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Hemp: The Regulatory Race to Keep Pace with the CBD Marketplace

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The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — commonly referred to as the Farm Bill — authorized the production of hemp, kicking off a hotly contested debate about the health and safety of hemp and marijuana. This blog is part of an ongoing series of blogs following the activities by federal organizations to address regulatory issues […]

CBD’s Tangled Web of Confusion: The Urgent Need for Regulations

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The use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products, including hemp and hemp-derived products, has increased dramatically in recent years, and questions loom large about the health and safety of these products. In my May blog, I wrote about the quiet revolution occurring in the cannabis industry as agricultural opportunities intersect with the drug approval process. Recently, […]

Generation Z: My Take

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Some might stereotype Gen Zers as lazy young adults who are addicted to their phones and have little motivation for jobs in the real world. However, growing up as a Gen Zer, I was surrounded by incredible emerging technology, scientific breakthroughs, and a passion for work. Generation Z is generally defined as those born between […]

Why I Need a Drink (With a Communicator)

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I’m a reporter, and I have a definite opinion about Media Relations People (MRPs), a.k.a. PR types, Comms types, or if you are old school, publicists or flacks. But before you jump to the conclusion that it’s of the cats-vs.-dogs variety (see also: Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog, courtesy Warner Bros.), let me tell you, […]

The Dawn of a New Era: Hemp, Cannabis, and Drug Safety

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Drug safety has always been my passion. My career over the last three decades has been shaped by growing up in an environment governed by evolving drug safety regulations. Whether it has involved reviewing spontaneously reported adverse events for approved drugs or adverse event reports from a clinical trial under an Investigational New Drug application, […]

11 PR Hacks from the Pros

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Whether you work for a corporation, association, nonprofit, or government agency, PR professionals are busy! Addis Communications recently interviewed senior-level health and science communications professionals and asked them about their favorite PR hack — an app, a resource, or something they do that makes their work life a bit easier. Here’s what they said. John […]

A Look at How We Process and Act on Information

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, risk and behavioral scientist

In today’s world, where people have many ways to get their news, the challenge is sorting through information to identify what’s important and what isn’t — and determining whether the information is trustworthy. “When we don’t manage trust, we fail to manage risk,” says Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, a risk and behavioral scientist. Chakraborty, who specializes […]

Would You Risk Your Life to Do Your Job?

Mass layoffs in the news media continue. Buzzfeed, Gannett, HuffPost, and VICE are just a few of the latest outlets in 2019 to lay off reporters. Despite this, every day journalists around the world put their lives on the line doing their jobs — telling the stories that need to be told. One of those […]

The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

While plenty of books tell people what to do and how to do it, not many tell you when to do it. Timing is more important than people think, says New York Times best-selling author Daniel H. Pink.   Pink recently spoke about his newest book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, as part of […]

3 Tips to Help Ensure Your Trade Show Gets Media Coverage

Fresh off my second year of handling media relations for CES, one of the world’s largest trade shows, reinforced two things: 1) media relations is not dead and 2) you’ve got to have news if you want media coverage. Easier said than done. I’ve handled PR and media relations for dozens of trade shows, conferences, […]