Health News Review
  • Nov 27 2012

    Movember sprouts awareness messages that contain no health awareness

    Two weeks ago today we posted some concerns that have been raised about the Movember campaign. Update: A friend who lives in Manhattan sent me an email he’d received: Come join us as our chefs Jarett Broddie and Jair Solis face off with Jay Silva of Boston in a battle of food, brawn, and moustaches. [...]

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  • Nov 21 2012

    As ACA unfolds, local health care turf wars erupt

    As the Affordable Care Act – the health reform bill – is shaped and defined, all sorts of “carve out your turf” battles are being waged on many levels not only in Washington, but in individual states. One caught our eye this morning:  A Denver Post story, “Suit sets up clash between day-surgery centers and [...]

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  • Nov 15 2012

    There’s no app for that: health apps that don’t work

    A report by The New England Center for Investigative Reporting – published by the Washington Post – is headlined, “Many health apps are based on flimsy science at best, and they often do not work.” It begins: “When the iTunes store began offering apps that used cellphone light to cure acne, federal investigators knew that [...]

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  • Jul 19 2012

    BMJ/BBC: “Striking lack of evidence” to back up claims for popular sports brands

    A joint news release from the BMJ and the BBC states: (Sorry I can’t do more than post the news release for now.  I’m traveling.) With the biggest sporting event in the world just a week away, a joint investigation by the BMJ and BBC Panorama has found that there is “a striking lack of [...]

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  • Jul 17 2012

    Cocoa as Sunscreen? PR Firm Shamelessly Hypes Tiny Study

    The following is a guest post by Kevin Lomangino, one of our story reviewers on HealthNewsReview.org. He is an independent medical journalist and editor who is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Nutrition Insight, a monthly evidence-based newsletter which reviews the scientific literature on nutrition for physicians and dietitians. He tweets as @Klomangino. ———————————————– With the summer [...]

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  • Jul 6 2012

    Stemming the commercial stem cell hype

    I got a news release recently offering the chance to interview the doctor who “Performed Stem Cell Therapy on New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon.” The news release says the doctor was “eager to discuss”: How can stem cell therapy help you function better? How can stem cell therapy offset the signs and symptoms of [...]

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  • Jun 15 2012

    Supersized reactions to Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban plan

    Here’s a glimpse of just some of the commentary on NY mayor Bloomberg’s call for a ban on supersized soda in any public place regulated by the city health department. It’s become a battle of clever headlines: Soda Jerk Soda Plan Fizzles Sugar Daddy City Health Weasels Go “Pop” On Philly.com, William Saletan called Bloomberg [...]

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  • Jun 7 2012

    Medical Arms Race tale

    Kudos to Gregory Warner of Marketplace and colleagues for creating this video.  I thought I’d posted this months ago, but apparently forgot.  Never too late.

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  • Apr 25 2012

    Health News Watchdog rejects colon hydrotherapy offer

    Just last month I first wrote that some of these Groupon-like offers are getting a little crazy. Now,within the past 24 hours,I’ve seen Groupon-like offers for: laser toenail fungus treatment (evidence questionable),       another MRI scan offer for “headache prevention screening” (!!??!!).         But my favorite was a Living Social [...]

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  • Apr 4 2012

    TV networks’ drug ad dependency becoming more clear. Who’s the stooge?

    Last week, Steven Brill asked on the Columbia Journalism Review website, “Are Diane Sawyer, Scott Pelley and Brian Williams hooked on Cymbalta?” Excerpt: Every time I suffer through the (simultaneously timed) commercial breaks on one of the network evening news shows I wish I could read a story about prescription drug advertising on television. I’ll [...]

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