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Laura Kelly

Laura Kelly

Laura Kelly is a general assignment and health reporter for The Washington Times. Before moving to DC, Laura was the editor of The Jerusalem Post Magazine, reporting from Israel and the Middle East from 2012 to 2016. She is a graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. Email Laura at

Articles by Laura Kelly

Smoke from regional wildfires obscures the skyline in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Northern California wildfires worsen air quality for survivors

Survivors of Northern California's wildfires are dealing with exacerbated health problems from smoke inhalation and mental trauma, even as state fire authorities say they have turned a corner in battling several of the blazes that have devastated the wine country. Published October 15, 2017

Ryan Abrahamsen of Terrain 360 stands aboard his custom raft designed to take photos and document the length of some of the rivers of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as raise awareness about conservation efforts. (Laura Kelly/The Washington Times)

Maryland river conservation highlighted via virtual maps

First mapped by John Smith in 1608, Maryland's serene Patuxent River now is being carefully photographed to create a virtual map that can be accessed via smartphones and computers. Today's high-tech mapping of the Patuxent is part of a project to create a virtual tour of the 3,000-mile Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail, which the nonprofit Chesapeake Conservancy has undertaken with Ryan Abrahamsen of Terrain360. Published October 5, 2017

A patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York. (Associated Press) **FILE**

E-cigarettes, vaping could lengthen smokers' lives: Study

Smokers switching to e-cigarettes from traditional cigarettes could lead to five million fewer deaths linked to tobacco use, according to an analysis projecting health outcomes from smoking 10 years into the future and evaluating the role of nicotine alternatives. Published October 3, 2017

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Annual 'Coffee with a Cop' to take place in D.C. on Wednesday

Doughnuts are optional but the coffee is a given, as D.C. police will participate in "National Coffee with a Cop Day," an event launched in 2011 to promote positive engagement between law enforcement and communities. Published October 3, 2017

Anna Wedell, chairman of the Nobel committee, center, and members of the committee Juleen Zierath, left, and Carlos Ibanez, announce the winners of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Medicine during a press conference at the Nobel Forum in Stockholm, Monday Oct. 2, 2017. The Nobel Prize for Medicine has been awarded to three Americans for discoveries about the body's daily rhythms. The laureates are Jeffrey c. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT via AP)

Americans win Nobel medicine prize for circadian rhythm work

Three American scientists jointly won the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discoveries of how specific proteins regulate all aspects of the body during sleep and wake cycles, the Nobel Prize committee announced Monday. Published October 2, 2017

D.C. high school students take photos in front of a "Sex is..." campaign as part of the Department of Health's initiative to promote safe sex and open conversation about pregnancy, STDs and HIV/AIDS. (By Laura Kelly/The Washington Times)

D.C. health department launches 'Sex is ...' campaign for youths

There are black, purple and wooden dildos on the tabletops of Ben's Chili Bowl, the iconic D.C. eatery. At its H Street location on Thursday night, high school students excitedly demonstrate the proper way to apply a condom, racing each other to get the condom on, off and tied away. Published September 29, 2017