Code Red: It's time to leave menstrual stigma in the past

Submitted by Alana on Thu, 26/05/2022 - 15:51

Millions of individuals around the world experience discrimination and exclusion as a result of the historical stigma and shame associated with menstruation. An estimated 500 million (25% of all people who menstruate) experience ‘period poverty,’ defined as a lack of access to sanitary products, hygiene facilities, waste management and education.1 Isn’t it time to normalize menstruation, and end period poverty?

You Are Not Alone

Submitted by Alana on Wed, 11/05/2022 - 15:26

The second a newborn is placed on her mother’s chest, their pituitary gland floods their bloodstream with the hormone oxytocin. The result: the triggering of an instinctual, lifetime craving for love-hormone which can only be satisfied by social interaction.1,2 From that moment onwards, social interaction will play a highly influential role in that child’s development, morbidity, mortality, mental health and even their ability to exhibit prosocial behaviour like empathy.2  

Storytelling through Data Visualization

Submitted by Alana on Tue, 10/05/2022 - 17:07

Advances in technology and communications have made it possible for us to have an ever-growing amount of information at our fingertips, ready to be consumed, shared… and quickly forgotten? In a world that revolves more and more frequently around images, leaving a mark has become an increasingly difficult challenge, particularly when complex information is involved: our knowledge can be expanded now more than ever, but what about our capability to understand, memorize, and recall? 

Google Health, Good Vibrations and Gastroenterology: The Latest in Healthcare Innovation

Submitted by admin on Tue, 26/04/2022 - 16:58

From Google to Amazon, the giants are getting serious about healthcare innovation 

In recent years, Google and their parent company Alphabet have been seriously investing in the health sector. Google Health – conceived in 2006, discontinued in 2012 and restarted in 2018 – “is committed to helping billions of people be healthier through products and services that connect individuals and bring meaning to health information”.  

Big Pharma’s Big Plans to Combat Climate Change

Submitted by admin on Fri, 22/04/2022 - 11:19

If you asked someone who they thought were the main contributors to climate change the answers would likely include energy companies and automotive industries, right? Not everyone thinks of the role that the pharmaceutical industry plays, even though it contributed 55% more CO2 than the automotive industry in 2015.1 In 2019, the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and chemicals was the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions within the NHS England.2  

Diary of a Newbie Medical Copywriter

Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/04/2022 - 12:44

In November 2021, my career trajectory did a full 180°. With a Pharmacy degree and a few years of med comms experience, I joined the Creative Club – taking my first big step into the cool and colorful world of medical copywriting. Before I had time to doubt myself, it was day 1 at the virtual office, and with Stephen King’s wise ‘On Writing’ words engrained, and my A-level grammar refreshed, it was time for me to bellyflop into the pool of the unfamiliar.
 

MS Awareness Month

Submitted by krupa.mistry on Thu, 24/03/2022 - 11:01

March is MS awareness month and is a great opportunity to give people confidence to speak up and share stories. The goal of this month for the National MS Society is to “help people better understand life with MS and become inspired to do whatever it takes to change the world for people living with [the condition]”.1