2 4/3/2015

Smart social media health care comments this week…and then there was Mark Cuban

On his Not Running A Hospital blog, former hospital exec Paul Levy writes: Comments over at @HealthNewsRevu can be as thoughtful as the articles: http://t.co/WEcr8GSGFL — Paul Levy (@Paulflevy) April 3, 2015 Levy’s entire post was a copy of a comment by Dr. Tazia K. Stagg on our site, left in response to Sally James’ […]

2 4/2/2015

Salon’s “female viagra is long overdue” piece fell into the disease mongering trap

The following blog post is from one of our regular contributors, Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria, British Columbia,  a journalist, and author of the books  “Seeking Sickness” and “The ABCs of Disease Mongering”. These are his opinions. ———————————— It’s great to see young journalists – all enthusiastic and energetic — weigh […]

25 3/31/2015

Social media reacts to “Emperor of All Maladies” – Ripples of conversation flow from it

The following is a guest blog post from one of our contributors, Sally James of Seattle, an active observer of, and participant in, health/medicine/science-related social media. She tweets as @jamesian. —————————— People are talking about the cancer film, “Emperor of Maladies,” produced by Ken Burns for the Public Broadcasting System, PBS. The three part series […]

3/31/2015

JACC cites our work in calling for journalists & researchers to share responsibility in protecting the public

Dr. Valentin Fuster of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, cites our work in his editorial, “Journalists and Researchers: Equal Responsibility in Protecting the Public.“ Excerpts of his editorial: “Over the past 10 months in these Editor’s Pages, I have often encouraged […]

8 3/30/2015

More than half of 60 Minutes devoted to “Killing Cancer” but still no independent perspective

The following is a guest blog post from a member of our editorial team, Tom Watkins, who worked at CNN for more than two decades.  He has a strong background in health/medical/science journalism. ————————— CBS News’ “60 Minutes” devoted a massive amount of time, resources and airtime to a story about an experimental treatment underway […]

3 3/25/2015

A call to ban advertising testosterone for anti-aging

The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published an editorial, “Disease Mongering of Age-Associated Declines in Testosterone and Growth Hormone Levels.”  It’s written by Dr. Thomas Perls, Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics, Boston Medical Center and Dr. David Handelsman of the University of Sydney. Because we want to devote more attention to health care advertising […]

1 3/25/2015

CBS: slow down the Alzheimer’s drug trial hype – 2 examples in 1 week.

What follows are the third and fourth Alzheimer’s disease news items we’ve reviewed in the last 3 days.  This could be a full-time beat. Perhaps some of what we’re seeing was prompted by The Alzheimer’s Association conducting its “advocacy forum” in Washington this week, with a national fundraising dinner last night (with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer […]

8 3/24/2015

Some journalists fire another “silver bullet” at Alzheimer’s amyloid target

The following is a guest blog post from one of our regular contributors, Alan Cassels, who is an author, journalist, and drug policy researcher with an interest in how clinical research and experience on pharmaceuticals gets translated for policy-makers, prescribers and consumers. ————————– A March 20th story in the Boston Globe. “Biogen drug offers hope for […]

2 3/23/2015

Sponsored journalist training on “precision medicine”: Zeroing in on a conflict of interest

The following is a guest post from Andrew Holtz, one of our longtime contributors, my former colleague at CNN, and a past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists.  This is at least the sixth time that we have addressed National Press Foundation workshop funding on this site. ———————— The question came from multiple […]

2 3/23/2015

Questions for TIME about its prediction of a pill to make us more compassionate

I was challenged by a fellow health care journalist to address a story by TIME.com, with this headline, “There Could Soon Be a Pill to Make Us More Compassionate.” The story reports that, in “a new study, published in the journal Current Biology…A group led by researchers at University of California Berkeley and University of California […]

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