5/25/2016

Active surveillance for prostate cancer: Comments, context and quips on The Times’ front-page coverage

Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @klomangino. The New York Times today had a front-page story noting that growing numbers of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are opting for active surveillance of their cancer rather than more aggressive surgery or radiation. Just 10 percent to 15 percent of early-stage prostate cancer patients […]

5/23/2016

Podcast: ChemoBrainFog blogger criticizes celebrity breast cancer news

Once AnneMarie Ciccarella gets going, there’s no stopping her. You may get a rant, and you may get more than you bargained for. But you’ll definitely get a smart patient’s perspective about what’s wrong with a lot of media messages about breast cancer – especially messages from some celebrities about their breast cancer experiences. On Twitter, where […]

2 5/23/2016

Inside the Sausage Factory of Drug Approval: Nuplazid (pimavanserin) coverage didn’t inspect closely enough

The FDA’s drug approval process was in the news earlier this month when Nuplazid (pimavanserin), a new drug to treat the hallucinations and delusions that sometimes accompany Parkinson’s disease, was approved.  Anyone knowing anything about FDA drug approvals knows how hard it is to predict outcomes after a lengthy and complicated process comprised largely of […]

5 5/17/2016

Why “exercise lowers cancer risk” headlines mislead readers

The following post is by Kevin Lomangino, Managing Editor of HealthNewsReview.org, who stresses that he has nothing against exercise and believes that it is a healthy activity that should be encouraged. This post is about inaccurate news media descriptions of an exercise study and how those descriptions could be improved. The big health story of […]

4 5/17/2016

Despite assurances, subsidies won’t save many from big health insurance rate increases

Trudy Lieberman is a veteran health care journalist and regular blogger for HealthNewsReview.org. She tweets as @Trudy_Lieberman. [Editor’s note: There is is addendum at the bottom of the post regarding the impact of rate increases on individuals who are eligible for subsidies and stay in the same plan from year to year.] Recently a web […]

5/16/2016

Trendy new ‘pea milk’ generates lots of headlines, but little scrutiny

The following post is by Joy Victory, who joined HealthNewsReview.org in March as deputy managing editor. She tweets as @thejoyvictory. If you’re like us, you might already be tired of reading about Ripple, a new “pea milk” product that’s just barely hit store shelves (and costs at least two times as much as regular milk), […]

15 5/13/2016

CBS proclaims ‘cancer breakthrough’ – doesn’t explain what FDA means by that term

What does it mean when the FDA designates an experimental approach with “breakthrough status”?  You weren’t given an adequate explanation last night when CBS News led its evening newscast with a graphic reading “CANCER BREAKTHROUGH.” It was a followup to what CBS says is its two-year exploration of a polio-virus-for-glioblastoma trial at Duke.  It was featured on […]

5/12/2016

Podcast: 4 decades of solid medical science journalism by Sharon Begley

As I look around after my own 40+ years in health care journalism, I don’t see many others still plowing away at these topics for as long as I have. But today we profile one.  In another of our series of podcasts profiling standouts in health/medical/science journalism, you have the chance to hear from Sharon Begley […]

1 5/11/2016

Swaddling and SIDS: Why scary headlines got it wrong

The following post is by Joy Victory, who joined HealthNewsReview.org in March as deputy managing editor. She tweets as @thejoyvictory. Once, while discussing the merits of infant swaddling with a fellow new parent and co-worker, a seasoned dad overheard our conversation and piped up over his cubicle: “Isn’t it great? I still swaddle my kid…and he’s […]

11 5/11/2016

Sponsored content gets even more slippery: Disappearing disclosures and other dirty tricks designed to fool readers

Trudy Lieberman is a veteran health care journalist and regular blogger for HealthNewsReview.org. She tweets as @Trudy_Lieberman. [Editor’s note: The Guardian has responded to concerns raised in this post regarding disappearing sponsor disclosures; please see the addendum at the bottom of the post.] As a reader of health stories, I don’t like to be deceived.  […]

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