Health News Review
  • Jun 14 2010

    The over-radiated American – red, white & blue – and glowing

    Another in the excellent Associated Press “overtreatment” series. Excerpt: “Americans get the most medical radiation in the world, even more than folks in other rich countries. The U.S. accounts for half of the most advanced procedures that use radiation, and the average American’s dose has grown sixfold over the last couple of decades. Too much [...]

  • Apr 30 2010

    AP: Seniors aren’t flocking to quality health plans

    This AP story raises many important questions about the quality of information consumers receive (or not) about the quality of care. Excerpt: “Millions of seniors signed up for popular Medicare Advantage insurance plans don’t get the best quality, an independent study found.…The analysis found that 47 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are in plans that rate [...]

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  • Jan 26 2010

    Powerful NYT story on potential harms of medical radiation

    Walt Bogdanich and a team of reporters produced a powerful package entitled, “Radiation Offers New Cures, and Ways to Do Harm.” He profiled two people who died – one who received seven times his prescribed dose and one who absorbed “27 days of radiation overdoses, each three times the prescribed amount.” But the story also [...]

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  • Sep 26 2008

    Chicago Tribune’s “United States of Anxiety” series

    The Chicago Tribune, in the middle of a good story with a catchy headline – “The United States of Anxiety: Worried Sick Over Our Health Care” – includes some vital messages: “Polls show voters worry a lot about health care and how much they spend on it. Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have [...]

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  • Jun 1 2008

    Connecting the dots in health care reform news

    As we flip the calendar over from a very busy May into a sunny June, I want to reflect on the common themes in the blog entries of the past four days: 1. My PLoS Medicine article, “How Do US Journalists Cover Treatments, Tests, Products and Procedures? An Evaluation of 500 Stories.� 2. The Commonwealth [...]

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  • Jun 29 2006

    Important questions about medical errors study

    Don Berwick and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement have done important work in addressing health care quality issues. But they may have overstepped the boundaries of evidence with a recent study that drew a lot of news coverage, claiming that hospitals they worked with saved over 122,000 lives by cutting down on errors and improving [...]

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