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Why Med Comms is like country music

Country music is about the plight of the everyday individual, laying out heartbreak, relationships, friendships, work and other aspects of life as a story – an adventure – for the listener to experience. It’s simply ‘Three Chords and the Truth’, as the late songwriting legend, Harlan Howard, once described.1 Ultimately, this philosophy is at the […]

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International Men’s Day

Today is International Men’s Day (IMD), a day where we can celebrate the contributions and value that men bring to the world, their families and communities. So, let’s all first embrace the nearest bloke we see (I’m sure they’ll understand), and then read on to learn about the six pillars on which IMD is founded:1 […]

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Press release for the launch of Word Monster in Australia

Word Monster goes global as medical writing support service sweeps Sydney The company now offer their life-first and remote-only workstyle to medical writers and healthcare clients in Australia Today sees the launch of Word Monster (a Monster Medical Group company) in Sydney, Australia. The expansion aims to help curb the extreme surge in global demand […]

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Zombies are real

Forget vampires; they’re just a result of a poor understanding of death and decay – and fertile minds. Forget werewolves, too – we’ve got a suite of explanations for stories of these hairy hairbrush-needing beasts, ranging from genetic disorders, psychiatric syndromes and rabies, to serial killers (OK, I guess werewolves sound quite interesting after all). […]

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Pond monsters, telomeres and immortality

You might see ageing described as a universal, inescapable process to which all living things are inevitably bound. Indeed, king of evolutionary biology, William Hamilton – best known for kin selection – argued that all organisms must age (even theoretical organisms, like aliens). This was based on the idea that selection pressures are weaker for […]

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Look to the stars: inspirational black scientists you should know about

The Sky at Night presenter, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock Margaret Ebunoluwa Aderin-Pocock MBE is a physicist, space scientist, telescope engineer, and presenter of the BBC’s ‘The Sky at Night’ (note – I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Aderin-Pocock, which you can check out here). Alongside her work in science communication, Dr Aderin-Pocock helped design the […]

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Breast cancer awareness month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that means that it’s time for everyone around the globe, particularly us ladies, to give ourselves some essential tender loving care (TLC). But we’re not talking about a spa day with your girlfriends, what we’re referring to is some very specific TLC for your breasts. Unfortunately, breast cancer […]

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Newsletters predate Cleopatra

Well, sort of – the oldest known pieces of written marketing are thought to be 5000-year-old ‘WANTED’ flyers from Thebes.1,2 Ancient Babylonians, too, were apparently into their ads, selling their products with the aid of fancy clay tablets that presumably smelled a bit funny.1 But leave it to the Romans to take it to the […]