Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Most people I know don’t need seven reasons to drink beer. But when those reasons are “science-backed” that’s grounds for a WooHoo! from Homer Simpson, and at least a click from many readers. You might guess these “7 Science-Backed Ways Beer is Good for Your Health” (subtitled, of course, “A beer a day may... more
Ten years ago this probably wouldn’t even have been a topic of conversation. If it had, it likely would have been about medical tourism. There would’ve been outrage directed at “third world” countries who allow unregulated and unproven stem cell “therapies” to be offered to desperate patients. Well, that concern... more
At the beginning of 2016, contributor Andrew Holtz and I spent months chasing down the facts behind a too-good-to-be-true news release about the benefits of chocolate milk for recovery from concussions. Our reporting led to scrutiny from national news outlets and sparked a months-long internal investigation by the University... more
Last week headline writers seized upon a study looking at falling sperm counts in men. “Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct,’” a BBC news article warned. Quartz explained that “Most men in the US and Europe could be infertile by 2060′ and CNN let us know that “Sperm counts in Western Men Plummeting, Analysis Finds.” ... more
HUMAN GMOS ARE HERE, FINALLY We’ve known this was coming for decades, at least since the 1970s. Until recently, though, the technical hurdles facing human genetic engineering made it seem like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
The widely circulated image of Charlie Gard from GoFund Me Imagine a story with the following characters: doctors, lawyers, protestors, judges, paparazzi … and a President, a Prime Minister, and the Pope. Imagine the plot weaves through hospitals and court rooms, spills into the streets of countries around the world, and gathers a viral... more
Stem cell clinics are booming. And hurting people. How can patients protect themselves in a marketplace where the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state medical boards have been ineffectual? In this podcast you’ll hear from George Gibson (a patient left blind after a dubious stem cell intervention),... more
Sat, 07/29/2017Fact-checking sites find their way into science, a report on the Pacific Northwest regional PIO conference, a science writer participates in an NIH study on a baffling medical condition, Mary Roach explains why she rents an office, updates on the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists, and the peril of relying on IRS... more
A study published in JAMA looking at the brains of former football players donated to a brain bank, a highly selective sample, found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a degenerative neurological disease — in nearly all deceased players examined. The mainstream media converged towards numerical consensus. Fox News... more
GLIOBLASTOMA AND OBAMACARE: THE POLITICS OF BRAIN CANCER LiveScience’s Sara Miller provides clinical explanation about the type of brain cancer Senator John McCain is suffering from,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]