Profile: Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman is a science journalist whose articles and interviews have appeared in Wired, Nature, The New Yorker, Time, GQ, Salon, and other national publications, and have been featured on The Colbert Report. Steve has also been a guest on NPR’s RadioLab, iThe Greta Van Susteren Show, and CNBC’s MarketWatch.
Steve was a senior editor of Wired’s pioneering website, the first reporter at Wired News (now, and has been a contributing editor of Wired magazine since 1999.
His in-depth features on autism in high-tech communities, the placebo effect in clinical trials, the war on amateur chemistry, the mind of neurologist Oliver Sacks, a cover-up of antibiotic-resistant infections among Iraq vets, and the high-tech search for missing Microsoft engineer Jim Gray have been nominated for National Magazine Awards and included in such anthologies as the Best Science and Nature Writing, Best Technology Writing, Best Business Writing, and Best Buddhist Writing of the year.
Steve has also edited and co-produced box sets and DVDs by the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash, and other groups, and was Allen Ginsberg’s teaching assistant at Naropa University.
He lives in San Francisco with his husband Keith, a middle-school science teacher.

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Are Side Effect Warnings Making Us Sicker?

A provocative new report in the journal of the German Medical Association suggests that the side effects of some drugs, and the discomfort of certain medical procedures, may be inadvertently intensified by doctors and nurses trying to keep patients fully informed of the consequences of their medical care. The culprit behind this phenomenon is the nocebo effect.

Category: Health

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