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Alex Trebek’s ‘near remission’ story serves as a reminder: Beware celebrity health news
In People magazine’s latest cover story, Alex Trebek said his advanced pancreatic cancer is in “near remission.” People portrayed this as a dramatic turnaround: When Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer three months ago, fans were shocked. But now the beloved Trebek has good news to share: He’s in “near […]
Celebrity colonoscopy parties – great fun ‘every other year’?
Celebrity news about health care choices is often fraught with misinformation. Celebrity news about screening tests may be the leading category of such misinformation. Titillating tidbits about the stars, but there’s potential harm if the take-home message to readers is “Gee, maybe you should do what these smart, rich people are doing.” Enter People magazine, […]3
Erin Andrews’ misdirected cervical cancer screening promo overlooks harms of frequent testing
You may have seen celebrity Erin Andrews’ crusade to promote cervical cancer screening, which draws from a well-worn corporate playbook of hiring celebrities to sell medical interventions. But this time the sponsor, medical technology company Hologic, erred in picking a well-off white television personality to offer advice on a disease that disproportionately kills low-income, minority, […]
NBC races the clock in a race to the bottom with anchormen & prostate cancer screening promotion
It was not the peacock’s finest hour. Or even their finest 34 seconds. Last week, NBC Today show anchors Matt Lauer and Al Roker had digital rectal exams (out of view, behind closed doors) on live TV. Lauer and the network announced that “The live event is part of No-Shave November, TODAY’s initiative to raise […]3/29/2012
In the BMJ: “What companies don’t tell you about screening” and “Routine testicular self examination: it’s time to stop”
Dr. Margaret McCartney writes in the BMJ with a UK physician’s perspective on “What companies don’t tell you about screening,” questioning whether customers of private screening companies are given information to really understand what they are undertaking. Excerpts: The full page advertisements in the weekend press are hard to ignore. “Your quick and easy way […]4/28/2011
Free Throat, Head, Neck Cancer Screenings Promoted Without Full Info
All over the country in May, hospitals are offering “Free Throat Cancer Screening.” A Google search turned up dozens of results for that specific term or the related “oral, head and neck cancer screening.” Here’s one example, promoting “Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, May 8-14.” This promotion uses ominous warnings: Can you live […]6/21/2010
NY Daily News begins second decade of evading evidence on PSA screening
Headlines every day in the New York Daily News are luring men in as part of a mass prostate cancer screening campaign which the American Cancer Society not only does not endorse – its chief medical officer recommends against. Yet the paper brags that it is beginning its second decade of this non-evidence-based campaign. Sample […]11/18/2009
Too much emotion – not enough evidence – in TV's coverage of breast cancer screening
I watched all three TV networks’ lead stories from last night’s newscasts – all three on the US Preventive Services Task Force’s new breast cancer screening recommendations. Lots of talk about “anger, confusion, concern, fear, outright revolt, disturbing, shocking” reactions from women and doctors all across the country. First, I’ll note a reasonably well-balanced job […]10/30/2008
Evidence? Harms? Why don't journalists report the full story on screening tests?
My thanks to The Daily Beast for publishing my commentary this week. The following is a modified version. This week the Wall Street Journal published a big splash, "CT Scans Gain Favor as Option for Colonoscopy." But in this 1,300-word article, there isn’t one mention of the recent statement by the U.S. Preventive Services Task […]8/7/2008
Yes, still another case of "journalist" pro-screening bias
Over on the HealthNewsReview.org website, we’ve reviewed another example of a journalist giving pro-screening test advice that is not supported by medical evidence. This time it was the CBS Early Show, using physician-“reporter” Dr. Holly Phillips from WCBS-TV in New York to do a followup on actress Christina Applegate’s diagnosis of breast cancer. We said […]
5-Star Friday: Give us more!
It’s not hard to fathom why many people think more medicine is better; after all, the word “healthcare” is made up of two principles we typically value and want more of. But we’ve gotten to a point where the medicalization of our lives — and the mega-profits and harms that come with it — are […]5
Pathologists predicted the Theranos debacle, but their voices were missing from most news coverage
Theranos, the fraudulent laboratory company whose rise and fall is recounted in a recent exposé entitled “Bad Blood,” was a darling of investors and news outlets for a more than a decade. The company suffered a rapid change of fate in late 2015 after Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou revealed the shaky underpinnings of […]
Guardian spoon-feeds university news release to readers, claiming prostate cancer ‘breakthrough’
This story fails to provide anything more than hyperbole and unsubstantiated claims. Readers deserve more.
Prostate cancer breakthrough as UK team develops more accurate test
A place to tell stories of patient harm from misleading media
Way back in 1992, our founder, Gary Schwitzer, published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled, “The Magical Medical Media Tour.” In it, he concluded: “Failure to take time helps explain how we get familiar stories of quick fixes, magic bullets and daily breakthroughs that feed hysteria and hypochondria, thereby harming, […]
2017 year-ender: What I’ve learned from reading health news every morning
Each morning, I scan 26 news sites for stories that report on some claim of a health benefit by a specific intervention. I then compile a list of said stories, and email them to the HealthNewsReview.org team. By the end of this year, I may hit 1,000 articles. As a health care reporter, I have […]