Note to our followers: Our nearly 13-year run of daily publication of new content on came to a close at the end of 2018. Publisher Gary Schwitzer and other contributors may post new articles periodically. But all of the 6,000+ articles we have published contain lessons to help you improve your critical thinking about health care interventions. And those will be still be alive on the site for a couple of years.

Comparing Different Media on the Same Story

We’re making a new effort to compare coverage by different news organizations on the same story. For journalists and for consumers, we think this comparison will be interesting and insightful. For example, we’ve posted reviews of six stories by six different news organizations (three print, three broadcast) on a study published in the New England […]


eHealthcare Leadership Award to

Last week in Atlanta, at The Tenth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference, won an eHealthcare Leadership Award for “best community benefit.”


Medicine in conflict

Business Week has an interesting special report on “blurring the lines between objective science and financial gain. ” The magazine profiles a New York heart specialist who is chairman of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in New York. Excerpt: “The foundation uses donations and fees from medical device companies to stage (an) annual conference, called Transcatheter […]

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Newspaper reader: "Don't promote unproven therapies"

Sometimes you see a letter to the editor of a newspaper that you just want to frame. One such note appeared in today’s Star Tribune. The letter stated: “Why not a more accurate headline for your Oct. 23 Business article “Massage that offers a healing message”? I suggest “St. Thomas prof sees business opportunity in […]


Are U.S. breasts different?

My friend Andrew Holtz asked journalists on the Association of Health Care Journalists’ listserv, “Why did this week’s Cochrane review examining the balance of risks and benefits of mammography get widespread coverage in the UK, but almost no mention in the US news media? Of the two dozen stories picked up in a Google News […]


Newspapers Lift Wire Stories, But May Miss the Best of the Original Story

Journalists already know this, but many news consumers may not. What you read in your local newspaper or its website may be a considerably-shortened version of a story that was written by someone in another city who put a lot more work into the original than what you see. Here’s an example of what can […]


Cool Site of the Day designation drives hot traffic

Another one of my web efforts,, was named Cool Site of the Day by The Kim Komando Show one week ago today. Komando says she “hosts the largest talk radio show about computers and the Internet.â€? The program is heard on over 450 stations throughout the United States. One thing is known: traffic to […]


Milwaukee editor says media must pay more attention to health care crisis

The editor of Milwaukee Magazine writes: “Perhaps the most under-covered issue in the Milwaukee metro area is the cost of healthcare. Medical costs are killing this community in both public and private sectors. Last week, a study by the Greater Milwaukee Business Foundation on Health Inc. found that physician fees for 13 procedures done by […]


Award for

I was at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. yesterday to accept a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism for the creation of the website. It was a terrific event, hosted by the J-Lab, The Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland. The news release about the event is available online. […]


Katie’s Colon & CBS’ New On-Air M.D.

The New York Observer reports that Dr. Jonathan LaPook, recently named medical reporter for the CBS Evening News (with Katie Couric), also helped arrange Katie’s on-air colonoscopy in 2000. The Observer also reports: “Over his quarter-century in medicine, he has consulted with some of that network’s most important figures: former news division president Howard Stringer; […]


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