Superficial coverage of medical errors could leave erroneous impression with readers

Kevin Lomangino is managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @KLomangino. The health news media was hopping yesterday with a big story about medical errors. Seemingly all the major outlets carried the story, with headlines so alarming that they’d have any conscious hospital patient demanding an immediate discharge. CBS: Medical errors now 3rd leading cause […]

1 5/4/2016

Colonoscopies get the glory, but reasons for dramatic decline in colon cancer are unclear

Kevin Lomangino is managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @KLomangino. Colon cancer is on the decline, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that colon cancer screening — and the increased adoption of colonoscopies in particular — is the reason. Promotion of colonoscopies, a market worth more than $10 billion annually in the United States, […]


HealthNewsReview.org takes its work on the road

HealthNewsReview.org now offers a service to news organizations and to institutions that disseminate health care news releases.  If a host organization can gather an audience big enough to make the trip worthwhile, and if our calendars permit, we are willing to travel to give a presentation or lead a workshop on how to improve the public […]

1 5/2/2016

Parade of pablum in widely-circulated Sunday magazine

Parade magazine makes a lot of claims: Circulation: 22.0 million Readership: 54.1 million Parade is the most widely read magazine in America. Parade magazine is distributed by more than 700 of the country’s finest newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, the New York Daily […]

2 4/28/2016

News media hype of sunscreen studies leaves readers burned by speculative evidence

 Carolina Branson, PhD, is an associate editor with HealthNewsReview.org. She tweets as @BransonCarolina. Just in time for beach season, the news media are serving up a confusing hodgepodge of stories, one claiming that sunscreen can reduce melanoma by 80% and the other claiming that sunscreen use has been linked to fertility problems in men. So, what’s a reader to […]

2 4/27/2016

News media sound the alarm on mercury in seafood during pregnancy — was it a false alarm?

The following post is by Joy Victory, who joined HealthNewsReview.org in March as deputy managing editor. She tweets as @thejoyvictory. A recent 20-page policy report from the Environmental Working Group included alarming news: According to a study they conducted, “nearly three in 10 of the women had more mercury in their bodies than the EPA […]

1 4/26/2016

Cross-border media comparison: Insurance coverage linked to news coverage of expensive cystic fibrosis drug

The following guest post is by Dr. Michael Joyner, a medical researcher at the Mayo Clinic. These views are his own. You can follow him on Twitter @DrMJoyner.   Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a “common” rare disease affecting about 30,000 Americans and 70,000 people worldwide. There has been much good news about CF over the […]


New hope in the epidemic of binge-drinking rodents: Aussie lab sparks premature claims on old drugs as addiction treatments

Alan Cassels is a drug policy researcher and regular contributor to the blog. He is also the author, most recently, of The Cochrane Collaboration: Medicine’s Best-Kept Secret. He tweets as @akecassels.  Who doesn’t like recycling? Along with reusing and reducing, recycling is an important part of keeping down the size of your ecological footprint. In […]

8 4/20/2016

Media mystery: Why did journalists ignore an important study on a costly, harmful back pain procedure?

Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @KLomangino. What qualifies as “news” in the topsy-turvy world of health care can be a real head-scratcher sometimes. A few weeks ago, the New York Times reported in some depth about a two-week, 9-person study of bicyclists headlined, Chocolate Can Boost Your Workout. Really. […]


NFL-affiliated neurosurgeon downplays concussion risks in Penn State news release

The following is a guest blog post from one of our regular contributors and reviewers, Susan Molchan, MD, a psychiatrist in the Washington, DC, area. Over the past several years many stories in the media, as well as last winter’s movie, Concussion, have reported on the increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS […]


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