3 4/22/2015

Why so little news about Medicare Advantage plan rate increases?

The following is a guest blog post by Trudy Lieberman, who has specialized in health policy and health care reform news coverage throughout much of her career. Sellers of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans couldn’t have asked for a better result in their latest quest for higher government payments. In February, Medicare announced plans to hit […]

1 4/21/2015

Roundup of Media Messages on the New Mammogram Guidelines

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) unveiled a draft update to its guidelines on screening for breast cancer yesterday. The major media outlets all jumped in with coverage that — for the most part — did reasonably thorough jobs of fulfilling our criteria for health news stories. And while we didn’t think there was […]


CBS uses shameless clickbait with “Too Much of This Will Kill You”

How many clicks can a story deliver?  That’s the coin of the realm of news delivered on the web. The bait employed by CBS recently was a 13-slide photo series under the heading “Too much of this will kill you.” If enough of us click on all 13, then CBS can brag to advertisers about increased traffic. […]


Does a hospital’s high Facebook rating mean it’s a higher quality hospital?

The following is a guest post by Earle Holland, who, for almost 35 years, was the senior science and medical communications officer at Ohio State University.  He’s now a member of our editorial team.  Sometimes, researchers can do all the right things in reporting their results and still the outcome falls short of the public’’s need […]

3 4/16/2015

HealthNewsReview.org’s 9th anniversary – that almost didn’t happen

Today is the 9th anniversary of HealthNewsReview.org. And, although we didn’t plan it this way, today is the day we introduce our new look, our new design, with some new features. Last year, on our 8th anniversary, I thought the project was dead. But now, with new funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, […]


News releases can lead media like sheep – hiding key problems

Reviewing news releases about health care is more than an academic exercise. It matters because news stories that reach the public are often directly influenced by the content of news releases. That’s what news releases are intended to do. It is, sadly, sometimes like sheep following each other. Today we published our first systematic, criteria-driven […]

1 4/16/2015

What we’ve learned from >3 months of reviewing health care news releases

The following blog post is written by Kevin Lomangino, the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org, who’s had his hand in each of the “practice” reviews of health care news releases that we’ve done since the start of the year. In January, we announced that we’d be adding news releases to our established effort to systematically review […]

2 4/10/2015

Some news goes overboard on overweight protecting against dementia

From Denmark comes the tip from former Reuters Health journalist Frederik Joelving, who saw a BBC piece and Tweeted: “Someone confusing correlation with causation here.” Someone confusing correlation with causation here: “Being overweight ‘reduces dementia risk’” http://t.co/PnZkjAVu1O @garyschwitzer — Frederik Joelving (@joelving) April 10, 2015 The headline of the BBC story inappropriately uses a verb […]

1 4/9/2015

Mixed news media messages on “shorter stature may pose higher heart disease risk”

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Genetically Determined Height and Coronary Artery Disease,” has journalists scrambling to find ways to explain the results of this intriguing observational study. But because it’s an observational study, and if you read this blog regularly, you probably know what’s coming next. Association ? causation. So news […]


BBC takedown of exaggerated jogging study gives a second helping of bad advice

The following blog post is written by Kevin Lomangino, managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @Klomangino.  We often say that journalists should be more than stenographers for researchers and PR professionals. In other words, we ask them to independently vet the evidence that supports the claims and recommendations being made in their stories. So it was great […]


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