2/23/2015

Of Mice and Women: News Release Dupes Media on Rodent Fertility Treatment

The following is a guest post by Kevin Lomangino, managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @Klomangino.  ____________________ If you haven’t heard, HealthNewsReview.org is paying more attention to news releases these days. Behind the scenes here, we’ve been quietly reviewing health care-related news releases in the same way we review news stories. We’ve banked about a dozen […]

2/20/2015

NBC Nightly News: News program? Or “Doc In The Box” on-air advice segment?

I was tempted to let this observation fly by unaddressed because I don’t want it to appear as if I’m picking on NBC and its new medical contributor, Dr. Natalie Azar. But there’s a pattern unraveling on the air that, in my opinion, must be addressed and changed. Last night, on the NBC Nightly News, […]

12 2/20/2015

CBS promotes “essential/critical” screening tests but never mentions over-diagnosis

The following is a guest blog post by Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria and the author of Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease (Greystone, 2012). The opinions are his; you are welcome to your own. —————————- While the Beatles might have famously sang that “All you […]

1 2/19/2015

Dr. Manny, The Medicine Hunter, and a wild, psychoactive trip on network TV

We could subtitle this:  Ayahuasca And The Anaconda. For about 8 minutes on Fox News the other day, Dr. Manny Alvarez, the network’s Senior Managing Editor for Health News, turned over the tube to Chris Kilham, the self-proclaimed Medicine Hunter, to promote his new book and to share 8 minutes of data-free psychedelic drug hype. If my […]

2/19/2015

Patient’s blog perpsective on proposed name change for chronic fatigue syndrome

Journalist Miriam Tucker wrote on Twitter this week:  “Patient reaction to the chronic fatigue syndrome name change has been mixed.”  And then she linked to a blog post by Tina Tidmore, who describes herself as a newspaper editor and publisher until 2009 when her health deteriorated and she changed to a freelance communications career.  Now, […]

2/18/2015

British website gets “sassy” on Twitter about flawed health care journalism

London-based BuzzFeed reporter Jamie Ross writes, “The NHS Is Calling Out Journalists On Twitter For Getting Their Facts Wrong.” The NHS is the British National Health Service. The NHS contracts with a company called Bazian to look “Behind the Headlines” on health news stories. We’ve written several times about the project.  For example: Rise in cancer […]

1 2/17/2015

Sensational language – scary & fawning – in USNWR story on Cologuard colon cancer test

Earlier this month, US News & World Report published a story, “Meet Cologuard: The Colon Cancer Test You Can Take At Home.” It profiles a man who had what is described as a “gruesome” experience from a colonoscopy 35 years ago – so bad “that he vowed never to have another screening test for colorectal […]

4 2/16/2015

A new MD-journalist asks, “Is there a role for the physician-journalist?”

Last week I wrote that NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar was placed into a conflict of interest situation when asked to comment on the air about a story concerning Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also called ME/CFS with a new proposal to call it Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease). Dr. Azar delivered her comments after being […]

1 2/13/2015

Who funded the research? It’s always an important question.

The following is a guest blog post from one of our contributors, veteran health care journalist Trudy Lieberman. Trudy keeps an eye out for the way in which health care topics are promoted to the public, often with a special focus on how health care policy might be influenced by news and health care communication. ———————— […]

2/12/2015

Academic science journalism project unveils gaps in reporting research misconduct

In JAMA Internal Medicine this week there’s an article that is especially newsworthy:  “Research Misconduct Identified by the US Food and Drug Administration:  Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of the Peer-Reviewed Literature.”  Excerpts: Every year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspects several hundred clinical sites performing biomedical research on human participants […]

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