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Rise in cancer rates? Or something else behind the numbers?
Several newspapers in the UK reported this week that cancer rates have risen over the past two decades. That set into motion an analysis by the excellent “Behind the Headlines” service offered by the NHS Choices website. They found this in newspapers: “Cancer rates in the middle-aged “have jumped by almost a fifth in a […]6/13/2011
Men’s Health Week should improve decision-making aspects of its campaign
This week has been proclaimed International Men’s Health Week – the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. And it’s part of what’s more broadly been proclaimed by some as Men’s Health Month. The campaign offers a variety of men’s health “materials” – including the squeezy prostate stress ball pictured at left – if […]4/22/2011
7 health news web gems to wrap up the week
On Maggie Mahar’s Health Beat Blog, see Naomi Freundlich’s piece, “New Health Indicators Site is a ‘Treasure Trove’ of Valuable Data.” On the Dose of Digital blog, see Jonathan Richman’s excellent analysis, “Lies, Damn Lies, and Pharma Social Media Statistics.” The FDA has announced a webinar for next Thursday (April 28) on its “Bad Ads […]4
"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 […]4 7/26/2010
New data raising concerns over overdiagnosis & overtreatment of prostate cancer
What’s known about the characteristics of men being treated aggressively for prostate cancer? Up to now, not much. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine describes “the first large-scale US population-based study to document the risk profiles and treatment patterns among men with PSA levels of 4.0 ng/mL or lower who were diagnosed […]2/1/2010
Celebrities and robots and prostates
Sometimes I just like to share things that I see that Joe Blow and his bride don’t see. Like a web-based news release promoting: a “robotic prostatectomy expert” doctor the doctor’s robotic surgery website the fact that the doctor is a contributor to Fox News a celebrity’s promotion – and the […]6 4/25/2007
Chicago Sun-Times' imprudent prostate campaign
I am continuing my criticism of journalists and news organizations that crusade for screening tests – seemingly oblivious to the controversies and the debates that swirl around many of these screening tests. When a news organization takes an advocacy stance for a controversial cause, it should know the facts and the facts are that some […]4/1/2007
Journalism or advocacy? Evidence or opinion?
I’ve written a new Publisher’s Note on HealthNewsReview.org, and I’m posting part of it here. Stories about Elizabeth Edwards’ breast cancer and Tony Snow’s colon cancer have led some news organizations to offer recommendations about cancer screening. Unfortunately, some of the recommendations are simply not based on evidence. On the NBC Today show on March […]