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CASW Periscope

We’ve written about how news releases that oversell medical research pollute the stream of public information by spawning news stories that echo hype. Now there’s an effort underway in the UK to reduce the contamination at its source. Launching this month is a labeling system for news releases to help journalists assess how robust... more
If you want to get a sense of how tired readers are of the latest round of headlines pondering the health benefits (or risks) of coffee, then all you need to do is read the replies on this tweet: Coffee is good for you, more science shows. — NBC News (@NBCNews) July 2, 2018 As a Twitter user named Mark Richardson... more
Space exploration isn’t just a technological story, Carolyn Collins Petersen asserts. Literature and art helped fuel interest, education, and funding. Jules Vernes’ From the Earth to the Moon, one of many examples, inspired future rocket designers. Many Trekkies now work at NASA. In Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future, Peterson examines what... more
A Philadelphia Inquirer story takes issue with new guidelines on osteoporosis screening from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The headline says it all: “Updated osteoporosis screening guidelines cover only women. That could hurt men” The implication is that men have been ignored in the task force’s latest... more
The following post is written by Michael Schulson and was originally published on Undark. We are reposting it with permission because we think it does an excellent job of summarizing what does, what many health care journalists thought about our work, and why our work will be missed when we close at the end of 2018. The... more
On Jan. 13, nearly 100 science communicators packed into Huston-Tillotson University's science building, in Austin, Tex., for the first-ever SciComm South Conference; an afternoon of networking, learning, and fun. Article type: ScienceWriters magazineArticle topic: Science writing news
A study published in the journal Obesity made headlines this week for suggesting that body positivity — a social movement encouraging acceptance of all body types — is putting people at risk of poor health outcomes. It’s the kind of counter-intuitive claim that is likely to generate clicks. Could a movement meant to lift people... more
By the start of the 20th century, near disappearance of beavers from the U.S. at the hands of trappers made wetlands and meadows dry up, hastened erosion, altered streams, and harmed fish, fowl, and amphibians. Beavers’ recent resurgence, a wildlife success story, offers many environmental benefits, Ben Goldfarb asserts in Eager: The Surprising,... more