Features for the BBC website

As producer for Health Check, the BBC World News, I have written a number of features over the last few months. Here is a quick update on what I’ve been putting pen to paper about:

 

 

  • Why your older sibling is smarter than you. “There has long been a fascination with how our position amongst siblings affects character traits, but new research has revealed that [personality] stereotypes do not stand up to scrutiny. However, there may be other reasons to be envious of your sibling’s birth position.”

 

  • The twists and turns of naming diseases. “When a new disease is identified in a group of patients it needs a name so it can be described, researched and treated. But, unlike naming a child, there is no little book of names for diseases. So how do you choose the right name for a new condition? It isn’t easy.”

 

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