Anna Medaris

Anna Medaris is a health correspondent at Insider with more than a dozen years of experience covering women's health, fitness and nutrition, sex and relationships, medical conditions, and psychology. 

At Insider, she mostly focuses on reproductive health, mental health, and medical misdiagnoses. She also writes wide-ranging features, narratives, and analyses on sensitive topics including addiction, maternal suicide, and accidental deaths. Anna loves dissecting quirky, cultural trends too, like cold-water swimming, White Claw, and water-cooler chatter. 

Prior to joining Insider in 2019, Anna was a senior health editor at U.S. News & World Report and, before that, an associate editor at APA's Monitor on Psychology magazine.

She has also written for the Washington Post, the Washington Post Magazine, Women's Health, and Cosmopolitan. She regularly appears as a health expert on TV, including on the Today Show and Good Morning America.

Anna serves as a writing coach for the New York Writing Room and is on the board of the Deadline Club, the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Anna studied psychology and gender and health at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with high honors in 2009. She earned her master's in interactive journalism from American University in 2014. She's completed two marathons, four Olympic-distance triathlons, and one half-Ironman triathlon.   

Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Email her at amiller@insider.com. 

Health 2022-08-25T16:49:49Z

I'm a doctor, and I know what it's like to be gaslighted as a patient. Here's what I do to advocate for myself in a medical setting.

For years, Dr. Christina Johnson's painful periods were dismissed as an STI. She really had fibroids, and now treats patients who've felt dismissed.
Health 2022-08-24T16:37:36Z

A woman got a life-threatening infection after a tummy tuck — and says the doctor just told her to 'toughen up'

Jamie Hilburn, a 28-year-old single mom, treated herself to a tummy tuck for her birthday. Post-procedure, she developed MRSA, which can be deadly.
Health 2022-08-20T12:00:00Z

Doctors dismissed a woman's pain, weight loss, and bloody stool for more than a year. She had colon cancer.

Paula Chamber Raney said one doctor told her "she probably ate something red," hence her bloody stool. Later, doctors found a baseball-sized tumor.
Health 2022-08-19T18:48:14Z

Linda Evangelista says even surgery couldn't fix her bulging deformities caused by a fat-freezing treatment — so she stopped eating

Linda Evangelista told Vogue she starved herself to try to reverse CoolSculpting's alleged damage. "I would have a stick of celery or one apple."
Health 2022-08-18T17:55:04Z

A 29-year-old woman with a lump in her breast said she was refused a mammogram because she was too young. She now has stage 4 cancer.

Philecia La'Bounty first felt a lump when adjusting her sports bra. It grew eight centimeters in eight months. She says she'll be on "chemo for life."
Health 2022-08-16T22:00:00Z

A 26-year-old who suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy says a doctor sent her home, leaving her to bleed internally for days

A woman with an ectopic pregnancy said an ER physician sent her home. When she was finally treated, she'd been internally bleeding for five days.
Health 2022-08-10T14:40:32Z

TikTokers say titanium dioxide in organic tampons led to severe side effects. Here's what to know about the chemical compound.

Some TikTok videos suggest people should be cautious of organic tampons containing titanium dioxide. Here's what doctors and scientists say.
Health 2022-08-05T21:30:51Z

A woman claims she suffered a stillbirth after drinking smoothies with listeria-contaminated spinach, and now she's suing her grocery store

Days after drinking smoothies with spinach, a woman suffered a stillbirth. The spinach was later recalled for listeria, which can cause miscarriage.
Health 2022-08-04T21:25:09Z

Aaron Rodgers said taking the psychedelic drug ayahuasca led to 'the best season of my career'

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said ayahuasca tea taught him to "unconditionally love" himself, leading to the best season of his career.
Health 2022-08-04T15:45:34Z

I'm a doctor who's witnessed medical gaslighting. Here's how I try to avoid it, and how patients can advocate for themselves.

Patients are speaking out about feeling dismissed by doctors. Here's why medical gaslighting happens, and what to do about it, according to Dr. Mike.
Celebrity 2022-08-03T21:55:31Z

Chrissy Teigen says she is pregnant after '1 billion shots' in a new Instagram post

Chrissy Teigen shared the news alongside a picture of her baby bump. The model and husband John Legend experienced a pregnancy loss in 2020.
Health 2022-08-03T17:53:39Z

A woman who had a stroke at 26 says she struggled to get treatment: 'They think I'm just a girl with a migraine'

Jenna Goldman developed a severe migraine, body tingling, and vision loss at age 26. She'd had a stroke, and doctors linked it to birth control pills.
Health 2022-07-19T19:58:59Z

An abortion provider in Idaho describes living a double life to protect his safety and career

Some Idaho doctors keep side roles as abortion providers from neighbors, coworkers, family. Though legal, they face repercussions in work and life.
Health 2022-07-13T22:00:56Z

A woman faces 3 years in prison for sending abortion pills in Poland. Her case may signal what's to come in the US.

Justyna Wydrzyńska sent abortion pills to a "desperate" woman in Poland, which has strict abortion bans. She now faces up to three years in prison.
Health 2022-07-11T21:46:36Z

A 35-year-old woman thought her sports bra was too tight. She was having a heart attack.

When Anna Cupples felt chest discomfort, she quit playing Ultimate Frisbee and went to work. Testing later revealed she'd had a heart attack.
Health 2022-07-07T17:28:56Z

No, an ectopic pregnancy can't result in a live birth, according to doctors

Swift ectopic pregnancy treatment saves moms' lives. Even pro-life doctors say "there is no chance for survival of the child" in an ectopic pregnancy.
Health 2022-07-06T15:23:09Z

A woman thought her 40-pound weight gain was due to aging, but it was fluid buildup causing heart failure

When Tannie Coward was diagnosed with heart failure, her heart was functioning at 12%. Doctors gave her water pills to drain the fluid.
Health 2022-07-04T13:00:00Z

A 31-year-old mom says doctors dismissed her severe pain as a gallbladder issue. Later, tests showed she had stage 4 cancer.

Casey Ward says she begged doctors to operate, but they wouldn't because she was pregnant. After birth, they discovered tumors in multiple organs.
Health 2022-06-30T18:23:47Z

A man developed a 'whistling scrotum' after an operation left an open wound

A 72-year-old man had collapsed lungs and air trapped in his body that was seeping out through an open scrotal wound. He's the first known such case.
Health 2022-06-29T19:33:29Z

A Black doctor changed Kimberly Wilson's life — and inspired her to start a medical-care company focused on people of color

Wilson's painful fibroids forced her to push for culturally competent treatment. Her company, Hued, hopes to change medical care for people of color.
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