Health News Review
  • Oct 10 2011

    Embargo Watch blog posts “What NOT to do in a PR campaign”

    …t’s still preferable to have journalism outlets pay for the products, and there was no actual VapoRub in the package. … But this is just ridiculous. Does the PR agency that came up with this — DeVries Public Relations – think that ethical reporters will accept all of these gifts? Does Vicks’ parent company, Procter and Gamble? I’m not sure how sending this much of value to a reporter supposedly covering a story…

  • Dec 20 2011

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

    …tens to make it more difficult for health journalists to maintain the wall that once existed between the editorial and advertising sides of the business, and perhaps less able to see through or deflect the influence of public relations professionals. For journalism, and for the audience it serves, this may be the most troubling trend today. … The danger is that with the increasing constraints in many newsrooms, the PR folks may be winning m…

  • Oct 29 2012

    My Health Literacy Month blog series post – the potential for harm in the daily tsunami of health news

    …information on a daily basis. Anyone who visits our site can learn from the way we evaluate health care messages. Besides showing how to apply those 10 criteria to news stories every day, we also blog about health care public relations, news releases, advertising and marketing.  Some topics we’ve addressed recently: How/why journalism via news releases may not be in the public’s best interests How important details were included by some news org…

  • Nov 5 2012

    “Embargoes… can be bad for the public health.”

    Let’s start the week with some embargo issues!  How’s that for fun? On the NPR Shots blog, David Schultz writes, “What We Wanted To Tell You About Mumps But Couldn’t.”   He begins: Last week, we wrote about an outbreak of mumps within several Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City. We told you how the outbreak spread so rapidly in 2009 that public health officials tried something that hadn’t b…

  • Jul 22 2011

    American College of Sports Medicine takes public stand supporting HealthNewsReview.org criteria

    For several years, I’ve been gently nudging various groups that communicate with the public about health care to adopt/endorse/promote the 10 criteria we use on HealthNewsReview.org in the same spirit in which we promote them: 10 things we think consumers need addressed in messages about health care interventions. • What’s the total cost? • How often do benefits occur? • How often do harms occur? • How strong is the evidence? • Is th…

  • Nov 20 2008

    Entanglement of medical journalists & Big Pharma

    …sing similar concerns to those that apply to education of doctors. The University of North Carolina’s master’s degree in medical journalism, one of the first in the United States, has at least two important forms of financial relations with drug companies. … Like some university programmes, the American Medical Writers Association, whose members include reporters and public relations specialists, receives sponsorship from the drug industry….

  • Nov 24 2008

    Statins, watchdogs and reporting by news release

    … apply to education of doctors.     The University of North Carolina’s master’s degree in medical journalism, one of the first in the United States, has at least two important forms of financial relations with drug companies. …     Like some university programmes, the American Medical Writers Association, whose members include reporters and public relations specialists, receives sponsorship …

  • Jul 22 2014

    What the public doesn’t see about pharma trying to buy influence

    The big European Society of Cardiology world congress will be held in Barcelona next month. Larry Husten of Cardiobrief.org shared an invitation he received from a PR company, which read, in part: “…for an internal event organized by Sanofi Regeneron (PCSK9) on August 30 in Barcelona, we are looking for a moderator for the whole day to animate the plenary session of the meeting. This moderator should be able to speak in front of 250 …

  • Nov 23 2009

    10 things that stand out from the mammography week to remember (forget?)

    217;ve reported on this before and last week provided overwhelming new evidence. (Mind you – I said “many”, not “all.”) 4. The USPSTF, which is a collection of independent experts, has no public relations arm. They simply review the evidence and publish their recommendations. 5. The public relations machinery of the American Cancer Society, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology – and other group…

  • Dec 26 2012

    3rd annual year-ender on health care PR crap we receive

    …tens to make it more difficult for health journalists to maintain the wall that once existed between the editorial and advertising sides of the business, and perhaps less able to see through or deflect the influence of public relations professionals. For journalism, and for the audience it serves, this may be the most troubling trend today. … The danger is that with the increasing constraints in many newsrooms, the PR folks may be winning more of…




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