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 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
Understanding Polio's Emergence in New York

Unlike COVID-19 or the flu, polio is entirely and permanently preventable. In fact, until this year, there had not been one case of polio that originated in this country since 1979.

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.

Weill Cornell Medicine Patient Care Blog
Monkeypox: What We Know So Far

By late July, the World Health Organization (WHO) had documented cases of monkeypox in nearly 80 countries and territories. The virus has been spreading so rapidly that the WHO designated it a global health emergency, one that demands a coordinated international response.

Weill Cornell Medicine Patient Care Blog
A Weill Cornell Pediatrician Diagnoses a 12-Year-Old in the Nick of Time

In August 2020, Kim Kittay and her three sons were visiting friends in the Hamptons for the weekend. On Saturday night, her youngest son, Ezra, wasn't feeling well. Then, on Sunday morning he seemed fine and spent the day at the beach, but after dinner that evening, he vomited.

Weill Cornell Medicine Patient Care Blog
Dysphagia: Individualized treatment for people with swallowing disorders

The term "dysphagia" may be unfamiliar to most of us, but its symptoms are all too real if you experience it. The word simply means "difficulty swallowing." During June-Dysphagia Awareness Month-we have an opportunity to learn about a process we all take for granted, and what can go wrong with this most seemingly natural of functions.

Weill Cornell Medicine Patient Care Blog
Addressing Mental Health Care for Asians and Pacific Islanders

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has received a seven-fold increase in reports of anti-Asian harassment, discrimination and violence since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsurprisingly, the rise of racially motivated attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) living in the U.S.

Weill Cornell Medicine Patient Care Blog
Infertility Treatment

Gone are the days when a woman was labeled "barren" when she failed to get pregnant within the first year or two of marriage. And gone is the time when she and her partner were forced to accept a future of permanent infertility.

Weill Cornell Medicine Patient Care Blog
Taking Care of Your Voice: A Whole-Patient Approach to Vocal Health

For opera singers, Broadway performers and public speakers, the voice is a professional asset, comparable to a surgeon's hands or a pilot's vision. But most of us tend to take our voices for granted-unless something goes wrong.

Feature Articles

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
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
A coronavirus survival guide for the eczema family | National Eczema Association

With the COVID-19 virus in our midst, the new normal bears little resemblance to life as we knew it just a few short weeks ago. The constraints of social distancing have affected every aspect of our lives. Our homes are now multi-purpose sites where many of us are working, teaching and maintaining our connection with others beyond physical walls.

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.

Sovereign Health Group
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 fresh start that comes right after Labor Day, so it makes sense that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ...

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