Health News Review
  • Oct 31 2011

    A science writer’s lament about reader mail

    Science journalist Christie Ashwanden posted a summary of her recent talk to the National Association of Science Writers meeting on “The Last Word on Nothing” blog. Her talk was, “You’ve got mail, you idiot: what reader mail has taught me about science writing.” This one is going to resonate with anyone who writes about science/medicine/health/healthcare. [...]

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  • Oct 25 2011

    Consumer quandary on health care costs

    Two items in the news reflect the dilemma that health care consumers face on health care cost issues. The Washington Post published advice from Dr. John Santa of Consumer Reports for people with health insurance but who “are facing large deductibles and also paying an increasingly large portion of the rest of the bill.” But [...]

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  • Oct 11 2011

    “The doctor decided I’d have a PSA test without consulting me”

    One wonders how many men have their blood tested for PSA levels looking for prostate cancer without being asked if that’s what they really wanted. The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making (which supports my web publishing efforts) has now posted on its YouTube page a video clip with a man who has some regrets [...]

  • Oct 11 2011

    Challenging the conventional wisdom that early detection must always save lives

    In a New York Times blog piece on “The Shortfalls of Early Cancer Detection,” Dr. Barron Lerner captures the “long and impassioned history among cancer screening advocates that early detection must always save lives. But as science has taught us, that’s not always the case.” This is an important article to read. Lerner writes: “…research [...]

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  • Oct 4 2011

    Women with metastatic breast cancer clamor for a different awareness level this month

    Some breast cancer voices raise questions about simply raising “awareness” about breast cancer in October. Some of them believe that raising awareness about screening, for example, should not be the only message or even the main message of the month. Katherine O’Brien, who has metastatic breast cancer (MBC), and who publishes the ihatebreastcancer blog refers [...]

  • Aug 26 2011

    Blog gems: health illiteracy, numeracy and cost info issues

    Dr. Bradley Flansbaum blogs about his irritation with ads and news stories that advise patients – just “consult your health professional” and all will be well. He addresses health illiteracy and numeracy issues when he writes: “Politicians, society, the WSJ op-ed page, they all assume the verdict of treatment certitude is between the doctor and [...]

  • Jul 29 2011

    Part 5 of video series: what you can do if you see slipshod health care news

    We conclude this week-long video series with some simple advice to anyone who sees health care news that they know is biased, imbalanced, inaccurate, incomplete. We hope you’ve enjoyed the series and that it has explained a little more about what we do, why do it, and why we think it’s important to improve the [...]

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  • Jul 20 2011

    Australian author: increasing public awareness about ovarian CA can have downside

    The Croakey blog posts a column by Marian Pitts, Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at LaTrobe University. She writes: “On an almost daily basis we are bombarded with health messages, many of them encouraging us to monitor ourselves for worrying signs that might be signals of an underlying problem. [...]

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  • Jun 1 2011

    A new stink over breast cancer fundraising, lawsuits, and perfume

    The Star Tribune is the latest to report on an issue we’ve reported on before on this blog. Their story, “Lawsuits For the Cure?,” begins: Sue Prom helped organize the “Mush for a Cure” sled-dog race to raise money to fight breast cancer five years ago, a fundraiser that was humming along nicely until it [...]

  • May 12 2011

    Story whips up confusion over coffee and breast cancer risk – hurts more than helps

    A story on the MSNBC website is headlined, “Coffee habit may protect against breast cancer .” It states: “Women who drink five or more cups of coffee a day are 57 percent less likely to develop estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer than women who drink less than a cup of coffee a day.” The story concludes: [...]

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