Ontario Writer Wins Journalism Award

    Article discusses the HRT: The hormonal hot potato

    MONTREAL, May 14 /CNW/ - For many women, menopause is a bittersweet rite
of passage that can become downright unpleasant. They may be tormented for
years by hot flashes, drenching sweats, and migraines, all prompted by this
major physiological change. The symptoms can be reduced by a treatment that
replenishes the body's waning supply of the hormone estrogen, but conflicting
opinions still swirl around the long-term safety of such therapy.
    Toronto-based writer Marcia Kaye has put the pros and cons of this
treatment option into a much clearer focus with an article that has made her
this year's winner of the sanofi pasteur Medal For Excellence In Health
Research Journalism. "The truth about estrogen," published in the December
2008 issue of More, sorts through the complex and sometimes contradictory
literature surrounding hormone replacement. Readers can gain a complete
understanding of the subject, as well as learning about the latest Canadian
contributions to the field.
    "We congratulate Ms. Kaye on this achievement," says CHR president,
Patricia Guyda. "She has done an excellent job of summarizing the current
understanding of hormonal treatment and revealed how research directly impacts
practicing procedures of physicians. She has demonstrated how good journalism
can inform the public and raise their awareness."
    Ms. Kaye's work was the unanimous and enthusiastic choice of a panel of
scientists and writers that judged the winning entry. They viewed her article
as outstanding in its balance of research findings and personal perspectives.
The judges also praised other submissions to this annual competition, noting
in particular the quality of John Hoffman's article, "Autism now", which was
published in Today's Parent.
    CHR launched the sanofi pasteur Medal in 1995, and administers the
selection process. Sponsored by sanofi pasteur, Canada's premier vaccine
company, the inaugural medal recipient was Globe and Mail science reporter
Stephen Strauss for his longstanding contribution to promoting public
awareness of science. Other recent awardees include Michael Smith from
University Affairs, Peggy Curran from the Montreal Gazette, Mark Witten from
Canadian Living.
    "As a company that is built on nearly a century of science, sanofi
pasteur is pleased to be associated with this prestigious award that
recognizes excellence in science journalism," says Nancy Simpson, Director,
Communications at sanofi pasteur Canada.
    Dr. Luis Barreto, Vice President Public, Scientific and Medical Affairs,
Sanofi Pasteur Limited, will present the award to Ms. Kaye on May 23 during
the Canadian Science Writers' Association annual general meeting in Sudbury,
Ontario. Ms. Kaye will receive a commemorative medal and a $2,500 bursary.

    Canadians for Health Research (CHR) is a nonprofit organization committed
to promoting the stability and quality of Canadian health research. It fosters
communication between health researchers, the government and the Canadian
public, and publishes a quarterly magazine entitled Future Health. For more
information, or to become a member, please visit the CHR website at

    Sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company, discovers,
develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of
everyone. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York
(NYSE:   SNY).
    Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, provided
more than a 1.6 billion doses of vaccine in 2008, making it possible to
immunize more than 500 million people across the globe. A world leader in the
vaccine industry, sanofi pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines
protecting against 20 infectious diseases. The company's heritage, to create
vaccines that protect life, dates back more than a century. Sanofi Pasteur is
the largest company entirely dedicated to vaccines. Every day, the company
invests more than EUR1 million in research and development. For more
information, please visit: www.sanofipasteur.com

For further information:

For further information: Christine Zeindler, Communications, CHR,
Montreal, QC, (514) 671-9878, czeindler@chrcrm.org; Nancy Simpson, Director,
Communications, Sanofi Pasteur Limited, Toronto, Ontario, (416) 667-2955,

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