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Bad week for Good Morning America

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In a little more than a week, 3 health segments on ABC’s Good Morning America received pretty bad reviews from health care and journalism observers on HealthNewsReview.org. All 3 stories are currently on the site’s home page.

The story, “Cutting Edge Nail Cure” got one of our rare, lowest, zero-star scores:

The advantages were unsubstantiated, the harms unstated and the effectiveness exaggerated. Network TV promoting an off-label use. Disease mongering at its worst. A new low. Stay tuned for lower.

The segment, “DNA tests replace Pap smear?” made a decent effort on an important topic, but, in the end, our reviewers felt:

This story gave lip service to an important new study, but fell far short on details. Didn’t quantify benefits or costs or discuss the possibly limited impact in developed countries.

And the segment, “New treatments for America’s #1 killer,” deserved this review:

Story on coronary calcium test fails to discuss evidence, cost, or problems with false positive tests. But it hypes the test and disease mongers – telling us it’s a wakeup call we all need. Not so.

Instead of starting your day with this kind of health news, you’d be better off going for a walk before work.

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