Health News Review
  • Jun 26 2014

    Readers react to mouse fitness study on NY Times “Well” blog – and I agree

    Earlier this week I praised one New York Times blog piece. But I have a quite different reaction to another I just read. The Times’ “Well” blog published a piece, “For Fitness, Push Yourself.“  It was about tips for you. The column fits in among other recent personal health postings on the blog on: heart [...]

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  • Jun 23 2014

    Oz, Oliver, and Outrage About Nutritional Supplements

    On his “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” program on HBO, the host tore into Dr. Oz, his Senate testimony last week, and the regulation (or lack thereof) of nutritional supplements.  The segment discusses Senators Harken and Hatch and their roles in the latter.  It includes classic Oz clips, like talking with Cameron Diaz about [...]

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  • Jan 23 2014

    A patient advocate’s powerful piece on Lisa Bonchek Adams and the Kellers’ criticism – the DCIS Sea of Uncertainty

    I’ve been slow to comment on the firestorm of criticism that arose when Emma Keller of The Guardian questioned the Twitter messages by Lisa Bonchek Adams, a young woman with stage IV breast cancer. I haven’t felt the need to comment since so many people have done such a thorough job of writing about this [...]

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  • Jan 9 2014

    Newspaper cheerleading for local medical device company on page 1

    I’ve documented a track record in my local Star Tribune newspaper of cheerleading for local medical device companies.  This undoubtedly happens across the US in other local papers but I live in Minnesota and we have a lot of medical device companies here and this is what I see most often. And today the paper [...]

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  • Oct 8 2013

    When patients become pitchwomen: The duty of the medical journalist

    Another hospital claims a “first,” and another local newspaper bites on the bait, writing a story that is devoid of evidence but filled with one woman’s “success story.”  That’s just part of what bugged Theresa O’Brien when she read the story in her local paper.  Ms. O’Brien is a freelance technology and marketing analyst. She [...]

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  • Sep 6 2013

    A patient’s perspective on an NIH/NCI news release – a punch in the gut

    The following thoughts were sent to me by Carol Countryman, who had chemotherapy and radiation therapy for Hodgkin’s disease in the early ’70s.  She’s had two mastectomies and last year was diagnosed with delayed-onset myopathy from the radiation – a new disease and very rare.  She says her quality of life “is already a bit [...]

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  • May 27 2013

    Breast Cancer Action Webinar – Separating Hype from Hope: Breast Cancer Media Literacy

    Breast Cancer Action asked me to join them for a webinar Wed. May 29 and Thurs. May 30.  I’ll make a presentation and answer questions, as will Mandy Stahre, PhD, one of our story reviewers on HealthNewsReview.org.  Mandy is perfect for this role because she’s very smart – earning her PhD in epidemiology at the [...]

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  • Jan 25 2013

    Week-ending roundup of health care news gems you may have missed

    Flu Follies:  CNN’s Piers Morgan Falls Ill Days After Getting Flu Shot On The Air From Dr. Oz. Should Journalists Cite Material from Predatory Journals? – Scholarly Open Access blog. Eve Harris, who recently took a fulltime job as a patient navigator at UCSF,  published her “coming out” piece, as she calls it -  “Skin [...]

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  • Jan 22 2013

    UK citizen’s jury advises on communication about the benefits and harms of breast screening

    Two months ago, I read on the BMJ website “Citizens’ jury disagrees over whether screening leaflet should put reassurance before accuracy.” I’ve been following some of the controversies in the British National Health Service’s breast screening program for some time. An example here. I asked Angela Coulter, PhD, to write a guest blog post about [...]

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  • Jan 17 2013

    Online science comments: trolls, trash and treasure

    There’s been a sudden burst in articles about science and science news communication websites – and the comments left on such sites. On MotherJones.com, Chris Mooney wrote, “The Science of Why Comment Trolls Suck: The online peanut gallery can get you so riled up that your ability to reason goes out the window, a new [...]

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