Health News Review
  • Nov 29 2011

    Why change the name of the blog?

    I don’t believe in change for the sake of change. I’ve been blogging for more than 7 years now, and my blog has gathered quite a following, with high rankings on and Technorati, for example. One competition named ours the “Best Medical Blog of 2009.” But there were good reasons for changing the name [...]

  • Nov 20 2011

    Site holiday for a week – New site launches next week

    We won’t publish anything until November 29, when we introduce a new site with a new design and – more important – new functionality, including: • ability for users to comment on the systematic story reviews • story reviewers will be named, with links to brief bios • better separation of our story reviews (systematic, [...]

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  • Nov 15 2011

    Meaningful Analogies in Sports & Health: What Joe Paterno could’ve learned about disclosure from health care

    There’s a new blog hosted by Open Medicine, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal. It’s called MASH – for Meaningful Analogies in Sports and Health. Open Medicine editorial board member Steven Lewis is moderator of MASH. Last week he wrote, “What Joe Paterno Could Have Learned About Disclosure from Health Care.” Excerpt: Thanks to enlightened leaders, crusading [...]

  • Nov 14 2011

    Protests against Delta’s in-flight vaccine video message

    Last week, Matthew Herper of Forbes wrote that: Delta Airlines is “putting the lives of children at risk” by showing a video that downplays the importance of flu shots, according to a letter sent last week by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP says that the advertisement “urges viewers to become informed about influenza [...]

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  • Nov 9 2011

    Snapshot review of SNaPshot gene testing paper in Annals of Oncology

    The following is a guest blog post by one of our story reviewers, Harold DeMonaco of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), writing at my request about a paper in this week’s Annals of Oncology . He applies our ten criteria to what appears in the paper. (Disclosure: some of the authors of this paper work at [...]

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  • Nov 1 2011

    The Daily Show asks “What is Science Up To?”

    If you didn’t see it, you really shouldn’t miss a segment from The Daily Show from last week. Its introduction: “Science claims it’s working to cure disease, save the planet and solve the greatest human mysteries, but Aasif Mandvi finds out what it’s really up to.” From global warming…to evolution…to the HPV vaccine and other [...]

  • Oct 20 2011

    Attention Shoppers: Free Allergy Testing In Aisle Five

    The following is a guest post by Kevin Lomangino, one of our story reviewers on He is an independent medical journalist and editor who is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Nutrition Insight, a monthly evidence-based newsletter which reviews the scientific literature on nutrition for physicians and dietitians. He tweets as @Klomangino. ——————————————————————————————————Thanks to the recent [...]

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  • Oct 19 2011

    Why doesn’t the US have the best health care system in the world?

    That’s the question The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System asks in its report, “Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2011.” Excerpt: “U.S. health system performance continues to fall far short of what is attainable, especially given the enormity of public and private resources [...]

  • Oct 13 2011

    October 13 Health Wonk Review now posted

    Christopher Fleming of Health Affairs hosts and posts this week’s Health Wonk Review, including my article, “The doctor decided I’d have a PSA test without consulting me.“ Other headings in this week’s roundup: • Several other articles on prostate cancer screening and the US Preventive Services Task Force’s draft recommendations• Costs and Premiums• The GOP [...]

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  • Sep 20 2011

    Site siesta until October

    Some time off, some business travel, talk in Barcelona – so no new postings until October 3.

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