Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

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Wellness programs in the United States are an $8 billion industry. Over 50 million Americans are enrolled in such programs. They are as variable in size and quality as the companies and organizations that offer them. In this podcast you’ll hear 3 voices: A skeptic who thinks the vast majority of these programs don’t work and may even... more
Mark your calendars for Oct. 26-30, 2017, to attend the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists in exciting San Francisco, the first such conference to be held in the United States. Registration opens on May 1, 2017. Article type: World Conference of Science JournalistsArticle topic: NASW news
My grandmother sprinkled salt on her grapefruit. As a child, I reached for the sugar. In Flavor: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense, Bob Holmes explains why my grandmother made a wiser choice: salty tastes inhibit bitter ones. Most people, Holmes says, know little about the complex interplay of taste, smell, touch, sight, and even expectation... more
A vial of the vaccine Gardasil, for protection against certain HPV strains. Photo credit Most teens aren’t getting vaccinated for the human papillomavirus (HPV), putting them at higher risk for cancer when they become sexually active. That’s a serious problem. But news coverage shouldn’t inflate that risk in conveying the message that parents and... more
5,200 articles – all of them trying to help people improve their critical thinking about health care interventions.  A team of about 50 contributors – almost all of them part-time.  An international reach with a growing audience. There’s much to celebrate on the 11th anniversary of the launch of  A... more
“Do You Zone Out? Procrastinate? Might be Adult ADHD.” If you think this sounds like the prelude to a drug commercial you’re not far off the mark. This NPR story reports on a short screening scale or test for adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder as published in JAMA Psychiatry. The gist of the news was the researchers’ claim... more
Mon, 04/17/2017Communicating science to the public under Trump; the debut of Seek magazine; why news websites should embrace https; connecting children with science via storytelling; an update on WCSJ2017; and what happens when the IRS creates a "substitute" return for you. Full text visible to NASW members only.
23ANDME AND YOU IN THE DATABASE The gene-testing company 23andMe professed itself delighted at the government’s recent permission to sell its new disease-gene testing kits directly to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
If there’s a common question running through this week’s 5-star Friday, it is this: Is more always better? As someone who has worked in healthcare, my typical answer is that more evidence is certainly better. (As is more listening and empathy, for that matter!) And as someone who reads a fair amount of health care reporting, I would... more
Reading the headlines on the US Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) update to its prostate cancer screening guidelines, you might come away with the idea that the task force has completely reversed its 2012 recommendation against broad-based prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. But that would be the wrong impression. What the... more