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Narrowing her focus has never been Melanie Haiken's strong suit. Consider that she has been been on staff at magazines as diverse as Parenting, The Industry Standard (a now-defunct Internet business title), San Francisco, and Acoustic Guitar, and spent her formative years as a journalist as an Associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Currently a regular contributor to numerous national magazines, she writes about health, travel, nutrition, food, beauty, and family. But wait - she also writes about business, personal finance, science, and music. She has explored breakthrough treatments for  osteoprosis, hypothyroidism and chronic pain in Fitness and Health, profiled entrepreneurs and their inventions for Fortune Small Business and Business 2.0, discovered new destinations for Delta Sky, Continental, Wild Blue Yonder, and Family.Go.com, questioned the financial health of Internet start-ups in The Industry Standard, searched for the causes of autism in Natural Solutions, and profiled Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch for Paste. Stories have appeared in many, many national magazines and related websites such as Health, Fitness, Fortune Small Business, Real Simple, Yoga Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Family FunSunset, San Francisco, Self, and Acoustic Guitar.

finance & business articles

Small U.S. Companies Take Europe by Storm, Fortune Small Business/CNN Money
Save Cash: Download Your Textbooks, Fortune Small Business/CNN Money
Nanotech Takes on Water Pollution, Business 2.0
Innovative Partnering,
Business 2.0
Bluetooth Gets a Makeover, Business 2.0
Tuning In to Crowdcasting
, Business 2.0
Implantable Devices Start Plugging In, Business 2.0
Rock ’N’ Returns, Business 2.0
Sophisticated Solutions, On Investing
For Love or Money, Real Simple
Jeeves Hitches a Ride, The Industry Standard
Income for Life, On Investing

health articles

Get Energized, Yoga Journal
How Healthy Are Your Bones? Your Anti-Osteoporosis Plan
, Fitness
The Best New Pain Cures...for Women, Health
Get More Energy in 10 Minutes a Day, Ladies' Home Journal
Happy Feet, Yoga Journal
Strong Bones, Real Simple
Spine Savers, Yoga Journal
The New Thyroid Cure, Health
Sweetener Lowdown
, Real Simple
Female Trouble, Self
Supplements You Need Now, Alternative Medicine
How to be Headache-Free, Health
Bug Off, Real Simple

travel Articles

Great Escapes Riviera Maya Mexico, Delta Sky
True Puerto Vallarta Wild Blue Yonder (Frontier Airlines)
Great Escapes
Costa Rica, Delta Sky
Pirates, Sharks, and Seaside Fun
, Family.Go.com
Small U.S. Companies Take Europe by StormFortune Small Business/CNN Money
French History Meets Jazz and Mystery, Family.Go.com
Otters, Tide Pools, and Whales on the California Coast, Family.Go.com
Journey by Mule or Wild West Train, Family.Go.com
Ride a Riverboat in the Country Music Capital
, Family.Go.com
In and Around San Francisco
, Family Fun
Paradise Islands
, San Francisco
Chilling out in Chileno Valley, Sunset
By the Beautiful Sea, San Francisco
Out of the Shadow, Continental
Overnight Sensations, San Francisco

music articles and profiles

Gillian Welch: The Orphan Girl Opens Up, Paste
Lyle Lovett: In his Own Mind, Acoustic Guitar
Emmylou Harris: Ever Graceful, Paste
Dessert Diva, Select

Family Articles

A New Day for Kids with Down's, Alternative Medicine
The Shot that Needles Parents, San Francisco
Saving the tsunami generation: The challenges facing children and how you can help, Babycenter.com
Hey Baby, Let's Have Some Fun, Parenting

beauty articles

Treat Your Nails Right, Alternative Medicine
Figting Age - Gently, Alternative Medicine
Beauty by the Bite, Health
Scar Prevention, Prevention

home & garden Articles

Backyard Bliss, Yoga Journal
Short-Season Tomatoes
, HGTV's Newsletter
Bungalow Love
, HGTV Ideas
Reshaping History
, Sotheby's Domain
Modern Revival, HGTV Ideas
Flower Towers, Rebecca's Garden
Best Tomato?, Rebecca's Garden

mental health/relationships articles

Worry Thwarts, Yoga Journal
A Better Way to Treat Alcoholism, Alternative Medicine