Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Journalists shouldn’t take organizations they report on at face value. Rather, they should ask who calls the shots and who provides the funding. And they should report findings that call into question a group’s credibility. But as has repeatedly found, that essential legwork often doesn’t occur when it comes to patient... more
A number of major news outlets reported on a new study in JAMA that determined ovarian reserve tests aren’t a good predictor of fertility among women trying to conceive naturally who have no history of infertility. Common biomarker tests to assess ovarian reserve–including antimüllerian hormone (AMH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)... more
The physical skill required to walk a tightrope differs little from that required to walk across a room, Carol Svec writes in Balance: A Dizzying Journey Through the Science of Our Most Delicate Sense. The body’s balance systems, Svec reports, integrate signals from the inner ear, eyes, and sensory nerves to enable us to stand up without toppling... more
Is President Donald Trump mentally ill? Do we really need over 500 psychiatric diagnoses? What do the changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or ‘DSM’ for short) over the past 60+ years say about psychiatry? The influence of industry? Us? This conversation with renowned psychiatrist, Allen Frances MD... more
Courtesy of Tommy TrenchardMustapha Kamara of the village of Yeli Sanda, Sierra Leone, lost his wife to Ebola. Reporting on the Ebola crisis, says Erika Check Hayden, was emotionally draining.   In November 2014, Erika Check Hayden left her San Francisco home for Sierra Leone, to report for Nature (where she was then a staff reporter) on how... more
The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) will again sponsor several exciting programs for student journalists during the AAAS meeting, being held next February in Austin. Article type: Getting startedArticle topic: NASW news
Drug companies have been promoting their views on the nation’s op-ed pages via commentary writers who come across as neutral-sounding experts, and editors don’t always call out these industry mouthpieces for what they are. Pharma-friendly guest columns have appeared on editorial pages around the country without disclosure of the authors’... more
Who says investigative journalism is dead? (And, yes, I know the subtitle above is a misquote. It’s been investigated.) This brings up something that comes up again and again in my mind: both medicine and journalism are being hurt by being too rushed. Our collective health would improve tremendously, in my opinion, if our health care... more
It seems to me that there were more complaints than usual about this year’s scientific Nobel Prizes, announced earlier this week. For exasperation writ large, see Ed Yong’s post at The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
The Nominating Committee was asked to present an official slate of three candidates to fill a mid-term vacancy on the NASW Board. Use the "read more" link for details on the candidates and the election process. Article type: GovernanceArticle topic: NASW news