Health News Review
  • Feb 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 [...]

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  • Feb 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. ———————— [...]

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  • Feb 11 2015

    Brian Williams isn’t NBC’s only ethical problem; check medical news coverage issues

    So Brian Williams, it’s now reported, will be suspended without pay for 6 months by NBC News after his false claims about an experience during the Iraq war. A few months ago, NBC’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman was taken off the air after “a breach of her Ebola quarantine.”  Almost immediately, NBC brought [...]

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  • Feb 10 2015

    CDC, conflicting (conflicted?) info, Tamiflu & unquestioning news reporting

    The following is a guest blog post from Jeanne Lenzer, an independent journalist and an associate editor for The BMJ.  Just last week, she published an important piece in that journal about the CDC, the FDA and the antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir).  This piece is related. ———————— The oseltamivir (Tamiflu, Roche/Genentech/Gilead) story is filled with [...]

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  • Feb 5 2015

    Lots of reporting & CDC criticism in BMJ piece on antiviral drug Tamiflu

    There are all sorts of evidentiary questions swirling around the use of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu).  And then there is the politics – if that’s what you can call the statements and actions of federal agencies about the drug. Jeanne Lenzer has a new feature in The BMJ, “Why aren’t the US Centers for [...]

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  • Feb 2 2015

    Another egregious conflict of interest in Fox Health News

    On the FoxNews.com/health web page today is a piece (I won’t call it a story; it’s more like an ad) by Dr. Jennifer Landa, “Ending the multivitamin debate: Why taking one may actually save your life.” Oh, my, there’s a lot we could say about this piece. And we will, since I’m going to blog [...]

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  • Jan 28 2015

    Pharma payments to network TV physician-journalists – Columbia Journalism Review

    I’m late on this, but it’s noteworthy.  Paul Thacker, journalist and former investigator for the US Senate Finance Committee investigating medical research conflicts of interest, published a new piece in the Columbia Journalism Review last week.  It’s entitled: “Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors – Free lunches, paid speaking gigs & free [...]

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  • Jan 20 2015

    “Potential biomarker that could predict”? – caveats about psychiatric brain imaging & blogging about it

    The following is a guest blog post by Susan Molchan, MD.  Dr. Molchan is a psychiatrist in practice in Bethesda, Maryland. She also trained in nuclear medicine and did PET research at the National Institute of Mental Health, and worked as the program director for Biomarkers, Diagnosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease at the National Institute on [...]

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  • Jan 5 2015

    Alan Cassels guest blog post: PSA test – good myths die hard

    Alan Cassels, who is a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria, British Columbia,  a journalist, and author of the books  “Seeking Sickness” and “The ABCs of Disease Mongering”,  sent in this unsolicited guest blog post.  Soon, we hope to solicit more pieces from Cassels. Matthew Tully wrote on the Indy Star website on December 16th, [...]

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  • Oct 31 2014

    Radiologists’ free mammography infographic leaves out vital info

    As another Breast Cancer Awareness month closes for another year, let’s take a look at an infographic that the American College of Radiology sent out to journalists earlier this month.  Here’s a portion of the email that I received:   We all make mistakes, but the misspelling of mammography gets this email off to a [...]

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