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ASJA 2016 Health and Medical Writing

ASJA 2016 Health & Medical Writing: No Science Degree Required

At the ASJA 2016 conference in New York for the American Society of Journalists and Authors, I organized and spoke on a panel about how to prosper as a freelance writer specializing in health and medical writing, without having a science degree.

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The Death of Cancer

The Death of Cancer: Book Review

Cancer affects everyone. Maybe you have had a personal experience, or perhaps you know a family member, friend or colleague who has faced cancer head-on, or you’ve had a positive screening test or biopsy result that kept you up at night. In spite of media headlines lamenting that we don’t yet have a cure for […]

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Productivity resources for independent communicators

Well, here we are! Before us lies a bright and shiny new year. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year and implement some new strategies, tips and tools to increase our productivity. On January 5, 2016, I gave a presentation for Professional Independent Communicators (PIC), a subgroup of IABC Toronto that provides professional […]

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BAHFest humour for science nerds

Do you laugh out loud when you encounter headlines about health or science topics that are unsupported by scientific evidence? Then you will like the humour of BAHFest, a satirical competition held every October. At BAHFest (the Bad Ad hoc Hypotheses Festival), speakers present well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect theories. Presenters speak before live […]

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3D printer makes robotic fingers and hands

Given the advances in 3D printing technology in the last year, it’s no surprise that in the season finale of the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Cristina Yang leaves Seattle to continue her cardiac surgery research at a fictitious state-of-the-art facility in Zurich — a facility equipped with dozens of 3D printers. In the real […]

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The Fear of Holes

Do you know someone who has a fear of holes just looking at Cheerios, Swiss cheese, or Aero chocolate bars?  If so, you may have already heard about a phobia called trypophobia. As reported by NPR, 16 per cent of the 286 adults who participated in a recent study reacted with anxiety and revulsion to […]

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Concussion Season Opens With a Head Bang

Concussion season began with a head bang last night in the NHL season opener as Montreal Canadiens player George Parros was knocked unconscious during a third-period fight with Toronto Maple Leafs player Colton Orr. Parros was transported off the ice on a stretcher. He suffered a concussion and is reported to be out of the […]

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The Juggler's Children

The Juggler’s Children by Carolyn Abraham

How appropriate that Carolyn Abraham’s new book, The Juggler’s Children was launched this April, a month of famous genetic research anniversaries. Sixty years ago, in April 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published their paper in Nature about their discovery of the double helix structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid, DNA. And ten years ago, in April 2003, the Human Genome Project sequenced […]

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New Frontiers of Military Medical Research

New Frontiers of Military Medical Research

Futuristic Projects Revealed in Pentagon’s DARPA research budget for 2012 The US military is ramping up research to find new ways to treat wounded soldiers quickly and effectively. The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced their budget proposal for 2012, revealing an impressive array of futuristic medical research. Here are 5 DARPA […]

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How to Use Your iPad Without Neck Pain

Do you have neck pain from using your iPad? A new study at Harvard School of Public Health found it’s best to use your tablet at a high viewing angle on a table because that keeps your neck and head in the most neutral position. In the study lab, tablet users checked emails, surfed the […]

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