Neurology Now Wins Top Editorial Awards
BY SARAH OWENS
Two stories published in Neurology Now in 2016 have won top awards from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE).
The Gold award for Best Profile was awarded to the October/November 2016 cover story, "Shining a Light" (bit.ly/NN-ShiningALight). Written by Neurology Now Managing Editor Mary Bolster and Gina Roberts-Grey, the story profiles Kimberly Williams-Paisley, wife of country singer Brad Paisley, whose mother was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a form of dementia that affects speech, in 2005.
For years Williams-Paisley and her family struggled to understand what was happening to their mother, who died in November 2016, at age 73. Williams-Paisley wrote a book about the experience called Where the Light Gets In.
The Bronze award for Best Single News/Analysis Article was awarded to "Stem Cell Reality" (bit.ly/NN-StemCellReality), a news article in the December 2016/January 2017. Written by Gina Shaw, the article lays out the facts and myths about stem cell therapies, especially those offered through unregulated clinics in the US and abroad. Shaw profiled several people with neurologic conditions who sought treatment with stem cell therapy, some with devastating consequences. She also provides tips for avoiding scams.
Every year, the Society, which recognizes excellence in the field of healthcare publishing, convenes a jury of editors and publishing professionals who review more than 3,000 submissions before conferring the awards. To learn more and see the full list of winners, go to www.ashpe.org.