Millions of individuals around the world experience discrimination and exclusion as a result of the historical stigma and shame associated with menstruation. An estimated 500 million (25% of all people who menstruate) experience ‘period poverty,’ defined as a lack of access to sanitary products, hygiene facilities, waste management and education.1 Isn’t it time to normalize menstruation, and end period poverty?
The second a newborn is placed on her mother’s chest, their pituitary gland floods their bloodstream with the hormone oxytocin. The result: the triggering of an instinctual, lifetime craving for love-hormone which can only be satisfied by social interaction.1,2 From that moment onwards, social interaction will play a highly influential role in that child’s development, morbidity, mortality, mental health and even their ability to exhibit prosocial behaviour like empathy.2
Advances in technology and communications have made it possible for us to have an ever-growing amount of information at our fingertips, ready to be consumed, shared… and quickly forgotten? In a world that revolves more and more frequently around images, leaving a mark has become an increasingly difficult challenge, particularly when complex information is involved: our knowledge can be expanded now more than ever, but what about our capability to understand, memorize, and recall?
From Google to Amazon, the giants are getting serious about healthcare innovation
In recent years, Google and their parent company Alphabet have been seriously investing in the health sector. Google Health – conceived in 2006, discontinued in 2012 and restarted in 2018 – “is committed to helping billions of people be healthier through products and services that connect individuals and bring meaning to health information”.
If you asked someone who they thought were the main contributors to climate change the answers would likely include energy companies and automotive industries, right? Not everyone thinks of the role that the pharmaceutical industry plays, even though it contributed 55% more CO2 than the automotive industry in 2015.1 In 2019, the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and chemicals was the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions within the NHS England.2
In November 2021, my career trajectory did a full 180°. With a Pharmacy degree and a few years of med comms experience, I joined the Creative Club – taking my first big step into the cool and colorful world of medical copywriting. Before I had time to doubt myself, it was day 1 at the virtual office, and with Stephen King’s wise ‘On Writing’ words engrained, and my A-level grammar refreshed, it was time for me to bellyflop into the pool of the unfamiliar.
Messaging in a time of war - how digital transformation has created a new battlefront
Since the digital age began, the way we learn, communicate and view the world has transformed. Over recent weeks, it has become increasingly clear how the world’s digital metamorphosis offers power to the people in previously unprecedented ways.
March is MS awareness month and is a great opportunity to give people confidence to speak up and share stories. The goal of this month for the National MS Society is to “help people better understand life with MS and become inspired to do whatever it takes to change the world for people living with [the condition]”.1
On 16 March 2020, we sent an email saying “The Prime Minister has just held a press conference where he advised people to avoid non-essential contact with others – and to work from home where possible. It seems therefore, that we should close the office from tomorrow. I’m assuming this might last several weeks or more, so remember to take all your gear home with you!”
The Corpus is excited to be attending the Medical Affairs Professionals Society conference in New Orleans, Louisiana next week. Over 700 Medical Affairs professionals from around the world will gather at the conference which will feature industry-leading programming, best practice sharing, and plenty of opportunities for networking. This will be our first live event since 2020 and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in person again!