Health News Review

This is just a partial list of websites and blogs that we try to visit often – many of them daily.


MedPageToday.com is primarily intended for physicians. But we think that the way they cover medical news could be a model for many consumer oriented news organizations as well. They evaluate the evidence, usually seek independent perspectives, and disclose financial conflicts of interest that authors report. We don’t review them as part of our normal review routine because they do not primarily target a consumer audience as all of our other reviewees do. But they’re a tough group of veteran health medical science journalists whose work is admirable.


 


Author-journalist Maggie Mahar covers health policy in great depth on her blog.


Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman’s site is an independent, publicly funded project that empowers physicians to identify and counter inappropriate pharmaceutical promotion practice.


Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.


The Knight Science Journalism Tracker is a service for science journalists, created and funded by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and launched in May 2006. The site states: “We believe that if science reporters and editors have convenient and timely access to the work of peers across the country, they can better evaluate and improve their own performance.”


PreparedPatient.org is designed to help people find good care and make the most of it. The information provided on PreparedPatient.org is based on the findings of experts, recent scientific studies and the experiences of patients. It is owned and managed by the Center for Advancing Health and has no advertising and accepts no corporate sponsorship.


Embargo Watch – Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage


Retraction Watch -Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process


Reporting on Health – about health journalism, blogging, and storytelling. A project of USC Annenberg’s California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, funded by a grant from The California Endowment.


Covering Health – blog of the Association of Health Care Journalists




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