1 5/10/2016

Communicating effectively about concussion research: 6 tips for writers

The following guest post is by Matt Shipman, a public information officer at North Carolina State University and a frequent story and news release reviewer. He tweets as @shiplives. Concussions have been in the news a lot recently, in stories that focus on everything from the National Football League to potential diagnostic tools to recovery […]

2 5/9/2016

Behind the “Biggest Loser” study headlines — a lost opportunity to educate about weight loss options

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.   One of the biggest health news stories last week was about the long term weight loss results reported in 14 participants from the Biggest Loser reality […]

23 5/5/2016

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 were 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 […]

4 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, […]

5/3/2016

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 […]

3 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 […]

4/22/2016

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 […]

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