Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

We are bewildered.  We don’t know what more we can do. There’s never been a service like ours that reviews the news and critiques it to try to improve the public dialogue about health care in the U.S.   There’s never been a service that reviews the quality of health care PR news releases.  And there certainly has never been a... more
A 1970 Monty Python sketch in which a group of Vikings chant “spam, spam…” to overwhelm conversation around them sparked use of “spam” for unsolicited email. JPEG stands for the “joint photographic experts group” that devised the now standard way to compress images. In The Computer Book, Simson Garfinkel and Rachel Grunspan... more
Douglas Fox’s story, which shows how CRISPR—a powerful new gene editing technique—could help prevent the decay of store-bought mushrooms, won the AAAS Kavli award in 2016. Fox is a TK. Aircraft N2UW has flown through all kinds of weather. The twin-propeller plane is sleek, petite, and so packed with scientific gear for studying the... more
Good luck sorting through this stuff If you’re 65 or older, you may be in the middle of a Medicare decision-making mess right now because it’s open enrollment time. If you’re younger than 65, all I can say is “Good luck when you get to this point.” I’ll be on Medicare for the first time in about a month and a... more
The National Association of Science Writers joins many journalism organizations in supporting CNN and its reporter Jim Acosta, and in opposing the White House’s revocation of Acosta’s hard-pass credentials.
Results of a much-anticipated trial on fish oil and vitamin D generated conflicting headlines last weekend. Some stories declared good news about the popular supplements.. Reuters wrote that fish oil “can dramatically reduce the odds of a heart attack while vitamin D’s benefits seem to come from lowering the risk of death from cancer.... more
The Brain Tumor Foundation’s Road to Early Detection is in Brooklyn, New York, this week, offering free brain tumor screening in its mobile MRI unit to anyone who signs up. The flyer for free MRI brain scans in Brooklyn The visit appears to be the foundation’s second stop on its current “sponsor-a-city” campaign. Earlier this... more
Megha Satyanarayana worked at several newspapers and an online news startup before landing at Chemical & Engineering News. She has covered suburban crime, public health, science and technology, and much more. She also knows a bit about audience engagement and multimedia reporting, and is happy to have landed back in Texas, where sentences... more
Over the years, I have loved it when health care journalists send us tips. One recently wrote, “Have you all seen this BS? Some uneducated/informed friends are posting this on Facebook.” The BS she was referring to was our headline above, which appeared in the first sentence of a news story by WV News: The Independent Voice of West... more