For a larger editorial feature on how women of color face life-threatening health disparities when it comes to breast cancer, I conducted a video interview with leading researcher, oncologist, and hematologist Evelyn Taiwo, M.D. Read the interview here.
A breast cancer diagnosis for women of color in the U.S. usually means lower rates of genetic testing, fewer screenings and follow-ups, later diagnoses when metastasis has already occurred, and higher mortality rates. And Black women have have higher rates of more aggressive, triple-negative breast cancer, as well as documented differences in tumor biology when compared to white women. For this deep dive into the disparities that Black, Hispanic, Latina, Native American, and Asian American women face in this country after a BC diagnosis, I interviewed Evelyn Taiwo, M.D., a hematologist/oncologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in New York City, to outline why they occur, working closely with reporter Holly St. Lifer for this multimedia, multicultural guide. Click here to read the story and watch my video interview with Dr. Taiwo.
I'm pleased to announce that I have been promoted to Deputy Editor of HealthCentral after three years of serving as a senior editor for the site. With the COVID crisis hitting two months after I joined the team, it's been an intense time to be on the health beat! In the words of Chief Content Officer Jo-Ann Strangis, I have "led the charge of our COVID coverage," tackling (with the help of top experts and ace reporters) everything from vaccine Qs and long COVID symptoms to emerging variants, as well as regularly updating our deep-dive COVID condition hub, and more. Challenging as it's been, I have never felt more professionally fulfilled than I am now, working for HealthCentral and its parent company, Remedy Health Media.
I haven't painted in years ... but my friend Kristine of Ostmoe Studio asked me to pick up my brushes again. So, I decided to make her my first victim...
New research shows that, after controlling for height differences, women may be 50% more likely to get atrial fibrillation (Afib), a life-threatening heart arrhythmia that is responsible for up to 20% of all strokes in the U.S., than men—who have forever been told that THEY are at higher risk, even though women are more likely to die from Afib-triggered stroke. This is just one surprising bit of news on the subject. Click here to learn more about Afib in my latest story for HealthCentral.
Thrilled to share that the series I spearheaded for HealthCentral, "Your Total Guide to Chronic + Sex," was named a finalist and won an Honorable Mention at this year's FOLIO: Eddie and Ozzie Awards for Best Series of Articles/Consumer Health. I launched the series with my survey story, "10 Revealing Truths About Chronic Sex."
I'm long overdue to post some of my HealthCentral work here. This four-part advocacy series ran in March. It shares how an Everyman first became a social media force, was soon recognized by leading advocacy organizations, and then took his health concerns and message to lawmakers in D.C. to affect change. Find all four installments here.
An article I assigned and shepherded ("What If COVID Is Chronic?" by ace reporter Erin L. Boyle) won first prize for Best Single Article in Consumer Health at last week's Eddie and Ozzie Awards! The Eddies are one of the most meaningful awards from an editorial POV—a wonderful validation of the work we at HealthCentral have been doing (before and during the pandemic). This story, first published back in early March 2021, was one of the first to give voice to the long-COVID community and examine the many troubling symptoms people from all walks of life continue to experience, long after they test negative for the virus. READ IT here.
In a word: yes. And with obesity rates doubling in the U.S. over the past 20 years alone, it's time to ask the questions: Why are we packing on the pounds? How is our health affected because of it? And what role does excess weight play in chronic conditions (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, more) and other health threats, including COVID-19, which disproportionately targets and takes down obese people? I edited this special report for HealthCentral, which was designed in Shorthand and was written by ace reporter Leslie Goldman. UPDATE: Thrilled to announce this story won an Honorable Mention for Best Long-Form Feature in the Consumer Health category by the 2022 FOLIO: Eddie and Ozzie Awards on 9/13/2022.