Health News Review
  • May 13 2013

    Barbara Brenner (1951-2013) “Social justice activist. Corporate ass-kicker. Civil rights advocate. Profound changer of lives.”

    …m “pinkwashing,” exposing the hypocrisy of companies that used the pink ribbon to boost sales but covered up their own record of selling cosmetics, foods and other products that harmed women’s health. Brenner used to say, “If shopping could cure breast cancer, it would be cured by now.” BCA targeted everything from pink buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken and pink-lidded Yoplait yogurt to “Clean for the Cure” Eureka Vacuum Cleaners and pink Ford ca…

  • Jun 1 2012

    Consumer Reports: “Health care prices are all over the map”

    A new article in Consumer Reports begins: If gas stations worked like health care, you wouldn’t find out until the pump switched off whether you paid $3 or $30 a gallon. If clothes shopping worked like health care, you might pay $80 for a pair of jeans at your local boutique and $400 for the identical pair at the nearest department store—and the clothes wouldn’t have price tags on them. “Why can’t you or I as a consumer ask what it’s g…

  • Feb 7 2011

    NYT piece pits editorial/advertising practices of WebMD vs.

    An online war of words is on after publication of a New York Times piece headlined, “Prescription for Fear” that begins: “If you’re looking for the name of a new pill to “ask your doctor about,” as the ads say, the Mayo Clinic Health Information site is not the place for you. If you’re shopping for a newly branded disorder that might account for your general feeling of unease, Mayo is not for you either…

  • Aug 28 2012

    Ethics of commercial screening tests: choice should be informed by evidence, not advertising claims

    An opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “Ethics of Commercial Screening Tests,” makes a strong, clear statement about the problems with many screening test campaigns offered by commercial companies in partnerships with churches, pharmacies, shopping malls or trusted medical organizations. Excerpts: “Particular concerns about “the use of ultrasonography (for example, ultrasonography of the carotid arteries to assess…

  • Jan 14 2013

    Colonoscopy, conflicts of interest, and cautionary tales

    …nts who pursue the CAT scan option must still take a vigorous laxative and, if polyps are discovered, they cannot be removed. Colonoscopy’s unrivaled advantage is that it can remove nearly all polyps discovered. It’s one stop shopping.  If radiologists perfect the technique of performing a CAT colonography without any required laxatives, then the scales may tip in their favor. The above vignette is not a futuristic hypothetical creation. I suspec…

  • Jul 18 2013

    Robotic Surgery Roundup: Take Me Out To The Ballgame and much more

    … website: “Ha Ha Ha they are getting really desperate for people to experiment on with this thing. Three robots purchased? Ouch! no hospital coming back from 7.5 Mil. wasted. What other surgical instrument is brought to malls and baseball games to fool the public? No scientific evidence of meaningful improved results, but some poorly run hospitals keep buying these things for the pathetic misleading sales slogans, testimonials, and misrepre…

  • Jan 12 2010

    WSJ follows the mammogram money & lobbying

    …urned to GE in October when it lit the Great Pyramids pink to mark a major screening initiative in Egypt. Neither GE nor the Komen group would say how much the event cost. In 2007, GE sold limited-edition pink cameras to Home Shopping Network, which donated a portion of the sales to Komen. Imaging and film companies whose products go into mammography equipment have made pink DVD players, pink computer flash drives and pink cellphones, a portion o…

  • Aug 2 2013

    Back to school anti-vaccination woo

    We’re already seeing back-to-school shopping specials – even though it’s just the second day of August. And we’re already seeing some anti-vaccination campaigns getting in full gear as well, reflecting on regulations requiring parents to have kids’ vaccinations up to date prior to the start of school. In a piece labeled, “Doctors Debate Need for Child Vaccinations,”  Las Vegas television station – …

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