2 1/6/2016

How the sausage inside a nutrition study is made

I highly recommend you read the entirety of Christie Aschwanden’s excellent FiveThirtyEight piece chronicling the problems with many nutrition studies. She takes you inside the production of such a study to show you how the sausage is made (and measured) — and the results aren’t pretty. She writes: The problem begins with a lack of […]

6 1/6/2016

Can $2 billion a year cure Alzheimer’s?

The following is a guest post by Linda Furlini, PhD, who works as a research associate at the Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, in Montreal. Editor’s note: When Hillary Clinton’s campaign gathered reporters on a conference call recently to announce her plan to devote $2 billion annually to Alzheimer’s research that would lead to a […]

5 1/5/2016

FDA teams up with medical device industry to write 21st Century Cures Act

Shortly before Christmas Inside Health Policy, a trade pub that covers the drug industry and related topics, revealed the real power behind the rapid journey of the 21st Century Cures Act through the House of Representatives last year. It wasn’t the two dozen or so public forums held by the House Energy & Commerce Committee, […]


Whose Vox? Science/health story via news release

Vox.com has established a clear pattern of solid science/health journalism.  In 2015, our team applied our systematic criteria to 6 Vox stories.  Four received 5-star scores, the other two received 4-star scores – one of the best performances we’ve tracked, albeit on a very small sample.  In addition, our blog’s Five Star Friday feature noted Vox […]

1 12/30/2015

Bioethicist LOL over “science” shenanigans in 2015

The following is a guest post written by Steven Miles, MD, Professor and Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He chose to LOL instead of SIS (scowl in silence). There were too many episodes of “science shenanigans” that lured unquestioning journalists in 2015. This is a listicle, not a “Top Ten List.” […]


2015 year-end report card on the news stories and news releases we reviewed

Our team applied our 10 standardized criteria to review more than 225 news stories and more than 100 news releases in 2015. Reminder:  we don’t review every kind of health news story.  We only review stories that include claims about interventions: treatments, tests, products or procedures. And we only review stories reported by the set list of news […]

1 12/28/2015

Year-end podcast reflecting on HealthNewsReview.org’s best year – approaching 10th anniversary

2015 was a gold medal year for HealthNewsReview.org – and for our users as well, we hope. One year ago today, this project had no operating budget.  I was keeping the site going by myself with only occasional blog posts.  I had no funds to work on the website, to do team-driven systematic news story […]


False positive mammograms and cancer risk: An epidemiological whodunit

Following is a guest post from Dr. Saurabh Jha, a radiologist at the University of Pennsylvania and active HealthNewsReview.org contributor. He tweets under the handle @RogueRad. The views he expresses are his own and do not reflect the views of his employer. I enjoyed Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. Not only did the ingenious Belgian solve […]

1 12/22/2015

With coupon programs, drug industry hides ballooning costs of expensive new medicines

What are those clever drug companies up to? Plenty, I learned, recently browsing the website of Medical Marketing & Media, the trade pub that keeps healthcare marketers up-to-date on selling drugs, heart stents, and just about every other product the medical industrial complex dreams up. I spotted an e-book that answered my question. Called “Pathway […]

4 12/22/2015

Why does psychiatry so often get a free pass on standards of evidence?

The following guest post is by Rob Wipond, a freelance investigative journalist. He contacted us with concerns regarding our review of a highly rated Philadelphia Inquirer story. We subsequently had him develop these comments into a blog post/critique of our review. Although Wipond raises some legitimate issues, we think some of his criticisms represent a misunderstanding of […]


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