Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

On average, children in the United States will have had twenty courses of antibiotics by the time they reach adulthood, Emily Monosson reports in Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health. Today’s scientists seek ways to prevent the potentially adverse consequences of wiping out beneficial and/or harmless bacteria... more
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) sparked a social media uproar at its annual conference in San Diego earlier this month when it restricted participants from posting photographs of slide presentations on Twitter: ADA Twitter response to an attendee who posted a photograph from a slide presentation. The response by conference attendees... more
Douglas Starr is codirector of the Science Journalism Program at Boston University and an author specializing in science, health, and criminal justice. He’s written two books and published articles in The New Yorker, Wired, Science, Discover, Smithsonian, The New Republic, and other venues. Follow him on Twitter @douglasstarr. Courtesy of Douglas... more
After decades of scientific squabbles over the role of saturated fat in the development of heart disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) claimed last week to have put the debate behind us in a news release that began this way: “Replacing saturated fats with healthier ones found in some vegetable oils can reduce cholesterol levels and... more
When it was announced that the Mayo Clinic would sponsor the Star Tribune newspaper’s Science & Health section in 2015, I was interviewed about the announcement, and wrote about it. All I could do was speculate at that time about some of the potential pitfalls of the newly-announced arrangement, and speak generically about the problems... more
OLDEST HOMO SAPIENS? It’s a little startling that so many of the media reports of the very old human fossils from Jebel Irhoud in Morocco accepted without question that these people were... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Nick Budnick, a reporter who knows his way around Oregon’s healthcare scene, just wrote a chilling tale in the Portland Tribune about a 52-year-old patient who died in 2015 after 12 teeth were pulled at Oregon Health & Science University’s dental surgery clinic.  The man’s liver had trouble producing the clotting agents the body needs to stop... more
The nation’s sad state of oral health often gets short shrift in the mainstream press. In Teeth: the Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health in America, Mary Otto explores economic disparities in dental care, the connection between tooth decay and diminished job prospects, the continuing fake debate over the value of water... more
In the past two days, we’ve outlined a number of concerns about news organizations, professional journalism organizations and academic institutions that are involved in health care journalism reporting or training while accepting sponsorship or funding from health care industry entities that are often subjects of what the journalists or... more
Rodrigo Pérez Ortega The first time Nick Mulcahy covered a scientific meeting, in 1998, he felt like a tiny boat bobbing in rough seas, with no compass on board. It was a cancer meeting, and the session titles were mostly indecipherable to him. Mulcahy couldn’t make heads or tails out of the presentations. “I was completely flummoxed,” he... more