Margaret W. Crane

Freelance Writer | Health, Medicine, Nonprofit, Government, and Education

United States

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 Medicine, 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, editor, and collaborator.


Weill Cornell Medicine Blog Articles

Weill Cornell Patient Care Blog
How to Protect Yourself When the Air is Hazardous to Your Health

The air quality index (AQI) in New York City is typically around 30. That's considered "good"-between 0 and 50-and it's what New Yorkers have come to expect of the air they breathe. Some people develop respiratory discomfort with levels above 100.

Weill Cornell Patient Care Blog
Over-the-Counter Narcan: A New Weapon in the Fight Against Opioid Overdose Deaths

In late March 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an over-the-counter (OTC) version of Narcan-a medication that reverses opioid overdose. Soon, it will be available in drugstores, convenience stores, supermarkets and gas stations, as well as online-no prescription required.

Weill Cornell Medicine Patient Care Blog
Malaria Infections in Florida and Texas: Will They Spread?

A century ago, malaria was endemic in the United States, especially in the South, but thanks to a vigorous public health response, the disease was considered eliminated in this country by 1951, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Weill Cornell Medicine Patient Care Blog
Breast Reinnervation: Restoring Sensation after Mastectomy

There are two types of patients who may undergo mastectomy, defined as the surgical removal of one or both breasts: Some patients with breast cancer (but certainly not all); and Female-to-male transgender patients undergoing gender-affirming chest surgery Losing a breast is no minor event, says Dr. Lisa Gfrerer, an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine who specializes in chest and breast reinnervation surgery.

Weill Cornell Patient Care Blog
Bile Duct Cancer: A Complex, Difficult-to-Treat Disease

Bile duct cancer, also known as cholangiocarcinoma, is a type of cancer that occurs in the bile ducts-a network of convergent tubes that carry bile, a digestive fluid, from the liver to the small intestine.

Weill Cornell Patient Care Blog
A Transplant Patient's Peak Experience

In 1993, newly married and hopeful about his future, Hector Sanchez told his wife, a nurse, about a long-standing problem. Since his teens, he had periodically seen blood in his urine. She urged him to see a specialist, and he followed her advice.

Weill Cornell Medicine Patient Care Blog
The Effects of Menopause on Mood and Cognition

Menopause is a normal change in a woman's life that begins when her period stops. A woman reaches menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row, usually when she is between 45 and 55 years of age.

Weill Cornell Patient Care Blog
Patients with Long COVID Face Significant Mental Health Challenges

COVID-19 continues to plague individuals and communities across the country, but long COVID is a scourge all on its own for at least 1 out of 5 Americans who previously had the shorter, acute version of the disease, according to recent government estimates.

Feature Articles

City Health (Issued by the CUNY School of Public Health)
Data for the people

Associate Professor Nasim Sabounchi, pictured in front of a causal feedback loop diagram. Since 1999, there has been a 400% rise in drug overdose deaths, and 70% of that increase occurred in 2019 alone.

National Psoriasis Foundation magazine
Telemedicine Tears Down Barriers to Your Doctor

Editor's Note: This article was published prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it precedes the advent of physical distancing, but the accessibility to health care offered by telemedicine is more relevant than ever.] Technology has played an increasing role in connecting us for the past two decades.

National Eczema Association
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 blessed state. And a history of eczema may add one more source of distress into the mix.

Lupus Research Association
LRA-Supported Researchers Developed a Model to Predict Full-Blown Lupus Nephritis Down the Road

LRA-Supported Researchers Developed a Model to Predict Full-Blown Lupus Nephritis Down the Road A new study funded by the Lupus Nephritis Trials Network with support from the Lupus Research Alliance has proposed a set of standardized measures that promise to improve the way clinical trials in lupus nephritis (LN) are structured and how clinical researchers report their results.

National Eczema Association
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 ashamed to introduce me to her parents?

National Eczema Association
Has Dupixent delivered on its promise?

Carol Greenspun was told she'd probably outgrow her eczema once she reached puberty. That didn't happen. Then, her doctors predicted she'd find relief during and after pregnancy - another hormonal inflection point - but four pregnancies later, that didn't happen either. More recently, she hoped menopause would shake things up.

Living New Deal
Reviving the New Deal's Lost History in New York City | Living New Deal

The eerie absence of historic signage marking the New Deal's achievements in New York City is striking, especially given the city's favored status as a recipient of New Deal funding. Between 1936 and 1937, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) funneled one-seventh of its total monies to New York City, earning it the nickname of the "47 th state" among Washington insiders.

The New American
Living the Questions

Profile of a physician/scientist and alumnus of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program


Nutrition Column

Take Charge (membership magazine of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation)
How Sweet It Is!


Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Challenges in Pediatric IBD

Multi-author study of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in chlidren