Why the WHO celebration on measles could backfire on public health

Jubilant headlines that borrow framing from a World Health Organization (WHO) announcement are declaring the Americas a “measles-free” zone. NBC: Measles Has Been Eliminated in the Americas, WHO Says Newsweek: Measles eradicated from the Americas  The Atlantic: The Measles-Free Americas TIME: The Americas Are Now Officially Free of Measles “We celebrate this historic day in which the scourge […]


Riding the health news roller coaster with a questionable kidney stone cure

Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @KLomangino. Sick of riding the health news merry go round, where “good for you/bad for you” health advice changes from week to week based on shoddy reporting of preliminary research? How about a ride on the health news roller coaster instead? This week, there […]

3 9/28/2016

What some stories missed about the muscular dystrophy drug approval: Pharma’s close ties to vocal patient advocacy groups

Many news stories about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Sept. 19 approval of the first drug to treat Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy rightly noted that the controversial decision signals a dangerous erosion of FDA standards. I wrote about the issue back in June in a post describing concerns with the data Sarepta Therapeutics submitted to support approval […]

4 9/27/2016

How to write about addiction without promoting stigma and bias: 4 tips for journalists

The following guest post is by Maia Szalavitz, a journalist and author who writes frequently about addiction and drugs. She writes for TIME.com, VICE, and the New York Times, among others, and is the author, most recently, of the New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain. She tweets as @maiasz. As journalists, we know that the language we use matters. Many […]


Pernicious PR Promotion of Overdiagnosis – my talk at Barcelona conference

I attended and spoke at the Preventing Overdiagnosis conference in Barcelona last week. It drew a large international audience – including representatives from Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland  – an incomplete list, to be sure. Included among the attendees were three other people who work on HealthNewsReview.org: Alan […]

1 9/22/2016

Once again, some news media can’t resist lure of sexy-but-preliminary research

Joy Victory is deputy managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. She tweets as @thejoyvictory. “If you feel your sex drive taking a nosedive in the dreary winter months, just buy some really, really bright light bulbs, screw them in, and sit under them for half an hour.” That’s Maxim’s awful advice to readers in a news piece […]

8 9/20/2016

‘Zero deaths’ from breast cancer? NBC viewers misinformed by puff piece on screening test

Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @Klomangino. It’s hard to know where to begin with this story from NBC Nightly News about a supposedly “new” test that could be a “lifesaver” for women with dense breasts whose cancer might not show up on a normal mammogram. NBC’s top-rated newscast reaches […]

1 9/16/2016

Prostate Week continues: Yale Cancer Center also flouting evidence with public prostate screening event

It’s been a big week for prostate screening news and we’re not finished yet. We fact-checked Donald Trump’s health sit-down with Dr. Oz and explored the misleading messages it produced about prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. We looked at coverage of a new clinical trial showing that active monitoring in screen-detected early prostate cancer produces outcomes […]

4 9/15/2016

Overall impressive: News media coverage of NEJM study on treating vs not treating prostate cancer

Joy Victory is deputy managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. She tweets as @thejoyvictory.  An important new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine provides clarity on outcomes of men with early prostate cancer who either received surgery, radiation or “active monitoring,” which means patients were given routine checks and only treated if the cancer was […]

3 9/15/2016

Fact-checking the Trump – Oz health sitdown

Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @Klomangino. We’re no strangers to the wacky claims of ratings-driven TV docs and the often evidence-free statements of their guests. But the Trump – Oz health sitdown promised to bring a new level of surreality to our corner of the media landscape. The cognitive […]


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