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Anna Kuchment is a staff science writer at The Dallas Morning News, a contributing editor at Scientific American, and a former reporter and writer at Newsweek magazine. She is a coauthor, with Boston College historian Conevery Bolton Valencius, of the forthcoming book Shaky Ground: The Untold Story of the Largest Earthquake Surge in Modern History... more
Consumers are gung-ho about so-called “minimally invasive” procedures, which typically require smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. Partly, it’s for good reason. Technologies like laparoscopy and arthroscopy — which use tiny cameras and instruments — have reduced complications and sped recovery times for... more
In the late 1800s, US consumers unwittingly bought diluted and artificially whitened milk, and canned peas and beans greened with copper sulfate. Adulterated butter, meat, and other foods sometimes proved fatal. In The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, Deborah Blum chronicles... more
Including “exercise” and “Alzheimer’s” in the same headline is sure-fire clickbait for a lot of people. For example: 150 minutes of exercise every week can reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease (The Economic Times) Exercise may delay rare form of Alzheimer’s (HealthDay) But these headlines refer to a study ... more
A majority of the current NASW Board members issue a statement on one of this fall's proposed amendments. Article type: Governance
PromesaArtStudio/iStock   Most writers learned in elementary school that a good story requires a compelling beginning, middle, and end. But how does one make the pieces fit neatly together? From my tattered memory of grade school, my teachers skipped that part. Or maybe I was home with the chicken pox the day we learned about transitions—the... more
Eleven-year-old singer Jessica Hale is promoting awareness of sepsis, which mainly strikes the elderly. There’s no shortage of frightening news about healthy young people suddenly felled by sepsis, a condition in which the body’s immune system goes into overdrive in response to an infection. Never mind that most people who get sepsis... more
Congratulations to recipients of the ScienceWriters2018 travel grants. We're excited to welcome 35 travel fellows to Washington, D.C. in just a few weeks. Read more to meet the fellows.
A core value that medicine and journalism share is trust. In the increasingly complicated world of health care we often have no choice but to place our trust in medical professionals, researchers, hospitals, and state/federal agencies.  One could argue when that trust is violated — as highlighted in many of the stories featured below... more
For several years now, the term “low T” has been used to market testosterone to older men who are concerned about losing their sex drive. Critics say this marketing has convinced many men to take potentially risky drugs that they don’t need. Now CNN has come along to alert young men that perhaps they, too, should be worried... more