Health News Review
  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 …

  • 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. …

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Jul 25 2009

    Copycat stories on pressing public health problem – cankles? OMG!

    So the Wall Street Journal publishes a story on “cankles” – chubby lower legs. Well of course that’s too much for morning TV shows to resist copying. So ABC’s Good Morning America airs a segment in which they at least acknowledge they’re simply copying the WSJ. The CBS Early Show had to join in the discussion of this vitally important public health concern as well. But both the ABC and CBS segments featu…

  • 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.     …

  • Oct 3 2013

    Medical ethics case study: Speculating on Public Figure’s Mental Health

    Dr. John Henning Schumann writes on the AMA’s Virtual Mentor Journal of Ethics website, “Speculating on a Public Figure’s Mental Health.” Schumann, who is dabbling in radio himself these days, focuses on a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine who was interviewed on the radio about her theories about what happened when a 16-year-old tenth grader went to school with a gun, killed two classmates, and injured seve…




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