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AHCJ Stem Cells Session – Part 1

At AHCJ’s Health Journalism 2015 conference, it was a sincere privilege to hear global leaders in the field of stem cells discuss the latest advances and challenges in the field. As a journalist and as an advocate for a family member who donated stem cells in 2013, I found this session fascinating. Many thanks to […]

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Ethics of advances in genetics: Part 2

Rapid advances in the field of genetics are raising all sorts of ethical questions and a host of story ideas for health reporters. This is Part 2 of my earlier post summarizing a panel discussion which took place at Health Journalism 2015 on April 24, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. Expert panelists discussed the controversies […]

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Ethics of advances in genetics: Part 1

Rapid advances in the field of genetics are raising a host of questions and story ideas for health reporters to cover. On April 24, 2015 at the Health Journalism 2015 conference in Santa Clara, California, four panelists spoke about where the field of genetics stands today and discussed the controversies and questions that need to be […]

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Is Sugar Toxic?

Is sugar toxic? The new documentary Sugar Coated explores how the food industry has hoodwinked us to stop asking this important question. The documentary zeroes in on how eating too much sugar is a key culprit driving alarming increases in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and likely dementia too. I watched the show this week and thought it was […]

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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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What’s really in supplements?

Would you trust prescription medication that only contained the active ingredient 21-48% of the time? Would you trust medication that contained undisclosed ingredients 40% of the time? Not a chance? Then why do so many people trust unproven, unregulated supplements? On February 3, 2015, the New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a series of […]

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The Multitasking Myth

Feel as though you are constantly juggling too much on your plate? You’re far from alone! We have two big problems today: the amount of information we deal with in a day has grown significantly vs. even a few years ago we think we can keep up by doing many things at once Neuroscience finds that […]

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Vaccines and the honour system

My son emailed me this week to ask if he had been immunized for measles when he was little. He’s working for a Silicon Valley tech company for a co-op work term. His employer had issued a notice that an employee in another building has contracted measles, so he wondered if he is at risk. His concern is valid […]

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Successful long-term weight loss strategies

Have you already dropped the ball on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Did you fall for silly diet season or try to stick to an unrealistic fitness plan that would put an elite athlete to shame? We live in a world that’s increasingly driven by short-term rewards, but successful long-term weight loss can only be […]

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NPR’s Invisibilia podcast

Last week I found NPR’s Invisibilia podcast and I’m hooked! The series, co-hosted by Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller “explores the intangible forces that shape human behaviour — things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.” Invisibilia is Latin for “all the invisible things,” those things we might never consider if it were not for these two […]

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