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The NASW Peggy Girshman Idea Grants Committee has awarded $24,700 to five groups and individuals, using funds from NASW's Authors Coalition of America distributions. Article type: Grants & awardsArticle topic: NASW news
The Framingham Heart Study group will turn 70 next year. That’s given them enough time to start studying the offspring of their original study cohort — which they have done since 1971 —  as well as know how to cautiously present results from their bread-and-butter: long-term observational studies. Which is what they do with a... more
Some skepticism was called for in science writers’ responses to the news that a protein from human umbilical cord blood improves memory in aging mice. Most posts I saw included caveats of some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Wellness programs in the United States are an $8 billion industry. Over 50 million Americans are enrolled in such programs. They are as variable in size and quality as the companies and organizations that offer them. In this podcast you’ll hear 3 voices: A skeptic who thinks the vast majority of these programs don’t work and may even... more
Mark your calendars for Oct. 26-30, 2017, to attend the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists in exciting San Francisco, the first such conference to be held in the United States. Registration opens on May 1, 2017. Article type: World Conference of Science JournalistsArticle topic: NASW news
My grandmother sprinkled salt on her grapefruit. As a child, I reached for the sugar. In Flavor: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense, Bob Holmes explains why my grandmother made a wiser choice: salty tastes inhibit bitter ones. Most people, Holmes says, know little about the complex interplay of taste, smell, touch, sight, and even expectation... more
A vial of the vaccine Gardasil, for protection against certain HPV strains. Photo credit Most teens aren’t getting vaccinated for the human papillomavirus (HPV), putting them at higher risk for cancer when they become sexually active. That’s a serious problem. But news coverage shouldn’t inflate that risk in conveying the message that parents and... more
5,200 articles – all of them trying to help people improve their critical thinking about health care interventions.  A team of about 50 contributors – almost all of them part-time.  An international reach with a growing audience. There’s much to celebrate on the 11th anniversary of the launch of  A... more
“Do You Zone Out? Procrastinate? Might be Adult ADHD.” If you think this sounds like the prelude to a drug commercial you’re not far off the mark. This NPR story reports on a short screening scale or test for adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder as published in JAMA Psychiatry. The gist of the news was the researchers’ claim... more
Mon, 04/17/2017Communicating science to the public under Trump; the debut of Seek magazine; why news websites should embrace https; connecting children with science via storytelling; an update on WCSJ2017; and what happens when the IRS creates a "substitute" return for you. Full text visible to NASW members only.