Health News Review
  • 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 10 2013

    Some skeptical views of NYT front page “race for cholesterol drug” story

    … developers’ mouths, we should be skeptical anyway.  So why the front page story? “This is our top priority,” said Dr. Andrew Plump, the head of translational medicine at Sanofi. “Nothing else we are doing has the same public health impact.” What public health impact?  The drugs have had no public health impact yet.  “Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, the director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, estimates that even if the drugs …

  • Nov 4 2013

    The Economics & Politics of Drugs for Mild Hypertension

    …#8220;I think that the entire conclusion of this analysis is flawed. It really has no clinical importance, [and] it should not be adopted by any practicing physician.” It should be noted that Dr. White has had financial relationships with 15 drug companies that make blood pressure lowering medications, topping the eight of Dr. Oparil. Cochrane is an elite journal in evidence-based medicine, and the review of drugs for mild hypertension had …

  • 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 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…

  • 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 29 2009

    Smart health care consumer listeners on Wisconsin Public Radio

    My appearance early this morning on the statewide Wisconsin Public Radio network can now be heard online (Real Player file). The network asked me to talk about – and take calls from listeners about – my HealthNewsReview.org project. I probably talked too much and didn’t leave enough time for calls, but the ones we took on the air reflected an intelligence and a healthy skepticism that was refreshing. …

  • Jan 20 2010

    Kaiser Health News: Why public support for health care reform faltered

    A team of reporters from KHN delivers this thoughtful piece. Excerpts: “There’s nothing in (the proposals) the average person could understand about why your costs would be lower,” says Robert Blendon, professor of health policy at Harvard’s School of Public Health. “They don’t even have good illustrations about how it would be cheaper. They did not find a way to save money for people with job-based insuran…

  • 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 …

  • Aug 30 2010

    Story of Medtronic’s Infuse product – from revolutionary advance to public health alert

    …tion for Informed Medical Decision Making in Boston in May. John Fauber of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel hammers one of these issues, looking at how Medtronic’s Infuse product “went from revolutionary advance to public health alert.” Here’s his story on MedPageToday.com. His entire “Side Effects: Money, Medicine and Patients” series is indexed on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website. The image below is fr…




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