Health News Review
  • 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…

  • Nov 25 2009

    Another Washington Post column that misleads readers on mammography

    …clumsy blow” that “wiped out much of the progress” in breast cancer detection. Huh? It got worse, as he wrote:. “With a drumbeat of recommendations raising doubts about various cancer screenings, the public could easily get the mistaken impression that all cancer screening is a waste of time and money.” Stop the foolishness. The USPSTF said nothing about any cancer screening being a waste of time and money. In fa…

  • Oct 1 2014

    My article kicks off 5th Annual Health Literacy Month Blog Series

    …e Throat, Head, Neck Cancer Screenings Promoted Without Full Info News story shines light on hospitals promoting questionable screenings Public Citizen has written to 20 hospitals in eight states urging them to “sever their relationships with a screening company because the company’s heavily promoted, community-wide cardiovascular health screening programs are unethical and are much more likely to do harm than good. “The ethics of highly-adver…

  • Jul 9 2011

    My PLoS Blogs guest post: The effects of churnalism on health news & the public

    Brian Mossop, Community Manager at The Public Library of Science (PLoS), urged me to submit a guest blog post on the terrific collection of PLoS Blogs. What I gave him recaptured the guts of a journal article submission summarizing the first five years’ work on HealthNewsReview.org – a submission that was rejected by the journal editors despite glowingly positive comments from peer reviewers. The editors thought the term “ch…

  • Jun 22 2012

    Journal launches big series on “Big Food” and public health

    …to problems not just of food production but of malnutrition, obesity, and even poverty. The legitimization of food companies as global health experts is further fueled by the growing number of private-public partnerships with public health organizations, ostensibly designed to foster collaborative action to improve people’s health and wellbeing. And yet food companies’ primary obligation is to drive profit by selling food. Why does th…

  • Jan 27 2011

    A view from Australia of an imbalanced public discussion on prostate cancer screening

    Australian journalist Melissa Sweet offers an alternative perspective to that given by an Australian politician who publicly encouraged men to be screened for prostate cancer based on his own personal experience. The politician wrote: “It is an easy choice really.” But Sweet countered: “Actually, it’s not an easy choice at all, and someone in (his) position, of influence and with access to high quality information, sho…

  • Aug 25 2010

    NYT’s new public editor settles in with criticism of paper’s Alzheimer’s test story

    The New York Times’ new public editor (or ombudsman), Arthur S. Brisbane, writes that his blog “opens with an entry in the field of science, something my mama told me never to do.” Actually, we hope to see much of this. His opening target: the paper’s own front-page story of Aug. 10 by science reporter Gina Kolata, headlined “In Spinal Test, Early Warning on Alzheimer’s,” with a subhead that said ̶…

  • Apr 29 2011

    CBC Radio and Minnesota Public Radio profile HealthNewsReview.org

    Our work was featured on two prominent radio programs. The CBC “White Coat Black Art” program interviewed me for the last 7 minutes of a half hour theme show on healthy skepticism. The program audio can be heard here. And Minnesota Public Radio news director Mike Edgerly interviewed me for an hour on the MPR Midday program. …

  • Feb 20 2014

    “Medical Matters” program debuts on Public Radio Tulsa

    I’m pleased to be part of a radio series on Public Radio Tulsa for at least the next four weeks.  It’s called “Medical Matters,” hosted by Dr. John Schumann. The series debuts today. Each week, he’ll ask me to review 3 or 4 health care stories that caught my eye. You can listen by clicking on the longer “Listen” link on this page. ————————- Tweet Follow …

  • Jul 17 2012

    Cocoa as Sunscreen? PR Firm Shamelessly Hypes Tiny Study

    …———– With the summer beach season in full swing, it’s time to starting thinking about ways to reduce your exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Thankfully, the folks at Draznin Public Relations are ready to educate you about an important new strategy for protecting your skin from sun damage: Eat more cocoa! In a recent press release, Draznin offered to clue me in to the findings of a “standout” trial that…




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