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Wearable monitors: what do we really know?
The following guest post is by Dr. Michael Joyner, a medical researcher at the Mayo Clinic. These views are his own. You can follow him on twitter @DrMJoyner. One of the most interesting pieces of health care reporting I have read in the last couple of weeks was Charles Piller’s article in Stat on leadership […]6
Can $2 billion a year cure Alzheimer’s?
The following is a guest post by Linda Furlini, PhD, who works as a research associate at the Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, in Montreal. Editor’s note: When Hillary Clinton’s campaign gathered reporters on a conference call recently to announce her plan to devote $2 billion annually to Alzheimer’s research that would lead to a […]2
How fast to “cures” and at what cost? Politico forum tilts toward pharma-friendly messaging
The following is a guest blog post by Dr. Susan Molchan, one of our independent expert editorial contributors. On October 5 I attended an event entitled “How Fast to Cures?” hosted by Politico, a well-established media organization that publishes a magazine and other content on politics and policy in Washington, DC. The topic of discussion […]
Where does the hype come from? A news release/news story comparison
Hype in health news stories often originates with an exaggerated news release from an academic institution, research suggests. But news releases aren’t always to blame when journalists make over-the-top claims about a study. Sometimes, the news release can do an excellent job of presenting a careful, cautious summary of the research that emphasizes limitations and […]9
21st Century Cures Act: A huge step backward for FDA standards
The following guest post is written by veteran health care journalist Trudy Lieberman. Trudy often writes about consumer safety protections and the media’s role in upholding those protections. In early January Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, the new chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, dropped a big hint to the Associated […]3
Following the health news stream from publication to news release to media coverage
Harold J. DeMonaco is the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Care Transitions at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a long-time contributor to HealthNewsReview.org. It is always interesting to see how the results of a well-designed and important study can get distorted as they flow through the media. The recent publication of Development and Validation of […]6
Criticism of NEJM’s defense of industry-physician relations
The following is a guest blog post from one of our contributors, Susan Molchan, MD, a psychiatrist in the Washington, DC, area. In the first of a series of pieces, New England of Journal of Medicine national correspondent Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum wrote, “Reconnecting the Dots – Reinterpreting Industry-Physician Relations.” (You really should read this piece […]8 3/18/2015
Dissecting press release puffery – Trudy Lieberman guest post
The following is a guest post by our blog contributor, Trudy Lieberman. The longer she’s been covering health care issues, the more tuned-in she seems to be about claims she sees in health care public relations. ————————— Back in 2002 Dartmouth researchers Steve Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz concluded in JAMA that press releases from medical journals […]2/4/2015
Two noteworthy breast cancer articles: women who turn down mammography…and questions about precision medicine
Women’s magazines are often not the place to go for hard-hitting, evidence-based health care stories. That’s not just my opinion. That’s what I’ve heard through the years from many women who try to write such pieces for women’s magazines. But here’s an exception to that pattern: Laura Beil’s piece in O, The Oprah Magazine, entitled, […]6/10/2014
Slow down on making claims for semen test for prostate cancer
Recently, all sorts of sensational headlines popped up about: Semen test may improve prostate cancer detection Semen test for prostate cancer helps diagnose early warning signs Prostate cancer accurately identified with semen test Prostate cancer diagnosis may be more accurate with semen test Semen test is latest diagnostic prostate cancer tool and may be best […]6/5/2014
Words of caution about “simple tests could save lives and money” story
A reader in California asked that we review and comment on a story by Healthline seen on Yahoo Health news: “Simple Tests for Heart Attack Risk Could Save Lives and Money.” Whenever you hear or see the phrase “simple tests,” you should head for the hills because there’s nothing simple or uncomplicated about most health […]3/11/2014
“Simple” blood test to predict if you’ll be alive in 5 years? Please….
The obsession that some in journalism have with “simple” blood tests – the unquestioning “test for everything” mentality that shines through in so many stories – is, itself, bloodcurdling. Yesterday we wrote about how CNN stated that an Alzheimer’s test had “astonishing accuracy” – when another solid news story reported that “the accuracy fell short […]3/10/2014
On Alzheimer’s study, standout stories evaluated both evidence & ethics
A study published in Nature Medicine is sending journalists tumbling over each other with enthusiasm for claims that a blood test could help predict Alzheimer’s disease. Dozens and dozens of stories reported the study with no independent scientific perspective and with little or no discussion of the ethics questions involved in an Alzheimer’s test – […]4/17/2013
How “groundbreaking” are skin cholesterol tests?
In a week in which we already wrote about US drug stores giving out free statin drugs, we thought readers might be interested in how a new (new-ish) skin cholesterol test is being marketed, and how some Canadian drug stores are getting in on the act. Someone in Canada sent me the following news release: […]
Incomplete MPR reporting on Mayo prostate cancer scan
I’m a big fan of Minnesota Public Radio and usually a big fan of their health care news coverage. They’ve done some bold and innovative coverage in recent years. But when I heard (on the radio) and saw (online) MPR’s story, “Prostate cancer scan advance helps Mayo doctors with early detection,” I saw and heard […]