Healing with a clear target

Tania Betancourt, Ph.D., is one of a team of professors leading work in targeted cancer treatment research using nanomaterials. She’s also sharing real-world techniques that help college students build a biomedical future. Sponsored content article for a university via the content agency Texas Monthly Studio. [1400 words, longform magazine style]

Using Big Data to Treat Epileptic Seizures

For the University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD), I wrote this university marketing article about one researcher’s work on individuals with difficult-to-treat cases of epilepsy.

Virtual reality helps physical therapy students see new answers

This article for the University of Minnesota Libraries newsletter Continuum is about virtual reality and other technology librarians bring to physical therapy and other health students.

Transgender guide provides focus to search

In this institutional-publications article for University of Minnesota Libraries, I wrote about their new transgender guide—aimed at researchers who need to find #transgender, not just #LGBTQ, materials. #inclusion #research

What does nonstop handwashing do to your hands?

For University of Washington, this interview with a dermatologist during COVID-19 quarantine was the second-most popular article posted in a social-media push by the alumni magazine. Also learned: how to avoid skin infections.

Johns Hopkins Magazine

A test that can accurately predict long-term death risk

This piece for Johns Hopkins Magazine looked at a study led by Haitham Ahmed, a cardiology fellow at the School of Medicine, analyzing data generated by treadmill stress tests from 1991 to 2009.

Assessing Risk in Water

Worldwide, diarrhea causes 4% of deaths and 5% of health loss to disability, and usually results from contact with contaminated water. Water assessor Dr. Jennifer Weidhaas says, “It’s not enough to say ‘yes, there are pathogens and people can get sick.’ We need to get suggestions to decision-makers so they can improve their system.” This profile is for the University of Utah Water Center blog.


Give ’em room! Bystanders injured by video game players

This piece for The Body Odd looks at a study of videogame-user injuries.

Johns Hopkins Magazine

In short, supplies

This article for Johns Hopkins Magazine talks with surgeon Richard Redett, director of the Johns Hopkins Cleft Lip and Palate Center, who believes discarded surgical supplies could do much to improve quality of care in developing countries.

Johns Hopkins Magazine

Children’s success in school affected by vision

This alumni piece for Johns Hopkins Magazine looks at a Baltimore study of what happens—to vision, behavior, and academic performance—when children are given free glasses at school.

You, Zebrafish, and Liver Cancer: What’s The Connection?

You may have seen zebrafish in aquariums: small, striped, darting fish, originally found in slow streams and rice paddies in the Indian subcontinent. Did you know they’re also our virtual cousins?

Your Baby’s First Step? Newborn Screening

The first baby of 2017 in Utah was a twin. Around the country, other infants entered the world at midnight or soon after—eyes squeezed shut, damp, and full of life. In every state, those new babies received a heel prick to test their blood and metabolism for abnormalities.

Nosebleeds And Why To Test for HHT

As common as cystic fibrosis, a far lesser-known condition called hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) affects more than 1.4 million people worldwide, according to the organization Cure HHT.

Syphilis Cases: Easily Treated, But Rising Every Year Since 2000, says CDC

A public-health update in the ARUP Laboratories blog, about rising cases of syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases, with input from ARUP medical director Dr. Marc Couturier.

Non-Opioid Pain Management: Searching for Natural Compounds to Replace Opioids (Q&A)

For snail-venom research, the Department of Defense awarded a $10 million grant to be paid over four years to a multi-disciplinary team, some of whom worked on a University of Utah Health study. This article is for the ARUP Laboratories blog; ARUP is a partner to the University of Utah, and has an extensive pain management panel. Photo by My Huynh.

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Catherine B. Arnold is a hired pen writing about science, health, urbanism, and wildly unrelated areas. She’s published articles in the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Science Careers, Bicycling, and NBC Health; and does content marketing for NGOs, universities, organizations, and companies.