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Category: General journalism issues


No, sleeping with a chicken probably won’t save you from Zika or malaria

1 7/15/2016

Things that are unlikely to kill you this summer, despite alarming news headlines


Washington Post’s story on platelet-rich plasma injections highlights drawbacks of first-person health reporting


Trendy new ‘pea milk’ generates lots of headlines, but little scrutiny

5 4/7/2016

5 tips for writing better health news headlines

2 3/17/2016

Sensational Tweets on Alzheimer’s & breast cancer by University of Manchester in 1 week

2 3/11/2016

Wrigley’s self-serving oral health plan gets free pass from news media

5 1/28/2016

Health news headscratcher: How did a message about colonoscopies turn a full 180 degrees?


Half-baked coverage of potatoes and gestational diabetes


Moon shot cliches are becoming shopworn