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Toilet Bowl Tuesday: A craptastic race to the bottom for misleading health news
Sunday’s Super Bowl supposedly represented the zenith of professional football: top players, in top form, playing at the top level. Anyone want to give me odds on any of the following news stories — which all showed up in our newsfeed before 9 AM today — winning some sort of Toilet Bowl for health news? […]2
We are in a crisis of crap health news — this week’s reporting shows why
I can’t remember a week that has featured so much useless reporting about studies that are meaningless to the average reader. All the stories featured clickbait-y diet topics like alcohol, chocolate, coffee, and fiber. All were based on observational studies that can only show associations, not cause-and-effect, and which are prone to drawing conclusions that […]12/18/2013
4th annual year-ender on health care PR crap
I don’t think all public relations messages about health care are crap. But most of what I see is. And I can’t stand seeing public relations that may end up hurting the public. The Public Relations Society of America’s code of ethics talks about serving the public good…and “a special obligation to operate ethically.” Hmm. […]6 12/26/2012
3rd annual year-ender on health care PR crap we receive
I’ve been too nice the past two years, calling my year-enders “PR puffery” or “PR stuff.” The stuff I’m writing about here is pure crap. So we’re calling it that. This annual series is about the bombardment of news releases sent to journalists who are trying to decide what is vital information for readers, viewers […]
Salads keep your brain 11 years younger? What you need to know
A few years ago, the website Hairpin.com posted a photo essay that captured a slice of the silliness of some stock photo collections. Under a headline, but with no other words, there were simply 19 photos that matched the headline, “Women Laughing Alone With Salad.” But salad silliness isn’t limited to stock photo images. Last […]
2017 year-ender: Major themes from a year’s worth of news release reviews
We’re closing in on our 500th news release review since launching this service in April 2015. What have we learned? We’ve learned that overall, universities, academic medical centers, hospitals, trade groups and industry are committing many of the same mistakes and omitting the same key information they were in 2015 when we started. We’re dedicated […]
Gene therapy and hemophilia: Washington Post wisely tells readers ‘the study has some limitations’
Whether this particular treatment revolutionizes the landscape for hemophilia B sufferers will remain an open question for some years–and the story should have emphasized that more.
Gene therapy makes a big advance treating hemophilia B blood disorder
Health care reform under Trump: A guide to “universal access” and other slippery slogans
The next health care reform messaging war has begun, and when the slogans start flying, some reporters start following. We’ve been through this before. In 2009 during debate on the Affordable Care Act, hardly a day went by without some news organization passing along the shop-worn phrase, “affordable quality health care for all.” It worked […]
Health care PR in 2016: Who made the grade?
2016 was our first full year evaluating PR news releases that make claims about health care interventions. Ours is the only project that systematically evaluates these documents, which are designed to bring attention to something that the issuing organization thinks is newsworthy — often a new study about a test or treatment. Some — not […]
Bloomberg’s story on virtual reality for pain control was a little too rosy
This story did a lot of things right, but it didn’t go deep enough into a discussion of what research has found so far about the treatment.
Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR
CBS story on stem cells and root canals inflates the benefits and ignores the risks
When there are no direct clinical benefits to quantify about a possible new medical intervention, it’s a sign the research may be too preliminary for a wide audience.
Stem cell research aims to put an end to root canals
Parade of pablum in widely-circulated Sunday magazine
Parade magazine makes a lot of claims: Circulation: 22.0 million Readership: 54.1 million Parade is the most widely read magazine in America. Parade magazine is distributed by more than 700 of the country’s finest newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, the New York Daily […]
Is sugar “definitely toxic”?
There was room for improvement, but readers who make it the end of this piece should come away with a reasonably thorough understanding of this study’s findings and what they might mean.
Sugar Is Definitely Toxic, a New Study Says
The Cleveland Clinic dumps McDonald’s: important symbol of change or PR lip service?
The following guest post is by Carolina Branson, PhD, an associate editor with HealthNewsReview.org. Last week, The Cleveland Clinic announced they were not renewing the lease on the McDonald’s franchise in their food court. While not unprecedented–it’s been reported that seven other hospitals that have done the same since 2009–the move was newsworthy given the prestige of […]10
Politics & misleading Medicaid statistic
The following is a guest blog post from Trudy Lieberman, one of our contributors. When the Florida legislature recently adjourned without expanding Medicaid after contentious debate, one statement by Rep. Richard Corcoran undoubtedly influenced the outcome. When Corcoran’s constituents emailed him asking for Medicaid expansion, he replied: “The largest national study, conducted by the University […]