A sampling of my writing

hospital publications:

cushing's syndromeOrthopaedic Connections (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) – editor/writer

“Understanding a Pitcher's Pain:  Studying the Shoulder in Motion”
(lead story)

In a lab less than a fly ball’s distance from Fenway Park—home of the Boston Red Sox—a team of BIDMC Department of Orthopaedics researchers is studying the uniquely human motion of throwing. Using robotics, computers, and high-speed cameras, they are creating and tracking the movement of the shoulder while pitching to better understand the causes of injuries. Their analysis of the interplay between the scapula, or shoulder blade, and the glenohumeral joint, commonly known as the shoulder joint, may lead to improved diagnosis and treatments for patients. MORE...

 

 

 

cushing's syndromeLahey Magazine (Lahey Hospital & Medical Center) –
contributing writer

“Cushing’s Syndrome: Hormonal Havoc”

Most weight gain is no mystery—the result of too much food and too little exercise. But that was hardly the case with 69-year-old Fedela Vincent, who put on about 80 pounds in just a few years, despite eating a healthy, low-calorie diet and working out regularly at the gym. MORE…

 

 

 

 

 

mindscapesMindscapes (Massachusetts General Hospital) – contributing writer

“Helping Families Struggling with Addiction: Bildners’ generous gift will launch new program”

It was a parent’s worst nightmare. In 2002, Jim Bildner and his wife, Nancy, discovered that their bright, sensitive son, Peter, was a heroin addict. Three years later, despite their desperate attempts to find him effective treatment, Peter died of a drug overdose at the age of 21. MORE…

 

 

 

foundation newsletter:

facing the futureFacing the Future (Foundation for Faces of Children) – editor/writer

“An Inside View” (lead story)

Advanced imaging technology is giving physician and parents a high-definition view of babies before birth. Three-dimensional (3-D) ultrasound and magnetic imaging (MRI) produce detailed pictures that enable physicians to visualize the growing fetus and diagnose facial conditions, such as cleft lip and palate. MORE…

 

 

 

 

 

in-depth health report:

healthy eatingSpecial Health Report (Harvard Health Publications) – writer

“Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart”

A century or so ago, the biggest health threats for Americans were infection, malnutrition, and poor sanitation. But today, more lives are in jeopardy from chronic conditions chiefly attributable to diet — chief among them, heart disease. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

While genes, age, and sex are contributing factors, the development of heart disease is largely related to lifestyle factors and therefore is preventable. Research shows that more than 80% of heart disease can be prevented by eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising daily, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation. If you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease or have a major risk factor such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, changing how you eat can help you better manage these conditions and lower your risk of heart attack. MORE…

magazine article:

technology reviewTechnology Review (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – writer

“All-Natural AIDS Protection”

Skin of frog and liver of shark…the makings of a magic potion? Not exactly. But medical researchers are hoping that natural substances derived from these animal sources will serve as the basis of new vaginal foams and creams to protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). MORE…

 

 

 

 

 

brochure:

dental brochurePutting a Smile on Your Child’s Face (Foundation for Faces of Children) – writer, project coordinator

Winner of the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association’s 2010 Will Solimene Award for Excellence

Healthy teeth are essential for chewing well, speaking clearly, and smiling brightly. Good dental care is particularly important for children with a cleft of the lip and gum, who may have such problems as misshapen, misaligned, missing, or extra teeth. MORE…

 

 

 

 

web content:

Lahey Clinic Primary Care

Our primary care staff members provide adults with continuing care in times of sickness and health. MORE...

trade publication:

new cancer drugsHospital Newspaper – ghostwriter
“New Cancer Drugs: Worth the Price?”

First the good news: The drug Avastin (bevacizumab), given in combination with chemotherapy, has already proven effective in shrinking tumors in people with metastatic colorectal cancer. And it shows promise for fighting breast and lung cancer as well. Now the bad: The drug prolongs life for only a few weeks or months, and it comes with a hefty price tag. MORE…

 

 

 

 

 

hospital annual report:

new cancer drugsNew England Baptist Hospital – writer
“The Baptist Difference: 2011 Annual Report on Quality and Performance”

The goals New England Baptist Hospital set for 2011 were as lofty as its location overlooking the Longwood Medical Area—to provide the highest quality orthopedic and musculoskeletal care, exceptional outcomes and a superlative patient experience, all delivered at a reasonable price. MORE…