Naturally, many health journalists around the world right now are focused on Ebola. What is it, how deadly is it, how easy is it to spread, and what do we really have on our hands with this unprecedented West African outbreak? If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find various answers to all of […]

A couple of really interesting stories caught my eye this week: Doctors Prescribe New Medicine For Kids: Go Outside – The Takeaway on WNYC The Takeaway had a segment this week about a new program at Massachusetts General Hospital that doctors are calling “Outdoors Rx.” They’re training pediatricians to write actual prescriptions for outdoor play, in a […]

I want to direct attention today to a post on the Association of Health Care Journalists blog Covering Health, written by Liz Seegert. It’s an incredibly important reminder of why journalists should never take health claims at face value, even if they seem to come from a reputable source. Seegert received a press release in her […]

Well, that was a bit of an unplanned hiatus. With several house guests and the beginning of marathon training (!), blogging just didn’t happen last week. But I’m back! And I’ve got some thoughts on recent health news, as well as a little self-promotion. (Don’t worry, I hid that part at the end so you […]

Just a quick post today, to draw your attention to an interesting decision made recently by the BBC: no more televised “debates” with “crank” scientists (climate deniers, anti-evolutionists, etc.), and no more inserting “false balance” into stories. And they actually have a plan; they’re sending journalists to classes to help them un-learn outdated “impartiality” guidelines. […]

This week in “internet activism is not real activism” or “why is everyone so angry all the time?” the New York Times had an article in its Style section Thursday discussing the possible science behind “internet outrage” and what it says about the people who express it. You can probably already tell where my views […]

So I already missed a day of blogging in July (when I am supposed to be blogging every day) but I’m giving myself a pass for a holiday :) Since it has been incredibly hot and humid in NYC over the past week (though our Arthur-related storms the past couple of days cooled us down […]

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