Margaret W. Crane

Medical Writer with Eclectic Tendencies

With 20 years' experience as a writer and editor for academic and non-profit organizations, I specialize in translating complex research issues into lively, readable prose for lay audiences. I also love writing profiles and human-interest stories across a variety of fields and settings. My clients and employers have included Weill Cornell Medical College, the New York Academy of Sciences, NYU Medical Center, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, and the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, among others. My work has appeared in The Scientist, the Los Angeles Times, and on numerous health and education websites. I also delight in working with individual authors as a ghost-writer, collaborator, and editor.


Feature Articles

Oh baby! Eczema from pregnancy to menopause
Ah, the joys of pregnancy! While some women sail right through it, others endure morning sickness, varicose veins and hemorrhoids, to name just a few common afflictions of that...
Put the joy back in cooking
Shirley Wallace was only 15 when she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). At first, everyone, including her doctors, thought her aching joints were just a matter of...
Why eczema itches, and how to find relief
No matter how tired she is or how drained she feels after a long day at work, Shellie Rucinski never skimps on helping her 11-year-old daughter, Grace, with her nightly skincare...
A national survey maps the influence of diet on psoriasis
Last year, a team of researchers from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine's Department of Dermatology published the results of a national survey...
People with eczema talk love, sex, and body image
How am I ever going to talk to a girl, much less hold her hand? Am I ever going to go on a date? And even if I do, will she even want to touch someone like me? Will she feel...
Bridging the patient-physician divide
In the decades after his initial diagnosis with psoriatic disease, Brandon Kee, now 44, has lived, worked and coped with multiple, overlapping disorders requiring the care of an...
September Is National Recovery Month - Sovereign Health Group
By Margaret W. Crane As F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote in The Great Gatsby, "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." Most of us welcome that feeling of a...
An Old Treatment Approach Offers New Option to Eczema Patients | National Eczema Association
In 2008, Dr. Richard Aron, an established pediatric dermatologist in London and Cape Town, South Africa, hung out his electronic shingle, offering his own topical treatment for...
NPF researcher identifies microRNA with major potential
Roughly defined, RNA relays instructions between genes and proteins, telling our cells which proteins to build and how to build them. According to Dr. Enikö Sonkoly, senior...
Molecular chain reaction drives skin injury and psoriasis
NPF-funded discovery pinpoints possible target for psoriasis treatment
15 tips that will help you live a better life with eczema
For more than 3 million children and adolescents living with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD)-the most common and serious type of eczema-the worst words in the English...
Living the Questions
Profile of a physician/scientist and alumnus of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program
The Brain Institute (4 short articles)
A second biologic drug for eczema makes its way to market | National Eczema Association
Following on the heels of Dupixent (dupilumab)-the first-ever biologic drug for atopic dermatitis (the most common type of eczema), approved by the U.S. Food and Drug...
Urbanization: Environmental Catastrophe or New Global Ecology?
Fertility and IBD: What Men Need to Know
Don't ignore cardiovascular risk, researcher urges
NPF-funded study signals urgent need for screening guidelines for people with psoriatic arthritis.
Where Endoscopists Boldly Go
Genetic Discovery: Getting Up to Speed
IBD and Delayed Growth: A Twin Affliction
In the Tracks of Virulent Herpes Simplex
Heat and the City
Anti-Angiogenic Research Approaches Advance Alternatives in Treating Cancers

Donor Profiles

Father of the Year | National Eczema Association
Atopic dermatitis runs in Anthony Trias' family. His mother has it, and so does his 6-year-old son Aiden. "The disease skipped me and our daughter, Avery, but it attacked Aiden...
Giving (and taking) stock | National Psoriasis Foundation
Forced to retire early because of his PsA, former diplomat Stephen Keat generously donates his time and money to NPF.


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Special issue of NYU Medical Center's internal newsletter
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