6 9/11/2015

Idolatry of the surrogate: Overdiagnosis in diabetes – podcast with Dr. John S. Yudkin

Our new podcast features an important topic:  Is there overdiagnosis of diabetes?  Is the creation of the term and the diagnosis of “pre-diabetes” another form of over diagnosis? The topic was addressed 4 years ago in an article called “The Idolatry of the Surrogate” in The BMJ.  One of the authors, Dr. John S. Yudkin is […]

6 9/10/2015

Half of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes? Really? What does that mean?

Headlines and stories across the US are blaring the apparently frightening news: The Los Angeles Times: Diabetes nation? Half of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes WebMD skips the pre-diabetes discussion and jumps right in with: Diabetes a Concern for Half of Americans NBC News: Half of Americans Have Diabetes or High Blood Sugar This is all based on […]

4 9/10/2015

Slick congressional PR campaign relentlessly plugs 21st Century Cures Act

Contributor Trudy Lieberman has been tracking the progress of the 21st Century Cures Act through Congress. She’s previously written about how the bill would relax consumer safety protections related to medical devices. In a future post she’ll be examining how current FDA regulations are already allowing many faulty, unproven devices on the market — and […]

1 9/9/2015

Yo-yo stories on optimum weight and Alzheimer’s risk — inappropriate language keeps readers’ heads spinning

Research into lifestyle factors that may increase the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life is very important considering the disease’s nasty profile as well as its reach among the elderly. The first of the 74 million “baby boomers” (born between 1946 and 1964) have been reaching 65-year-old senior status at the rate of […]


Five-Star Friday: cancer centers, precision medicine, stem cell soup, and why science isn’t broken

Last week we reviewed three top-rated five-star stories on the site. This week we didn’t have anything that topped three stars cross our radar. That doesn’t mean there weren’t reporters and news release writers putting out exemplary pieces about health care — merely that we didn’t have an opportunity to review them. This column provides […]

5 9/4/2015

Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015

I attended, and led a seminar at, the third annual Preventing Overdiagnosis conference in Washington, DC this week.  My talk was on “The role of the media in preventing or promoting overdiagnosis.”   My slides are now posted on SlideShare. Role of the media in preventing or promoting overdiagnosis from Gary Schwitzer HealthNewsReview.org contributors Alan […]

1 9/2/2015

Bankrupted by cancer: Why “cost” is an important criterion in our review process

The following is a guest blog post by Harold DeMonaco, the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Care Transitions at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been one of our most active reviewers and guest bloggers throughout our 9+ year history. Discussion of cost is one of the criteria that HealthNewsReview.org uses to judge the quality of […]

1 9/1/2015

Psychology’s reproducibility problem is journalism’s problem, too

Science news outlets were buzzing last week with findings from a major research initiative designed to replicate the results of studies in psychology. The Reproducibility Project: Psychology re-ran 100 different studies that experts considered important foundational research in the field. This type of replication is important, explained project member Angela Atwood in a news release, because […]


Five Star Friday – Reuters Health, Wall Street Journal, Vox.com get top grades

Just a quick note, but we want to draw attention to the fact that we published three top-rated five-star story reviews this week.  They were: Reuters Health’s “An aspirin a day – for years – may keep colon cancer away.” Excerpt of our review: “A strong story that describes in clear terms the findings as well […]

1 8/26/2015

Randomized trials are no panacea for what ails nutrition research

Anyone who follows our work with any regularity knows that we write frequently about the limitations of observational research — and that media messages about such work often inappropriately imply that association equals causation. Today’s guest post is by Reijo Laatikainen, who emphasizes that there are problems with studies even at the pinnacle of the […]


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