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We Must Preserve Our Last Antibiotics

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise. At the same time, antibiotic drug development has slowed to a crawl. We’re definitely in trouble and must preserve our last antibiotics. Little did I know when I set out to report this story last February for the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science that within days, the World […]

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Cartiva implant reduces toe pain, improves motion

Surgery to put Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implants in the large joints of my big toes has reduced pain and restored motion and function.

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The best gifts: Join the stem cell registry or donate blood

Tired of the excess commercialism around the holidays? This year, give a selfless gift instead: join the bone marrow stem cell registry or donate blood.

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High heels hurt more than your wallet

At my son’s recent graduation, I couldn’t help wincing as I watched almost all of the women graduates teetering on 4″ (or higher!) high heels. As you would expect with our cultural norms, all of the men wore flat dress shoes.

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The Gene: An Intimate History Book Review

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee is a fascinating read about the journey scientists have traveled to unlock the mysteries of the gene, the master code that defines all forms of life. As with his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Mukherjee interweaves dramatic stories about scientific discoveries and patient journeys […]

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The ethics of human embryo gene editing

Right now, scientists can edit the genes of human embryos. Using an exciting technology called CRISPR (clustered randomly interspersed short palindromic repeats), they can make precise cuts in targeted sections of DNA and paste in new code. But should they? Editing the genes of human embryos could prevent debilitating disease, but those changes will alter the germline […]

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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 Obesity Code: Can fasting reset your metabolism?

I went to the gym this morning for what my husband calls “double potions” — spin class followed by a muscle-mix session with free weights. His joke is a reference to the class timetable for Gryffindor House in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which included a double-length class for potions once a week.

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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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Wasted: New hope for addiction treatment

Do you know someone with an addiction problem? Last October, I attended a lecture at the University of Toronto given by Mark Lewis, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology. A former addict himself and author of The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is not a Disease, Lewis said that addiction is not a […]

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