Lauren Vinopal is a journalist and stand-up comedian in New York City who writes about health, science, relationships, and men. She is a staff writer at MEL Magazine, and her work has appeared in MTV News, Vice, GQ, and more. She also hosts the Mid Riff Comedy Show in Brooklyn.
Scientists Have Decoded Baby Talk — Turns Out They’re Bossing Parents Around
When babies babble, they’re communicating exactly what they want. Even if they don't know it, parents are listening.
Is Baby Powder Safe To Use? It Depends On What’s In It.
Despite divides in legal and scientific communities, it may be best for parents to switch to a safer alternative than talc-based baby powder.
How And When To Discipline A Toddler
At what age can you start disciplining your kid? It depends on how well you want it to work.
Why Fathers Don’t Always Fall Instantly In Love With Their Babies
Dads experience overwhelming emotions when their child is born but don't exactly feel warm and fuzzy at first.
Mothers Who Smoke Weed May Pass In On Through Their Breastmilk
Marijuana compounds can stay active in breastmilk up to a week after mothers smoked it, scientists warn.
Divorce, Family Court, And Legal Weed Don’t Mix Well
Even if it's legal, parents can have their custodial rights compromised for marijuana use.
Charley Horses During Sex: Why Missionary-Style Pain Hits Older Men
As men get older and last a little longer, they find themselves cramping up.
Why Do We Cry Tears Of Joy? Science Explains.
It may have something to do with comfort.
Cuddling Kids To Sleep Could Put Them At Risk For Insomnia
Kids can become be dependent on snuggling to fall asleep.
7 Scientific Upsides To Being A Short Guy
Short guys may have it rough — but there are scientifically proven benefits, too.
Why Am I Unhappy? Because All American Men Are Getting Sadder.
As traditional masculine norms are tossed into the dust heap of history, men are failing to embrace new freedoms and finding only inner conflict.
Toxic Masculinity Is A Myth, But Insecure Men Lash Out At Women
The behavior is real, but the way we've come to talk about men who lash out obscures the problem.
What Men Can Learn From Lamaze Breathing
The deep focused breaths women take during labor can help dads during painful and stressful situations throughout life for a very specific scientific reason.
4 Things That Happen When You Bottle Up Your Emotions
Repressed feelings can wreak havoc on your physical health, experts warn.
The Scientific Case For Obnoxiously Early Bedtimes
From improved school performance to reduced obesity risk, putting kids to bed early is what's best for them.
What Unemployment Does To A Father’s Mental And Physical Health
Unemployment can literally make men sick, doctors warn.
How The Brain And Body Change When You Stop Breastfeeding
Bodies, brains, and libidos all change when people stop breastfeeding. But supportive partners and a fridge full of cabbage can help.
What Happens When You Fart In Front Of Your Wife, According To Science
Couples that fart together might be happier and healthier for it, studies suggest.
What Is The Ideal Age Gap For A Happy Marriage?
Men and women with younger spouses are the most satisfied. But give it a few years.
Is Erectile Dysfunction Contagious?
The biggest cause of erectile dysfunction for men in their 30s and early 40s appears to be worrying about erectile dysfunction. And the worry is spreading.