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The current media landscape is a confusing swirl of reality, misinformation, and so-called fake news. Where does science communication fit into this mess? NASW is collaborating with SWINY and the Rockefeller University to host a one-day conference Sept. 6 in New York City that will give science communicators new tools for doing their jobs in the... more
Are you living or working in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas or Louisiana? Thanks to an NASW Idea Grant awarded to some of your creative colleagues in Austin, Texas, the first SciCommSouth meetup for writers and communicators in the South Central region will take place in Austin on Jan. 13. Article type: EventsArticle topic: NASW... more
More than 700 attendees from 62 countries have registered for WCSJ2017, scheduled for Oct. 26-30 in beautiful San Francisco. Take part in this rare opportunity to attend a World Conference close to home and register by Tuesday, Aug. 1, for a discount. Registration closes on Oct. 12 and may close earlier if capacity is reached. Article type: ... more
Within the past couple of months the BMJ published two separate observational studies looking at how two very different lifestyle factors might impact memory and dementia. Both studies draw from the same group of research subjects: the Whitehall II cohort, which has followed roughly 10,000 British civil service workers for the past 30 years or so... more
Lost in the Beltway media morass of the GOP health plan and Trump Jr. is the fate of a little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that offers a pathway for Medicare to control its costs. It’s the Independent Payment Advisory Board, IPAB for short, set up by Congress as an independent body that could make expert recommendations about... more
Lizzie Wade is a freelance science journalist and a contributing correspondent for Science, where she covers archaeology, anthropology, and all things Latin America. She has lived in Mexico City for the last four years. Her writing has also appeared in Aeon, California Sunday, The Atlantic, Archaeology, and Wired, among others. She studied... more
The Mayo Clinic is deploying a new tactic to influence journalists: An all-expenses-paid residency program. The clinic’s Facebook post about the residency. Last week the health system invited reporters to apply for a five-day fellowship at its Rochester, Minn., campus entitled “Mayo Foundation Journalist Residency: Behind the Scenes in... more
Medicine as science. Medicine as theater. The former connotes certitude and rigor. The latter more nuance and drama. For those of us who practice medicine, or turn to it for help, or write about it, we realize it’s all these things. This spectrum is what makes it both delightfully compelling and frustratingly complex. This week features... more
INVENTING THE DOG, CANIS FAMILIARIS It once seemed as if the dog was a triumphant early human invention, our first domesticated animal many thousands of years ago, a deliberate product of ancient... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
I was in the waiting room of a medical office last week when I noticed this teaser on the cover of an old beauty magazine: “Acne vaccine?” I flipped through the April 2016 issue of Allure to find a short blurb about a University of California, San Diego, researcher who “has been working on two different acne-targeted vaccines in partnership with... more