The Healthy Skeptic – written by one who is

Here’s a book you should buy and read. University of California Press has published “The Healthy Skeptic: Çutting Through The Hype About Your Health,” by Robert Davis, PhD. Disclosure: Robert is my friend and trusted colleague. I hired him at CNN longer ago than either of us wants to remember. Just to give you a […]


Re-design & new features on HealthNewsReview.org

Visit HealthNewsReview.org to see its entirely new design and new “Join the Discussion” forum, allowing for better dialogue among journalists, health care consumers, news consumers and others. The site is now two years old and has reviewed more than 540 stories.


Alcohol & breast cancer stories worthy of lining the bird cage

I should have mentioned Sandy Szwarc’s blog, Junkfood Science, long ago. I am impressed by the depth and thoroughness of her analysis. This week she jumped all over news coverage of a study linking alcohol intake to breast cancer. You should read the entire post, but it begins: Does a single drink a day really […]


60 Minutes piece on Kanzius cancer cure not worth 60 seconds

One of the worst stories by a major news organization on a health care topic was turned in by CBS’ 60 Minutes last Sunday with a piece it entitled on its website, “The Kanzius Machine: A Cancer Cure?” The story was reviewed on HealthNewsReview.org and given one of the lowest ratings possible. The review summary […]


Disease mongering by Women’s Health magazine

Add Women’s Health magazine to my list of publications guilty of disease-mongering by advocating tests that are not supported by evidence – recommendations that run counter to those of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The article, “THE MEDICAL TESTS YOU SHOULD TAKE: Head-to-Toe Tune-Up” is not unlike those I’ve criticized on CNN, in the […]


We should expect better from a medical journal

I’ve reported many times on news organizations hyping medical technologies. But this past week, a medical journal – BMJ – did the same thing in its “news” section, presenting only the fantastic potential of robotic surgery without any evidence – any quantification – of potential benefits and harms and without any discussion of costs. The […]


Stop running scared

Shannon Brownlee on disease-mongering.


WSJ Health Blog's March Madness drug company CEO brackets

At a conference yesterday, Scott Hensley of the Wall Street Journal Health blog showed off a story I had missed. Since it’s the last day of March and basketball’s Final Four is now set, the time is just right to look at it. See the Journal’s “Our March Madness: The Drug Company CEO Bracketâ€?. They […]


Happy 10th Birthday to Assoc. of Health Care Journalists

The Association of Health Care Journalists is celebrating its 10th birthday. AHCJ has become a leader in quality improvement in health journalism – and a leader in the entire journalism industry. That effort – and many others – like our University of Minnesota health journalism MA program – are striving to improve the flow of […]


March madness in medical news on network TV

Reviews of network TV health news stories on HealthNewsReview.org so far in March would suggest it’s more like Halloween season than Easter. The stories have been so bad, it’s scary. Examples & excerpts: Medical breakthrough? New procedure fights tumorsABC’s Good Morning AmericaMarch 18, 2008Rating: 1 star Excerpt of our summary: “This short story presents little […]


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