4/16/2006

Launching The Site

HealthNewsReview.org is an attempt to help improve the accuracy, balance and completeness of news stories that make claims about new ideas in health care. It is not intended to belittle the hard work of well-intentioned journalists. I covered health and medical news on a daily basis for 15 years and I know about deadline pressures. […]

4/13/2006

More fake news followup – from the nation's 2nd biggest market

Here’s more followup to the Center for Media & Democracy’s report on the use of Video News Releases last week. The LA Daily News picked up the story and reported that one of the culprit TV stations found to use VNRs is in that second biggest TV market in the country – KABC. They reported: […]

3/20/2006

"Just add water" TV health reporting

The Grade the News (GTN) website reports on the questionable medical “reportingâ€? done by syndicated TV and radio celebrity Dr. Dean Edell, who calls himself “America’s Doctor.â€? Edell appears on San Francisco’s KGO Channel 7 with introductions that often say, “Dr. Dean Edell reports.â€? But the story points out that Edell does no original reporting […]

3/16/2006

Crusading for colon cancer without evidence

Katie Couric and the NBC Today Show are at it again, with a weeklong series entitled “Confronting Colon Cancer,” and a subtheme of “The Fight For More Screening.” I heard today’s segment and do not yet have access to a transcript. But what I heard was a confusing jumble of recommendations – some of which […]

3/14/2006

Cascade of cardiology stories

Sorry I’ve been a little slow with posts in the past few days. First, there’s digging out from under a foot of new snow in the Twin Cities. Second, there’s digging out from under an avalanche of cardiology-related news coming out of the American College of Cardiology meeting. It reminds me of the excellent paper […]

3/9/2006

More questions about TV health news

A study in this month’s American Journal of Managed Care (not to be published online until next week) confirms some of what I’ve reported in earlier studies: local TV health news is troublesome. (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a story on the study.) Researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Madison analyzed […]

2 3/4/2006

Health journalists can't rely on the news release

CJRDaily.org features an interview with Wall Street Journal health columnist Tara Parker-Pope. The interview focuses on her opinion that “a flawed communications effort led to widespread misinterpretation of results by the news media and the public” regarding the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and its findings on how low-fat diets, consumption of calcium and vitamin D, […]

3/1/2006

Ethical concerns about holes in the news/ad wall

The wall that once existed between news and advertising has many gaping holes in it. The Bulldog Reporter’s Daily Dog website says that some readers of the Charlotte News & Observer were bothered by the paper’s handling of two pieces on the GlaxoSmithKline drug company this past Sunday. The website says: “Big pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline […]

2/23/2006

Milwaukee TV medical reporter canned

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee dismissed its medical reporter Kimberly Kane last week. Kane had worked at the station for seven years. The station’s news director did not respond to the newspaper’s e-mails asking about the reporter’s status. The TV reporter told the newspaper in an e-mail: “When the most recent administration […]

2/22/2006

Twin Cities media ready to cure diabetes – even if the science isn't there yet

University of Minnesota researchers announced Sunday that they were able to reverse diabetes in monkeys by transplanting insulin-producing cells from pigs. The Star Tribune’s sub-head read, “A new study raises the potential for an endless supply of insulin-producing cells to cure the disease that affects 20 million Americans.” Mind you, this work was done on […]

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