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.

United States of America


Feature Articles

National Eczema Association

Understanding inflammation's role in atopic dermatitis

When you're in the middle of an eczema flare, do you ever feel like your skin is on fire? The ancient Romans would sympathize. After all, they coined the word inflammare -the...

National Eczema Association

How two self-conscious teens became eczema social media sensations

About a year ago, Alexis Smith received a surprising message via email and Twitter. A global skincare brand wanted to interview her by phone after finding her on Instagram...

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...


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...

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...

National Eczema Association

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...

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...

National Eczema Association

Four families describe what it's really like to live with eczema

On her way home from her job at Walmart in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Stephanie Powell picks up treats for all three of her children. She does this to signal that she loves all...

Advance Online (The National Psoriasis Foundation)

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...

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...


Get the most from your primary care provider

Not so fast. Specialists say that your primary care provider (PCP) is an invaluable member of your health care team - one uniquely positioned to see the whole picture and take...

National Eczema Association

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...

Advance Online (The National Psoriasis Foundation)

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...

The National Psoriasis Foundation website

Molecular chain reaction drives skin injury and psoriasis

NPF-funded discovery pinpoints possible target for psoriasis treatment

National Eczema Association

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...

The New American

Living the Questions

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

Mount Sinai Science & Medicine

The Brain Institute (4 short articles)

National Eczema Association

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...