Health News Review
  • May 11 2011

    Alliance for Health Reform posts new online “Covering Health Issues” sourcebook

    The updated sixth edition of the Alliance sourcebook is now available online. When I taught health journalism at the University of Minnesota I always gave students copies of this book, filled with fast facts, background, tips for reporters, story ideas, experts’ contact information, links to polls on health issues, and links to local news stories [...]

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  • May 9 2011

    Guest blog: Connect the dots on the Provenges, the Makenas, robotic surgery systems & proton beam facilities

    The following is a guest post submitted by Harold DeMonaco, director of the Innovation Support Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital and one of our most active expert story reviewers on————————————————————————————————————————Last week’s New England Journal of Medicine had two rather provocative and thought provoking perspectives. The first relates to a decision by the Center [...]

  • May 2 2011

    A Brit’s view of US health care reform & US health journalism

    On the Reporting on Health member blog, John Lister, Senior Lecturer in Health Journalism at Coventry University in the UK, writes: “A British View of the US Health Reform and US Health Journalism.” He begins by reflecting on the Association of Health Care Journalists conference he attended in Philadelphia last month: “I have to say [...]

  • Apr 25 2011

    Free colonoscopies that may cost – in the end – and a big pharma Supreme Court case

    From Kaiser Health News, Harris Meyer reports, “Under Health Law, Colonoscopies Are Free–But It Doesn’t Always Work That Way .” It’s another quirk in the Affordable Care Act. (A bigger one, which continues to evade much public scrutiny, is how coverage is based on recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force – all EXCEPT [...]

  • Mar 1 2011

    “Health literacy needed to make health reform a reality”

    That’s what HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a Kaiser Health News – Washington Post collaboration entitled, “Helping Patients Understand Their Medical Treatment.” The scene-setting lede: “An elderly woman sent home from the hospital develops a life-threatening infection because she doesn’t understand the warning signs listed in the discharge instructions. A man flummoxed by an [...]

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  • Feb 7 2011

    Men’s Health piece on proton beam for prostate cancer

    Want to see how journalists could/should report on new technologies? Read Laura Beil’s piece in Men’s Health this month, “The Magic Bullet for Prostate Cancer: The problem is, it’s not magic. And with a price tag of $200 million, it’s the most expensive medical device in the history of the world. Is it worth it?” [...]

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  • Jan 14 2011

    Economist on the myth of consumer-driven health care plans

    Health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn writes: “The theory behind ‘consumer-driven health care’ is that when the health care user has more financial ‘skin in the game,’ they’ll become more informed and effective purchasers of health care for themselves and their families. That theory hasn’t translated into practice, based on data from the Employee Benefits Research Institute’s [...]

  • Dec 28 2010

    A leading health policy issue for 2010-11: communicating tradeoffs in screening test decisions

    One trend that stands out from 2010 is what I call screening madness. I’m referring specifically and solely to the promotion of screening tests outside the boundaries of evidence and to the emphasis only on the benefits of screening tests with concomitant downplaying or complete disregard for the harms of screening. Why is this a [...]

  • Dec 22 2010

    Durenberger: “At no time in our history have we been more dependent on good reporting “

    I always enjoy former US Senator David Durenberger’s newsletter from the National Institute on Health Policy. I would recommend that readers of this blog subscribe to it. Durenberger was one of the Senate’s leading voices on health policy during his time on the Hill – a voice that continues to resonate with many today. So [...]

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  • Nov 24 2010

    Congressman Harris Goes to Washington – and finds he has to wait on health benefits

    If you haven’t heard the story of newly-elected Maryland Congressman Andy Harris – who campaigned against the health care reform law – complaining about why his own congressman’s health benefits hadn’t kicked in yet – read Julie Rovner’s post on the NPR Shots blog, and see the ad she embedded from the liberal group Americans [...]

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