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Ajai Raj

Science Journalist, Copywriter, and Editor

Plano, TX

Ajai Raj

Ajai Raj is an experienced journalist specializing in health and science reporting, with a knack for making complex concepts simple to understand. He is also a skilled editor and copyeditor, with extensive proofreading and fact-checking experience. Ajai is available for writing and editing work of all kinds. He is a graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York and the University of Texas at Austin. Ajai is writing this bio in the third person, because that's what one does.

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NHIA Predicts Victory For Home Infusion Pay

After years of frustration with a Medicare reimbursement scheme that fails to cover their costs, leaders in the field of home infusion are optimistic that they are on the cusp of a major victory. Congress appears poised to pass the Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act of 2015 (S. 275/H.R. 605), a bipartisan piece of legislation that, if signed into law, would correct a number of long-standing errors in the way home infusion services are reimbursed. In so doing, S. 275/H.R. 605 would give millions of Medicare beneficiaries access to home care, along with all of the clinical, financial and psychosocial benefits that such care provides, advocates noted.
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CDC Draft Opioid Guidelines Ignite Controversy

New draft guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aimed at reducing opioid abuse and addiction have triggered a backlash from pain management experts, many of whom see the guidelines as being nothing short of misguided. In their attempt to mitigate the real risks and dangers of addiction, critics allege that the new guidelines will cause real harm to a significant subset of chronic pain patients for whom opioids do not pose a threat, and who often do not have any other options to treat their pain.
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About

Ajai Raj

Welcome to my longer, first-person bio. My name is Ajai Raj, and I've been working as a freelance journalist for a little over five years now, with a particular focus on science, health, and medicine. I enjoy taking complex concepts and making them both simple to understand and entertaining to read.

I graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City in 2013 with an MA in health and science reporting. During that time I interned at COSMOS, a science magazine in Sydney, Australia, as well as at Popular Science. Subsequent to those internships, I freelanced for both publications, as well as working stints as a fact-checker for Popular Science.

Within the science and medicine realm, my bread and butter has been writing for medical trade journals across a range of medical specialties, including clinical oncology, gastroenterology, pain medicine, and anesthesiology. Recently my beat has expanded to include climate change and other general interest science stories, as well.

I also have a number of gee-whiz science stories under my belt, as well as reviews of art, literature, and performance that engages with science in some way.

I think my portfolio reflects my skill and versatility as a writer. I can write straight news, wry humor, and thoughtful reflection with equal ease, and I welcome any challenge that stretches my voice or expands my knowledge.

In addition to writing, I have experience copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking, and am happy to offer my services in these areas.

Like any good mercenary, my skills are your assets, for the right price. If you'd like to work together, please get in touch: ajairaj [at] gmail [dot] com.

Good night, and godspeed.

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Skills

  • Querying PubMed and similar
  • Content Management Systems
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • MS Office Suite
  • Copywriting
  • Feature Writing
  • Newswriting
  • Technical Writing
  • Research
  • Fact-checking
  • Proofreading
  • Copyediting
  • Editing
  • Interviewing
  • Reporting