Health News Review
  • 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 [...]

  • Oct 6 2011

    Disease-mongering du jour: heart disease in young women. Red competing with pink?

    Almost as if the American Heart Association felt it must compete for some of the pinkwashing attention given breast cancer in October, it presents its “Go Red for Women” campaign with the message, “Make it your mission to fight heart disease in women.” As with so many disease awareness campaigns, this is, at its conceptual [...]

  • Aug 17 2011

    The Menopause Industrial Complex

    Another interesting post by Liz Scherer on her “Flashfree: not your mama’s menopause” blog – this time about: ” a review in the Journal of Aging Studies discussing how the social construct of menopause has shifted to “an increasingly more medicalized perspective that emphasizes the biological deficits of the aging female body.” Scherer says the [...]

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  • Aug 12 2011

    Bad week for NYT stories on women & aging – this time “Fighting Cleavage Wrinkles” – really!

    Granted, it’s only the fashion and style section of the New York Times, but somebody from the health-medicine-science team at the Times has to give their colleagues a little in-house training on disease-mongering. For the second time this week – the other being its “Never Too Old for Plastic Surgery” piece, the Times breaks new [...]

  • Jul 12 2011

    Disease-mongering of overactive bladder in ads

    This ad jumped out at me from the recent edition of Prevention magazine. • “overactive bladder symptoms do not always have to happen as you age” – Well, what that does is subtly put the thought in your head that it DOES happen to a lot of people as they age. “Gee,” you might then [...]

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  • Jun 2 2011

    Scare mongering about bowel cancer in young people

    On the run this morning, but wanted to pass along this thoughtful analysis by my Australian friend Melissa Sweet – “

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  • May 17 2011

    Cardiobrief raises questions of disease-mongering & conflicts of interest in familial hypercholesterolemia guidance

    On his Cardiobrief blog, Larry Husten introduces: “…the first of a three-part series on the National Lipid Association. This first part focuses on the NLA’s publication of a series of papers offering expert guidance on familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and raises serious questions about the role of industry in the documents. The second part explores additional [...]

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  • Apr 22 2011

    7 health news web gems to wrap up the week

    On Maggie Mahar’s Health Beat Blog, see Naomi Freundlich’s piece, “New Health Indicators Site is a ‘Treasure Trove’ of Valuable Data.” On the Dose of Digital blog, see Jonathan Richman’s excellent analysis, “Lies, Damn Lies, and Pharma Social Media Statistics.” The FDA has announced a webinar for next Thursday (April 28) on its “Bad Ads [...]

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  • Feb 28 2011

    Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick In The Pursuit of Health

    “I believe overdiagnosis is the biggest problem posed by modern medicine,” writes Dr. Gil Welch in his new book, “Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick In The Pursuit of Health,” which he coauthored with Drs. Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin. Welch continues: “It has led millions of people to become patients unnecessarily, to be made anxious about [...]

  • Nov 19 2010

    Why did the Washington Post have such a “Glee”-ful story of a rich actress with osteopenia dancing?

    We really couldn’t believe that the Washington Post health blog, “The Checkup,” chose to trumpet actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s ability to dance on the TV show, “Glee.” The Post blogging-journalist wrote: “Glee” was pretty darned great last night, eh? I was so wowed by Gwyneth Paltrow’s singing and also with her dancing. Paltrow’s dance performances were [...]