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Fact-checking – by itself – is inherently flawed on health care topics
Fact-checking has become one of the buzziest buzzwords in journalism. There are more than 100 fact-checking projects around the world. It’s been trotted out to counter alleged “fake” news. And to monitor the accuracy of political leaders who stretch the boundaries of believability. April 2 has been proclaimed International Fact-Checking Day. Indeed, genuine fact-checking may play an important […]2
A final HealthNewsReview.org report card from 3,200+ systematic reviews of health care news stories & PR releases
In 2005, as I began building HealthNewsReview.org, I got permission from Dr. David Henry of the Media Doctor Australia project to adopt their news story review criteria. In the ensuing 13 years, no one has ever placed in front of me a solid, specific suggestion for a better set of criteria for reviewing stories about […]1
6 reasons journalists should just say no to Mayo Clinic’s latest journalism ‘residency’ program
Craving a trip to Florida in February? If you’re a journalist, the Mayo Clinic has you covered. Once again Mayo is extending an offer to educate health care journalists, this time with what it’s calling a “residency” scheduled for Feb. 24-28 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. It’s described as “a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look […]
Headline vs. study: Predicting, preventing and other clickbait
Predicting and preventing. These are powerful words that hold strong appeal for most of us, especially when it comes to our health. But the reality is this: There are very few diseases that can be predicted and prevented. Try to name just one and you’ll see that it’s rarely, if ever, possible. And yet we […]2
5 categories of quality web content for you to explore when we cease daily publication
Many of you have asked by email or on Twitter, “Where do we turn for help after you go away?” First, we’re not disappearing on January 1, 2019, and the site won’t go dark. I’ll keep it alive for at least three years. And I hope to add new content periodically by hiring freelancers or writing […]
Props to NPR for highlighting the need for balanced decision-making around statins
This story could have provided a bit more on costs, alternatives, and how this study was performed.
Before Starting A Statin, Talk It Over With Your Doctor
Mayo Clinic news release on cancer-related blood clots lives in data-free zone
Follow-up studies are needed to confirm these results in more patients across a range of different cancers.
Mayo researchers say oral apixaban safe and effective for treating blood clots in cancer patients
We have everything to fear, including fear itself
In 1997 Frank Furedi — an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent — wrote a critically acclaimed book entitled, “How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the 21st Century.” In that book he tells the story of the public reaction to a magazine cover portraying a little girl fishing with her father. […]
With free brain tumor screening, the road to early detection may be filled with potholes
The Brain Tumor Foundation’s Road to Early Detection is in Brooklyn, New York, this week, offering free brain tumor screening in its mobile MRI unit to anyone who signs up. The visit appears to be the foundation’s second stop on its current “sponsor-a-city” campaign. Earlier this year, the campaign visited Saratoga Springs, New York. Some local journalists enthusiastically […]
CNN overstates evidence linking neck pulse measurements to increased dementia risk
The story didn’t tell readers this was an observational study–cause-and-effect couldn’t be established.
Five-minute neck scan can spot dementia 10 years earlier, say scientists
Early birds have lower breast cancer risk? What you need to know
Wake me when it’s over. There was a lot of misleading information in news stories this week about a study of sleep traits and risk of breast cancer. It was a complex study to decipher, but instead we got simplistic headlines like this one from HealthDay: “Early Birds May Have Lower Breast Cancer Risk.” That […]
A step-by-step guide to creating health care clickbait
Effective clickbait doesn’t just happen. It’s carefully crafted. Take this wildly misleading article from CNN: Not exercising worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease, study reveals. It’s one example — among many generated daily by various news outlets — of how a mundane observational study can be transformed into viral internet gold. […]
Hospital misleads with claim that surgical technique ‘reduces strokes’; main study outcome was not statistically significant
The study results do not establish that the surgery was more effective than medical management as claimed in the news release.
Surgery technique reduces strokes in atherosclerosis patients
HealthDay speculates that experimental cystic fibrosis drug combo could be ‘breakthrough’ and ‘game-changing’
Thankfully, the story did mention the extremely steep cost of these drugs.
3-Drug Therapy Might Be Cystic Fibrosis 'Breakthrough'
Plug for study of midwifery for low income women is fuzzy on benefits, costs
But the study could pave the way for further studies that establish midwifery’s benefits and risks.