Telling Science Stories/ Phone In: Pain Management
Lost in Translation: The need to understand the science behind everything from invasive species to the latest treatment for MS has never been greater. Yet the ability of the media to tell complicated science stories is being compromised by the demands of a 24 hour news cycle, shrinking numbers of newsroom staff, and the fact that few media outlets have the luxury of allowing reporters to specialize in science reporting.
Recently, Maritime Noon attended the Atlantic Canada launch of the Science Media Centre of Canada. The centre is an independent, not for profit organization that hopes to widen the public's understanding of science stories by helping reporters tell them. It's goal is to get journalists quick access to evidence-based research, as much detailed background information they need, and interviews with scientists. Penny Park is the Executive Director of the Science Media Centre of Canada, and she began by setting out the challenges facing the media.
On the Phone In Dr. Mary Lynch, the president of the Canadian Pain Society, and the Director of Research at the Pain Management Unit at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax answered all your questions about pain and pain management.
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