Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

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From top down: The Guardian, HealthDay and NBC News What are we supposed to do with headlines like these? Depending on which headline you came across your take home-home message — and level of concern — could have swung 180 degrees. Especially when most of us have taken nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Aleve (naproxen... more
Jenny Cutraro writes about her work organizing Science Storytellers, an effort with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to break down barriers and getting children and scientists talking to each other. Article type: ScienceWriters magazineArticle topic: Science writing news
These two graphs illustrate why people–including journalists–should view the results of phase 2 studies with abundant caution (click to enlarge): These charts are showing, on the left, the performance of an experimental cancer drug called selumetinib in a phase 2 trial for a certain type of lung cancer. The phase 3 trial results are... more
The incidence of thyroid cancer has increased nearly 5 percent per year over the past decade, but the mortality from thyroid cancer has barely budged for nearly 40 years. This suggests that identifying more cases of thyroid cancer hasn’t improved the health of the American public, an impression confirmed yesterday in new guidelines issued by... more
Sitting too much, and exercising too little, weaken gluteal and postural muscles essential for supporting the spine, and may trigger back pain. Treatment for back pain is a microcosm of everything wrong with the health care system, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin asserts in Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery.... more
Amy Maxmen’s story, which recounts how anthropologists worked with aid workers and residents to reconcile management of Ebola patients with the culture’s customs, won NASW’s Science in Society Award in 2016. Maxmen is a full-time reporter at Nature.  A great quarrel followed the death of a pregnant Guinean woman in June. Mourners... more
The American College of Radiology recently issued a fairly terse 183-word news release on a new study published in its journal on the “natural history of untreated screen-detected breast cancer.” The report is subtitled “An argument against delayed screening or increasing the interval between screening” and is based on a small survey... more
Courtesy of Ross AndersenRoss Andersen   Humans have been telling stories about themselves on cosmic timescales for at least a few millennia. But these narratives are usually found in epic poems, in the doctrines of the world’s religions, and maybe in a few branches of theoretical physics. Few magazine journalists are willing to tackle mythic... more
The last weekend in April the American Society of Breast Surgeons held their 18th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first day of the conference I wrote a blog post simply looking ahead and wondering how reporters would cover the event. What might emerge as a hot topic? Or, perhaps, be neglected? The post-conference upshot is that the... more
New news about old humanity. HUMAN OCCUPATION SITE IN CALIFORNIA IS REALLY OLD The most startling claim about the human line is in a free-to-read Nature paper that asserts humans were in southern... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]