2 3/22/2016

Predictions for Precision Medicine get an evidence-based reality check  

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 key ideas underpinning “Precision Medicine” is that information about the genetic risks for key diseases can be communicated to patients and cause proactive changes […]

7 3/21/2016

With clout growing, hospitals avoid negative coverage of huge fines, safety violations

The following post is written by veteran health care journalist and regular HealthNewsReview.org contributor Trudy Lieberman. She tweets as @Trudy_Lieberman. Associate Editor Carolina Branson, PhD contributed significantly to the analysis.     There were three ways news outlets could have responded to the Justice Department’s (DOJ) February announcement and its previous one last fall that revealed […]

2 3/18/2016

Five Star Friday Feature: pieces for Oprah, STAT, ESPN

Allow us to shine a light on some things that fall outside our regular review process, but which we found noteworthy. Laura Beil’s Oprah mag piece, “Colonoscopy Alternatives Everyone Should Know About,” with an accompanying chart, The 3 Colon Cancer Screening Methods You Need to Know About. Money quote: “Rare is the doctor who doesn’t wholeheartedly […]

2 3/17/2016

Sensational Tweets on Alzheimer’s & breast cancer by University of Manchester in 1 week

Kathlyn Stone, an associate editor, manages our health care news release review project. She tweets at @KatKStone People who should know better are playing cat and mouse with health claims on Twitter. In the course of one week the University of Manchester used Twitter to promote two sensational health claims. Last week evolutionary biologist Jonathan […]


As March Madness tipoff approaches, an old urology marketing ploy gets more media attention

An ESPN story got some attention on Twitter last night, dredging up the old urology marketing ploy of promoting vasectomies for men who are lying around watching March Madness and the NCAA basketball tournament for days at a time anyway.  Actually, ESPN just trotted out a story they published 2 years ago and called it “Snip and […]

4 3/16/2016

Coverage of Amarin off-label promotion agreement should have acknowledged deadly history of such marketing

Alan Cassels is a drug policy researcher in Victoria, British Columbia and a regular contributor to HealthNewsReview.org. Follow his writings on Twitter @akecassels. Last August, the drug company Amarin won a court case that essentially granted them a protected “free speech” right to promote their fish oil-derived product Vascepa for off-label purposes. And this week, […]

2 3/11/2016

Wrigley’s self-serving oral health plan gets free pass from news media

Kathlyn Stone is as associate editor with HealthNewsReview.org and a regular blog contributor. Simply chew sugar-free gum after eating or drinking, and you’ll save yourself and the UK a lot of painful dental expenses. Or so says Wrigley, the chewing gum company, in a news release headlined “Chewing sugar free gum could save the NHS […]

1 3/10/2016

Xarelto controversy highlights need for more transparency at NEJM

The following is a guest blog post from one of our contributors, Susan Molchan, MD, a psychiatrist in the Washington, DC, area. She’s been closely following, and criticizing, NEJM’s stance on data-sharing and conflicts of interest. Last week, many media outlets, including the New York Times, reported on concerns about the validity of a huge, […]

10 3/8/2016

Investigation of Alzheimer’s Association in-fighting didn’t address the role of corporate sponsorships

The following guest post is by Matt Shipman, a public information officer at North Carolina State University and a frequent story and news release reviewer. He tweets as @shiplives. A fascinating story from health news site STAT highlighted a wave of departures from the Alzheimer’s Association, with many of the group’s regional chapters leaving the […]

6 3/7/2016

FOX, Banner MD Anderson hype Cuba cancer “breakthrough”

Some think finding the cure for cancer is like taking a rocket ship to the moon. Others say the next huge breakthrough is waiting for us a mere 90 miles off the shores of Key West. This story from a Fox News affiliate in Phoenix makes some breathtaking claims about a Cuban lung cancer vaccine […]


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