Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

We have written dozens of stories and reviews on screening for prostate cancer. But once a man is diagnosed he is faced with a complicated — and often intimidating — menu of treatment choices. Left: Howard Wolinsky, Right: Dr. Chris Warlick As a health care journalist, Howard Wolinsky made it his business to understand these choices... more
Sarah Kolbe   As soon as he heard about the Egyptian army doctor who’d invented a machine to cure hepatitis C and HIV, Mohammed Yahia’s BS detector went off. After reading a paper the doctor had written, Yahia, the Cairo-based editor of Nature Middle East, was even more convinced the whole thing was a scam. He published a story on... more
Recent news reports suggest this breakfast could send you to an early grave. This post will help you determine the validity of such claims and whether the supporting research is reliable. One thing that is almost fundamental to living in the modern age is having someone tell you what to eat. Just this past weekend NPR informed us, “Eating... more
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and last week many twenty- and thirty-somethings were made aware that their risk for colon cancer is “rising sharply,” “surging,” “soaring,” and even “skyrocketing” – as various media outlets put it in their headlines. Washington Post: Colorectal cancer rates rising sharply among Gen X and millennials... more
VIRAL DISEASES: H7N9 BIRD FLU China is undergoing its worst epidemic of human cases of H7N9 bird flu since the virus’s discovery in 2013, some 460 cases between last October and February of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Congratulations, you’ve been awarded a fellowship to the tune of $10,000. Don’t lose part of the largess by needlessly overpaying your self-employment tax. While you’re liable for income taxes on the $10,000, you’re not liable for self-employment taxes on the amount. How come? Because, like other writers, you aren’t in the business of receiving... more
When it comes to preventing cancer, does consuming soy help you or hurt you? Anyone well-versed in diet studies knows that there is no final word on this question–that due to the extensive limitations of most nutrition research (including the latest study on this topic), any declaration of benefit must come with a heaping helping of caution... more
This week we begin a slow roll-out of a new offer of help to those who write PR news releases about health care or biomedical research. We have already written to hundreds of PR professionals whose health care news releases have been systematically reviewed by over the past two years. Our published reviews of releases have... more
“Urban walking is simply the best way to get to know a place and to develop deeper connections to its story,” David Williams insists. In Seattle Walks, he provides 18 maps and 50 color illustrations for walks in his home town that take readers to such sites as a downtown building with dozens of carved faces, an unexpected Civil War cemetery,... more
Matthew Hutson is a freelance science and technology writer and the author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking. He has a bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University and a master’s in science writing from MIT. He’s written for The Atlantic, Wired, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker ... more