Health News Review
  • Aug 6 2005

    Can’t mix news and PR jobs

    This is becoming a recurring theme: journalists working in news rooms while also doing paid public relations work. A Minneapolis-St. Paul TV anchor did it. A Nashville TV reporter did it. (Although she called me yesterday to explain that she’s not doing it anymore.) And now Detroit Medical Center announced that it has named a former WDIV-TV anchorman to be its communication director, “providing guidance on media issues and ser…

  • 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…

  • Oct 22 2013

    When doctors don’t discuss harms of screening tests with patients

    …papers in journals that overestimate the effectiveness of screening.  And so communication with patients suffers. And, as we consistently point out, many media messages – in journalism, advertising, marketing and public relations – lead to even worse public understanding. Here’s a Reuters Health story on the paper – one of the only mainstream news stories we saw on it. Here are some things we’ve published in the past…

  • Mar 28 2012

    A role model for Public Information Officers: best wishes, Earle Holland

    …ends to conflict with those who wish to emphasize only message points and slogans. While there is certainly a place in the world for persuasive communications, I’ve always thought that it was a questionable approach for public institutions telling the research story. The fact that I could maintain that stance for this long is admittedly remarkable. In the 33 years at OSU, I have reported on the great work of hundreds of geniuses, taught sci…

  • Sep 17 2013

    Tulsa public radio interview

    Public Radio Tulsa broadcast a half-hour discussion I had with Dr. John Henning Schumann, who blogs at GlassHospital.com, and who recently wrote a nice plug for our work.   He’s a sharp guy.  Maybe we’ll do more work together in the future. You can listen to the interview at this link.  It may have been one of my more cogent radio chats, for which I give credit to Schumann for how he conducted the interview. ———R…

  • Jan 4 2012

    Editorials cite “crazy medicine, unsustainable public policy” with new radiation treatments

    …ve one. With Medicare reimbursement so generous, and patients and doctors eager for the latest technology, building new machines is sane, profitable business for hospitals like Mayo. But it is crazy medicine and unsustainable public policy.” ADDENDUM: Mayo Clinic’s CEO reacted to the New York Times piece. …

  • Jul 20 2011

    Australian author: increasing public awareness about ovarian CA can have downside

    …until an advanced stage of the disease. Against this backdrop, a National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre survey has shown that one in five women can’t name one symptom of ovarian cancer. This has formed the basis of a public health campaign to raise awareness of the cancer and its associated symptoms. The trouble is that the symptoms that may signal an underlying cancer are vague, non-specific and, as our study has found, extremely common…

  • Jun 26 2014

    Questioning some of the ways in which new drug treatments are reported to the public

    …ders that.” The suggestions he makes are some of the same we’ve made over the past 8 years of reviewing thousands of health care news stories.  It’s nice to hear another voice regularly trying to improve the public dialogue. ——————— Tweet Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/garyschwitzer https://twitter.com/healthnewsrevu and on Facebook.     …

  • Aug 4 2009

    A growing public health threat: network TV morning health news segments

    …ce covers it. If your premiums went up because she was in your insurance pool, would you be happy? NBC Today show Lose weight while you sleep? February 9, 2009 Rating: (0 stars out of possible 5) NBC gave 5.5 minutes of free publicity to Glamour magazine’s pseudo-scientific experiment, then made bold, baseless projections that women would “probably add about 7 years to their life”. Amazing. Paralysis & spinal cord injury …

  • Sep 20 2010

    “Future of Health Journalism” in Public Health Forum journal

    I know this probably feels like Germany day on this blog. But what’s wrong with that? In writing earlier about my visit to Dortmund last week, I remembered that some of my brief thoughts on “The Future of Health Journalism” were published in the German journal, Public Health Forum, this month. Summary: “The future of health journalism will be determined by which roles journalists choose for themselves: cheerleader or …




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