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CNN fear-mongering, screening advocacy on kids' hearts tests
Two CNN anchors join the ranks of other journalists (see my blog from just 2 days ago) who have jumped on the “let’s screen every American kid’s heart” bandwagon. First, I heard anchor Kyra Phillips say there was an “unprecedented rise in the risk of serious heart problems in children” – calling it “a ticking […]11/20/2009
MinnPost column on "rampant, breathless, fear-mongering rhetoric" on mammography
More on the reactions to the US Preventive Services Task Force mammography recommendations. Susan Perry writes on MinnPost.com about: “… the rampant, breathless fear-mongering rhetoric that has framed much of the media’s response to the recommendations. … On ABC’s daytime talk show “The View,” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck made the stunning claim that the recommendations were […]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 […]
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. […]1
Headlines raise alarm over prescription drug depression risk. But who qualifies as depressed?
Hard to tell if these headlines are using fear-mongering as clickbait, or simply riding the latest wave of stories reporting on the escalating suicide rates in the U.S.: Millions are taking drugs, including birth control, that increase the risk of suicide (Quartz) Study: Adults Use Medications That Can Lead to Depression and Suicide (US News […]
Independent viewpoint helps round out HealthDay story on impact of earlier mammograms
But the story would have been stronger had it described the findings using absolute rather than relative numbers.
Earlier Mammograms May Mean Less Need for Aggressive Treatments
Prostate cancer screening: massive study gets minimal coverage. Why?
The largest-ever randomized trial of using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test in asymptomatic men over the age of 50 has found — after about 10 years of follow-up — no significant difference in prostate cancer deaths among men who were screened with a single (“one-off”) PSA test, and those who weren’t screened. The findings come […]6
Stories about tragic flu deaths wrongly portray Tamiflu as a panacea
A number of news stories on Monday linked the flu-related death of a Texas schoolteacher to her reluctance to fill a prescription for a generic version of antiviral drug Tamiflu. They were misleading because there’s no evidence that antiviral medications can prevent an otherwise healthy person from dying of the flu. They’re also emblematic of […]
What you need to know about news headlines claiming ibuprofen use during early pregnancy impacts fertility of children
It’s quite a presumptuous leap to translate this study, “Ibuprofen is deleterious for the development of first trimester human fetal ovary ex vivo,” into this headline from the U.S. edition of The Guardian, “Ibuprofen taken in early pregnancy could affect daughter’s fertility – study.” No. This headline–and other headlines like it–are fear-mongering. The research, based on studying […]
High-tech buzzwords and scary patient anecdote dominate NBC’s story on ‘new approach’ for aortic aneurysms
This story fixates on one patient’s harrowing story, and buzzwords like “personalized” medicine and “3-D printing.”
New approach to abdominal aortic aneurysm saves lives
Ibuprofen linked to male infertility? It’s pure speculation
At least 10 news organizations rushed this week to cover a study asserting that the widely used painkiller ibuprofen might cause male infertility. Among them: CNN: Ibuprofen linked to male infertility, study says USA Today: Ibuprofen use linked to male infertility, study finds HealthDay/CBS News: Small study links ibuprofen with male infertility The Guardian: Ibuprofen […]
16-person study too small to claim that seated desk exercise is beneficial
This news release omitted the cost of the device and didn’t explain the limitations of such a small study.
Can you burn calories while sitting at a desk?
Birth control pills & breast cancer risk: big study generates big differences in quality of news coverage
Are the newer birth control pills of the past few decades safer — at least regarding breast cancer risk — than older oral contraceptives? It’s a question doctors have been eager to study for some time. And this week a Danish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine provides some important, albeit observational, […]2
A pharma sales army aims to increase ‘fibroid awareness’; women’s health experts brace for collateral damage
Women’s health advocates have long battled for wider recognition of the problems caused by fibroids, noncancerous growths on the uterus that can cause bloating, discomfort and heavy menstrual bleeding. Getting women to talk about their fibroids has been viewed as a way to break the stigma around the condition and encourage more research and better […]8
Alcohol and cancer: What does a ‘500% increase’ in risk really mean?
[Editor’s note: This post has been updated. Scroll to the bottom to read the addendum.] Last night, NBC Nightly News ran a story about the cancer risks related to alcohol consumption. But instead of communicating those risks in a way that would educate and inform, NBC’s coverage was an example of misinformation and fear-mongering. Consider […]