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2nd anniversary of Health News Watchdog podcast
The Health News Watchdog podcast has been produced and published 33 times, with about 25,000 listens in just two years. Are you kidding me? There’s no way I thought that would happen when I returned to the airwaves – after decades away – with my first podcast for this project in August of 2015. I […]7
Radiology society’s PR message about untreated breast cancer: Sound evidence or scare-mongering?
The American College of Radiology recently issued a fairly terse 183-word news release on a new study published in its journal on the “natural history of untreated screen-detected breast cancer.” The report is subtitled “An argument against delayed screening or increasing the interval between screening” and is based on a small survey of Society of […]2
“Less is more” theme from breast cancer conference attracts little mainstream news coverage
The last weekend in April the American Society of Breast Surgeons held their 18th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first day of the conference I wrote a blog post simply looking ahead and wondering how reporters would cover the event. What might emerge as a hot topic? Or, perhaps, be neglected? The post-conference […]
A before & after look at this weekend’s breast cancer conference: How will reporters cover it? (Part One)
This weekend over 1,600 surgeons will be in Las Vegas for the 18th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Media coverage of this conference is usually substantial for several reasons; not the least of which is that breast cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American women. […]
Mayo study on second opinions • Lots of coverage, most of it third-rate
A Mayo Clinic study, published Tuesday in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, compares the initial diagnosis given to patients by their primary doctor, with the diagnosis they ultimately received by Mayo internists after being referred for a second opinion. Many news outlets framed the results the way UPI did in its headline: “Study finds […]1
Breast cancer and the ballot box: political messages about screening prioritize votes over informed decisions
In late February, the New York Department of Financial Services trumpeted this news to reporters: “Governor Cuomo Announces Action To Expand Cutting-Edge Breast Cancer Screening Options For Women.” The news release noted that New York’s health insurers must cover medically necessary 3-D mammograms without co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles. The governor called his action “the most […]
Screening MRI for breast cancer: news release is strong on costs and novelty
More discussion on the study limitations and the test’s accuracy in ruling out the presence of disease (its specificity) would have made it even better.
Screening MRI benefits women at average risk of breast cancer
‘This is a major breakthrough:’ PR release on rapid MRI for dense breasts exemplifies why news stories need independent sources
One of the most important tenets of strong journalism is independent sourcing. The inclusion of outside sources is part of what separates real news from PR news releases. That’s why, when a news release with the boastful headline “New breast screening method to save thousands of women from cancer” hit my in-box, I quickly scanned […]
Stories lament ‘delay’ in getting a mammogram after a false-positive scan, but is that such a bad thing?
A study published last week suggests that false-positive mammogram results take a psychological toll on the women who receive them. In fact, the effects may be so distressing that some women may wait longer before getting their next mammogram, the researchers say. Here’s the CBS coverage from a local Chicago affiliate: The study of more than […]
Detecting breast cancer from tears? Facebook video news story is just long enough to mislead
We’ve all seen those captioned Facebook videos designed to grab distractible feed-scrollers by the eyeballs and compel them to pay attention. They’re great for sharing stories like this one about a dog and a kitten who’ve become “friends fur life.” They’re also apparently quite effective for delivering political responses to the latest happenings in the […]2
Mayor: 3-D mammogram saved my life. Our reviewers: wrong message.
A hospital wishing to promote its new 3-D mammography equipment couldn’t ask for much more than this: stories on Fox News, by WSB Atlanta, by WWMT in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the Tulsa World, the Associated Press and Sacramento Bee and Charlotte Observer, the New York Daily News, and more. It all happened because Mayor Gina Nobel of Stillwater, OK, […]7
Sheryl Crow hawks 3D mammograms with fear and false hope
Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @Klomangino. It may not be her favorite mistake, but it was a mistake nonetheless for the singer and breast cancer survivor Sheryl Crow to advocate in an aggressive, unbalanced way on behalf of a 3D mammography device. That’s the takeaway of a number of […]
One patient does not a “game-changer” make in breast reconstruction release
Except in extraordinary circumstances, the result of one procedure on one patient isn’t enough to justify a news release.
New Breast Reconstruction Technique Provides Better Outcomes, Less Discomfort for Women Recovering From Breast Cancer
FOX, Banner MD Anderson hype Cuba cancer “breakthrough”
Some think finding the cure for cancer is like taking a rocket ship to the moon. Others say the next huge breakthrough is waiting for us a mere 90 miles off the shores of Key West. This story from a Fox News affiliate in Phoenix makes some breathtaking claims about a Cuban lung cancer vaccine […]
Podcast: Christie Aschwanden – 1st in our series on standouts in health care journalism
In our podcast series, we’re giving you a chance to hear directly from newsmakers, and from some who maybe should be in the news but aren’t. But we also want to occasionally feature some news reporters.