7 5/5/2015

Questions about ‘80% by 2018′ campaign to boost colorectal cancer screening

The following is a guest blog post by Dr. Richard Hoffman, who has been reviewing health care news stories for us for years.  He recently became the Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine/Iowa City VA Medical Center. I was recently invited to attend an “80% by 2018″ […]

5 5/4/2015

Breast cancer to rise 50 percent by 2030? Hey, not so fast!

The following is a guest blog post from Kathlyn Stone, who is an Associate Editor for HealthNewsReview.org.  That means she’s the one who wakes up every morning and finds the news stories that are eligible for review by our team of reviewers. We recently saw many headlines claiming that the incidence of breast cancer in the […]

1 5/1/2015

Gratifying recognition of HealthNewsReview.org’s work

In what is probably the most thorough article ever written about our 9 years of work on HealthNewsReview.org, Susan Perry of MinnPost.com published, “Confused by a drumbeat of health news ‘dreck?’ A Minnesota-based website aims to help.”  Out of a nearly 2,300-word article, my favorite words were just these 17: “But Health News Review is […]

2 4/30/2015

Readers melt cryotherapy claims by ABC

Oh, the wisdom of the crowds. See the reader comments left in response to this ABC News story, “The Science of Cryotherapy: What -280 Degrees Feels Like.” The video story profiles a professional acrobat making all kinds of claims about what cryotherapy does for him.  While some text graphics displayed some mild caveats about evidence, […]

1 4/29/2015

Reuters wins Wall of Shame award of the day for single source health news story

“Boston Scientific says atrial fibrillation device in demand,” stated the Reuters health news headline. The entire 357-word story was apparently based on an interview with the Boston Scientific CEO after the company reported first-quarter earnings. It may have been intended as a “Business” story but it’s labeled as a “Health” story.  And we came across […]


Troubled Trifecta: Clearing up recent media misinformation on health/medicine/science

Troubled health/medical/science stories are starting to stack up from recent days, so today we offer you a trifecta. The Wall Street Journal published a story under this headline, “Adolescents’ Drinking Takes Lasting Toll on Memory,” with a subhead that stated, “Even moderate drinking by adolescents on a regular basis can cause potentially lasting changes to the brain.” […]

4 4/27/2015

Imbalanced NPR political story on new draft mammography guidelines

A physician-follower of this site wrote to me: “Please consider reviewing this very lopsided and scientifically uninformed piece on NPR on breast cancer screening.” The piece was headlined, “Congress May Be Forced To Intervene Again On Mammogram Recommendations.” We offered a roundup of news coverage on the issue – new US Preventive Services Task Force draft […]


Unsupportable ‘cat therapy’ stories score high on cuteness but low on quality, even though many of us probably don’t care….(and have never heard of the word zoonoses)

Alan Cassels is one of our reviewers and a regular contributor to the blog. The Huffington Post recently published a story, “11 Reasons Your Crazy Cat Obsession Makes You Happier And Healthier,” in a section called the “Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power.” Not only was this a bit of a head-scratcher, it seemed little more […]

1 4/23/2015

Schwitzer/Oransky workshop: “How to accurately report on medical research findings.”

Here are some of the examples used in the workshop, “How to accurately report on medical research findings,” at the Association of Health Care Journalists annual conference, April 23, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. The workshop was led by Gary Schwitzer, publisher of HealthNewsReview.org, and Ivan Oransky, MD, Vice President and Global Editorial Director, MedPage Today. […]

2 4/23/2015

The study that never existed: cancer edition

A couple of years ago on this blog, we shared the unfortunate story of Iced tea, kidney stones, and the study that never existed. Now, history seems to be repeating itself with another phantom study about vitamin supplements and cancer risk. As Michael McBurney writes on the TalkingNutrition blog of supplement manufacturer DSM, a variety […]


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