Health News Review
  • 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…

  • 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. …

  • 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…

  • 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 …

  • Feb 23 2011

    Minnesota Public Radio applies truth squad to former Gov’s health care claims

    Minnesota Public Radio’s Lorna Benson recently reported: “As he prepares for a possible run for the presidency, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been touting the success of Minnesota’s home-grown health reforms during his national book tour. Pawlenty, a Republican, said the state has designed a good blueprint for reining in costs that the rest of the nation should follow. While it’s true that Minnesota has been experimentin…

  • 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…

  • 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. …

  • 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…




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