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Coronary calcium scans: NYT article highlights value and minimizes limitations
On Monday, the New York Times “Well” section published this column by Jane Brody: The Value and Limitations of a Cardiac Calcium Scan (The headline was later changed to ‘One More Heart Test to Consider: A Calcium Scan’) It caught our eye because it’s a screening test for heart disease that we’ve followed for almost a […]
Problems with evidence and anatomy in coverage of coronary calcium test
It’s one thing to predict risk, and another to show that acting on risk factors leads to improved health outcomes.
Calcium Scan Can Predict Premature Death Risk, Study Says Noninvasive look at arteries may benefit people without obvious heart symptoms
Editorial: Coronary calcium scores still not ready for prime time
On his Cardobrief blog, Larry Husten captures the latest chapter in the promotion of coronary calcium screening. There’s a new study in JAMA that says the technique can improve the classification of heart risk. Husten writes: “Once again a study has turned up results that appear to favor widespread application of calcium screening. And once […]6 3/8/2010
Journal editor troubled by Obama's CT scan for coronary calcium & virtual colonoscopy
Archives of Internal Medicie editor Rita Redberg writes: “I was troubled to read that the President’s physical examination included an electron beam computed tomographic (CT) scan for coronary calcium. This screening test likely exposed Mr Obama to significant radiation unnecessarily, increasing his risk of future cancer. …In light of this radiation risk, and the lack […]12/14/2009
Questions about coronary artery calcium CT scans
In an issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine that published several studies pointing out the risk of cancer associated with overuse of popular CT scans, there is also a strongly worded editorial about CT scan screening for coronary artery calcium – something some journalists seem to have fallen in love with. Dr. Patrick G. […]10/7/2009
Where are the mainstream news media on USPSTF coronary risk test story?
As I predicted yesterday, there has been nary a story on the US Preventive Services Task Force’s new statement that the evidence isn’t in yet on nine ways to look for signs of coronary heart disease in people without symptoms. Journalists – many of whom sang the praises of at least two of those methods […]3/27/2009
Sioux Falls Paper Violates Ethical Standards, Endorses Calcium Scans
The Argus Leader newspaper of Sioux Falls recently reported that two local hospitals were offering $50 heart screenings to check for excess calcium buildup. Let me count the ways this story was poor journalism: 1. The headline: “Cost of saving a life: $50.” Cost-effectiveness has not been established for this procedure. This is a headline […]
Props to NPR for highlighting the need for balanced decision-making around statins
This story could have provided a bit more on costs, alternatives, and how this study was performed.
Before Starting A Statin, Talk It Over With Your Doctor
“Reducing health anxiety by shutting down certain newspapers”
In his weekly journal review on a BMJ blog, Dr. Richard Lehman writes about a study published in the Lancet: This trial of cognitive behavioural therapy for “health anxiety” was an enormous undertaking: “Of 28 991 patients screened, 444 were randomly assigned to receive either adapted cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT-HA group, 219 participants) or standard […]
Journalists reporting on themselves in health care stories: is this narcissism?
A piece on Gawker.com, “Journalism Is Not Narcissism,“ should be required reading in journalism schools. Excerpts: Every year, thousands of fresh-faced young aspiring journalists flood our nation’s college classrooms, in order to learn how to practice their craft. What should we tell them? This, first: journalism is not about you. Susan Shapiro, an author and […]2 12/13/2012
Other views on the NYT op-ed, “The 2,000 Year-Old Wonder Drug”
Dr. David Agus, tireless promoter of his book, “The End of Illness,” and whose involvement in an ABC news story about a reporter’s coronary calcium CT scan led to the network correcting/retracting the piece, is now at it again. The New York Times published his op-ed piece, “The 2,000-Year-Old Wonder Drug,” the start of which […]10/29/2012
My Health Literacy Month blog series post – the potential for harm in the daily tsunami of health news
For the second straight year, I’ve published a post in the Health Literacy Month blog series hosted by a company called Emmi Solutions. Shared decision-making was their focus this year, and my entry was entitled, “What is the Impact on Shared Decision Making of the Daily Tsunami of Health News?” ——————————— Every day for the past […]10/9/2012
The evolution of a story: hospital “selling scans” makes it into final headline
I had never met Jim Walsh of the Star Tribune, but he called me recently about a story he was working on. I’m glad he did, because I think our conversation (and subsequent conversations with people to whom I referred him) may have altered the direction of the final product. I hadn’t realized that Walsh […]
Menopause Therapy Found Less Risky
Our reviewers felt the story exaggerated the study’s findings. The Associated Press story was better.
Menopause Therapy Found Less Risky
A critical analysis of ABC & Bill Weir’s “lifesaving test” story
ABC News is in the midst of a major promotion of Dr. David Agus’ book, “The End of Illness.” In the course of their reporting, they sent Nightline host Bill Weir to see Agus, whom he referred to as “a rock star of science.” Weir had tests as part of his reporting and writes: As […]