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January 25, 2013
Week-ending roundup of health care news gems you may have missed
Eve Harris, who recently took a fulltime job as a patient navigator at UCSF, published her “coming out” piece, as she calls it – “Skin in the game.” She writes that she intends to use her blog to build on some of the themes foreshadowed in this piece: “cancer-related lifestyle consequences, screening harms and benefits, shared decision making, treatment of DCIS, health literacy, patient experience and more.”
“A Check on Physicals,” by Jane Brody of the New York Times, including an examination of the “sales pitch for the Princeton Longevity Center’s “comprehensive exam” promises, for $5,300, to take “your health beyond the annual physical.”
When the Cancer Research UK charity posted this photo on its Facebook page, it caused quite a kerfuffle in some circles.
The Facebook page itself lit up with comments, some calling it “insulting…naive…arrogant…ignorant…terrible…at best badly expressed and at worst dangerous” and much more. Others wrote their support. Science writer Ed Yong, a former public information officer for Cancer Research UK, tweeted that it was “Just *astonishing* arrogance in the face of complex biology.” Other science journalists tweeted that it was “actually cruel…astonishing but unsurprising.” The charity later blogged an apology of sorts – “A Future Free From the Fear of Cancer? Yes, But…“- which didn’t satisfy many observers.
And, after all that, we end with some humor:
The Daily Show’s “medical correspondent, Dr. Aasif Mandvi” on the “lie-enhancing drugs – Fibodrine, Deceptafran, Fraudulax, Perjursil, Defamatol… ” that might explain Lance Armstrong’s behavior.
Following a shift in journalism’s business model, a diverse ecosystem of publications, many covering science, has sprung up online. This has made it more difficult to sort out what qualifies as journalism, what doesn’t, and whether the public even cares.
Researchers and journalists do the public a grave disservice when they spin health study results to make them appear safer or more effective than warranted, says @HealthNewsRevu founder @garyschwitzer https://t.co/QIKsRbP6Ed