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NY Times “Well” column is unwell again – this time on pandemic running advice
I admire much of the great journalism being delivered by the New York Times on COVID-19 pandemic issues. But I continue to be befuddled many weeks by the decision-making and editorial judgment of the Times’ Well column. We have written several times about how unwell is the Well feature. Today, one of our former physician-contributors, […]
The NY Times ‘Well’ section is unwell
Earlier this week, just in time for flu season, the ‘Well’ section of the New York Times (a lifestyle-focused part of their health section) offered this 233-word slice of pap: An Upbeat Mood May Boost Your Flu Shot’s Effectiveness I won’t burden you by going in-depth on why this headline is particularly misleading; suffice to […]
Reflections on 2020: You can’t mask this reality
It is deeply disheartening for me to reflect on how health care information was miscommunicated so often by so many different players in 2020. In my 47-year career, I never saw a President, his Administration, some federal health agency leaders, many elected officials and so many others distort and deceive and mislead Americans so often […]
NY Times was blind to flaws in “Statins May Cut Glaucoma Risk” story
Let me count the ways in which I am moved to write about another unwell piece in the New York Times Well section – “Statins May Cut Glaucoma Risk.” Let’s begin with the first line: “More good news about cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.” No, it’s not good news. There’s no “take it to the bank” definitive […]
Podcast: Our team reflects on what we’ve learned
After over 12 years of scrutinizing medical news to help improve the public dialogue on health care, HealthNewsReview.org closes up shop at the end of 2018.
In this podcast, the seven members of the staff take a look back and share what they’ve learned from the experience.
When reporting on sloppy science, NY Times ‘Well’ section should practice what it preaches
A New York Times column on Monday bemoaned the sorry state of much nutrition research, saying it’s too often poorly designed and riddled with conflicts of interest. The headline: Confused by Nutrition Research? Sloppy Science May Be to Blame Written by longtime “Personal Health” columnist Jane Brody, the piece is based on a new book, […]1
Can coffee ‘tame the redness of rosacea’? Here’s what you need to know about the New York Times’ coverage
Here’s another example in our occasional series documenting how the New York Times’ ‘Well’ section is often unwell. This time it’s a brief story claiming that “Coffee may tame the redness of rosacea.” Let’s start with the fact that this study was observational and had many limitations, which we’ll explain below. (Read our primer on observational […]2
The tsunami of not-ready-for-primetime health care news
On one recent day – a quite normal day in the life of our HealthNewsReview.org team – we watched the latest wave of the tsunami of not-ready-for-primetime medical research news coming in to drown the American public. Jill Adams, who is on the board of the National Association of Science Writers, did her daily search […]1
NY Times ‘Well’ section continues to mislead readers — this time on facial exercises that ‘may make you look 3 years younger’
The New York Times “Well” section is once again … unwell. This time, it’s an article titled “Facial Exercises May Make You Look 3 Years Younger,” which employs a clickbait headline and the veneer of scientific legitimacy to hype a small study of highly questionable significance. It quotes two sources –both co-authors of the study–and buries […]