Health News Review
  • 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, 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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  • Apr 3 2012

    Lessons for journalists and the public about all the news we hear from medical conferences

    John Ioannidis, MD, of Stanford, whom the CommonHealth/WBUR bloggers referred to as the “renowned mythbuster of medicine,”  asks in a JAMA viewpoint piece, “Are Medical Conferences Useful? And for Whom?” (unfortunately, subscription required for full text access). The CommonHealth blog explains: After many years of questioning assumptions and seeking harder data on everything from surgery [...]

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  • Feb 3 2012

    The Komen Kollection

    There has been no need for the Watchdog to weigh in on the Planned Parenthood/Komen fiasco this week.  We generally tend to write about things that otherwise might go un-noticed.  This issue – deservedly – was inescapable this week in news stories and through social media. We remind you that we tend to focus on [...]

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  • Jan 16 2012

    “Consumer catnip” – weight loss apps at Consumer Electronics Show

    The following was originally published on the Reporting on Health website by Barbara Feder Ostrov, deputy editor of that site. That site and ours are now frequently exchange content. —————————————————————————————————————————————- Every January, there’s plenty of media coverage of weight loss, New Year’s fitness resolutions and other consumer health news intended to get couch potatoes off [...]

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  • Jan 10 2012

    Another sponsored health news issue: retired columnist gets column back – now paid by health care industry

    3 months ago we blogged about a longtime Tampa Bay TV anchorman shifting – in retirement – to being a paid spokesman for a Medicare Advantage plan. Now we see that former Charleston, SC The Post and Courier columnist Ken Burger is doing promotions for a local health care provider organization, but it’s how this [...]

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  • Jan 6 2012

    Troubling TV news ethical issue – often on health news – now being reviewed by FCC

    “TV newscasts are increasingly seeded with corporate advertising masquerading as news — and the federal government wants to do something about it,” reports the Washington Post. It’s an issue that may have arisen more often with health news than with any other topic.  A quick (and probably incomplete) scan of this blog shows we’ve written [...]

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