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‘Zero deaths’ from breast cancer? NBC viewers misinformed by puff piece on screening test
It’s hard to know where to begin with this story from NBC Nightly News about a supposedly “new” test that could be a “lifesaver” for women with dense breasts whose cancer might not show up on a normal mammogram. NBC’s top-rated newscast reaches some 8 million total viewers every night, so it’s important to set […]
No data to back up big claims in release on seated proton therapy device
Proton beam news release misses mark by a mile
FDA Clears P-Cure Upright Imaging Solution for Proton Therapy Enhancement
How much significance should health news give to statistically nonsignificant results? A case study of stories on skipping breast cancer chemo
Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @KLomangino. The big story on our health news radar yesterday was about a gene test that identifies women with early-stage breast cancer who may be able to safely skip chemotherapy. In a large randomized study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, women who […]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 […]1
Readers drowning in flawed “liquid biopsy” stories; other coverage throws a lifeline
The big story out of the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting over the weekend came from a study about so-called “liquid biopsies.” Major news organizations headlined it as follows: Washington Post: ‘Liquid biopsy’ study offers hope for a blood test to find cancer New York Times: ‘Liquid’ Cancer Test Offers Hope for Alternative to […]
Breast cancer-detecting bra won’t go away–and the news coverage is still sub-par
Oh boy, here we go again: Numerous stories are piling up under the news search term: “New Bra Detects Breast Cancer.” The brassiere, according to a news release that was relied upon heavily by news outlets, is being developed by researchers at Colombia’s National University. It’s being pitched as an early warning system for breast […]2
Sensational Tweets on Alzheimer’s & breast cancer by University of Manchester in 1 week
Kathlyn Stone, an associate editor, manages our health care news release review project. She tweets at @KatKStone People who should know better are playing cat and mouse with health claims on Twitter. In the course of one week the University of Manchester used Twitter to promote two sensational health claims. Last week evolutionary biologist Jonathan […]
CNN story on fasting diet study veers into clickbait territory
This story about a pilot study on health benefits of fasting jumps to big conclusions about its potential to extend life span. We urge readers to be cautious with this one.
Occasional fasting could help you live longer
Company’s PR release on PMS supplement is all hat, no cattle
This news release promoting a supplement for alleviating PMS symptoms racks up one unsubstantiated claim after another.
Lipogen Targets PMS/PMDD Relief, Naturally
Multiple perspectives elevate CBS coverage of diet-breast cancer link
Though it shares some shortcomings of a competing NPR story, this piece elevates itself slightly with the use of thoughtful independent sources.
Teen eating habits may help cut breast cancer risk
In-depth Merck release on new Hep C drug skirts some of the basics
This news release seemingly throws out the kitchen sink in terms of sharing data but under scrutiny, we find key information is missing.
Merck Receives FDA Approval of ZEPATIER™ (elbasvir and grazoprevir) for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 1 or 4 Infection in Adults Following Priority Review
Media case study: PR news release vs. news stories on mammography screenings for older women
If you’re not at least a little bit confused by current mammography guidelines you’re in the minority. And if you’re an elderly woman (75 and up) or a caregiver for one it can be especially daunting to stay on top of the latest recommendations regarding mammogram screenings in later life. Policy makers don’t have as […]2
Some news from major breast cancer meeting needed more context
Dr. Deanna J. Attai is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and is currently serving as President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She co-moderates the #bcsm Twitter group and tweets as @drattai. Every year the San Antonio Breast Cancer […]6
New DCIS study, news release lead to (very) mixed messages: ‘And we wonder why patients get confused’
The following is the first contribution to the blog by Dave Mosher, a deputy editor at Tech Insider who joined the HealthNewsReview.org team of reviewers earlier this year. His writing about science, technology, and innovation has appeared in outlets such as WIRED, Popular Science, and Scientific American. It’s an all-too-common theme in the theater of health news: scientists publish […]