Dutch scientists dampen diabetes hype

A Dutch epidemiologist and colleagues warn in the BMJ this week that news coverage of a diabetes finding may raise unrealistic expectations. They write that a New York Times story earlier this year quoted a diabetes researcher saying the gene discovery (a variant of the TCF7L2 or transcription factor 7-like 2 gene) could lead to […]


Wide variations in way journalists cover cancer gene therapy story

What a flashback! 21 years ago, National Cancer Institute researcher Steven Rosenberg became a media darling because of his work with Interleukin-2 against cancer. Magazine covers, newspaper headlines, Today show appearances. Much of it hype. Yesterday a new media feeding frenzy was kicked off when the journal Science published a Rosenberg (et al) paper about […]


Health care industry worried about Michael Moore's "Sicko"

AdAge.com is the latest publication to report that Michael Moore’s pending documentary on the health care industry has industry execs rattled. AdAge.com reports that drug company execs have told their employees not to talk with Moore. Quotes in the article: “A review of America’s health-care system should be balanced, thoughtful and well-researched to pin down […]


Local TV news fails on Bush visit

I watched the 6 o’clock TV news on the 3 leading Twin Cities TV stations last night and I give them all an F on covering the President’s visit to the area. Were issues covered? No. He met with a health care panel and signed an executive order to make more health care cost and […]


Apple-eating mice: rejoice!

“An apple (or two) a day may help keep Alzheimer’s away — and fight the effects of aging on the brain,” according to a story posted on WebMD. The story should have said clearly, boldly and early: “IF YOU ARE A MOUSE.” But the story, reporting on a study funded by the U.S. Apple Association […]


Star Trib deals double dip of premature health hype

Monday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune had two stories that wore the pom-poms of cheerleading better than the ink-stained wretchedness of good journalism. Back in February, the Star Tribune was among the local Minneapolis-Saint Paul media that hyped an announcement of the reversal of diabetes in a few monkeys over a short term by transplanting insulin-producing cells […]

10 7/31/2006

Media manipulated by "Morgellons Disease" advocates

You would think it was the war in Iraq, or the Israeli-Lebanese conflict. The amount of news coverage being given, sometimes seemingly unquestioningly, to a questionable condition some call “Morgellons Diseaseâ€? is staggering. Just in June and July, the “Morgellons Research Foundationâ€? boasts on its website of appearances on ABC, NBC, CNN, and on local […]


Public Response to HealthNewsReview.org

People have been saying good things about HealthNewsReview.org, and we wanted to share some of them with you. HealthNewsReview.org has been named one of the winners of a 2006 Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism. The Knight-Batten Awards spotlight the creative use of new information ideas and technologies to involve citizens in public issues. They […]


Erosion of trust in medical journals

The editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association says that for the third time in three months, the Journal was misled by authors failing to disclose their ties to drug companies. This time it was in a study appearing in this week’s Journal linking migraines to heart attacks in women. All six authors […]


Medical Arms Race

Jeremy Olson in today’s St. Paul Pioneer Press reports on concerns about the “medical arms race” — “relentless drive to buy the newest technology to stay competitive and offer the industry standard in care.” But, as he reports, that comes with high costs and questions about benefit. You’ve seen the marketing for CT scans, da […]


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