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Vyvanse – A life cycle drug? Or disease mongering?
The following is a guest blog post by Dr. Susan Molchan, one of our independent expert editorial contributors. Could an article in the scientific journal Psychopharmacology, “New onset executive function difficulties at menopause: a possible role for lisdexamfetamine,” be the first shot across the graying marketplace for another “disease” for the brand name stimulant Vyvanse? Initially […]2 4/2/2015
Salon’s “female viagra is long overdue” piece fell into the disease mongering trap
The following blog post is from one of our regular contributors, Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, a journalist, and author of the books “Seeking Sickness” and “The ABCs of Disease Mongering”. These are his opinions. ———————————— It’s great to see young journalists – all enthusiastic and energetic — weigh […]6/5/2012
Disease mongering of low testosterone – two journal articles
Two articles in the current Medical Journal of Australia point to disease-mongering of low testosterone. David Handelsman, PhD, of the University of Sydney, reports that there has been at least a twofold increase in total expenditure on testosterone prescriptions in Australia over two decades. Barbara Mintzes, PhD, of the University of British Columbia, and Agnes […]4/4/2008
Disease mongering by Women’s Health magazine
Add Women’s Health magazine to my list of publications guilty of disease-mongering by advocating tests that are not supported by evidence – recommendations that run counter to those of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The article, “THE MEDICAL TESTS YOU SHOULD TAKE: Head-to-Toe Tune-Up” is not unlike those I’ve criticized on CNN, in the […]4
Resting bitch face: Disease-mongering plastic surgery news
The following is a guest blog post by Carolina Branson, PhD, an associate editor for HealthNewsReview.org. As noted below, her graduate research was on women’s health issues in the media. “Facial plastic surgery improves perception of femininity, personality, attractiveness.” When I saw this headline from a recent news release from JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, it made me […]11/19/2014
Inadvertent disease-mongering of diabetes puts media innumeracy on display
In another of the occasional Hypewatch features on MedPage Today, Kristina Fiore writes, “Hypewatch: 100 Million Diabetic Americans in the Dark?” A third of Americans have diabetes but don’t know it? That’s almost as hard to believe as the IOM’s conclusion that a third of Americans live with severe chronic pain. The diabetes figure is […]6 11/29/2012
New poster child for disease-mongering? Do you have a pre-cold?
One of our readers tipped us off to what he called “a new poster child for overtreatment.” We’ll call it disease-mongering. It’s the website of the drug company promoting Zicam. The new pitch promotes Zicam for “pre-colds.” What’s a Pre-Cold?, the website asks, anticipating our astute question. Well, as you can see, it’s a term […]11/21/2012
Female orgasmic disorder? CBC airs indepth disease-mongering discussion
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) program, The Current, reported: “Drug to treat Female Orgasmic Disorder under speculation.” The brief program description: “Trials of a new drug to help treat a condition known as female orgasmic disorder are underway in Canada. But critics say there’s no such thing, and this is really about drug manufacturing and […]2 6/14/2012
3-part series on disease-mongering
William Heisel, one of our ace story reviewers on HealthNewsReview.org, has published three pieces on disease-mongering on the Reporting on Health site. Does Baldness Really Need a Cure? Steer Clear of Disease-Mongering Quicksand Avoid Extremes to Avoid Disease Mongering3/12/2012
Online “Daily Deal” coupon for preventive MRI scan – disease-mongering du jour
Some of the Groupon, Living Social, Daily Deal offerings are getting a little crazy. Here’s one I got today. The ad copy is astounding: Been dealing with a minor ache or pain? Get it checked out today! Once in a while, you may experience an enlightening moment in your life. This experience may change the […]10/14/2011
MSNBC disease-mongering of “runner’s face”
MSNBC commits an egregious example of disease-mongering in a piece they headlined: “Plastic surgeon wants to fix your ‘runner’s face’. “ What is so egregious? Let us count the ways: They pass along a plastic surgeon’s news release about his treatment for a condition he calls “runner’s face”. So it is a promotion […]10/6/2011
Disease-mongering du jour: heart disease in young women. Red competing with pink?
Almost as if the American Heart Association felt it must compete for some of the pinkwashing attention given breast cancer in October, it presents its “Go Red for Women” campaign with the message, “Make it your mission to fight heart disease in women.” As with so many disease awareness campaigns, this is, at its conceptual […]7/12/2011
Disease-mongering of overactive bladder in ads
This ad jumped out at me from the recent edition of Prevention magazine. “overactive bladder symptoms do not always have to happen as you age” – Well, what that does is subtly put the thought in your head that it DOES happen to a lot of people as they age. “Gee,” you might then […]5/17/2011
Cardiobrief raises questions of disease-mongering & conflicts of interest in familial hypercholesterolemia guidance
On his Cardiobrief blog, Larry Husten introduces: “…the first of a three-part series on the National Lipid Association. This first part focuses on the NLA’s publication of a series of papers offering expert guidance on familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and raises serious questions about the role of industry in the documents. The second part explores additional […]12 10/25/2010
"The secret sign of ageing" – international disease-mongering
Just five days ago we wrote about an American journalist’s observations of medicalization of one problem sometimes observed after menopause – vaginal atrophy. Today, we see that this disease-mongering trend has popped up in Australia as well. This should be no surprise. Such campaigns are usually led by multinational pharmaceutical companies and their advertising and […]