Health News Review
  • Dec 13 2013

    Doing an autopsy on a feel-good local TV health news story…and the harms therein

    On the Skeptic Ink website, William London, EdD, MPH, a public health professor at California State University, Los Angeles, writes: “On July 12, 2013, I came upon a video recording and transcript of a typical feel-good local news feature: Local doctor battles cancer through natural healing. It appeared on KGET, the NBC affiliate station in [...]

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  • 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. [...]

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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 [...]

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  • Jul 22 2013

    Melanoma detection device: helping doctors? Or causing dissent, polarizing field of skin-cancer detection?

    As we pointed out in some separate examples just last week, the answer might be in whom you decide to interview, and in whether you hear from independent expert perspectives in your news stories. On the one hand The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, “New FDA-approved device helps doctors detect deadly melanoma skin cancer.”  The story [...]

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