Search Results for "fertility"
More evidence that women should be wary of ‘ovarian reserve testing’ events
A number of major news outlets reported on a new study in JAMA that determined ovarian reserve tests aren’t a good predictor of fertility among women trying to conceive naturally who have no history of infertility. Common biomarker tests to assess ovarian reserve–including antimüllerian hormone (AMH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)–are often given to women to assess their reproductive […]3
Tone deaf again on pharma conflict of interest: STAT piece praising drug reps fails to disclose industry payments
[Editor’s note: The STAT article that’s the subject of this post has now been retracted following our investigation showing that the physician listed as the author did not write the piece, and that the content of the article was initially crafted with the assistance of a public relations firm.] I woke up this morning after a […]
5-Star Friday: Tackling the unwieldy
Many of the health care journalists we review are brave, intrepid, or both. Health care is not an easy beat. It’s quite a mash-up of science, politics, economics, ethics, law, technology and … well … us. These are big topics. A bit unwieldy. The writers featured in this week’s 5-Star Friday have taken on some […]
Vaccine shows protection against gonorrhea, STAT reports. But what about the costs and potential harms?
This industry-sponsored study received broad coverage, much of which downplayed the lack of safety and efficacy data while raising an alarm about antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea and neglecting other strategies to combat the disease.
Vaccine shows protection against gonorrhea for first time, study says
Plant-based diet may (or may not!) protect against early menopause
We wish news releases based on observational studies were more upfront about limitations when describing the research. Adding a descriptor such as “these are useful findings that need further study” in a prominent place would help.
Eating more vegetable protein may protect against early menopause
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 […]
CBS News speculates about what at-home sperm-checking device ‘could’ do
The story focuses on the many unvetted possibilities of this device; it could “shake up the world of fertility testing” and it “could also potentially be used by men who have had a vasectomy to monitor their progress.”
Sperm problems? Smartphone device could screen for infertility
An app a day keeps pregnancy away? BuzzFeed’s informative look at Natural Cycles app gets a gold star
The story is balanced, provides an excellent summary of the research on the app’s effectiveness for preventing pregnancy, and makes clear the limits of the evidence.
This App Says It’s As Good As The Pill At Preventing Pregnancy, But Experts Want More Evidence
My top 3 takeaways from the health news stories we reviewed in 2016
This year, we reviewed nearly 200 health news stories using our 10-criteria system. Reminder: We don’t review every kind of health news story. We only review stories that include claims about interventions: treatments, tests, products or procedures. And we only review stories reported by the set list of news organizations that we review regularly. I joined the team […]
Exercise leads to ‘better’ sperm? TIME story doesn’t tell us by how much
And it left out a very important limitation of the study: It didn’t look at whether these changes had any impact on fertility.
Exercise May Be the Key to Better Sperm
Headline vs. study: A battle where readers often lose
The quest for balance in a health news story can fail before the first sentence if the headline isn’t appropriately calibrated. With that in mind, I looked at news stories and releases that we reviewed over the past month and compared the headline message with that of the study on which the news is based. […]
Here we go again: TIME writes about preliminary mouse research
When there are so many bigger issues worth writing about, why is a small study involving 10 mice making headlines?
How Omega 3 Fats May Improve Fertility
Bayer’s PR release on newly approved IUD for birth control omits costs, novelty
This release is good on transparency but more data on costs and its comparative advantages (effectiveness and rate of side effects) over existing intrauterine birth control devices would have made it stronger.
FDA Approves Bayer's Kyleena™ (Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System) 19.5 mg for Prevention of Pregnancy for up to Five Years
Even with copious caveats, release misinforms on study trumpeting ‘improved diagnosis’ for PCOS
It’s still speculative that altering irisin hormone levels could lead to a treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in teen girls.
Measuring new hormone may reduce teenagers wrongly diagnosed with PCOS
University release breaks cardinal transparency rule. Vaccine was tested in animals, not humans
There are invisible mice lurking in this press release, chewing all kinds of holes in it.