Health News Review
  • Jun 14 2012

    3-part series on disease-mongering

    William Heisel, one of our ace story reviewers on, has published three pieces on disease-mongering on the Reporting on Health site. Does Baldness Really Need a Cure?  Steer Clear of Disease-Mongering Quicksand Avoid Extremes to Avoid Disease Mongering

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  • Jun 6 2012

    Lessons from Moneyball: don’t swing at every health care pitch

    Ivan Oransky, executive editor of Reuters Health, delivered a clever TEDMED 2012 talk on pre-disease states.  He’s blogged a bit about it, and TEDMED just posted a video of the talk on YouTube.

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  • Jun 5 2012

    Disease mongering of low testosterone – two journal articles

    Two articles in the current Medical Journal of Australia point to disease-mongering of low testosterone. David Handelsman, PhD, of the University of Sydney, reports that there has been at least a twofold increase in total expenditure on testosterone prescriptions in Australia over two decades. Barbara Mintzes, PhD, of the University of British Columbia, and Agnes [...]

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  • Jun 1 2012

    BMJ feature – Preventing Overdiagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy

    “Preventing overdiagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy,” is a feature in this week’s BMJ by Ray Moynihan, Jenny Doust and David Henry. I won’t try to recapture the entire piece in this blog because you should read it yourself. But here are section headings: Screening detected overdiagnosis Increasingly sensitive tests Incidentalomas Excessively widened definitions [...]

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  • Mar 12 2012

    Online “Daily Deal” coupon for preventive MRI scan – disease-mongering du jour

    Some of the Groupon, Living Social, Daily Deal offerings are getting a little crazy. Here’s one I got today. The ad copy is astounding: Been dealing with a minor ache or pain? Get it checked out today! Once in a while, you may experience an enlightening moment in your life. This experience may change the [...]

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  • Mar 7 2012

    Psychiatrist: grief deserves dignity, not its own diagnosis as a disease

    One of the most frequent critics of the revision of psychiatry’s “bible,” the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (or DSM, now going on DSM-V), is Allen Frances, M.D., who chaired the DSM-IV Task Force and is currently professor emeritus at Duke.  He writes on a “DSM-5 in Distress” blog on the Psychology Today website. In his [...]

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  • Jan 19 2012

    The Naked Doctor: profiling overdiagnosis and overtreatment

    We’ve long been admirers of the Croakey blog, run by Melissa Sweet in Australia. Now Croakey has a new project called The Naked Doctor. The site says: Naked Doctor aims to encourage discussion and awareness of the opportunities to do more for health by doing less. It is a compilation of articles, books and other [...]

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  • Dec 23 2011

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas…and drug marketing’s in high gear

    …And all through the town not a creature was stirring except for some struggling to stay awake throughout the night shift…. So reads a newspaper ad for a federally-controlled substance in prescription drug form that is marketed for ES caused by SWD or OSA. Don’t know what that means? Come on.  Where have you been? [...]

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  • Oct 14 2011

    MSNBC disease-mongering of “runner’s face”

    MSNBC commits an egregious example of disease-mongering in a piece they headlined: “Plastic surgeon wants to fix your ‘runner’s face’. “ What is so egregious? Let us count the ways: • They pass along a plastic surgeon’s news release about his treatment for a condition he calls “runner’s face”. • So it is a promotion [...]

  • Oct 10 2011

    Candidate for “most fear-mongering health care statement of the year”

    Blogger Patrick Malone writes: “The Award for Most Fear-Mongering Health Care Statement of the Year … goes to Skip Lockwood, head of a prostate cancer advocacy group called Zero. When the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine screening of men with the PSA blood test, Lockwood said the PSTF’s advice “condemns tens of [...]