Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Stephen Lewis accuses UNAIDS of trivializing women

unaidsStephen Lewis, a man familiar with both the United Nations and its agencies and with HIV/AIDS, blasted UNAIDS for trivializing women in its International Women’s Day message.

In fact, Lewis suggested that UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé’s statement bordered on misogyny. Continue reading →

New database of journalism research in Canada

Ivor Shapiro

Ivor Shapiro

A new public database of journalism research being done in Canada  has been announced.

At the moment, the database includes 252 research projects being undertaken almost exclusively by academics in journalism and media studies.

While only two projects deal with medical or science journalism per se, other topics of study are related (e.g., body-checking in minor hockey) or have implications for medical journalism (e.g., the effect of public relations on journalism). Continue reading →

Word Watch: bikini medicine

11949849661308840073female_symbol_dan_gerhar_01.svg.hiCanada’s “word spy” Paul McFedries has been busy this week, posting yet another medically-related new phrase: “bikini medicine.”

McFedries defines this as “medical practice, research, and funding that focuses solely on the female breasts and reproductive system.” Continue reading →

Word Watch: sitting disease

boyThis week, Canadian word-watcher (actually, “word spy”) Paul McFedries flagged “sitting disease” as a new phrase that has entered the lexicon.

“Well, of course,” you may say, “the news has been full of ‘sitting disease’ in the last few weeks.”

However, McFedries found the earliest use of the phrase in a USA Today article from January 2009.~TM

Word Watch: OED seeking origins of WWI medical terms

sf.reader1Editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) have issued an appeal for references to terms that were coined during the First World War.

To mark the start of the Great War, the OED is revising war-era coinages. “Part of the revision process involves searching for earlier or additional evidence, ” the editors wrote. “Our first quotations are often from newspapers and magazines, and we know that there may well be earlier evidence in less-easily-accessible sources such as letters, diaries, and government records, many of which are now being made available in digital form for the first time.”

Two medical terms are among those for which the OED is hoping to find earlier references: shellshock and trench foot/mouth. Continue reading →

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