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The major health news story last week was on a re-assessment of prostate cancer screening published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study’s release generated stories in the New York Times, TIME, Consumer Reports, STAT,  ABS-CBN News (Philippines) and the LA Times, among others. The reporting confirms what we already know about the... more
It’s Peer Review Week here at PLOS. To celebrate and participate, I’m reposting (below) a post I wrote here at On Science Blogs in 2013. The post is a love letter of sorts to the [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
There will never be another Voyager spacecraft mission to the outer planets. Or at least there will never be another such mission happening in the lifetime of anyone now on Earth. That’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Science in Society Journalism Awards, sponsored by the National Association of Science Writers. Winners in each category receive a cash prize of $2,500, to be awarded at a reception on October 26, 2017, at the World Conference of Science Journalists taking place this year in San Francisco. Read... more
The physician whom STAT lists as author of an op-ed praising the vital role of drug company sales representatives didn’t actually write the piece. Robert Yapundich, MD revealed this key detail in a telephone interview with me yesterday. He stated unequivocally that he did not come up with the idea for the article or compose the first draft... more
On April 28, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), in Seattle, was bustling not only with its usual array of doctors and scientists, but also more than 170 visiting PIOs and science communicators attending an all-day conference hosted by the Northwest Science Writers Association (NSWA). Article type: ScienceWriters... more
We are aware of delays in sending and receiving email with nasw.org aliases this afternoon, Sept. 6. The issues are intermittent and are being resolved by the hosting company. Thank you for your patience, and we hope to have this sorted by morning. In the meantime, you may notice a delay in receipt of some of emails sent to your alias. Sending... more
Americans consume more chicken than any other meat, In doing so, they ingest substantial amounts of antibiotics as well. In Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, Maryn McKenna discusses the consequences of the introduction, starting in the 1940s, of routinely using... more
A 2014 analysis by the Media Insight Project found that about 6 out of 10 Americans admit they did nothing more than scan the headlines in the past week. In this classic photo, President Truman delights over the inaccurate headline. And that’s just the people that admit it. Then, last summer, French and American researchers found that nearly... more
We are now accepting applications for the next two rounds of The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers. (See here for stories written by our previous fellows.) The Fellowship The next TON/BWF fellowship period will begin on January 1, 2018 and end on August 31, 2018. The subsequent fellowship period will... more

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