other associations from a new study

The Size of a Healthy Baby

A new study shows that newborns who have affluent, well-nourished moms all start out life at a similar height, regardless of their ethnic background or the country they live in.

How Face Wash Pollutes Water

Illinois recently passed a law banning plastic microbeads, often found in soap, which can slip through treatment plants and end up in waterways.