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Questions about a ‘simple blood test’ to screen for cancer prompt revealing answer: It’s complicated
We often tell our readers to run for the hills whenever they see a news story touting a “simple blood test.” You won’t find a better example of why you need to be wary than an exchange between a reporter and a researcher at a news conference at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual […]
Another ‘simple blood test’ for concussion PR release over-promises
Contrary to the release headline, there’s no such thing as a “simple blood test” for brain injury.
Study: Simple blood test can detect evidence of concussions up to a week after injury
"Simple blood test" – cancer breakthrough or nightmare?
That’s the question Dartmouth’s Dr. Gil Welch asks in a column on the CNN website. He reflect on last week’s news about a test in development that might find a single cancer cell among a billion healthy ones – as so many news stories framed it. Welch analyzes: “But it’s not that simple. The test […]
Lung cancer test based on “a simple blood draw”? There’s no such thing
The release employs mostly cautious language but it comes up short in filling readers in on costs, benefits and quality of evidence.
Exact Sciences and Mayo Clinic study shows promise of new blood-based lung cancer test
Blood test to detect concussions in kids anything but “simple”
Whenever you hear about a ‘simple blood test’ run for the hills cuz there ain’t no such thing.
Concussions in kids are detectable by blood test
“Simple” blood test to predict if you’ll be alive in 5 years? Please….
The obsession that some in journalism have with “simple” blood tests – the unquestioning “test for everything” mentality that shines through in so many stories – is, itself, bloodcurdling. Yesterday we wrote about how CNN stated that an Alzheimer’s test had “astonishing accuracy” – when another solid news story reported that “the accuracy fell short […]
“Blood test finds 50 types of cancer” – we’ve been down this path before
Shoddy, incomplete, fawning news coverage of screening tests is one of the most clearly established problems in health news coverage – something HealthNewsReview.org has revealed countless times over the past 15 years. A public relations news release 22 days ago – from “a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early” – touted study […]
What you need to know about the Alzheimer’s test news
For years, substances called tau protein or beta-amyloid have been theorized to be signs or causes of Alzheimer’s disease. There have been many reports of tests and treatments based on theories that tau and/or amyloid are at least signs, if not causes, of Alzheimer’s. Scientific uncertainty remains about the precise role of tau and amyloid […]
Theranos redux? Not really. But claim of a ‘simple’ test for breast cancer warrants scrutiny
Once again the lure of a “simple” test has made headlines. This time the catalyst was a news release issued by the UK’s National Cancer Research Institute. Its title: “Simple blood test for early detection of breast cancer.” In fact, no such test exists. As the body of the PR news release acknowledged, it’s an […]
Holy grail cancer test? Hold on. Here’s what you need to know
Australian researchers at the University of Queensland reported that “a quick and easy test to detect cancer from blood or biopsy tissue could eventually result in a new approach to patient diagnosis.” A news release quoted one of the researchers: “We certainly don’t know yet whether it’s the holy grail for all cancer diagnostics.” He also […]
How minimally invasive surgery was spun as the ‘latest and greatest’ for cervical cancer
To understand how minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer became popular before high-quality evidence was available about its outcomes, consider some rah-rah local news coverage. Back in 1995, for example, The Record of Hackensack, N.J., reported that laparoscopy “made surgery simpler and less painful,” with a doctor calling its tiny incisions a “breakthrough” for cervical […]
Combo pill for blood pressure: Concept isn’t novel but conflicts of interest are newsworthy
The news release buried the news that the combo pill offered modest improvement over standard treatment but didn’t reduce side effects significantly.
Innovative triple pill significantly lowers blood pressure, study finds
All anecdote, no data: NPR’s take on high blood pressure and dementia
The story may mislead people into thinking that if they pop a pressure pill each day, they will avoid Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s unproven.
Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure
A venti-sized serving of misinformation in news stories on latest coffee study
If you want to get a sense of how tired readers are of the latest round of headlines pondering the health benefits (or risks) of coffee, then all you need to do is read the replies on this tweet: Coffee is good for you, more science shows. https://t.co/YiZ7yOfItw — NBC News (@NBCNews) July 2, 2018 […]
Understanding medical tests: A new addition to our toolkit addressing sensitivity, specificity, and other core concepts
Hardly a day goes by without some media outlet making an impressive-sounding claim about the accuracy of a new medical test. “Prostate cancer breakthrough as UK team develops more accurate test“ “New Breath and Urine Tests May Detect Early Breast Cancer More Accurately” “Portable device detects severe stroke in seconds with 92% accuracy” But as […]