Should the Media Report on Health Research?

Great thought piece on the challenges of reporting biomedical research stories to the public, featuring Harry W. Orf, PhD, the senior vice president for research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“[Dr. Orf] says it’s important for health stories to note that most discoveries don’t go immediately, or even quickly, from an academic journal to a hospital, pharmacy, or dietitian’s office.

“When a discovery is newsworthy, it’s important for the story to relate the realistic timeframe by which that discovery could potentially impact medicine,” Orf says. “That often is not emphasized enough or early enough in an article.”’

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Science Fairs are as Flawed as My Solar-Powered Hot Dog Cooker

Thought-provoking article from science writer Carl Zimmer on the importance of introducing kids to science at a young age, and how difficult it can be for some children gain access to the scientific community unless they are fortunate to have connections. Visit http://www.massgeneral.org/research/education/ to learn more about science education programs for students at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Accidental Innovator

Most breakthroughs in health and medicine are the products of academic research labs or biomedical corporations. But plenty of useful, inventive and therapeutic ideas come from outside those walls, from patients and their clinicians, often when they’re wrestling with a pressing lifestyle problem that has no other solution. See how researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital  and other institutions are exploring the new world of ground-up innovation.