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Title: Science, Medicine and Health


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Science, Medicine and Health
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Why Cover Science, Medicine and Health?
  • The past 20 years have brought an explosion in
    the publics appetite for news about science,
    medicine and health.
  • Atomic Bombs, Germ Warfare, Chemical Warfare,
    Cancer, AIDS, Implants
  • The race for space, open-heart surgery, organ
    transplants, reattachments, T-cells and robotic
    prostheses.

3
Stories on the Beat
  • Research Studies
  • Health Effects
  • New Treatments
  • Health-Care Delivery
  • Occupational health
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Translating Science

4
Research Studies
  • The New England Journal of Medicine
  • University of Michigan
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins
  • M.D. Anderson
  • Oschner Clinic
  • Masters and Johnson

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Research Studies
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Health Effects
  • General Health
  • What to eat?
  • What to drink?
  • Studies about decaffeinated coffee and
    caffeinated coffee
  • Vitamin C for colds or heart disease
  • Oatmeal for your cholesterol

7
New Treatments
  • Stories about new treatments should explain their
    success rates, related dangers and side effects.
  • Cost can also be a factor. Very Expensive
  • Not covered by insurance
  • New procedures with new machines can run up
    tremendous costs.

8
Health Care Delivery
  • From the cradle to the grave.
  • Medical Science and modern health care continue
    to extend the average life span of Americans.
  • As people live longer, the cost of medical care
    rises rapidly.

9
Occupational Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration
    (OSHA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety News Digest
  • OSHA's Job Safety Health Quarterly Magazine
  • http//www.osha-slc.gov/html/jshq-index.html

10
Alternative Medicine
  • Biofeedback
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractor
  • Herbs
  • Magnets
  • Copper, silver, gold
  • Peach pits

11
Legal and Ethical Issues
  • State Medicare rules and regulations may disallow
    certain life-saving procedures like bone marrow
    transplants.
  • Fund-raising efforts for the child who cannot
    afford treatment puts the news media in a
    position of choosing who gets the story and who
    doesnt.

12
Translating Science
  • deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
  • DNA is used in all types of investigations from
    paternity suits to forensics.
  • Many victims of the WTC disaster are being
    identified from DNA from their ashes.

13
Covering the Beat
  • Gathering Background
  • NEXIS, Readers Guide to Periodicals
  • Dealing with Sources
  • The Public Information Officer, Press Releases,
    Always do your homework

14
Selling Science
  • Showing off research to get the publicity serves
    the science community well if they want to apply
    for grants.
  • Breakthroughs in research may be just milestones
    in a certain project.
  • Exploitation of the press can also get certain
    researchers advancement or job offers elsewhere.

15
Covering Local Health Care
  • Regulation of Medical Providers
  • Universities and Medical Centers
  • Local Corporations
  • Changing Focus
  • The Medical Marketplace
  • Quality of Care

16
Writing About Research
  • Handling Complex Information
  • Avoid Jargon, Provide Background, Make it
    Familiar and Simple, Use Numbers
  • The Reluctant Scientist
  • Scientists speak and write in a precise language
    often understood only by other scientists.
  • Professional groups offer workshops for medical
    and science writers.

17
Specialized Dictionaries
  • The Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care
    Management
  • The Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine,
    Nursing and Allied Health
  • Dorlands Illustrated Medical Dictionary
  • Dictionary of Behavioral Science
  • The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Science
  • The Facts on File Dictionary of Science

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The End
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