Health News Review
  • Nov 27 2012

    It works for rap, why not for health care speak?

    “Health Care Reform Gangnam Style,” is the headline of a clever column by Lisa Suennen on The Health Care Blog. Her premise:  if a company can get a $15m venture fund investment to interpret rap lyrics, why isn’t anyone hitting on what she calls the “number one market opportunity: explaining healthcare speak to the masses.” [...]

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  • Nov 27 2012

    Researchers examine web promotion of female genital cosmetic surgery

    Last week, the online journal BMJ Open published a paper, “An analysis of the content and clinical implications of online advertisements for female genital cosmetic surgery.“  The researchers examined “the breadth, depth and quality of clinical information communicated to women” on 10 popular provider websites that promoted female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS).  Their conclusion: “The [...]

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  • Oct 12 2012

    “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” magazine – reviewed in BMJ and Quackometer

    Dr. Margaret McCartney, who helped launch the PrivateHealthScreening.org site we wrote about yesterday, has a piece in the BMJ this week, “What a new consumer health magazine doesn’t tell you.”  (Subscription required for full access.) Excerpts: “It looks just like any other magazine on the shelves of the newsagent aimed at middle aged women: glossy, [...]

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  • Oct 5 2012

    Stephen Colbert: Cheating death…and battling Low T

    Oh, this is a classic. My favorite line:  “The numbers don’t lie….or explain anything about what they mean!”   The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Cheating Death – Low T www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

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  • Apr 25 2012

    Health News Watchdog rejects colon hydrotherapy offer

    Just last month I first wrote that some of these Groupon-like offers are getting a little crazy. Now,within the past 24 hours,I’ve seen Groupon-like offers for: laser toenail fungus treatment (evidence questionable),       another MRI scan offer for “headache prevention screening” (!!??!!).         But my favorite was a Living Social [...]

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  • Jan 13 2012

    Burger, bacon, fried egg, donut, diabetes – new drug company endorsement?

    The Daily engages in some anonymous-sourced reporting: “Paula Deen — the queen of high-calorie, Southern cooking — is about to come clean and confess that she can’t eat her own dishes anymore because she has diabetes. The Georgia-born chef — a Food Network star who has written five best-selling cookbooks — has been trying to [...]

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  • Jan 5 2012

    Orthopaedic surgeons: as strong as an ox and almost twice as clever?

    The following is a guest post from Harold DeMonaco, one of our expert story reviewers on HealthNewsReview.org.  He is Director of the Innovation Support Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital. ————————————————————————————————————————————— An orthopedic colleague recently provided me with a wonderful article from the British Medical Journal.  The editors of the Journal have a penchant for [...]

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  • Dec 20 2011

    My 2nd annual year-ender: Health care PR stuff one blogger sees in a year

    Chocolate, seaweed, omega-3, antioxidants, laser toenail fungus treatments, enzyme deficiencies, snoring, anti-aging, cure for cancer, seasonal affective disorder, itching, vaginal dryness, miracle diets, zits, ta-tas, head lice, “uber” nutrients….. Flashback to the snake oil salesmen of yesteryear? No. These are just some of the things promoted in news releases saved by just this one little [...]

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  • Dec 2 2011

    Meet the Website Editorial Director…who doesn’t exist

    A website called VibrantNation.com describes itself as “the leading online community for Baby Boomer women – the place where they connect and support each other on issues unique to life after 50.” I don’t know about that. But I do think they’ve done the oddest thing I’ve ever seen on their Staff listing page.The following [...]

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