Health News Review
  • Oct 17 2013

    Canadian journalist: every cancer cure claim needs scrutiny

    Carly Weeks of The Globe and Mail, based in Toronto, writes, “Why every claim of an exciting new cancer cure needs close examination.” She begins: “The Internet loves a good conspiracy. Have you heard the one about scientists finding a cure for cancer, but it being blocked from the public because Big Pharma can’t make [...]

  • Oct 17 2013

    Omega-3 fatty acids & prostate cancer: study and stories off-base

    The following is a guest blog post co-authored by Richard Hoffman, MD, MPH and by Robert Glew, PhD, both of the University of New Mexico.  Hoffman has been a story reviewer and blog contributor on this site.  Glew is an emeritus professor (and former chair) of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of New Mexico. [...]

  • Sep 18 2013

    Patient protection from conflicted medical guidelines

    A piece in the BMJ, “Ensuring the integrity of clinical practice guidelines: a tool for protecting patients,” lists: Red flags that should raise substantial skepticism among guideline readers (and medical journals) Sponsor(s) is a professional society that receives substantial industry funding; Sponsor is a proprietary company, or is undeclared or hidden Committee chair(s) have any [...]

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  • Sep 4 2013

    Basics for Evaluating Medical Research Studies

    A new book, “Basics for Evaluating Medical Research Studies: A Simplified Approach,” according to its authors, “represents a summation of our decades of work in this field.” The authors are Sheri Ann Strite and Michael E. Stuart, MD – two people I’ve had occasional communication with over the past year or so.  You can read [...]

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  • Sep 3 2013

    Video and audio of my MN State Fair interview by MPR

    Minnesota Public Radio’s The Daily Circuit program last week broadcast an edited version of my discussion with host Tom Weber and an audience at the Minnesota State Fair about evaluating claims in health care. They posted a 15-minute audio clip.     And 3 video clips, one of which I’ve re-posted here.   The MPR [...]

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  • Aug 2 2013

    Back to school anti-vaccination woo

    We’re already seeing back-to-school shopping specials – even though it’s just the second day of August. And we’re already seeing some anti-vaccination campaigns getting in full gear as well, reflecting on regulations requiring parents to have kids’ vaccinations up to date prior to the start of school. In a piece labeled, “Doctors Debate Need for [...]

  • Jul 19 2013

    The need for independent perspectives in health care news stories: Breakthrough? Or caution?

    Because this project has (at least temporarily) run out of funding, some stuff that I would normally assign for our criteria-driven systematic story reviews must, instead, be dealt with in some sweeping overview reactions on this blog.  That’s because I don’t have any budget to pay the terrific team that’s been dedicated to this site. [...]

  • Jul 17 2013

    Of mice and men: problems with animal studies highlighted in a new light

    John Ioannidis of Stanford and colleagues published an important paper in PLoS Biology, “Evaluation of Excess Significance Bias in Animal Studies of Neurological Diseases.” Summary: “Studies have shown that the results of animal biomedical experiments fail to translate into human clinical trials; this could be attributed either to real differences in the underlying biology between [...]

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