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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 […]
“Good for you” or not? Mixed messages in LA Times coverage of coffee studies
If the studies “weren’t designed to show that drinking more coffee caused people to live longer,” why suggest that drinking more coffee may “extend your life”?
Two big studies bolster the claim that coffee – even decaf – is good for you
Medscape video series on colorectal cancer in young adults: Does it fear-monger?
It’s a video series that mostly features one doctor, from one cancer center, that seems to want to make one thing clear about colorectal cancer (CRC) in young people: “there’s a rising tide of young people … (in their) 20’s, 30’s .. with colon cancer” “since the mid 1990’s there’s been a sharp increase in […]
Strong on context, light on data: Reuters Health story on chondroitin for knee pain
This story wisely makes it clear that when it comes to chondroitin supplements, the jury is still out.
Does chondroitin trump an anti-inflammatory for arthritic knee pain?
Health news outlets should practice what they preach
Last week, US News & World Report ran a piece, Medical News: Real or Fake? that cataloged a series of reader-beware items, including internet ads for “miracle cures” and other potentially bogus products. News sites, readers are warned, may carry exaggerated claims and don’t receive the same level of fact-checking as in the good old days. […]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 […]
‘OK to wait’ or ‘Delay at your own risk?’ Headspinning headlines on same colonoscopy study
Headline messages about new studies often present conflicting–even polar opposite–takeaway messages about the research. Consider these clashing messages out yesterday from HealthDay and Reuters Health about the same study: If you drill down into each story you’ll find basically the same description of the results: Waiting up to 10 months after a positive stool test […]2
In the news race to report CDC’s numbers on HPV infection rates, some important context was missing
Most teens aren’t getting vaccinated for the human papillomavirus (HPV), putting them at higher risk for cancer when they become sexually active. That’s a serious problem. But news coverage shouldn’t inflate that risk in conveying the message that parents and doctors need to act. That’s what happened with HPV prevalence data released on April 6th by […]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 […]
Health care PR in 2016: Who made the grade?
2016 was our first full year evaluating PR news releases that make claims about health care interventions. Ours is the only project that systematically evaluates these documents, which are designed to bring attention to something that the issuing organization thinks is newsworthy — often a new study about a test or treatment. Some — not […]
NBC’s look at kangaroo care 20 years later: No mention of important research limitations
Despite some flaws, this study offers reassurance that premature babies who spend their early days with skin-to-skin will fare at least as well as adults as those who were in an incubator. Stories should not extrapolate beyond that.
Cuddling Preemies Kangaroo Style Helps Into Adulthood
WSJ story wisely includes lots of caveats on mail-order telomere tests
Yet, it draws readers in at the start with fear-mongering and fails to mention obvious alternatives of monitoring your weight and fitness level and seeing a doctor for regular check-ups.
Mail-Order Tests Check Cells for Signs of Early Aging
Ben Stiller’s misguided prostate cancer recommendations aren’t based on evidence
Comedic actor Ben Stiller clearly had the best of intentions when he decided to write about his experience with prostate cancer and urge men to get a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test starting at the age of 40 – advice which contradicts the guidelines of all major professional organizations. I admire Stiller’s intention to help.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 […]
STAT’s story on postpartum depression drug– ‘a paradigm shift’ that needed more scrutiny
The news coverage of the study findings was great for the drug company–its stock price soared–but the benefit to women remains unknown.