1 4/6/2016

Podcast: ABC stations mislead patients with “migraine treatment” news

The world needs more smart patient advocates. Our latest podcast is about one of them – Teri Robert – who has had migraines for more than 50 years, starting when she was 6.  She publishes a migraine patient blog, “Putting Our Heads Together,” to provide information, support and advocacy. And she is a migraine “health […]

3 4/5/2016

Whiplash warning! Readers brace for possible neck injury as competing claims on statins hit the headlines

You’ve felt that pain before. Red wine is good for you. Red wine is bad for you. One day chocolate=bad; the next, it’s good for you. Scanners and surfers of health and medical news are accustomed to being jerked back and forth by competing Twitteresque soundbites. Readers worried about their cholesterol could be getting whiplash this week as news […]

4/5/2016

Wearable monitors: what do we really know?

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 most interesting pieces of health care reporting I have read in the last couple of weeks was Charles Piller’s article in Stat on leadership […]

4/4/2016

Questions, answers and lessons from the Maryland chocolate milk/concussions debacle

Andrew Holtz and Earle Holland, who have been following this story since we first called attention to it in January, offer some summary wisdom and analysis following the release of a University of Maryland investigative report on the chocolate milk/concussions study.    Answers after months of waiting The University of Maryland report exceeded my expectations, […]

1 4/1/2016

U of Maryland review: researcher on flawed chocolate milk/concussions study failed to disclose big dairy donations  

The University of Maryland (UMD) today acknowledged serious problems with the process that produced flawed research and a misleading news release touting the benefits of a specific brand of chocolate milk for recovery from concussions in student athletes. Concerns about the news release and underlying study were first identified by HealthNewsReview.org on January 5, 2016. […]

4/1/2016

Vegetarianism doesn’t cause cancer, despite what many news outlets reported this week

Guest blogger Robin Bisson is the director of the Genetic Expert News Service, a non-profit that aims to provide journalists with rapid access to scientific expertise in genetics and biotechnology. He tweets as @RobinBisson. A neat little study was published this week. It reported a gene variant that is found more commonly in traditionally vegetarian societies […]

3/30/2016

School district suggests its football players never participated in troubled U of Maryland chocolate milk/concussions study

It’s been about two months since HealthNewsReview.org requested that the University of Maryland release public documents pertaining to a troubled study about chocolate milk and concussions — a request that the university is bound by law to fulfill within 30 days. Earle Holland comments on the university’s foot-dragging in a separate post today and explains why […]

3/30/2016

Maryland tries to run out the clock on public records requests related to chocolate milk study

HealthNewsReview.org requested two months ago that the University of Maryland release public documents pertaining to a troubled study about chocolate milk and concussions — a request that the university is bound by law to fulfill within 30 days. While the university drags its feet, Andrew Holtz has been trying to find out more from Washington […]

3/29/2016

Don’t believe the biohype: Tips for evaluating claims about genetics and biotech

Guest blogger Arvind Suresh is a Science Media Liaison at the Genetic Expert News Service (GENeS), a non-profit that aims to provide journalists with rapid access to scientific expertise in genetics and biotechnology. You can find more information at geneticexperts.org and follow him on Twitter @suresh_arvind. “Unlocking genetics to improve health,” ran the all-too-familiar headline […]

4 3/25/2016

Frustrating Friday flops – cat poop rage! Tattoos boost immunity?

Often on Fridays, we present a Five Star Friday feature in which we profile outstanding health care journalism. This is NOT one of those features. We’re going to the other end of the spectrum with these items in the news this week. Rage-inducing cat litter (We assigned our own Kat – associate editor Kathlyn Stone – to […]

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