Losing your teeth linked to losing your mind

2 02 2011

A press release I recently wrote for BioMed Central’s open access journal Behavioral and Brain Functions has again hit the newstands. I can’t find an online archive of the original release I wrote, but some lazy journos have reproduced it verbatim, so I definitely know it’s mine!

The release describes a study from the Nara Medical University in Japan whereby elderly people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease were found to lose more teeth than those without the degenerative neurological disorder. Not only is this tooth loss associated with failing to remember to brush one’s teeth and a general poor state of hygiene, but gum disease may in fact accelerate dementia by affecting the sensory neurones in the gums, leading to the brain.

Read the original article in Behavioural and Brain Functions: Relationship of tooth loss to mild memory impairment and cognitive impairment: findings from the fujiwara-kyo study

Read some of the news articles using this press release:





It’s grim up North! Northern men have dirtier hands than Southerners

12 01 2011

A study recently published in the open access journal BMC Public Health has found that men “oop North” seem more likely to carry harmful bacteria on their hands. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine took swabs from the hands of commuters travelling through some of the UK’s major rail stations, and the further north they went, the more bacteria – and the more harmful bacteria – they found.The dirtiest men were found to be students and people who worked with soil.

Read the original article at BMC Public Health: Male commuters in north and south England: risk factors for the presence of faecal bacteria on hands

Read the press release I wrote on this article at BioMed Central: It’s grim up North! Northern men have dirtier hands than Southerners

Read some of the articles that used my press release:

The story was also discussed on BBC Radio 5 Live (no longer available)





DVT and pulmonary embolism linked to immune diseases

9 01 2011

Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that people with certain immune-related diseases such as type 1 diabetes, arthritis and lupus are much more likely to suffer complications due to vascular disease – even if they didnt have any cardiovascular problems before.

Having surgery and being laid up in bed increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism anyway, largely because immobility reduces the circulation. Taking certain medications for other diseases might also affect blood flow. Even taking these factors into consideration however, immune disease sufferers still had a significantly greater chance of developing DVT and embolism.

Read the original article at BMC Medicine: Risk of venous thromboembolism in people admitted to hospital with selected immune-mediated diseases: record-linkage study

Read the press release I wrote about this article at BioMed Central: DVT and pulmonary embolism linked to immune diseases

Read some of the stories that used my press release:





Genetics linked to increased risk of heart disease in African Americans

7 01 2011

New research published in BMC Medicine has revealed clear genetic markers that help to explain why cardiovascular disease is more prevalent in African Americans compared to Caucasians.

It has been known for some time that African Americans are more prone to certain diseases than people of white ethnicity, but this small scale study shows for the first time what the reasons for this might be, at the genetic level. In particular, the researchers from the Vascular Biology Department at the University of Minnesota found that the blood outgrowth endothelial cells of African Americans respond differently to shear stress.

Read the original article at BMC Medicine: Differential endothelial cell gene expression by African Americans versus Caucasian Americans: a possible contribution to health disparity in vascular disease and cancer

Read the press release I wrote about this article at BioMed Central: Genetics linked to increased risk of heart disease in African Americans

 





Oz Couriers – Budget Couriers and Removalists

9 12 2010

Oz Couriers is run by the same brains behind USB King and fills a niche in the budget removals and couriering market in Victoria, Australia. It was great working with the entrepreneurial owner of the site, who hired me through Freelancer.com and whose straightforward nature made the project process effortless and hitch-free.

As the site design is clean and easily navigable, it was important not to clutter the page with wordy, elaborate copy, yet as a low-cost company in a highly competitive market, it needed to be convincing without being overly “sales-y” or pushy. I hope you’ll agree that this has effectively been achieved!





I Like Your Design

6 12 2010

For my second project working with András Szabó of Org50.com, here’s a lovely website that has just gone live with copy written by moi. I Like Your Design is a cool little networking site for graphic designers and web developers (or anyone, really) that allows you to save screenshots of full or partial web pages (using a handy Firefox plugin) so that you can keep an online scrapbook of designs that interest you, grab your attention and provide inspiration. The screengrabs can be sorted into categories and you can also search through other peoples’ collections to find out what’s hot in the world of web design.





Our Green Earth Archive

3 12 2010

I can attribute the success of my freelancing career so far to one website – Our Green Earth. It was after winning a project to write articles for this site and subsequently posting the links on my Facebook page that my writing was noticed by the PR Manager at my place of work. She then asked me to start writing press releases to promote newsworthy research published by BioMed Central. This allowed me to not only start to build up the extensive portfolio of work that you see today, but also gave me the confidence to continue in my freelance adventure, winning projects left, right and centre and building up a successful writing and editing business.

Sadly, Our Green Earth is no more. After graduating from university, Tom, the young entrepreneur owner of the site has gone and got himself a “proper job” and no longer has time to manage his websites. It’s a real shame. Tom has very kindly handed copyright of the work back to me, so I’ve updated my original posts that linked to these articles to contain the full text. To read more, please view my Our Green Earth category.








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