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5-Star Friday: That’s a great question …
Good journalism, like good medical research, often begins with a clear and simple question. Followed by clear and simple writing. The articles our staff chose to highlight this week are good examples of this. Can less be more? Why do some of our most vulnerable lack good care … or a good place to live? […]
5-Star Friday: Illuminating darkness
As we approach the darkest day of the year we’re reminded that not infrequently — as health care journalists — we are called upon to write about dark topics. Such topics take us to painful places that are often neglected, but some writers feel compelled to delve into. They’re not easy stories to write, but […]
5-Star Friday: Happy Thanksgiving 2017!
Let’s cut to the chase. Thank you for coming to our site and reading what we offer. We are grateful for our readers, what we learn from other health care journalists, and for those whose passion is delivering care to those in need. We hope you enjoy this long holiday weekend, and thought you might […]1
5-Star Friday salute to Uwe Reinhardt – a vital health policy voice lost
When you see an outpouring of loving obituaries, as we saw this week after the death of Princeton health care economist Uwe Reinhardt, you know we have lost someone special. A German by birth, Reinhardt consistently forced Americans to look in the mirror and answer his questions, “What kind of people do you want to […]
5-Star Friday: Standing up and taking notice
Many of the journalists we know take pride in two things. First, that their writing might help the public to think and talk about issues that have the potential to improve lives. Second, that they stand up, take notice, and find stories where others may not. Several of the 5-star stories we selected below are […]
5-star Friday: It’s the little things that can make for great health care journalism
We often cover big topics. Things like health care reform, the drug industry, and conflicts of interest, to name a few. But frequently we find big stories in things that, at first glance, seem minor and trivial, but clearly are not. Several of the 5-star stories we selected below serve as an important reminder that […]
5-Star Friday: Reports of the death of investigative journalism have been greatly exaggerated
Who says investigative journalism is dead? (And, yes, I know the subtitle above is a misquote. It’s been investigated.) This brings up something that comes up again and again in my mind: both medicine and journalism are being hurt by being too rushed. Our collective health would improve tremendously, in my opinion, if our health […]
5-Star Friday: Tackling the unwieldy
Many of the health care journalists we review are brave, intrepid, or both. Health care is not an easy beat. It’s quite a mash-up of science, politics, economics, ethics, law, technology and … well … us. These are big topics. A bit unwieldy. The writers featured in this week’s 5-Star Friday have taken on some […]1
5-Star Friday: Great reporting on glioblastoma, stem cells, surgery as placebo, and the ‘non-simplicity of mental illness’
Medicine as science. Medicine as theater. The former connotes certitude and rigor. The latter more nuance and drama. For those of us who practice medicine, or turn to it for help, or write about it, we realize it’s all these things. This spectrum is what makes it both delightfully compelling and frustratingly complex. This week […]
5-Star Friday: Our staff has your Fourth of July reading right here!
As we head into Independence Day weekend, it’s a time for Americans to reflect on the many things we have to be proud of in this country. But we also have things that need to be fixed. Some problems — like our health care delivery system — are daunting, complex, and arguably urgent. It’s often […]1
5-Star Friday: Our staff pick some gems of health care storytelling
It’s easy to get caught up in words like media, journalism, and news, and forget that what we do — and why we do it — is the joy of telling stories. In health care the topics we cover can run the gamut from the mundane or heavily scientific, to the heart-wrenching and controversial. But […]
5-Star Friday: Emotions vs. evidence
Every day we scrutinize media messages about health on this website. We encounter evidence — presumed by many to be logical and impartial — that is packaged, spun, and even altered by forces such as investors, egos, politics, and career concerns. Claims and promises are made. Often with much fanfare. Enter emotions. Those most affected by the evidence — […]
5-Star Friday: thoroughness & thoughtfulness
This is a unique Five Star Friday in that we have examples of great reporting from both the breaking news end of the spectrum, as well as a long-term and in-depth investigative project. We also have two stories that scored very highly with our reviewers. This is important because the two diseases covered — Alzheimer’s […]1
5-Star Friday: More screening, more vitamins and more advocacy can only be good, right?
If there’s a common question running through this week’s 5-star Friday, it is this: Is more always better? As someone who has worked in healthcare, my typical answer is that more evidence is certainly better. (As is more listening and empathy, for that matter!) And as someone who reads a fair amount of health care reporting, I would […]
5-Star Friday | Our staff pick some gems from the past month
A big part of what we do could be called “criticism.” It’s a long and proud tradition that is often misunderstood as solely focusing on the “negative.” Which is not the case. If you dig deep enough into the etymology of criticism you will find roots in such words as discriminating, deciding, and – yes […]