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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 […]
Podcast: DCIS … searching for clarity
What is DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ? Is it an incidental abnormality that only became recognized as screening mammography became more widespread and sophisticated?
Or, is it a pre-cancer that gives doctors a head start in treating breast cancer before it spreads?
These are questions that nearly 60-thousand women are faced with each year in this country.
Preeclampsia and aspirin: HealthDay does solid job covering new study findings
We especially liked that the story gave us the absolute risk reduction so we see a more accurate assessment of the intervention’s benefits.
Can an Aspirin a Day Keep a Pregnancy Complication Away?
Multiple health news ethical problems with Minneapolis TV station’s Mayo Clinic story
Health care news that is spoonfed by medical centers to local TV news organizations can perhaps do as much harm as good. How? Such “news” can and does mislead readers when the TV station accepting the spoon-feeding doesn’t do any original reporting, doesn’t have anyone on staff trained in how to cover health care research […]1
High drug costs (and stock values) take center stage at final day of ASCO
For the past few days we’ve been keeping a close eye on the news coverage coming out of the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world’s largest cancer research conference: Small studies get big headlines at ASCO 2017 6 things to keep in mind if you read cancer-related news in […]
Small studies get big headlines at ASCO 2017
Nearly 40,000 cancer specialists have converged in Chicago for the world’s largest cancer meeting. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting — which began last Friday and runs through tomorrow — traditionally draws international media attention. As our deputy managing editor, Joy Victory, reported last week, it has become a perennial exercise in spotting […]
USA Today story based on one anecdote serves as promotional megaphone for Microsoft
Seeing is not believing when it comes to a medical intervention; many factors, including a placebo effect, can make an intervention seem like it works when it doesn’t.
Microsoft shows off watch that quiets Parkinson's tremors
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. […]1
‘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 […]1
A ‘trick’ to finding breast cancer goes viral on Facebook–here’s what was missing from the message
This week a Facebook post from user Hayley Browning on her “trick” to finding breast cancer went viral, garnering 150,000+ shares, and 22,000 comments in just a handful of days. “3 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I could only feel the lump whilst lying down and it completely disappeared standing up. …this is […]
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 […]3
Six tips for writing accurately about cancer immunotherapy drugs
Immunotherapy drugs that stimulate the immune system to fight cancer are a hot news topic, buoyed in part by high-profile apparent success stories like that of U.S. President Jimmy Carter who was diagnosed last year with metastatic melanoma. As evidenced by some recent headlines, these stories tend to focus on the positive outcomes: TIME: A new cancer therapy leads […]