Health News Review

Unfortunately it’s behind a paywall.  Odd choice by the journal, given the subject.

UPDATE on May 9:  JAMA Internal Medicine has decided to move the article in front of the paywall, offering it free online to readers for 6 months.  This is apparently in response to reader comments about the previous restriction.  You can access it at:

One free work-around if you don’t have a subscription or access to one: register for the JAMA Network Reader app – - and gain free access to this and more JAMA journal content.



Tazia K. Stagg posted on May 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Odd choice, indeed.
Thank you for your work!
I’ve just now found this site. (Was distraught about coverage of FDA’s aspirin announcement.)

Margaret Polaneczky, MD posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

Congratulations Gary, this is a wonderful article and summary of the current state of affairs with media health coverage. Kudos on all your efforts to help reporters get it right. Next place to focus – Hospital and University PR folks, whose press releases on their employees research often fuel the hype and are frequently just passed straight over to the reader without any editing by the news organizations, which are becoming nothing more than pass-throughs for press releases.


BabyBoomerWriter posted on May 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I don’t understand why any publication would keep archived articles behind a paywall indefinitely. It seems that once it is no longer current news, it becomes (if applicable) searchable for historic background, timelines, etc. I wish more JAMA articles were freely available. Good work!

Kevin O'Brien posted on May 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

Why is a PLEASE CONTRIBUTE button not prominently displayed on your website? Wide support by small donors would encourage larger ones.

    Gary Schwitzer posted on May 26, 2014 at 10:00 am


    Thanks for your note. I’ve heard this from countless friends and concerned observers.

    But to do this kind of work correctly requires a greater amount of funding than I’ve seen raised by crowdfunding for anything comparable. This can’t be a mom-and-pop operation as it was for much of the past 8 years. I can’t do this as the only fulltime staffer anymore.

    Nonetheless, I may soon add a “Donate” button simply because currently the project has no budget whatsoever.