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Transport of Substances in the Body Part 2: How Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Are Transported in the Blood

Laurie Endicott Thomas


In Part 2 of her series on the transport of substances in the body, Laurie Endicott Thomas introduces us to the proteins involved in transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood.





Gender Bias in STEM: How Medical Communicators Can Act

Agnella Izzo Matic and Priyanka Jadhav


The #MeToo movement has brought women’s experiences to the forefront of cultural conversation. This Everyday Ethics piece sheds light on the challenges of gender bias in STEM fields and explores some ways that medical communicators can help.



People Who Cannot Afford Boots Cannot Pull Themselves Up by the Bootstraps: An Evidence-Based Exploration of Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health, and How Medical  Writers Can Help – Article 3: How Health Disparities Touch Your Work

Bob Kirsch and Tamara Ball


Bob Kirsch and Tamara Ball wrap up their series by discussing how medical communicators can support and participate in the effort to reduce health disparities in the United States.


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An Interview with Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD


A selection of comments from Dr Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, discussing the role of medical writers and editors in addressing health disparities in America.


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Table. Here Are Some Topics You Might Choose to Write About: Some Suitable for Professionals, Some for the Public, Most for Both


Bob Kirsh and Tamara Ball offer a wide variety of topics relating to health disparities that medical writers might choose to explore.



In Scriptio: Writing as a Means of Discovery

Susan Yeyeodu and Faustina Sackey


Can scientific writing be a form of scientific discovery itself? Susan Yeyeodu and Faustina Sackey introduce the term in scriptio in recognition of the puzzle-solving, challenging of interpretations, and the generating of new ideas that can fuel the discovery process through writing.



The TransCelerate Clinical Protocol Template

Teresa McNally and Robin Whitsell


TransCelerate BioPharma issued Release 5 of its common protocol template (CPT) last year. This article reviews the applications and limitations of the CPT and compares it to the ICH E3 and ICH E6 guidance documents.


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Lay Titles for Clinical Trials: A Balancing Act

Leonie H. E. Leithold, Clive M. Brown, and Thomas M. Schindler


This article was first published in the European Medical Writers Association’s Medical Writing, Vol 27, No 2, pages 55-58.



Who Are We? When Is Now? Where Is Here?

Laurie Endicott Thomas


“Deictic” words, such as pronouns, are those that have a fixed semantic meaning but whose denotational meaning varies according to context. This article discusses different types of deictic words and how we can be sure to use them correctly and clearly.



Teaching Research Writing in Academia

Damiana Chiavolini and Jonathan S. Feinberg


Damiana Chiavolini and Jonathan S. Feinberg tackle academia’s culture of poor scientific writing with a variety of strategies to incorporate writing education into an institution’s everyday life, starting with their own department.


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Beyond Child-Resistant Packaging for Drugs: F Value Determination for Added Child Safety

Chinmayee Joshi


The F value, or “failure value,” is a regulatory requirement for drug products requiring child-resistant packaging. Chinmayee Joshi discusses how F values are calculated and documented and highlights some of the various challenges surrounding F value determination.



In the News: The Advent of Preprint Servers for Scientific Publications

Kristina Wasson-Blader


Preprint servers such as bioRxiv have been growing in popularity. What’s driving this increased usage, and what does it mean for medical research?



Loneliness and the Long-Distance Worker: Is Social Media the Remedy?

Megan Garlapow


The benefits of working remotely are accompanied by an increased risk of social isolation and lonilness. Megan Garlapow explores how various social media tools can help teams and individuals stay connected and engaged across distances.



Brian Bass, Lori De Milto, Cathryn Evans, and Ruwaida Vakil


My medical writing department is undergoing a change, and I need to transition from full-time employee to freelance; what are my first steps?


As a freelance medical writer, how do you feel AMWA membership has helped your career?


What other organizations besides AMWA do you recommend a freelance medical writer join?



The Mighty Marketer: Your Guide to Making More Money as a Freelance Medical Writer


7 Steps to High-Income Freelancing: Get the Clients You Deserve

Reviewed by Sharese Terrell Willis


The Ethics Police? The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe

Reviewed by Karen Potvin Klein


193      AMWA NEWS

From the President

Cynthia L. Kryder


Moving Forward with Open Arms and Open Minds: An address from AMWA’s new president


Coming Soon: AMWA Salary Survey


The 2019 AMWA Salary Survey will be coming soon. We look forward to hearing from you!


Update on Medical Writing Certification

David Clemow


A few key updates from the Medical Writing Certification Commission on the MWC® examination


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