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 […]

1 3/24/2016

Big news orgs can’t resist reporting on small trials; hype doesn’t help readers, though

This week, a Wall Street Journal reader left this comment online in response to a story on bunnies & broccoli: “Uh. This study was conducted with 15 rabbits. For 4 weeks. And it included a drug not tested on humans. Why are you reporting on this?” Read our review of the story in question. Maybe news organizations […]

3/24/2016

Breast cancer-detecting bra won’t go away–and the news coverage is still sub-par

Oh boy, here we go again: Numerous stories are piling up under the news search term: “New Bra Detects Breast Cancer.” The brassiere, according to a news release that was relied upon heavily by news outlets, is being developed by researchers at Colombia’s National University. It’s being pitched as an early warning system for breast […]

1 3/23/2016

Observational studies & the health messaging merry-go-round: Moderate alcohol, once “healthy,” now “not so good for you after all”

Carolina Branson, PhD, is an associate editor with HealthNewsReview.org. Her graduate work at the University of Minnesota focused on media studies and health.  For years, we’ve been hearing moderate drinking is a health boon. From lowered heart disease risk to increased lifespan, the splashy headlines make for great media fodder. The problem: these stories are […]

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