8/23/2006

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 […]

8/8/2006

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 […]

8/1/2006

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 […]

7/27/2006

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 […]

7/21/2006

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 […]

7/20/2006

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 […]

7/17/2006

Paper doesn't disclose who's paying Flying Nun to fly

“Celebrity sickness” campaigns will always be less than truthful if they fail to disclose who’s paying the bills for the campaign. When journalists join in by giving free advertisiing – disguised as news – to drug-company sponsored celebrity campaigns without disclosing the drug company funding, it is a travesty. I have written about how CNN […]

7/14/2006

Consumer-driven Health Care Marketing Disguised As News

The Star Tribune bought a UnitedHealth Group news release hook, line and sinker this week. United announced the findings of a three-year study of “consumer-driven health care plans.” It reported “that the cost to employers per member in a high-deductible plan declined 3 to 5 percent, while increasing 8 to 10 percent for others.” The […]

7/6/2006

How drug companies squelch negative findings

Scott Hensley of the Wall Street Journal published an interesting piece last week headlined, “Quest for youth: how research on anti-aging pill lost momentum.” In it, he writes; “Four years after Pfizer Inc. ended a clinical test of an experimental anti-aging pill and stopped its development for that use, the results of the study still […]

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